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Japan's leader sends offerings to controversial war shrine
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent religious offerings Tuesday to a Tokyo shrine that honors the country's war dead, including convicted World War II leaders, a likely signal that he won't pray there ahead of trips to an international conference and the United States.... 4/21/2015 11:38 AM

Car bomb explodes outside restaurant in Somali capital
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A car bomb exploded outside a restaurant in Somalia's capital on Tuesday, causing an unknown number of casualties, police said.... 4/21/2015 11:32 AM

Prosecutors build case against traffickers as EU mulls plan
CATANIA, Sicily (AP) -- Italian prosecutors on Tuesday began building their case against the traffickers responsible for the drowning of as many as 950 migrants in the Mediterranean, as European Union leaders mulled a new plan to undermine smugglers' finances and their most precious assets - their vessels.... 4/21/2015 11:31 AM

Replacing carpet at Jerusalem shrine reveals religious rift
JERUSALEM (AP) -- It began as a routine remodeling project: Muslim authorities replacing an old carpet worn thin by masses of worshippers at the Dome of the Rock, the iconic, gold-topped shrine that overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem.... 4/21/2015 11:29 AM

EU threatens Thailand with seafood ban over illegal fishing
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union has given Thailand six months to drastically increase its crackdown on illegal and unregulated fishing or face an EU seafood import ban, but has lifted the threat of similar action from South Korea and the Philippines.... 4/21/2015 11:26 AM

Iraqi troops recapture some Ramadi areas from Islamic State
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Two Iraqi officials say that security forces have recaptured some areas lost earlier to the Islamic State group in and around the Anbar provincial capital, Ramadi.... 4/21/2015 11:26 AM

India seizes boat from int'l waters, detains 8 Pakistanis
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's navy and coast guard seized a suspicious boat from international waters off the western coast and detained eight Pakistanis after finding a huge drug shipment aboard, the defense ministry said Tuesday.... 4/21/2015 11:26 AM

Pope OKs resignation of US bishop for not reporting abuse
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of a U.S. bishop who pleaded guilty to failing to report a suspected priestly child abuser in the first known case of a pope sanctioning bishops for covering up for pedophiles.... 4/21/2015 11:19 AM

Greek municipalities outraged by state move to use funds
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Authorities from municipalities across Greece will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday after the government ordered reserves from state enterprises to be placed in a common account to help the country meet its financial obligations and avoid default.... 4/21/2015 11:16 AM

Hard Rock Cafe removes 'rock star' orangutan ads in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Hard Rock Cafe on Tuesday withdrew a promotional campaign in Malaysia after public anger at the photoshopped depiction of an orangutan baring its teeth and playing an electric guitar.... 4/21/2015 11:10 AM

Auschwitz guard goes on trial, says he shares moral guilt
LUENEBURG, Germany (AP) -- A former Auschwitz guard acknowledged Tuesday that he bears a share of the moral guilt for atrocities at the camp, but told judges at the opening of his trial that it is up to them to decide whether he deserves to be convicted as an accessory to murder.... 4/21/2015 11:07 AM

Court sentences ousted Egypt president to 20 years in prison
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison on charges linked to the killing of protesters in 2012, the first verdict to be issued against the country's first freely elected leader.... 4/21/2015 11:04 AM

Toyota adviser nominated for Japan central bank board
TOKYO (AP) -- The Japanese government has nominated a former executive at Toyota Motor Corp., one of the biggest corporate beneficiaries of drastic monetary easing, to be a board member of the central bank.... 4/21/2015 10:48 AM

US couple sentenced to prison in Bali suitcase killing
BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- An Indonesian court found an American couple guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced them to prison on Tuesday in the killing of the woman's mother on the resort island of Bali.... 4/21/2015 10:43 AM

Chinese president applauds Pakistan's anti-terror efforts
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday applauded Pakistan's anti-terrorism efforts and vowed his nation would continue to stand by its neighbor as he wrapped up a two-day visit meant to boost bilateral ties and assure Islamabad of Beijing's support.... 4/21/2015 10:38 AM

Japan mulls 2018 moon landing, seeks to keep up with rivals
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's space agency is considering an unmanned mission to the moon by 2018 or early 2019, part of an effort to beef up aerospace technology and keep pace with China and other emerging powers.... 4/21/2015 10:37 AM

Israel says Palestinian confesses to car attack on Jews
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Shin Bet security service says a 37-year-old Palestinian man has confessed to intentionally ramming his car into a group of Israeli Jews in a deadly car attack last week.... 4/21/2015 10:36 AM

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VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope accepts resignation of US bishop who pleaded guilty to not reporting priest for porn.... 4/21/2015 10:32 AM

German investor sentiment edges down on global fears
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- German investor optimism unexpectedly fell in April after five months of increases due to fears about the global economy.... 4/21/2015 10:28 AM

Catalan schools hold ceremony after teacher killed by boy
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Schools across the northeastern region of Catalonia have held five minutes of silence in memory of a teacher killed in a school attack by a 13-year-old boy armed with a crossbow and a machete.... 4/21/2015 10:15 AM

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