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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 3:34 PM

Mexico nabs No. 2 in Beltran-Leyva gang
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican police said Wednesday they have captured a man identified as the second highest-ranking figure in the once-powerful Beltran Leyva drug cartel.... 4/16/2014 3:23 PM

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 3:13 PM

Cuba publishes text of foreign investment law
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba on Wednesday published the full language of a new law that seeks to make it more attractive for foreign investors to bring badly needed capital to the island, but provides less advantage for projects that are 100 percent foreign-financed.... 4/16/2014 3:10 PM

Geneva talks on Ukraine face steep hurdles
MOSCOW (AP) -- Thursday's high-level talks in Geneva on Ukraine come as the country's eastern regions are awash in turmoil and pro-Russian insurgents have seized police stations and government buildings in at least nine cities.... 4/16/2014 2:57 PM

Bosnians see victims excavated from mass grave
SEJKOVACA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Denisa Hegic pulled her scarf around her nose to guard against the stench, and drew back the plastic shroud. Shaking, she reached down to touch her mother's skull, and caressed it.... 4/16/2014 2:48 PM

Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius' lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete's shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own credentials and findings sharply questioned.... 4/16/2014 2:29 PM

Apology for UN refusal to stop Rwanda genocide
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The diplomat who was president of the U.N. Security Council in April 1994 apologized Wednesday for the council's refusal to recognize that genocide was taking place in Rwanda and for doing nothing to halt the slaughter of more than one million people.... 4/16/2014 2:29 PM

Egypt Islamist sentenced to 7 years for forgery
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court convicted an ultraconservative Islamist and ally of ousted President Mohammed Morsi of forging official documents to conceal that his mother was a U.S. citizen, and sentenced him Wednesday to seven years in prison.... 4/16/2014 2:21 PM

Algerian election faces disaffected populace
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- The college students playing pick-up soccer along the faded grandeur of Algiers' sweeping waterfront say they won't be voting in Thursday's presidential elections, echoing the sentiments of many young Algerians.... 4/16/2014 2:11 PM

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman cleared of fraud
LONDON (AP) -- A jury Wednesday 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 1:59 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 1:57 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 1:54 PM

France targets welfare for big spending cuts
PARIS (AP) -- France's new prime minister announced plans Wednesday to cut 21 billion euros ($29 billion) from state pensions, health care and the social safety net as a part of a 50 billion-euro effort to rein in the country's debt and deficit.... 4/16/2014 1:52 PM

Pakistan Taliban says truce over but talks ongoing
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- The Pakistani Taliban said Wednesday they will not renew a ceasefire they called over a month ago to facilitate peace negotiations but said they will still continue talks with the government.... 4/16/2014 1:47 PM

Prominent human rights lawyer detained in Saudi
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Saudi activists say authorities have detained a prominent human rights lawyer in the capital.... 4/16/2014 1:35 PM

Detained Berlusconi ally taken ill in Lebanon
BEIRUT (AP) -- A Lebanese security official says a longtime ally of former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi detained in Lebanon has been moved to a Beirut hospital after falling ill.... 4/16/2014 1:16 PM

Watchdog: Rise in targeted media killings in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- A spike in targeted murders of journalists in Syria landed the war-shattered country for the first time on the Committee to Protect Journalists' annual Impunity Index, joining a list of countries where journalists' killings are most likely to go unpunished, the international watchdog said Wednesday.... 4/16/2014 1:13 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 1:03 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 12:57 PM