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Protector of vast African park shot and wounded
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A member of Belgium's royal family who, as director of a vast national park in eastern Congo has tried to defend endangered mountain gorillas and other animals from poachers and the forests from illegal logging and charcoal production, was shot and seriously wounded as he drove in the area, officials said Wednesday.... 4/16/2014 12:02 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

NKorea complains over barber's Kim Jong Un poster
LONDON (AP) -- North Korean diplomats have asked the British government to take action against a London hair salon's poster poking fun at distinctively coiffured leader Kim Jong Un.... 4/16/2014 11:44 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

20 killed as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Officials say suspected Islamic militants killed 20 people including a traditional ruler in northeast Nigeria, the latest in a string of attacks in recent days.... 4/16/2014 11:39 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

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 11:03 AM

Combat vehicles in east Ukraine fly Russian flag
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- A column of armored vehicles flying Russian flags drove into a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian insurgents Wednesday, dampening the central government's hopes of re-establishing control over restive eastern Ukraine.... 4/16/2014 10:48 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

Tanzanian president warns Congo rebels to disarm
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) -- Tanzania's president warned armed groups operating in eastern Congo to disarm or risk being hunted down by Congolese and U.N. forces in an interview with The Associated Press.... 4/16/2014 10:28 AM

Planned anti-gay rally in Ethiopia is cancelled
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- A planned anti-gay rally that would have made Ethiopia the latest African country to demonize gays has been cancelled, officials said Wednesday.... 4/16/2014 10:23 AM

Romanian poet, dissident Nina Cassian dies
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanian poet and translator Nina Cassian, who obtained political asylum in the United States after the Communist-era secret police found her critical poems scribbled in a friend's diary, has died in New York City. She was 89.... 4/16/2014 10:19 AM

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 10:18 AM

Session to elect Lebanon president on April 23
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's parliament speaker on Wednesday called for a meeting to elect a new president on April 23, kicking off what is expected to be a lengthy and fiercely contested vote for the country's top Christian post amid regional unrest.... 4/16/2014 10:12 AM