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China frees Japanese boat after boat owner pays up
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese court says today it has released a Japanese commercial ship after owner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines paid more than $28 million involving a dispute dating back to the wartime in the 1930s.... 4/23/2014 11:31 PM

China to open 8 state industries for investment
BEIJING (AP) -- China's government said it would open 80 projects in eight state-run industries to private and foreign investors as part of efforts to make its slowing economy more efficient.... 4/23/2014 11:30 PM

UN considering sanctions over South Sudan massacre
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday viewed "horrific pictures of corpses" from the scene of last week's massacre in South Sudan and discussed taking actions that could include sanctions, diplomats said.... 4/23/2014 10:55 PM

Obama offering Japan security, economic assurances
TOKYO (AP) -- President Barack Obama is seeking to reassure Japanese leaders Thursday that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges to Asia even as the crisis in Ukraine demands U.S. attention and resources elsewhere.... 4/23/2014 10:22 PM

UN: 3.5 million Syrians desperately need aid
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- 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 and the risk of sectarian violence grows, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday.... 4/23/2014 9:58 PM

SKorea ferry toll hits 159 as relatives wait
JINDO, South Korea (AP) -- Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll neared 160 and relatives of the more than 140 still missing pressed the government to finish the grim task of recovery soon.... 4/23/2014 9:34 PM

Rio official pledges transparent probe in slaying
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Rio de Janeiro's top security official on Wednesday promised a rigorous investigation into the death of a young man that sparked overnight clashes in a slum near a key Olympic venue and did not rule out that police may have been responsible.... 4/23/2014 9:23 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

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