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Hugo Chavez' favorite daughter makes UN debut as US bashed
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The favorite daughter of Venezuela's late leader Hugo Chavez made her debut Wednesday as her country's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, at an event where countries lined up to slam the United States for its recent sanctions against Venezuelan officials.... 4/1/2015 10:40 PM

In Jamaica, man hurls 'suspicious package' at US Embassy
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Heavily armed Jamaican soldiers and police took positions around the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday after a man hurled a "suspicious package" over the building's wall.... 4/1/2015 10:36 PM

Flames engulf Mexico oil platform in Gulf, killing 4 workers
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A huge ball of flames engulfed an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, killing four people and sending terrified workers leaping into the sea.... 4/1/2015 10:30 PM

Lacking faith in government, Mexican parents approach cartel
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Some of the families of 43 college students missing in southern Mexico since September say desperation and a lack of confidence in the government drove them to appeal to the leader of a drug gang for help in locating their sons.... 4/1/2015 10:14 PM

Bondholders offer $2B boost for Puerto Rico power company
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A group of U.S. bondholders on Wednesday offered to invest $2 billion in energy production and other measures that it said would help improve the finances and infrastructure of Puerto Rico's power company amid fears it will go bankrupt.... 4/1/2015 10:02 PM

Puerto Rico approves law to crack down on tax evasion
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's governor has signed a law that requires service providers to accept at least two different types of payment in a push to crack down on tax evaders.... 4/1/2015 9:34 PM

Brazil NGO declines contract to clean up dirty Olympic bay
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Rio de Janeiro's pledge to clean up the blighted waters where the 2016 Olympic sailing events are to be held has suffered another setback: A prominent Brazilian sailing and environmental organization declined a city contract to help clean up sewage- and trash-filled Guanabara Bay.... 4/1/2015 9:07 PM

Cynthia Lennon, first wife of John Lennon, dies of cancer
LONDON (AP) -- Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of former Beatles guitarist John Lennon, died of cancer Wednesday at her home in Spain. She was 75.... 4/1/2015 9:04 PM

As Nigeria celebrates Buhari's stunning win, challenges loom
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- As Nigerians celebrated the electrifying victory Wednesday that returned one of its harshest former dictators to power, sobering challenges confront Muhammadu Buhari, from an Islamic insurgency that has killed thousands to widespread poverty and graft.... 4/1/2015 9:01 PM

Double overtime: Faltering Iran nuclear talks extended again
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- With even a vague outline of an Iran nuclear deal eluding their grasp, negotiators headed for double overtime Wednesday night in a marathon attempt to find common ground for a more important task - forging a final deal by the end of June.... 4/1/2015 8:51 PM

Amnesty: Gambia sentences 3 to death for attempted coup
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A human rights group says Gambia has sentenced three soldiers to death after a secret trial in which they were convicted of participating in an attempted coup.... 4/1/2015 8:44 PM

Alps crash: Bodies recovered, but families must wait months
SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) -- Just over a week after a Germanwings plane crashed into the French Alps, investigators have finished retrieving human remains from the crash site and are now trying to match them with DNA profiles from the 150 people killed - an arduous task that could leave families waiting for months.... 4/1/2015 8:08 PM

Analysis: Yemen ground operation carries major risks
CAIRO (AP) -- Saudi Arabia and its allies plan an ambitious ground offensive on multiple fronts in Yemen. It may be inevitable if they want to defeat Iranian-backed Shiite rebels but it also carries enormous risks, from the inhospitable, mountainous terrain and a possible guerrilla war to al-Qaida militants waiting in the wings.... 4/1/2015 7:28 PM

10 Ebola cases found during Sierra Leone's shutdown
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone found 10 new Ebola cases during a three-day countrywide shutdown, an official said Wednesday, declaring that the West African country is now at the "tail end" of the epidemic.... 4/1/2015 7:20 PM

Exhibit in ex-psychiatric ward celebrates Brazilian artist
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- When Arthur Bispo do Rosario needed art supplies within the psychiatric institution where he lived, he'd barter cigarettes or trade favors with the guards. When that didn't work, he'd sometimes rough up fellow inmates and snatch away their belongings.... 4/1/2015 7:20 PM

NEWS GUIDE: The gaps as Iran talks head into overtime
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Sticking points in the negotiations between world powers and Iran over scaling back Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for removing economic penalties.... 4/1/2015 7:14 PM

Iraq hails victory over Islamic State extremists in Tikrit
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) -- The government declared victory in Tikrit on Wednesday over extremists of the Islamic State group, and it warned the militants holding other Iraqi provinces that they would be the next to fall.... 4/1/2015 7:13 PM

35 dead in Yemen after airstrikes hit factory vicinity
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Shiite rebel positions Wednesday across Yemen as a missile strike on a dairy factory killed 35 workers, authorities said, as both sides disputed who fired on it.... 4/1/2015 6:49 PM

Gay premier urges businesses in Indiana to move to Ontario
TORONTO (AP) -- Ontario's premier, who is openly gay, is urging businesses upset by a so-called religious objections law in Indiana to set up shop in Canada's most populous province.... 4/1/2015 6:47 PM

Israel reports successful test of missile-defense system
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli officials announced Wednesday that a joint U.S.-Israeli missile-defense system has successfully passed a new test and is expected to be operational next year - a development that would provide an important tool in protecting the country against Hezbollah militants in Lebanon.... 4/1/2015 6:44 PM



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