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K-tel creator Philip Kives has died at age 87
TORONTO (AP) -- Philip Kives, the tireless pitchman whose television commercials sold everything from vegetable slicers to hit music records, has died at age 87.... 4/28/2016 9:54 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

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 Thursday seeking to help resolve a political standoff that has left elections in the Caribbean nation in limbo.... 4/28/2016 9:01 PM

UN says 9,333 killed since Ukraine conflict began
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. says nearly 10,000 people have been killed and more than 20,000 injured since the Ukraine conflict begin in April 2014.... 4/28/2016 8:59 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

Israelis, Palestinians differ on shooting after teens killed
QATANA, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian siblings gunned down at a West Bank checkpoint after approaching Israeli troops - with knives, according to Israel - were needlessly killed and could have been subdued without deadly force, their parents, witnesses and an Israeli lawmaker said Thursday.... 4/28/2016 8:03 PM

South Korea: Suspected midrange North Korean missiles fail
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea attempted unsuccessfully to launch two suspected powerful intermediate-range missiles on Thursday, South Korean defense officials said, bringing the number of apparent failures in recent weeks to three.... 4/28/2016 7:50 PM

Casualties mount from bombardment in Syria's largest city
BEIRUT (AP) -- Airstrikes and artillery killed more than 60 people in the past 24 hours in Aleppo, including dozens at a hospital in a rebel-held neighborhood, as Syria's largest city was turned once again into a major battleground in the civil war, officials said Thursday.... 4/28/2016 7:32 PM

Egypt explorers hunt gold in the desert, following ancients
EASTERN DESERT, Egypt (AP) -- Off the off-road tracks deep in Egypt's eastern desert, prospectors are ramping up the hunt for the treasure once revered by the Pharaohs as the "skin of the gods" - gold.... 4/28/2016 7:32 PM

Egypt tries to divert eyes to citizen who died in London
CAIRO (AP) -- Under scrutiny in Europe over its handling of investigations into the torture death of an Italian student in Cairo, Egyptian authorities sought to deflect attention Thursday toward the fate of a British-Egyptian man who died in a London fire.... 4/28/2016 7:23 PM

Vatican crackdown on tax cheats flagged in oversight report
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican's financial watchdog said Thursday it received 544 reports of suspicious financial transactions last year, a three-fold increase over 2014, thanks in part to beefed-up efforts to flag potential tax cheats who are using the Vatican bank to hide money.... 4/28/2016 6:38 PM

Police: 80 people arrested in Ontario in child porn probe
TORONTO (AP) -- Ontario police say they have arrested 80 people as part of a sweeping investigation into internet child pornography in the province.... 4/28/2016 6:34 PM

Italy, Austria make deal to avoid Brenner Pass closure
MILAN (AP) -- Italy and Austria have reached a deal to avoid closing the heavily trafficked Brenner Pass, an important conduit for tourists and goods transiting Europe, Italy's interior minister said Thursday.... 4/28/2016 6:09 PM

UK police charge 3 with terrorism offenses in Birmingham
LONDON (AP) -- British police on Thursday charged two men and a woman from Birmingham with terrorism-related offenses in a probe that began after the deadly extremist attacks on Paris and Brussels.... 4/28/2016 6:04 PM

American state senator meets with Syrian President Assad
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad scored a minor, if bizarre, publicity victory Thursday, receiving a part-time state senator from America at a time when U.S. officials have repeatedly asserted Assad has lost his legitimacy to rule the war-torn country.... 4/28/2016 6:01 PM

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