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Indonesian general says his flashy watch is a fake
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia's military commander said critics who called him out for wearing an especially luxurious watch should be quiet because the timepiece is actually a cheap Chinese fake.... 4/23/2014 10:45 AM

Colombia president reinstates ousted Bogota mayor
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- President Jose Manuel Santos says he has reinstated ousted Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro after a Colombian court ordered the move.... 4/23/2014 10:41 AM

Guyana residents seek improvements to 911 system
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) -- People in the South American country of Guyana are pressuring the government to improve its 911 emergency system amid accusations that numerous calls about serious incidents are going unanswered.... 4/23/2014 10:33 AM

Gaza official: Israeli airstrike wounds 3
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas officials say an Israeli airstrike has hit the northern Gaza Strip.... 4/23/2014 10:31 AM

Sri Lanka to deport UK tourist with Buddha tattoo
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lankan authorities will deport a British tourist for having an image of Buddha tattooed on her arm, an official said Wednesday.... 4/23/2014 10:27 AM

Spacious new Heathrow Terminal 2 set for opening
LONDON (AP) -- The rundown, overcrowded Terminal 2 at London's sprawling Heathrow Airport is long gone, about to be replaced by a spacious new building built to handle 20 million passengers each year.... 4/23/2014 10:23 AM

Poland holds security exercise, 1st in decades
JASCE, Poland (AP) -- Poland's security services have begun their first major security exercise in decades, evacuating the Interior Ministry in Warsaw and rescuing three foreigners allegedly injured in a helicopter crash.... 4/23/2014 10:14 AM

Justin Bieber apologizes for Japan war shrine trip
TOKYO (AP) -- Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting a Japanese war shrine, saying he thought it was a beautiful site and only a place of prayer.... 4/23/2014 10:06 AM

FM vows response if Russians attacked in Ukraine
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday promised a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine - a vow that came after Ukraine announced a renewal of its "anti-terror" campaign against those occupying buildings in its troubled east.... 4/23/2014 10:02 AM

Pakistan's army wants TV news channel shut down
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's powerful army has asked a government regulator to shut down a leading private news channel over what the military calls "false" reports that the country's intelligence service shot one of its top anchors.... 4/23/2014 10:00 AM

Yemen examines DNA of slain al-Qaida militants
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A high ranking security official says this week's Yemeni government campaign against al-Qaida aimed at targeting its top leaders and that authorities are examining DNA samples of those killed to determine their identities.... 4/23/2014 9:47 AM

Officials: 1 UN soldier wounded by mine in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Officials say a United Nations vehicle securing an airstrip in northern Mali drove over a mine and a Chadian soldier with the U.N. force has been seriously wounded.... 4/23/2014 9:41 AM

Europe recovery shows signs of strengthening
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- A closely watched survey has found business activity across the 18-country eurozone running at a three-year high, in perhaps the clearest sign yet that the economic recovery is gaining momentum.... 4/23/2014 9:39 AM

Brazil passes bill on Internet privacy
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's Congress passed a bill guaranteeing Internet privacy and enshrining access to the Web on the eve of a major conference in Sao Paulo on the future of Internet governance that's expected to draw representatives from some 80 countries.... 4/23/2014 9:37 AM

SKorea ferry toll hits 156 as search gets tougher
JINDO, South Korea (AP) -- As the 156th body was pulled from waters where the ferry Sewol sank a week ago, relatives of the nearly 150 still missing pressed the government Wednesday to finish the grim task of recovery soon. But the work was reaching a new, more complicated phase, with an official saying divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims.... 4/23/2014 9:28 AM

Turkey calls WWI Armenian killings 'shared pain'
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday offered an unprecedented, conciliatory message to Armenians on the eve of the anniversary of the massacre of Armenians almost a century ago.... 4/23/2014 9:17 AM

Bomb, shooting in Egypt kills 2 police officers
CAIRO (AP) -- A senior Egyptian police officer was killed after an explosive device placed under his car went off in a western Cairo suburb on Wednesday while another officer died in a raid on a militant hideout in the country's second-largest city, officials said.... 4/23/2014 9:11 AM

Train derails in Congo, dozens dead
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Officials in Congo say a freight train has derailed in the country's southeast, killing at least 30 people.... 4/23/2014 9:10 AM

Obama: US-Japan treaty applies to disputed islands
TOKYO (AP) -- President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan.... 4/23/2014 9:03 AM

Prof: Ferry turned further than 3rd mate ordered
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- A maritime professor who spoke with the third mate who was steering the South Korean ferry before it sank said Wednesday that he suspects there was a problem with the steering gear.... 4/23/2014 9:03 AM