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Cynthia Lennon, first wife of John Lennon, dies of cancer
LONDON (AP) -- Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of former Beatles guitarist John Lennon, died of cancer Wednesday at her home in Spain. She was 75.... 4/1/2015 5:55 PM

Al-Jazeera journalist says Canada not issuing him passport
TORONTO (AP) -- Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy says Canada is refusing to issue him a new passport.... 4/1/2015 5:53 PM

9 UK citizens headed to Syria arrested, Turkey military says
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkey's military says that nine British citizens have been arrested trying to cross into Syria.... 4/1/2015 5:52 PM

10 Ebola cases found during Sierra Leone's shutdown
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone found 10 new Ebola cases during a three-day countrywide shutdown, an official said Wednesday, declaring that the West African country is now at the "tail end" of the epidemic.... 4/1/2015 5:47 PM

Iran nuke talks stumble a day after missing deal deadline
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program appeared headed for double overtime on Wednesday, beset by competing claims after diplomats abandoned a March 31 deadline for the outline of a deal and agreed to press on.... 4/1/2015 5:43 PM

Israel reports successful test of missile-defense system
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli officials announced Wednesday that a joint U.S.-Israeli missile-defense system has successfully passed a new test and is expected to be operational next year - a development that would provide an important tool in protecting the country against Hezbollah militants in Lebanon.... 4/1/2015 5:43 PM

Greek pensioners hold anti-government rallies
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Holding up walking sticks and chanting anti-government slogans, thousands of pensioners have joined protest rallies around Greece to demand that the country's new left-wing government end cuts to their monthly payments.... 4/1/2015 5:43 PM

Mexican oil rig burns off coast, 4 dead, 16 injured
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A fire at a shallow-water oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico has killed four workers, injured 16 and forced the evacuation of 300, Mexico's state-owned oil company said Wednesday.... 4/1/2015 5:38 PM

In Jamaica, man hurls 'suspicious package' at US Embassy
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Jamaican soldiers and police took positions around the U.S. Embassy in the island's capital on Wednesday after a man hurled a "suspicious package" over the building's wall.... 4/1/2015 5:26 PM

Popularity of presidents of Brazil, Chile fall amid scandals
SAO PAULO (AP) -- The once-popular presidents of Brazil and Chile have both seen their approval ratings plunge amid corruption scandals that have battered their center-left governments, according to polls released Wednesday.... 4/1/2015 5:19 PM

Thailand junta replaces martial law with absolute power
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's junta lifted martial law in most of the nation, but 10 months after staging a coup, it remains firmly in control - with new laws invoked Wednesday that essentially give it absolute power.... 4/1/2015 5:11 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 5:05 PM

Italy senate approves law to fight corruption amid scandals
ROME (AP) -- Italy's Senate has approved an anti-corruption bill amid a rash of kickback and bribery scandals.... 4/1/2015 5:02 PM

Macedonian intel chief accused of bribery in Israel deal
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Macedonia's main left-wing opposition leader has accused the head of the country's intelligence service of taking a large bribe for a surveillance equipment deal with Israel in 2011.... 4/1/2015 4:49 PM

Bondholders offer $2B boost for Puerto Rico power company
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A group of U.S. bondholders is offering $2 billion to help boost the finances and infrastructure of Puerto Rico's power company amid fears it will go bankrupt.... 4/1/2015 4:47 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 4:46 PM

US military aid released to Egypt boosts leader's legitimacy
CAIRO (AP) -- The release of U.S. military aid to Egypt withheld following the army's overthrow of an elected Islamist president in 2013 has boosted the legitimacy of the former military chief now running the country, nearly a year into his four-year term.... 4/1/2015 4:40 PM

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

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

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