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  • Lesotho votes in bid to overcome tension

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The southern African nation of Lesotho on Saturday held an early election aimed at overcoming tension among political factions that has led to violence among security forces since last year. Voting proceeded smoothly in the mountain kingdom, one of the few countries on the continent to have experienced coalition rule....

  • 3rd man suspected of helping gunman jailed in custody

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A man suspected of providing a bullet-proof jacket to the gunman who killed two people in attacks in Copenhagen has been jailed for 26 days. The 18-year-old man, who cannot be named under a court order, reportedly is the younger brother of Omar El-Hussein, who killed a Danish filmmaker attending a free speech event...

  • Marathon bombing trial stays in Boston, federal panel says

    BOSTON (AP) — Publicity hasn't jeopardized Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's right to an impartial jury, a federal appeals panel says, and opening statements can proceed next week as scheduled in the city where the deadly explosions occurred almost two years ago. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel said in a 2-1...

  • Russian investigators: Nemtsov killing may be provocation

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top investigative body says it is looking into several possible motives for the killing of prominent opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, including an attempt to destabilize the state, Islamic extremism, the Ukraine conflict and his personal life. A statement from the body, the Investigative Committee, did not address the...

  • Western leaders condemn Nemtsov killing, press Kremlin

    BERLIN (AP) — Western leaders are condemning the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and pressing the Kremlin to ensure that the killing is investigated thoroughly. Here is a selection of comments. ___ "Mr. Nemtsov will be remembered as a fearless advocate of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Russia. A leader...

  • Egypt court sentences 4 Muslim Brotherhood members to death

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced four members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood organization to death and 14 to life in prison. The case stems from clashes near the Brotherhood's headquarters on June 30, 2013, four days before the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. The fighting left 11 people dead and 91 wounded. The men...

  • Jailed Kurdish leader calls on PKK to lay down arms

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's main Kurdish party says imprisoned rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has called on his followers to lay down arms as part of a peace process to end a 30-year bloody insurgency. Pro-Kurdish legislator Sirri Sureyya Onder said Saturday that Ocalan is asking his Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, to hold an extraordinary...

  • Prince William evokes Diana memories in Japan tsunami trip

    KORIYAMA, Japan (AP) — Britain's Prince William is spending the latter half of his four-day stay in Japan, starting Saturday, in the country's tsunami-ravaged northeast, a visit certain to draw global attention to the stories of survival and continuing suffering in the region. The March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which killed nearly 19,000...

  • India's new budget aims to boost growth and infrastructure

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's finance minister announced the government's new budget on Saturday, promising a slew of measures that attempt to balance welfare spending with high economic growth and infrastructure development, while vowing to keep a tight control on the fiscal deficit. It was Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's first full budget since...

  • 5 things to know about Estonia's parliamentary election

    TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia's center-right government is being challenged by a party that draws its support from the Baltic country's Russian minority. Here are five things to know about Estonia's parliamentary vote on Sunday: UKRAINE FACTOR Security is a key concern for Estonian voters following Russia's intervention in Ukraine. Even...

  • China's central bank cuts rates again to boost economy

    BEIJING (AP) — China on Saturday cut interest rates for the second time in three months, adding to signs that Chinese leaders are worried that the economic slowdown is deepening too sharply. The People's Bank of China announced a rate cut on one-year loans by commercial banks by 0.25 percentage point to 5.35 percent. The interest rate paid on...

  • Bombings kill 19 people in Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of car bombs on Saturday ripped through a crowded marketplace and a Shiite militia's checkpoint, killing a total of 19 people in separate attacks north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, officials said, as the country's prime minister vowed to punish those who smashed ancient artifacts in a northern city. Police said the...

  • China's famed Shaolin temple plans big project in Australia

    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese temple famous for its martial arts is planning to build a $297-million complex that includes a temple, a hotel, a kung fu academy and a golf course in Australia. Shoalhaven City Coucil in New South Wales said earlier this month that Shaolin Temple Foundation Australia, the developer, had finalized land purchase at...

  • China's latest survey finds increase in wild giant pandas

    BEIJING (AP) — Wild giant pandas in China are doing well. The latest census by China's State Forestry Administration shows the panda population has grown by 268 to a total of 1,864 since the last survey ending in 2003. Nearly three quarters of the pandas live in the southwestern province of Sichuan. The remaining pandas have been found in the...

  • Myanmar journalist arrested for satirical post

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Police in Myanmar on Saturday arrested a photojournalist who posted a satirical message on Facebook that mocked a historic battle and the country's leader. Police confirmed they detained Aung Nay Myo, a freelancer, on a charge of violating the 1950 Emergency Provision Act. If found guilty, he could face a maximum seven...

  • Tiny Missouri town mourns after gunman kills 7, then himself

    TYRONE, Mo. (AP) — Residents in a remote area of southern Missouri are trying to come to grips with what could cause a man to kill seven people, including four of his own relatives, in a nighttime shooting spree that spanned four homes. The shooter, identified by authorities as 36-year-old Joseph Jesse Aldridge, used a .45-caliber handgun to...

  • Mexico drug lord captures change but don't lower trafficking

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — It's another big score for the Mexican government, which has been tearing through its list of most-wanted drug lords in recent years. Still, no one expects drug trafficking or violence to decrease after the capture of Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, a former grade-school teacher whose Knights Templar cartel once terrorized the...

  • World's biggest private Harry Potter collection on display

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A young Mexican's fascination with Harry Potter has grown into the world's biggest private collection of toys, books, clothes and other items related to author J.K. Rowling's fantasy hero. Now, other fans have a chance to see it all. The collection belonging to real estate lawyer Menahem Asher Silva Vargas has been certified...

  • US appeals court: Marathon bombing trial can stay in Boston

    BOSTON (AP) — The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can stay in Massachusetts, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said any high-profile case would receive significant media attention but that knowledge of such case "does not equate to disqualifying...

  • China jails ex-vice governor 17 years on graft charges

    BEIJING (AP) — A former Chinese vice governor known for his appetite for jade and arts was sentenced to 17 years in prison on corruption charges on Saturday, a Chinese court said. Ni Fake, former vice governor of the eastern province of Anhui, was found guilty of taking more than $2 million in bribes, the Municipal Intermediate People's Court...

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