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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

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 10:28 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

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