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Brother takes Colombian politician's place as rebel hostage
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- When leftist rebels earlier this month freed a former governor held captive more than two years, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos welcomed the release as a hopeful sign that the National Liberation Army had finally sworn off kidnapping as peace talks with the group were getting under way.... 4/28/2016 11:55 PM

Iran calls on UN to help with US court asset award
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Iran asked the United Nations on Thursday to intervene with the U.S. government over a Supreme Court ruling that allows nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets to be paid to victims of terrorist attacks for which the Middle Eastern country has been blamed.... 4/28/2016 11:54 PM

UN says 9,333 killed since Ukraine conflict began
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Nearly 10,000 people have been killed and more than 20,000 injured since the Ukraine conflict began in April 2014, a top U.N. official said Thursday.... 4/28/2016 11:53 PM

Missing students' parents demand Mexican prosecutor be fired
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Parents of 43 college students who disappeared in 2014 called Thursday for the firing of the head of Mexico's criminal investigation agency, the AIC, for what they called missteps in the investigation.... 4/28/2016 11:33 PM

US official visits Haiti to assess progress toward elections
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- The U.S. State Department's special coordinator for Haiti arrived in the troubled Caribbean nation Thursday seeking to help resolve a political standoff that has left elections in limbo.... 4/28/2016 11:25 PM

UN: More aid deliveries in Syria, but people still starving
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Thursday that despite increased aid deliveries in Syria, people are still starving without medical care and said the world should be "ashamed" at the devastating human toll in five years of "senseless" fighting.... 4/28/2016 11:17 PM

China passes law tightening controls on foreign nonprofits
BEIJING (AP) -- China passed a law Thursday tightening controls over foreign non-governmental organizations by subjecting them to close police supervision, a move officials say will help the groups but critics charge is the latest attempt by authorities to clamp down on perceived threats to the ruling Communist Party's control.... 4/28/2016 11:11 PM

Mexican general gets 52 years for torturing, killing man
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A judge has sentenced a general in the Mexican army to 52?? years in prison for ordering the torture of a suspect, then having his body burned, Mexico's federal judiciary council said Thursday.... 4/28/2016 10:57 PM

Venezuela congress votes to censure food czar amid
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress voted Thursday to censure the country's food minister amid widespread shortages.... 4/28/2016 10:44 PM

K-tel creator Philip Kives has died at age 87
TORONTO (AP) -- Philip Kives, the tireless TV pitchman whose commercials implored viewers to "wait, there's more!" while selling everything from vegetable slicers to hit music compilations on vinyl, has died at age 87.... 4/28/2016 10:42 PM

Transgender civil servants in Brazil can use chosen name
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian transgender and transsexual civil servants will now be able to use their chosen names while on the job.... 4/28/2016 10:39 PM

Burkina Faso court throws out ex-president arrest warrant
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- An appeals court in Burkina Faso has thrown out an international arrest warrant for former President Blaise Compaore.... 4/28/2016 10:36 PM

Colombia's high court clears way for gay marriage
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's highest court has cleared the way for same-sex couples to marry in the conservative Roman Catholic nation.... 4/28/2016 10:17 PM

Biden presses Iraq to not let political chaos upend gains
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden pressed Iraq on Thursday not to let its crippling political crisis upend hard-fought gains against the Islamic State group as he returned to the country that's come to symbolize America's relentless struggles in the Middle East.... 4/28/2016 9:40 PM

The Latest: Biden leaves Iraq, next stop Rome
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Latest on Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Iraq (all times local):... 4/28/2016 9:35 PM

Mexico charges 4 detectives with holding foreigners
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A judge in Mexico has ordered two federal detectives and two ex-detectives to stand trial on charges of kidnaping for extortion for allegedly holding 15 South American women briefly to demand a bribe for not reporting them to immigration authorities.... 4/28/2016 9:11 PM

Israel treads carefully with claim to Golan
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sparked a new diplomatic brushfire by declaring that the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war, is and should remain "under Israel's sovereignty permanently."... 4/28/2016 9:06 PM

The Latest: UN says many starve in 'senseless' Syria war
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on Syria's civil war (all times local):... 4/28/2016 8:55 PM

Rescuers search for missing in deadly Guatemala trash slide
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Hundreds of rescuers picked through a Guatemalan garbage dump Thursday looking for bodies or possible survivors a day after a massive slope of trash collapsed, killing at least four people.... 4/28/2016 8:42 PM

Malta minister loses portfolio over Panama Papers
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) -- Maltese Minister Konrad Mizzi has been relieved of his duties in energy and health after he acknowledged opening a company in Panama which is held by a trust in New Zealand.... 4/28/2016 8:25 PM



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