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Rios Montt denies he ordered genocide

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt is denying he ordered the extermination of Ixil Mayas as he testifies for the first time at his genocide trial. The 86-year-old ex-general says he never ordered attacks…
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Northern Ireland hopes to tear down ‘peace lines’

DUBLIN (AP) — Northern Ireland’s leaders say they want to tear down the so-called “peace lines” of Belfast — dozens of walls that divide Irish Catholic and British Protestant neighborhoods — by 2023. The Catholic-Protestant government unveiled the…
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Iran says it has built new drone

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s defense minister says Iran has built a new, radar-evading drone that can do surveillance and fire on enemy targets. The semi-official Fars news agency on Thursday quoted Gen. Ahmad Vahidi as saying that…
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Yemen’s leader warns of al-Qaida expansion

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The president of Yemen is warning that the al-Qaida branch in the country is expanding and is using assassinations and abductions of foreigners as a way to challenge the central authority. President Abed Rabbo…
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Venezuelan politics get personal, divide families

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A portrait of Hugo Chavez stared down from a black metal frame as Jose Pastano sipped coffee after dinner with his sons in the slum house he shares with 17 relatives on the western…
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NKorea: Detained American smuggled in propaganda

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says a Korean-American man sentenced last week to 15 years’ hard labor smuggled in unspecified inflammatory literature and tried to establish a base for anti-Pyongyang activities at a hotel in the…

Group: 10,000 dissidents detained in Eritrea

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Eritrea’s government has jailed about 10,000 dissidents without charge or trial over the years, a rights group said in report Thursday, describing the Horn of Africa nation as one of the world’s most…

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Here’s your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week’s collection…

Proposed UN resolution backs transition in Syria

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An Arab-backed resolution calling for a political transition in Syria and strongly condemning the regime’s escalating use of heavy weapons and “gross violations” of human rights has been circulated to the 193-member U.N. General…
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Pakistan: 5 plunge to death from burning building

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Police say five people have plunged to their deaths trying to escape a burning government building in eastern Pakistan. Police officer Maruf Wahla says the death toll could rise, since firefighters have not been…
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Death toll in Nigeria police attack rises to 30

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The death toll in an attack on police in central Nigeria by an ethnic militia has risen to at least 30 killed, as the nation’s president rushed home from an overseas trip. The state-run…
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UK budget airline to test ash cloud detector

LONDON (AP) — Budget airline easyJet PLC says it has acquired a ton of ash from Icelandic volcanoes for use in an experiment to test ash detection technology. The U.K.-based carrier says the experiment aims to minimize the…
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Kerry hopes Russia won’t sell missiles to Syria

ROME (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday the transfer of advanced missile defense systems from Russia to Syria would be a “destabilizing” factor for Israel’s security. Kerry said the U.S. has expressed concerns about what…
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S&P cuts Egypt’s credit ratings

CAIRO (AP) — Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has pushed Egypt’s sovereign credit ratings deeper into junk status, citing “continued pressure” on foreign reserves. In a setback to the already worsening economy, S&P said in a statement Thursday…

Israel to Russia: Don’t give Syria S-300 missiles

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli security officials say they have asked Russia to cancel the imminent sale of an advanced air defense system to Syria. The officials said Israel shared information with the United States in hopes of persuading…

Burkina Faso FM passes out in Turkey at briefing

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The foreign minister of Burkino Faso briefly passed out during a live televised news conference with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara. Djibril Yipene Bassole on Thursday leaned toward the lectern in front of him…

Egypt’s pope in 1st visit to Vatican in 40 years

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian church officials say Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros II has left for the Vatican, marking the first such visit in 40 years. Six priests and bishops accompanied Tawadros on his six-day visit, aimed at congratulating…

Emirates reports 52 percent jump in profits

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Dubai-based Emirates airline says its annual net profit rose by 52 percent as the carrier’s fast growth outpaced rising fuel costs. Emirates said Thursday that the airline posted $622 million in…

Nigeria military helicopter crashes in oil delta

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian military helicopter has crashed in the country’s oil-rich southern delta, just days after one of its jets crashed. A statement from Nigeria’s Air Force said the crash happened Thursday morning at its…