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Mexico arrests mayor for drug cartel extortion
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Prosecutors in western Mexico arrested the mayor of a city that once served as a stronghold of the Knights Templar drug cartel on charges that he helped the gang extort money from city council members.... 4/16/2014 12:53 PM

Protector of vast African park shot and wounded
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A Belgian royal who, as director of a vast national park in eastern Congo has defended endangered mountain gorillas and other animals from poachers and the forests from illegal logging, was shot and seriously wounded as he drove through the park, officials said Wednesday.... 4/16/2014 12:51 PM

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman cleared of fraud
DUBLIN (AP) -- A jury has cleared former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick of all fraud charges related to a loans-for-shares scheme that preceded the bank's 2009 collapse.... 4/16/2014 12:50 PM

Israel police disperse riot at Jerusalem holy site
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police stormed a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem on Wednesday, firing tear gas to disperse a protest by Palestinian Muslim worshippers, officials said.... 4/16/2014 12:44 PM

Pro-Russian insurgents seize armored vehicles
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pro-Russian insurgents commandeered six Ukrainian armored vehicles along with their crews and hoisted Russian flags over them Wednesday, dampening the central government's hopes of re-establishing control over restive eastern Ukraine.... 4/16/2014 12:40 PM

Egypt Islamist sentenced to 7 years for forgery
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court convicted an ultraconservative Islamist who is an ally of ousted President Mohammed Morsi of forging official documents to conceal that his mother was a U.S. citizen, sentencing Wednesday him to seven years in prison.... 4/16/2014 12:39 PM

AP names Nigeria chief of bureau
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The Associated Press has named Michelle Faul, who has covered the major stories of Africa over the past three decades, as its bureau chief in Nigeria.... 4/16/2014 12:31 PM

Argentine zoo shows off white tiger triplets
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- The Buenos Aires Zoo is showing off its latest brood of white tigers - Bengal triplets with piercing blue eyes and a playful attitude.... 4/16/2014 12:28 PM

20 killed as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Suspected Islamic militants have struck for a fourth time in three days in Nigeria, killing 20 people including a traditional ruler in attacks in the northeast, local government and security officials said Wednesday.... 4/16/2014 12:17 PM

NKorea complains over barber's Kim Jong Un poster
LONDON (AP) -- North Korea has made a diplomatic appeal to the British government to get a London salon out of its hair.... 4/16/2014 12:11 PM

Apology for UN refusal to stop Rwanda genocide
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The man who was president of the U.N. Security Council in April 1994 has apologized for the council's refusal to recognize that genocide was taking place in Rwanda mainly against the Tutsi minority - and for doing nothing to halt the slaughter of more than one million people according to government figures.... 4/16/2014 12:00 PM

World stocks up on hopes Chinese slowdown is mild
LONDON (AP) -- World stock markets rose Wednesday after Chinese economic figures showed the slowdown in the first quarter was less severe than expected.... 4/16/2014 11:57 AM

UN deploys Ugandan guard unit in Somali capital
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- About 400 Ugandan troops will be deployed to Somalia under a new United Nations guard unit charged with protecting U.N. staff and installations in the violence-prone Somali capital, Ugandan military officials said.... 4/16/2014 11:51 AM

Pakistan Taliban: Truce over but talks continue
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- The Pakistani Taliban says it will not renew a ceasefire it called to facilitate peace negotiations with the government but says talks will continue.... 4/16/2014 11:50 AM

Iraq: Abu Ghraib prison closure not permanent
BAGHDAD (AP) -- An Iraqi Justice Ministry official said Wednesday that this week's closure of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad is temporary and that it will be reopened once the security situation in the surrounding area is stable.... 4/16/2014 11:40 AM

Jordanian jets strike vehicles on Syrian border
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordanian military warplanes struck a convoy of vehicles as they were trying to enter Jordan from Syria, the army said in a statement Wednesday, in an unusual move at a time of tensions between the desert kingdom and Damascus.... 4/16/2014 11:37 AM

Russian economy hit by Ukraine turmoil
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's economy slowed sharply at the start of the year as the crisis in Ukraine spooked investors into pulling money out of the country. But with Russian President Vladimir Putin still enjoying high popularity ratings, the economic damage is not yet likely to soften his politics in the region, analysts say.... 4/16/2014 11:26 AM

UN seeks $274 million for Central African Republic
GENEVA (AP) -- The United Nations and aid groups launched an appeal for $274 million Wednesday to help people who have fled the Central African Republic because of the sectarian conflict there, warning that the dire needs of hundreds of thousands of refugees can't be met with existing funds.... 4/16/2014 10:38 AM

283 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disaster
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- A ferry carrying 462 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving more than 280 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.... 4/16/2014 10:37 AM

Venezuelan crisis talks show signs of progress
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Negotiators from Venezuela's government and the opposition agreed to broaden membership in a truth commission tasked with investigating who's to blame for 41 deaths tied to weeks of political unrest.... 4/16/2014 10:31 AM