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Outrage over sex assault ruling in Mexico, judge suspended

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:48:09 GMT2017-03-30T00:48:09Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Prosecutors are appealing a court ruling that dismissed sex crime charges because there was no proof the suspect acted "with lascivious intent," and judicial authorities announced Wednesday that the judge in the case had been suspended....



US ambassador to UN calls Congo government 'corrupt'

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:33:37 GMT2017-03-30T00:33:37Z

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Wednesday the United Nations is partnering with a "corrupt" government in Congo and she called for a large cut in the world's largest peacekeeping mission in the troubled African nation....



El Salvador bans all metals mining, marking first

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:05:52 GMT2017-03-29T23:05:52Z

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- El Salvador's congress has approved a total ban on the mining of metals in the country, one of the first to enact such a broad ban....



UK fight looms over gov't plan for 'great repeal' of EU laws

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:02:38 GMT2017-03-29T23:02:38Z

LONDON (AP) -- A day after triggering its European Union exit process, the British government plans to outline how it intends to convert thousands of EU rules into British law when it leaves the bloc....



Study: Early Americas girl 'Naia' may have been young mother

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:01:53 GMT2017-03-29T23:01:53Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- More details have emerged about one of the oldest sets of human remains found in the Americas, a young woman nicknamed "Naia" whose nearly complete skeleton was discovered in 2007 in a water-filled cave in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula....



Israel slashes dues to UN following anti-Israel votes

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:45:23 GMT2017-03-29T22:45:23Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel announced Wednesday it is reducing its required payment to the United Nations by $2 million following recent "anti-Israel" votes....



11 arrested in killing of Puerto Rico police sergeant

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:38:47 GMT2017-03-29T22:38:47Z

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's justice secretary says 11 people have been arrested in the killing of a police sergeant at a public housing project last year....



Cenovus buying most of ConocoPhillips's Canadian assets

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:08:07 GMT2017-03-29T22:08:07Z

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Cenovus Energy announced Wednesday it will pay $17.7 billion Canadian (US$ 13.2 billion) for most of ConocoPhillips' Canadian assets....



Iraqi officials: Suicide truck bombing kills 15 in Baghdad

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:56:17 GMT2017-03-29T20:56:17Z

BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide truck bomb targeted a police checkpoint in southern Baghdad on Wednesday night, killing 15 people and wounding 45, according to Iraqi officials....



France retools anti-extremism efforts after public failures

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:50:32 GMT2017-03-29T20:50:32Z

LENS, France (AP) -- France's efforts to combat homegrown terrorism are in turmoil: A group home intended to turn young people away from Islamic extremism sits empty. A move to segregate prison inmates suspected of jihadi sympathies has been abandoned. And the head of a program to prevent radicalization has been convicted of misusing funds....



4 dead, 21 injured in Mexico prison riot

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:49:03 GMT2017-03-29T20:49:03Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- State officials say inmates rioted at a psychiatric and medical block in a prison in northern Mexico, broke into a prison pharmacy and took drugs that caused the deaths of four of them....



US official calls on Kosovo to retract law on creating army

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:44:38 GMT2017-03-29T20:44:38Z

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) -- A senior United States official called on Kosovo leaders Wednesday to retract a draft law on the transformation of its security force into a regular army and to continue consultations on the issue with the country's ethnic minorities....



The Latest: May says EU's bill for Brexit hasn't come due

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:23:46 GMT2017-03-29T20:23:46Z

LONDON (AP) -- The Latest on Brexit (all times local):...



Iraqi officials say a suicide truck bomb has targeted a police checkpoint in southern Bagh...

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:23:15 GMT2017-03-29T20:23:15Z

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say a suicide truck bomb has targeted a police checkpoint in southern Baghdad, killing 15....



Arab leaders ready to work with Trump on Mideast peace deal

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:11:52 GMT2017-03-29T20:11:52Z

DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) -- Arab leaders on Wednesday relaunched a peace plan that offers Israel full ties in exchange for Palestinian statehood, signaling to President Donald Trump that they are ready to engage if he tries to broker a broader Mideast peace....



Shooting wounds Mexican journalist; 2nd attack in 2 days

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:06:54 GMT2017-03-29T20:06:54Z

VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) -- A reporter in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz was reported in serious condition after being shot outside his home early Wednesday in a region plagued by drug cartel violence. It adds to a string of attacks on reporters in a country considered one of the most dangerous places to practice journalism...



Putin visits Arctic archipelago to reaffirm Russian presence

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:50:33 GMT2017-03-29T19:50:33Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday visited an Arctic archipelago, part of Russia's efforts to reaffirm its foothold in the oil-rich region....



Top EU Brexit official says Brexit would stun Churchill

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:42:03 GMT2017-03-29T19:42:03Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The top Brexit official at the European Parliament thinks British political giants such as Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher would not look kindly on Prime Minister Theresa May turning over the hourglass on her country's withdrawal from the European Union....



Odd-looking Ronaldo bust steals the show at airport ceremony

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:40:42 GMT2017-03-29T19:40:42Z

FUNCHAL, Portugal (AP) -- Cristiano Ronaldo has an airport named after him, but it was his odd-looking statue that attracted attention in Wednesday's ceremony honoring the Portugal star in his hometown....



The Latest: US envoy at Arab summit: Mideast peace possible

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:26:41 GMT2017-03-29T19:26:41Z

DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) -- The Latest on the Arab summit being held in Jordan (all times local):...



It's not EU, it's me: UK files for EU divorce after 44 years

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:16:05 GMT2017-03-29T19:16:05Z

LONDON (AP) -- Britain filed for divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, with fond words and promises of friendship that could not disguise the historic nature of the schism - or the years of argument and hard-nosed bargaining ahead as the U.K. leaves the embrace of the bloc for an uncertain future as "global Britain."...



Fasten your seatbelts: Cristiano Ronaldo Airport is here

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:31:10 GMT2017-03-29T18:31:10Z

FUNCHAL, Portugal (AP) -- Cristiano Ronaldo now has an international airport named after him....



South Africa activist's funeral exposes divide over future

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:31:00 GMT2017-03-29T18:31:00Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The funeral of one of South Africa's leading anti-apartheid activists on Wednesday exposed the angry divide over the fate of a country he fought decades to see exist. President Jacob Zuma said he wouldn't attend after Ahmed Kathrada's family asked him to stay away, while funeral-goers rose in a standing ovation for Kathrada's recent call for the scandal-ridden Zuma to step aside....



Moody's sees Egypt's economy growing but reforms slipping

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:27:58 GMT2017-03-29T17:27:58Z

CAIRO (AP) -- The economic picture for Egypt is improving, ratings agency Moody's said on Wednesday, but a public backlash will likely lead the Mideast country to slow reforms undertaken to secure a bailout from the international Monetary Fund....



3,500 pounds of cocaine seized near Puerto Rico; 4 arrested

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:18:49 GMT2017-03-29T17:18:49Z

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Authorities in Puerto Rico say they have seized more than 3,500 pounds (1,600 kilograms) of cocaine after chasing and stopping a boat north of the U.S. territory....



Syrian experts visit critical dam spillway near main IS base

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:17:57 GMT2017-03-29T17:17:57Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian engineers and Red Crescent officials on Wednesday visited a spillway of a key dam west of the Islamic State group's stronghold of Raqqa, opening the gates and relieving pressure, according to the aid organization and Syrian Kurdish media....



Doctor who misled over Ebola nurse guilty of misconduct

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:16:20 GMT2017-03-29T17:16:20Z

LONDON (AP) -- A tribunal has found a doctor who misled other medics over the temperature of Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey is guilty of serious misconduct....



Venezuela detains oil company official in corruption case

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:14:44 GMT2017-03-29T17:14:44Z

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan officials say they've arrested a senior manager at the state oil company on corruption charges at a moment when the oil-rich country is struggling with fuel shortages....



The Latest: US warns against travel to Congo

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:08:52 GMT2017-03-29T17:08:52Z

BENI, Congo (AP) -- The Latest on the deaths of an American and a Swedish investigator for the United Nations in Congo (all times local):...



Family and close friends say goodbye to George Michael

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:07:23 GMT2017-03-29T17:07:23Z

LONDON (AP) -- Singer George Michael's publicist says his funeral has been held in London....



UK police, Muslim youths link hands to mark London attack

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:02:22 GMT2017-03-29T17:02:22Z

LONDON (AP) -- Police officers, Muslim youths and hundreds of others linked hands Wednesday on Westminster Bridge to honor the four people who died in an attack that started on the span a week earlier....



Montenegro welcomes US Senate NATO approval

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:00:40 GMT2017-03-29T17:00:40Z

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) -- Montenegro officials on Wednesday welcomed the U.S. Senate's decision to ratify its entry into NATO, calling it a great step for the tiny Balkan nation....



Hungary: Soros-founded university vows resistance to new law

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:56:11 GMT2017-03-29T16:56:11Z

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- The rector of Central European University said Wednesday that the institution will resist legal amendments proposed by the Hungarian government, regarding them as discriminatory....



The Latest: UN says up to 146 may have died in shipwreck

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:51:39 GMT2017-03-29T16:51:39Z

ROME (AP) -- The Latest on the large number of migrants from the Middle East and Africa trying to reach Europe (all times local):...



Turkish court orders Booking.com to be blocked

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:46:10 GMT2017-03-29T16:46:10Z

ISTANBUL (AP) -- A Turkish court has ordered the travel website Booking.com to be blocked in a dispute with the country's main travel agency association, Turkey's state-run news agency reported Wednesday....



Palestinian woman killed after attacking Israeli police

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:45:44 GMT2017-03-29T16:45:44Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police shot and killed a Palestinian woman who attacked officers on duty with a pair of scissors near Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday, a police spokesman said....



Ukrainian president condemns attack on Polish Consulate

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:22:13 GMT2017-03-29T16:22:13Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Ukraine's president on Wednesday condemned the overnight shelling of the Polish Consulate in a western city and vowed to track down those responsible....



Congo to investigate deaths of American, Swedish UN experts

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:22:04 GMT2017-03-29T16:22:04Z

BENI, Congo (AP) -- Congo's government said Wednesday it will investigate the deaths of an American and a Swedish expert for the United Nations and their interpreter, whose bodies were found in a shallow grave Monday after the team disappeared more than two weeks ago. Meanwhile, Sweden said it was opening a murder investigation....



Chinese demand for elephant ivory drops, new report says

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:02:52 GMT2017-03-29T16:02:52Z

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The price of ivory in China has dropped sharply as the country plans to end the legal trade in ivory later this year, a leading elephant conservation group said in a new report Wednesday....



Saudi police kill 2 in raid on predominantly Shiite village

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:54:33 GMT2017-03-29T15:54:33Z

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi police say they have killed two people in a shootout in an area heavily populated by minority Shiites that has been a flashpoint of anti-government protests and unrest....



Joy, sorrow: People in UK, Europe react to Brexit triggering

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:51:32 GMT2017-03-29T15:51:32Z

LONDON (AP) -- Across the United Kingdom and throughout Europe, there was joy and sorrow Wednesday as Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggered a two-year process that will end with Britain exiting the European Union. The country voted 52 to 48 percent to leave in a June referendum....



Romania: ex-prison chief gets 20 years for detainee deaths

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:45:21 GMT2017-03-29T15:45:21Z

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A Romanian court on Wednesday upheld the 20-year sentence of a former prison commander for the deaths of 103 political prisoners while he was in charge of a communist-era labor camp....



A look at issues now that Britain has started to leave EU

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:29:53 GMT2017-03-29T15:29:53Z

LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain's exit from the European Union is an opportunity to build an "independent, self-governing, global Britain." As Britain officially starts the two-year leaving process, here's a look at some of the challenges ahead:...



German teen convicted of Islamic State membership

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:28:38 GMT2017-03-29T15:28:38Z

BERLIN (AP) -- A 19-year-old German man has been convicted of belonging to the Islamic State extremist group and sentenced as a youth to 3 years and 3 months in prison....



German lawmakers slam Turkey for alleged spying on colleague

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:27:12 GMT2017-03-29T15:27:12Z

BERLIN (AP) -- German lawmakers are voicing anger at claims that Turkey is spying on a fellow member of Parliament....



Serbian presidential candidates: how dirty can it get?

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:22:55 GMT2017-03-29T15:22:55Z

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Sasa Jankovic and Vuk Jeremic differ on many things, but they agree on one: the campaign for Serbia's presidential election is the dirtiest since the votes that kept strongman Slobodan Milosevic in power in the 1990s....



Denmark arrest 2 men for planning to join IS in Syria

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:14:31 GMT2017-03-29T15:14:31Z

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Two men were ordered held in pre-trial custody until April 21 Wednesday on suspicion of violating Denmark's terror laws for planning to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group....



Egypt's famed pyramids get new lab to restore pharaonic boat

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:05:16 GMT2017-03-29T15:05:16Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's famed pyramids at Giza have a newcomer in their midst: the largest on-site antiquities laboratory meant to restore the location's second pharaonic boat....



US ambassador: Tillerson counting on meeting Putin soon

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:51:51 GMT2017-03-29T14:51:51Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- The U.S. ambassador to Russia says that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is counting on meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin during an upcoming visit to Moscow....



IS holds terrified civilians as human shields in Syrian city

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:39:15 GMT2017-03-29T14:39:15Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- Residents of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa live in terror, trapped as a massive human shield in the Islamic State's de facto capital ahead of the final battle with U.S.-backed opposition forces for the militant group's last major urban stronghold....