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Italy senate approves law to fight corruption amid scandals
ROME (AP) -- Italy's Senate has approved an anti-corruption bill amid a rash of kickback and bribery scandals.... 4/1/2015 5:02 PM

Presidents of Brazil, Chile both see approval ratings plunge
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Two news polls show the approval ratings of the presidents of Brazil and Chile both plunging amid corruption scandals that have battered their governments.... 4/1/2015 4:58 PM

Cynthia Lennon, first wife of John Lennon, dies of cancer
LONDON (AP) -- Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of former Beatles guitarist John Lennon, died Wednesday at her home in Spain. She was 75.... 4/1/2015 4:52 PM

Macedonian intel chief accused of bribery in Israel deal
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Macedonia's main left-wing opposition leader has accused the head of the country's intelligence service of taking a large bribe for a surveillance equipment deal with Israel in 2011.... 4/1/2015 4:49 PM

Israel reports successful test of missile-defense system
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli officials say a joint U.S.-Israeli missile defense system has successfully passed a new test and is expected to be operational next year.... 4/1/2015 4:47 PM

Bondholders offer $2B boost for Puerto Rico power company
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A group of U.S. bondholders is offering $2 billion to help boost the finances and infrastructure of Puerto Rico's power company amid fears it will go bankrupt.... 4/1/2015 4:47 PM

Greek air traffic controllers call for radar system upgrade
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's air traffic controllers' union is calling for an urgent upgrade of the country's air traffic radar system and for more staff to be hired to handle increasing number of tourist arrivals.... 4/1/2015 4:46 PM

US military aid released to Egypt boosts leader's legitimacy
CAIRO (AP) -- The release of U.S. military aid to Egypt withheld following the army's overthrow of an elected Islamist president in 2013 has boosted the legitimacy of the former military chief now running the country, nearly a year into his four-year term.... 4/1/2015 4:40 PM

Old colonial statues are in the crosshairs in South Africa
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- It began with a container of excrement.... 4/1/2015 4:35 PM

Nigeria celebrates Buhari's stunning win; challenges loom
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerians celebrated Muhammadu Buhari's electrifying victory in presidential elections Wednesday but sobering challenges confront their next leader, from an Islamic uprising to widespread poverty and graft.... 4/1/2015 4:31 PM

Mexican oil rig burns off coast, 1 dead
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A fire that broke out Wednesday at a shallow-water oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico has killed one worker and injured 16, Mexico's state-owned oil company said.... 4/1/2015 4:28 PM

IS enters Palestinian camp in Damascus; Jordan closes border
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Islamic State militants infiltrated a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus on Wednesday and were clashing with a Palestinian group, the deepest foray yet by the extremist group into the Syrian capital, seat of President Bashar Assad's power, according to opposition activists and Palestinian officials.... 4/1/2015 4:26 PM

Ex-husband of Canadian diplomat says their son killed in US
TORONTO (AP) -- The ex-husband of a Canadian diplomat said Wednesday that one of their sons has been killed and another has been arrested in a Miami drug deal gone bad.... 4/1/2015 4:25 PM

In Jamaica, man hurls 'suspicious package' at US embassy
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Jamaican soldiers and police are positioned around the U.S. Embassy in the island's capital after a man hurled a "suspicious package" over the building's wall.... 4/1/2015 4:19 PM

Emirates, Etihad planes involved in air traffic scare
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Jetliners from the United Arab Emirates' two main airlines avoided a possible midair collision after they got too close to each other earlier this week.... 4/1/2015 4:15 PM

Istanbul police kill woman carrying bomb near police HQ
ISTANBUL (AP) -- In a second evening of violence in Istanbul, police killed a woman Wednesday carrying a bomb near the city's main police headquarters, an official said.... 4/1/2015 4:10 PM

A day after missing deal deadline, Iran nuclear talks resume
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program resumed here Wednesday but were almost immediately beset by competing claims, just hours after diplomats abandoned a March 31 deadline to reach the outline of a deal and agreed to press on. And as the latest round hit the week mark, three of the six foreign ministers involved left the talks with prospects for agreement remaining uncertain.... 4/1/2015 4:10 PM

Report: Egypt, Nigeria led world in death sentences in 2014
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Egypt and Nigeria accounted for well over 1,000 of the death sentences announced last year, more than a third of the world's total, Amnesty International says in its latest annual report on the death penalty.... 4/1/2015 3:41 PM

Rebels in eastern Ukraine pay pensions in Russian rubles
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia-backed rebel authorities in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday started paying pensions in Russian rubles.... 4/1/2015 3:32 PM

Thailand junta replaces martial law with absolute power
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand lifted martial law in most of the nation on Wednesday, but 10 months after staging a coup, a military junta remains in control, essentially with absolute power.... 4/1/2015 3:28 PM

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