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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

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 10:30 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

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 10:16 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

Malaysia reports first Asian death from MERS virus
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A Malaysian man who went on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia has become the first death in Asia from Middle East respiratory syndrome, while the Philippines has isolated a health worker who tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.... 4/16/2014 10:01 AM

Egypt Islamist sentenced to 7 years for forgery
CAIRO (AP) -- An ultraconservative Islamist who is an ally of ousted President Mohammed Morsi was convicted Wednesday of forging official documents to conceal that his mother was a U.S. citizen, receiving a seven-year prison sentence.... 4/16/2014 9:57 AM

Court rejects bankruptcy protection for Mt. Gox
TOKYO (AP) -- The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo is headed for liquidation after a court rejected its bankruptcy protection application.... 4/16/2014 9:45 AM

Ex-editor admits hearing hacked voicemails in 2004
LONDON (AP) -- Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has acknowledged that he listened to hacked voicemail messages while he was editor of the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid.... 4/16/2014 9:42 AM

NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday.... 4/16/2014 9:36 AM

World stocks up on hopes Chinese slowdown is mild
TOKYO (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 9:29 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 9:20 AM

Russian economy hit by Ukraine turmoil
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's economy slowed sharply in the first three months of the year as uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine spooked investors into pulling money out of the country, a government minister said Wednesday.... 4/16/2014 9:16 AM

Pistorius trial: Defense tries to build case
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius' lawyers at his murder trial Wednesday tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum, but the prosecutor sharply questioned the credentials and findings of a forensic expert for the defense.... 4/16/2014 9:08 AM

Passenger train derails in northern India; 42 hurt
GAUHATI, India (AP) -- A passenger train derailed in northeastern India early Wednesday, and dozens of passengers suffered mostly minor injuries.... 4/16/2014 9:08 AM