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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 9:21 AM

Egypt Islamist sentenced to 7 years for forgery
CAIRO (AP) -- A criminal court in Egypt has sentenced an ultraconservative Islamist who is an ally of ousted President Mohammed Morsi to seven years in prison after convicting him of forging official documents to conceal that his mother was a U.S. citizen.... 4/16/2014 9:20 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

Female Afghan lawmaker wounded in shooting attack
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A female Afghan lawmaker was wounded in a shooting that her sister called a political attack, but which the government on Wednesday described as resulting from an undetermined personal dispute with a police officer.... 4/16/2014 9:07 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 9:03 AM

292 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disaster
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 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 8:57 AM

Paul Weller's children win lawsuit over pictures
LONDON (AP) -- The children of musician Paul Weller won a privacy lawsuit Wednesday over paparazzi pictures published on a newspaper website.... 4/16/2014 8:50 AM

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 8:44 AM

Filipino positive for MERS virus home from UAE
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A Filipino health worker who tested positive for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus has arrived home from the United Arab Emirates, Philippine officials said Wednesday. It's the first known case of the deadly virus in the country.... 4/16/2014 8:41 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 fleeing the conflict in the Central African Republic, warning that the dire needs of hundreds of thousands can't be met with existing funds.... 4/16/2014 8:37 AM

Police say 5 dead in Calgary stabbings
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- The son of a Calgary police officer was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the law enforcement officials called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city's history.... 4/16/2014 8:29 AM

France targets welfare for big spending cuts
PARIS (AP) -- France's prime minister has announced plans to cut 21 billion euros ($29 billion) from pensions, social care and health care as a part of a 50-billion-euro effort to rein in the country's debt and deficit.... 4/16/2014 8:18 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 8:02 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 7:20 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-Russia demonstrators Wednesday, dampening the central government's hopes to re-establish control over restive eastern Ukraine.... 4/16/2014 7:20 AM

If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US
BEIJING (AP) -- Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely to throw such cases out if the crashes happened overseas.... 4/16/2014 7:10 AM

Parliament to elect Lebanon president on April 23
BEIRUT (AP) -- An aide to the speaker of the Lebanese parliament says that a parliamentary session to elect the country's new president has been set for next week.... 4/16/2014 6:59 AM