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Train derails in Congo, dozens dead
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Officials in Congo say a freight train has derailed in the country's southeast, killing around 50 people.... 4/23/2014 6:07 PM

Ex-Senegalese president to retry homecoming
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A Senegalese party official says the former president plans to return home on Thursday after finally receiving permission for his plane to land for what was supposed to be his triumphant homecoming after two years abroad.... 4/23/2014 6:05 PM

Canada to end tankers linked to Quebec explosion
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada said Wednesday it was phasing out the type of rail tankers involved in last summer's massive explosion of a runaway oil train that incinerated much of a town in Quebec, killing 47 people and prompting intense public pressure to make oil trains safer.... 4/23/2014 5:46 PM

Chile aims to end dictatorship-era election rules
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chilean President Michelle Bachelet says she is determined to make her country's democracy more representative, and she may have just enough votes in Congress to achieve it.... 4/23/2014 5:44 PM

Oldest living ex-MLB player dies in Cuba at 102
HAVANA (AP) -- Conrado Marrero, the diminutive Cuban right-hander who pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s and in 2011 became the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, died in Havana on Wednesday. He was 102, just two days short of his 103rd birthday.... 4/23/2014 5:30 PM

Hagel seeking to deepen US-Mexico ties
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he is exploring ways to deepen U.S.-Mexican defense ties, including the possibility of training exercises with Mexican forces.... 4/23/2014 5:26 PM

Lawyer: US man held in Cuba seeks to go home soon
HAVANA (AP) -- The lawyer for U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross, who has been imprisoned for more than four years in Cuba, said Wednesday his client is certain he will go home in the next year, be it alive or dead.... 4/23/2014 5:19 PM

Car bomb outside Nairobi police station kills 4
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Police in Kenya's capital intercepted a suspicious car at a traffic light Wednesday and were taking the occupants in for questioning when the car exploded, killing four people, including two police officers, officials said.... 4/23/2014 4:54 PM

Mexico steps back from telecom, Internet limits
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's governing party appeared to step away on Wednesday from a proposal that would authorize officials to block Internet and telecom signals, pulling back a day after anti-censorship protests that ended in clashes in Mexico City.... 4/23/2014 4:50 PM

UN says it sheltered thousands from Sudan killings
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The United Nations mission in South Sudan accused the government Wednesday of spreading false claims that the U.N. camp near the scene of a massacre refused to shelter victims.... 4/23/2014 4:49 PM

As peace deadline nears, Abbas says he has options
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is trying to show that he has alternatives if U.S.-mediated talks with Israel break off Tuesday, the deadline for agreeing on a possible extension.... 4/23/2014 4:46 PM

Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side.... 4/23/2014 4:40 PM

UN seeks probe of alleged chlorine gas in Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council called for an investigation Wednesday into reports of alleged chlorine gas use in some Syrian towns, causing deaths and injuries.... 4/23/2014 4:17 PM

Russian social media CEO quits, flees country
MOSCOW (AP) -- The founder of Russia's leading social media network - a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg - has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company's ownership.... 4/23/2014 4:16 PM

American arrested in Venezuela on murder charges
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A U.S. citizen has been arrested in Venezuela on attempted murder and weapons charges after he allegedly shot another man, authorities said Wednesday.... 4/23/2014 4:14 PM

Bomb, shooting in Egypt kills 2 police officers
CAIRO (AP) -- A senior Egyptian police officer was killed by a bomb placed under his car in a western Cairo suburb Wednesday, the latest in a series of targeted attacks on police and the military as Islamic militant groups keep up a campaign of violence since last summer's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.... 4/23/2014 4:08 PM

Syrian lawmaker first to announce presidential bid
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A Syrian lawmaker registered as a candidate Wednesday for the country's June 3 presidential election, becoming the first official contender in a vote that will take place during the country's civil war and one that embattled President Bashar Assad likely will win.... 4/23/2014 3:47 PM

Palestinian rivals to try again for unity deal
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah agreed Wednesday to form a unity government and hold new elections - a potentially historic step toward mending the rift that has split their people between two sets of rulers for seven years.... 4/23/2014 3:46 PM

New social networks connect cooks and diners
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- If the latest development in culinary social media catches on, the trendiest restaurants may no longer be restaurants.... 4/23/2014 3:44 PM

Islamic militants detained in central Nigeria
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- A "group of terrorists" masquerading as herders have been arrested in Nigeria's central-east Taraba state, the military said Wednesday amid indications that the country's Islamic uprising is spreading.... 4/23/2014 3:39 PM