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  • Canada police arrest ex-radio host in sex case

    TORONTO (AP) — Police arrested a prominent former Canadian Broadcast Corp. radio host on sexual assault charges on Wednesday. Toronto police said in a statement that former CBC star radio host Jian Ghomeshi has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of what they called "overcome resistance — choking." The allegations,...

  • Prison theater transforms Colombian inmates

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A group of handcuffed female inmates file onto a dark stage as prison guards carrying assault rifles watch nervously from the sparsely filled seats of Colombia's National Theater. On the playbill is the Greek tragedy "Antigone." The play is the marquee attraction in the second-annual Theater Festival for Prisoners,...

  • AP Interview: Jordan prince calls for tolerance

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Moderate Muslims must take a stand against religious extremists who violate the core values of Islam, a brother of Jordan's king said Wednesday. Prince Feisal al-Hussein also said that Jordan is trying to defuse religious tensions at a major Jerusalem shrine that is sacred to Muslims and Jews. Jordan serves as custodian...

  • NATO sees Russia ready for Ukraine incursion

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia still has enough troops along Ukraine's border to mount a major incursion, NATO's top commander said Wednesday, and Moscow is using its military might to affect political developments inside Ukraine. U.S. Gen. Philip Breedlove said a large number of Russian troops are also active inside Ukraine, training and...

  • British tabloid reporter cleared of bribery charge

    LONDON (AP) — A journalist with Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid The Sun has been cleared of bribing a press officer for stories about government spending plans. A jury at London's Central Criminal Court found Clodagh Hartley not guilty Wednesday of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office. Prosecutors said Hartley paid tax-department...

  • Mammoth skeleton sold for $300,000 at UK auction

    LONDON (AP) — A rare woolly mammoth skeleton has been bought by a private buyer for 189,000 pounds (nearly $300,000) at a British auction. Summers Place Auctions near Billingshurst in southern England said Wednesday that the skeleton was one of the most complete examples of the Ice Age mammal. It was also unusually large and is thought to...

  • Official: US commandos took part in Yemen raid

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — U.S. special operations forces took part in a rescue mission that freed eight hostages held by al-Qaida militants in Yemen, a senior defense official said Wednesday, deepening the mystery surrounding a rare raid by American commandos in the country. In confirming the U.S. troops' involvement, the official did not say where...

  • Syrian FM: Russia to boost relations with Assad

    MOSCOW (AP) — Syria's foreign minister has met with Vladimir Putin and says the Russian president wants to expand relations with Syria's beleaguered president and improve cooperation between Moscow and Damascus. Walid al-Moallem said his Wednesday meeting with Putin in the city of Sochi was productive. He said that during the talks Putin...

  • Central African rebels release 16 hostages

    BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Several hostages, including a Polish priest, have been released after being held by rebels in Central African Republic. Cameroon said in a statement that special forces secured the release of 15 Cameroonians and the priest. But the rebels, known as the Democratic Front of the Central African People,...

  • UK brothers jailed for attending Syria terror camp

    LONDON (AP) — Two British brothers have been jailed for conspiring to attend a terrorist training camp in Syria. Hamza and Mohommod Nawaz were arrested at the port of Dover last year while returning from France. Police say they were carrying ammunition brought home as a trophy. On Wednesday, 23-year-old Hamza Nawaz was sentenced to three...

  • Mexico's left faces problems as leader quits

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's left faces huge problems following the resignation of former presidential candidate Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, a pillar of progressive politics and son of the revered president who nationalized the oil industry. In 1989, Cardenas founded the Democratic Revolution Party, known as the PRD. On Wednesday he said he is not...

  • Hong Kong police arrest key protesters, clear site

    HONG KONG (AP) — Police arrested key student leaders as they cleared the most volatile of Hong Kong's three pro-democracy protest camps on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the 2-month-old movement in the former British colony. On the second day of the operation, police in helmets swiftly removed metal barricades, tents, canopies and other...

  • Ferguson protesters across US peaceful, disruptive

    People protesting the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day Tuesday, showing that the racially charged case has inflamed tensions thousands of miles from the predominantly black St. Louis suburb. For many, the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson...

  • 2 teens shot by hunter unloading rifle near school

    TAMAQUA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say two teenagers were shot in eastern Pennsylvania by a man who says his rifle accidentally discharged while he was unloading it. The state Game Commission says the bullet passed through a 14-year-old girl's left knee and entered the abdomen of a 15-year-old boy Tuesday night in a wooded area behind Tamaqua...

  • Body of Canadian found in Montana lake; 2 missing

    CUT BANK, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say the body of a Canadian man has been found in a northern Montana lake days after he and two other foreign visitors failed to return from a weekend fishing trip. The Glacier County sheriff's office says the body of 63-year-old Kazuhiko Hayashizaki (kah-zoo-HEE'-koh hay-YAH'-shee-zah-kee) was recovered from...

  • Cleveland to release video of boy shot by officer

    CLEVELAND (AP) — City police plan to release the names of the two officers involved in the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy, along with dispatch calls and a surveillance video that authorities say clearly shows what happened. The evidence and names will be made public at a briefing early Wednesday afternoon. Tamir Rice died at a hospital...

  • Feds cancel permit for Idaho wolf-killing derby

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has withdrawn a permit allowing a pro-hunting group to hold a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby on public land in Idaho. Late Tuesday, the agency canceled the permit issued Nov. 13 to Idaho for Wildlife that provided use of about 3 million acres of federal land for the three-day event in...

  • Ethics panel again defers to Justice on Rep. Grimm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Michael Grimm of New York won re-election this month, but still faces a criminal investigation into possible campaign finance violations. The House Ethics Committee said Wednesday it again is deferring an investigation of the Staten Island Republican — leaving the matter in the hands of the Justice Department, which is...

  • Saudis suggest no need for OPEC output cut

    VIENNA (AP) — Top OPEC producer Saudi Arabia suggested Wednesday there is no need for the cartel to cut its output ceiling despite a plunge in prices that has poorer members of the organization hurting. Saudi Oil Minister Ali Naimi told reporters he expects the oil market to eventually "stabilize itself." That suggests the Saudis, who...

  • South Asian leaders don't sign expected agreements

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — South Asian leaders, including from rivals India and Pakistan, discussed trade and energy cooperation and regional peace on Wednesday, but did not reach a consensus on expected transportation and energy agreements. Hopes for a meeting between the leaders of India and Pakistan also appeared to fade. Many had expected that...

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