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Old colonial statues are in the crosshairs in South Africa
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- It began with a container of excrement.... 4/1/2015 4:35 PM

Nigeria celebrates Buhari's stunning win; challenges loom
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerians celebrated Muhammadu Buhari's electrifying victory in presidential elections Wednesday but sobering challenges confront their next leader, from an Islamic uprising to widespread poverty and graft.... 4/1/2015 4:31 PM

Mexican oil rig burns off coast, 1 dead
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A fire that broke out Wednesday at a shallow-water oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico has killed one worker and injured 16, Mexico's state-owned oil company said.... 4/1/2015 4:28 PM

IS enters Palestinian camp in Damascus; Jordan closes border
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Islamic State militants infiltrated a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus on Wednesday and were clashing with a Palestinian group, the deepest foray yet by the extremist group into the Syrian capital, seat of President Bashar Assad's power, according to opposition activists and Palestinian officials.... 4/1/2015 4:26 PM

Ex-husband of Canadian diplomat says their son killed in US
TORONTO (AP) -- The ex-husband of a Canadian diplomat said Wednesday that one of their sons has been killed and another has been arrested in a Miami drug deal gone bad.... 4/1/2015 4:25 PM

Cynthia Lennon, first wife of John Lennon, dies of cancer
LONDON (AP) -- Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of former Beatles guitarist John Lennon, has died of cancer at her home in Spain. She was 75.... 4/1/2015 4:21 PM

In Jamaica, man hurls 'suspicious package' at US embassy
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Jamaican soldiers and police are positioned around the U.S. Embassy in the island's capital after a man hurled a "suspicious package" over the building's wall.... 4/1/2015 4:19 PM

Emirates, Etihad planes involved in air traffic scare
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Jetliners from the United Arab Emirates' two main airlines avoided a possible midair collision after they got too close to each other earlier this week.... 4/1/2015 4:15 PM

Istanbul police kill woman carrying bomb near police HQ
ISTANBUL (AP) -- In a second evening of violence in Istanbul, police killed a woman Wednesday carrying a bomb near the city's main police headquarters, an official said.... 4/1/2015 4:10 PM

A day after missing deal deadline, Iran nuclear talks resume
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program resumed here Wednesday but were almost immediately beset by competing claims, just hours after diplomats abandoned a March 31 deadline to reach the outline of a deal and agreed to press on. And as the latest round hit the week mark, three of the six foreign ministers involved left the talks with prospects for agreement remaining uncertain.... 4/1/2015 4:10 PM

Report: Egypt, Nigeria led world in death sentences in 2014
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Egypt and Nigeria accounted for well over 1,000 of the death sentences announced last year, more than a third of the world's total, Amnesty International says in its latest annual report on the death penalty.... 4/1/2015 3:41 PM

Rebels in eastern Ukraine pay pensions in Russian rubles
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia-backed rebel authorities in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday started paying pensions in Russian rubles.... 4/1/2015 3:32 PM

Thailand junta replaces martial law with absolute power
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand lifted martial law in most of the nation on Wednesday, but 10 months after staging a coup, a military junta remains in control, essentially with absolute power.... 4/1/2015 3:28 PM

Greek air traffic controllers call for radar system upgrade
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's air traffic controllers' union is calling for an urgent upgrade of the country's air traffic radar system and for more staff to be hired to handle increasing number of tourist arrivals.... 4/1/2015 3:19 PM

German policeman guilty of murder in cannibalism killing
BERLIN (AP) -- A German police officer was convicted of murder on Wednesday for killing a man he met in an Internet chat forum devoted to cannibalism.... 4/1/2015 3:09 PM

Polish priest shows beheading video to high school class
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest has been criticized in Poland for showing high school students in a religion class the uncensored video of Egyptian Christians being beheaded by Islamic State militants.... 4/1/2015 2:54 PM

Nepal doctors stay away from work to support colleague
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Thousands of doctors in Nepal stayed away from work at clinics and hospitals Wednesday to support a colleague who has been on a hunger strike for 10 days demanding reforms in medical education and services.... 4/1/2015 2:50 PM

Lufthansa CEO at crash site: 'Long, long time' to understand
SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) -- Lufthansa's chief executive said Wednesday it will take "a long, long time" to understand what led to a deadly crash in the French Alps last week - but refused to say exactly what the airline knew about the mental health of the co-pilot suspected of deliberately destroying the plane.... 4/1/2015 2:49 PM

Nepal says climbers returning to climb Mount Everest
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Mountaineers are returning to Mount Everest as the climbing industry recovers from last year's deadly disaster on the world's highest peak, a Nepalese official said Wednesday.... 4/1/2015 2:44 PM

Nemtsov suspects tells court he was pressured to confess
MOSCOW (AP) -- A man charged with the killing of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov on Wednesday told the court he was beaten and pressured to confess.... 4/1/2015 2:42 PM

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