• Obama signs law to bar Iran diplomat from serving in U.N. post

    President Barack Obama signed a law on Friday that effectively bars an Iranian diplomat from serving as an envoy at the United Nations because of suspicions he was involved in the 1979-81 Tehran hostage crisis. Obama signed a law passed by the U.S. Congress that blocks any individual from entering…

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  • Japan says trade talks with U.S. to resume on Monday, gaps remain

    By Krista Hughes and Kaori Kaneko WASHINGTON/TOKYO (Reuters) - Talks between the United States and Japan seen as vital to a broader regional trade pact had narrowed to a few critical areas and will resume again on Monday, officials of both countries said on Friday, as negotiators struggle to…

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  • Algeria's ailing Bouteflika wins re-election

    By Patrick Markey and Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the independence veteran in power for 15 years, won re-election on Friday with more than 80 percent of a vote opponents dismissed as fraud to keep an ailing leader in power. Bouteflika had cast his…

  • When is a tool a weapon? Chicago court throws out teacher discipline case

    A veteran teacher at a Chicago elementary school has lost his bid to reverse a four-day suspension without pay because he showed an array of hand tools to his second grade students as part of a math lesson. Douglas Bartlett displayed pliers, screwdrivers, wrenches, a pocket knife, and a box cutter…

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  • With violence at new heights, Nigerians weary of military's claims of success

    As he waited outside a hospital on Wednesday for the body of one of his friends to be released for burial, Basiru Youseff, a young toy salesman, was bitter about government claims that they crushing the insurgency. Violence in Nigeria reached new heights this week, with the biggest attack on the…

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  • Behind Qatar's bet on the Muslim Brotherhood

    The Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic political organization that has been defanged in almost every area where it was once a key player, has driven a deep rift between the Gulf's two most powerful players. Months of tension between Qatar and its neighbors came to a head last month when Saudi Arabia,…

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  • Why a pro-government militia attacked UN compound in South Sudan

    Scores of civilians were killed Thursday and more than 100 were injured when an armed youth militia attacked a United Nations base in the South Sudan town of Bor, where some 5,000 civilians were sheltering from the civil war. In March, South Sudan’s Army found weapons in a mislabeled shipment of…

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  • SKorean agency: S. Korean ferry captain arrested

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean news agency Yonhap reports that the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago has been arrested.

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  • World reacts to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Reaction to death of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez:

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  • Yonhap: Captain of sunken SKorean ferry arrested

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Police arrested the captain and two other crew members of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago, leaving more than 270 people missing and 29 people dead, the Yonhap news agency reported Saturday.

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  • Pensive pope at Good Friday Colosseum procession

    ROME (AP) — Desperate migrants, suicidal failed business owners, battered women, torture victims and all people suffering in the world were remembered at a torch-lit Good Friday Way of the Cross procession presided over by Pope Francis at the Colosseum.

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  • Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Several more were injured.

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  • Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

    ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties.

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  • Venezuela in crisis as Maduro limps to a year in power

    A year after promising to continue Hugo Chavez's legacy, Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is struggling to lead an oil-rich country plagued by economic crisis, violent protests, and rampant crime. Maduro, the self-proclaimed "son" of iconic leader Chavez, was narrowly elected after Chavez died…

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  • Obama signs bill aimed at blocking Iran's UN envoy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday aimed at blocking Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations because of his ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. But the president says he's only treating the legislation as guidance.

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  • Young Australian forward dies after cancer fight

    LONDON (AP) — Emerging Australian forward Dylan Tombides, who broke into the West Ham first-team squad while receiving cancer treatment, has died. He was 20.

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  • Egypt police officer killed in Cairo bomb blast

    An Egyptian police officer was killed on Friday evening when a bomb targeting a traffic police kiosk in Cairo exploded, security officials said, the latest of such attacks. Militants have stepped up their attacks against security forces since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in…

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  • Atletico extends Liga lead before Chelsea CL match

    MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid stayed on course for its first Spanish league title in 18 years with a 2-0 win over Elche on Friday, and now turns its attention to receiving Chelsea in the Champions League semifinals.

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  • US delays decision on Keystone pipeline project

    The United States on Friday indefinitely extended the review process for a controversial Canada-to-US oil pipeline, potentially delaying a final decision on the project until beyond mid-term elections in November. The US State Department said eight federal agencies -- who had been given until the…

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  • Homeland Security reissues immigrant asylum rules

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department has reissued asylum rules to immigration officials amid concerns that they are misinterpreting how to decide which immigrants get to see a judge for asylum claims.

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