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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

Massive fire engulfs Mexican oil rig, 4 dead
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A massive ball of flames engulfed an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, killing four people and sending terrified workers jumping into the sea.... 4/1/2015 8:28 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

Al-Jazeera journalist says Canada not issuing him passport
TORONTO (AP) -- Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who remains in Egypt on bail while awaiting trial on terror charges, said Wednesday Canada is refusing to issue him a new passport.... 4/1/2015 6:36 PM

French officials: Alps avalanche kills 3 tourists, injures 1
PARIS (AP) -- Three foreign tourists - two Austrians and an Italian - have died in an avalanche in the French Alps, and a fourth tourist has been taken by helicopter to a hospital in Grenoble with unspecified injuries.... 4/1/2015 6:23 PM

Germany: Pissarro work from Gurlitt trove to be returned
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany says experts have determined that a Camille Pissarro painting from the art trove hoarded by the late collector Cornelius Gurlitt was looted by the Nazis and will be returned to its rightful owner's descendants.... 4/1/2015 6:20 PM

Macedonian intel chief accused of bribery in Israel deal
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Macedonia's main left-wing opposition leader on Wednesday accused the head of the country's intelligence service of taking a large bribe for a surveillance equipment deal with Israel in 2011.... 4/1/2015 6:15 PM

9 UK citizens headed to Syria arrested, Turkey military says
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkey's military says that nine British citizens have been arrested trying to cross into Syria.... 4/1/2015 5:52 PM



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