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Obama offering Japan security, economic assurances
TOKYO (AP) -- Facing fresh questions about his commitment to Asia, President Barack Obama will seek to convince Japan's leaders Thursday that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges, even as the crisis in Ukraine demands U.S. attention and resources elsewhere.... 4/23/2014 8:44 PM

Colombia president reinstates ousted Bogota mayor
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's capital changed hands for a third time in little over a month after President Juan Manuel Santos executed a court order reinstating Bogota's ousted leftist mayor.... 4/23/2014 8:41 PM

UN: 3.5 million Syrians desperately need aid
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says almost 3.5 million civilians in Syria have virtually no access to desperately needed humanitarian aid and people are dying needlessly every day as violence and extremism escalate.... 4/23/2014 8:29 PM

Material on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australian officials said Thursday that after examining detailed photographs of unidentified material that washed ashore in the southwestern part of the country they are satisfied it is not a clue in the search for the missing Malaysian plane.... 4/23/2014 8:24 PM

Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side.... 4/23/2014 7:58 PM

Chile aims to end dictatorship-era election rules
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- President Michelle Bachelet is determined to make Chile's democracy more representative, and for the first time in a quarter century, there may be just enough votes in Congress to achieve it.... 4/23/2014 7:30 PM

Bolivia threatens to fire protesting soldiers
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Despite a government threat to fire them, some 500 soldiers marched in Bolivia's capital Wednesday for a second consecutive day to demand greater upward mobility within the armed forces.... 4/23/2014 7:21 PM

Bolivia approves downing of drug-smuggling planes
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- A new Bolivian law authorizes the country's military to shoot down planes suspected of smuggling cocaine, though it cannot yet be put into practice because it doesn't have sufficient radar coverage.... 4/23/2014 7:03 PM

Hagel seeking to deepen US-Mexico ties
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday he is exploring ways to deepen U.S.-Mexican defense ties, including the possibility of training exercises with Mexican forces.... 4/23/2014 6:56 PM

Brazil enacts Internet 'Bill of Rights'
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's president signed into law on Wednesday a "Bill of Rights" for the digital age that aims to protect online privacy and promote the Internet as a public utility by barring telecommunications companies from charging for preferential access to their networks.... 4/23/2014 6:32 PM

Amid Russia warning, Ukraine is in a security bind
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia's foreign minister warned Wednesday that attacks on Russian citizens or interests in Ukraine would bring a firm response and drew a comparison to the circumstances that opened the war with Georgia in 2008.... 4/23/2014 6:22 PM

Train derails in Congo, dozens dead
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Officials in Congo say a freight train has derailed in the country's southeast, killing around 50 people.... 4/23/2014 6:07 PM

Ex-Senegalese president to retry homecoming
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A Senegalese party official says the former president plans to return home on Thursday after finally receiving permission for his plane to land for what was supposed to be his triumphant homecoming after two years abroad.... 4/23/2014 6:05 PM

Canada to end tankers linked to Quebec explosion
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada said Wednesday it was phasing out the type of rail tankers involved in last summer's massive explosion of a runaway oil train that incinerated much of a town in Quebec, killing 47 people and prompting intense public pressure to make oil trains safer.... 4/23/2014 5:46 PM

Oldest living ex-MLB player dies in Cuba at 102
HAVANA (AP) -- Conrado Marrero, the diminutive Cuban right-hander who pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s and in 2011 became the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, died in Havana on Wednesday. He was 102, just two days short of his 103rd birthday.... 4/23/2014 5:30 PM

Lawyer: US man held in Cuba seeks to go home soon
HAVANA (AP) -- The lawyer for U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross, who has been imprisoned for more than four years in Cuba, said Wednesday his client is certain he will go home in the next year, be it alive or dead.... 4/23/2014 5:19 PM

Car bomb outside Nairobi police station kills 4
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Police in Kenya's capital intercepted a suspicious car at a traffic light Wednesday and were taking the occupants in for questioning when the car exploded, killing four people, including two police officers, officials said.... 4/23/2014 4:54 PM

Mexico steps back from telecom, Internet limits
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's governing party appeared to step away on Wednesday from a proposal that would authorize officials to block Internet and telecom signals, pulling back a day after anti-censorship protests that ended in clashes in Mexico City.... 4/23/2014 4:50 PM

UN says it sheltered thousands from Sudan killings
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The United Nations mission in South Sudan accused the government Wednesday of spreading false claims that the U.N. camp near the scene of a massacre refused to shelter victims.... 4/23/2014 4:49 PM

As peace deadline nears, Abbas says he has options
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is trying to show that he has alternatives if U.S.-mediated talks with Israel break off Tuesday, the deadline for agreeing on a possible extension.... 4/23/2014 4:46 PM