Anti-government demonstrators block a street during a protest in Plaza Altamira, Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The signs they hold read in Spanish "Maduro you are not Venezuela, You are a Dictator" and "The only lost struggle is the one you abandon." Caracas and other Venezuelan cities have been roiled by more than a month of anti-government demonstrations. Student-led protests that began in early February have drawn support from middle-class people frustrated by inflation, soaring violent crime and shortages of basic items such as cooking oil and toilet paper. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Mayor of Venezuelan city arrested amid protests

San Cristobal Mayor Daniel Ceballos, who a top aide said was arrested in a Caracas hotel, became the second opposition leader jailed by Venezuela's socialist-led government since the unrest began last month. …
A wounded Israeli soldier is brought to a soccer field to be evacuated to a hospital, in the village of Masade in the Golan Heights, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. A roadside bomb hit an Israeli patrol near the frontier with the Golan Heights on Tuesday, the army said, wounding four soldiers in the most serious violence to strike the area since the Syrian conflict began three years ago. Israel said it responded with artillery strikes on Syrian army targets. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed the strategic area in a move that was not internationally recognized. (AP Photo/Jinipix)

Israeli airstrikes escalate tensions with Syria

Israeli warplanes unleashed a series of airstrikes on Syrian military posts early Wednesday, killing one soldier and wounding seven in one of the most serious clashes between the countries in the past four decades.…
This March 12, 2014 photo shows a confiscated iron ore mining operation near the Pacific port of Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico. The pseudo-religious Knights Templar drug cartel in western Mexico has diversified to the point that drug trafficking doesn’t even rank among its top sources of income, according to the federal government. The cartel counts illegal mining, logging and extortion as its biggest moneymakers, said Alfredo Castillo, the government's special envoy to Michoacan state. (AP Photo/Eduardo Castillo)

Police nab cartel member in organ trafficking case

Police in Mexico's western state of Michoacan detained an alleged member of the Knights Templar cartel who is suspected of kidnapping children to harvest their organs, an official said Monday. …
Pro-Russian people celebrate in the central square in Sevastopol, Ukraine, late Sunday, March 16, 2014. Russian flags fluttered above jubilant crowds Sunday after residents in Crimea voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. The United States and Europe condemned the ballot as illegal and destabilizing and were expected to slap sanctions against Russia for it.(AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)

Putin recognizes Crimean independence

Moscow showed no signs of flinching in the dispute that has roiled Ukraine since Russian troops took effective control of the strategic Black Sea peninsula last month and supported the Sunday referendum that overwhelmingly called for annexation by Russia. …
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Iran accuses foreign agencies in new sabotage plot

A senior Iranian official said Monday that an alleged attempt to sabotage one of Tehran's nuclear facilities involved foreign intelligence agencies who tampered with imported pumps.…
A woman paints her palm with water colors during an event for passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, March 17, 2014. Authorities now believe someone on board the Boeing 777 shut down part of the aircraft's messaging system about the same time the plane with 239 people on board disappeared from civilian radar. But an Inmarsat satellite was able to automatically connect with a portion of the messaging system that remained in operation, similar to a phone call that just rings because no one is on the other end to pick it up and provide information. No location information was exchanged, but the satellite continued to identify the plane once an hour for four to five hours after it disappeared from radar screens. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

New uncertainty about missing Malaysian plane

UPDATE Officials revealed a new timeline Monday suggesting the final voice transmission from the cockpit of the missing Malaysian plane may have occurred before any of its communications systems were disabled. …
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German church leader signals opening for divorcees

The new leader of Germany's Roman Catholic bishops is signaling support for allowing some divorced but remarried Catholics to receive Communion after a "penitential period."…
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives to speak to the media during a press conference in London after his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Friday, March 14, 2014. Kerry arrived in London Friday, for his last meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before the Crimea referendum vote.  (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

U.S., West brace for Crimea vote to leave Ukraine

Russia's top diplomat said Moscow will make no decisions about Crimea's future, including whether to embrace it as a new territory, until after a local referendum Sunday to decide whether it should remain part of Ukraine.…
Juan Martin Torresi arrives at the 1-11-14 slum's church to attend a mass in honor of Pope Francis in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, March 13, 2014. On the day of the first anniversary of the Pope's election, people from the 1-11-14 slum gather at their church to watch an interview that Pope Francis gave recently from his residence at the Vatican to FM Bajo Flores, a community radio station that broadcasts from the slum. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Francis celebrates one year as pope

As Argentina's top Roman Catholic leader before he was elected pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio assigned many priests to parishes in the crowded slums that grew up around the capital. …
Olivia Chow speaks to the media after she officially entered into the race as a candidate for Mayor in the fall Toronto mayoral election in Toronto on Thursday, March 13, 2014.  Chow says Toronto deserves better than Rob Ford, who "is no role model" for her granddaughters. She made no direct mention of the various scandals plaguing Ford — not his admissions that he smoked crack cocaine and bought illegal drugs while mayor nor his videotaped booze-fuelled rants. Instead, Chow hinted at Ford's issues with her "role model" comment, but called Ford's leadership "disappointing," saying he had failed to make critical investments and create jobs. A day after resigning as an NDP member of Parliament, Chow emphasized her humble beginnings and her family's hardworking immigrant story in her speech to a packed church in the inner city neighbourhood of St. James Town, where she grew up. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

Candidate starts campaign to replace Toronto mayor

Olivia Chow, who resigned from her Parliament seat earlier this week, made no mention during her speech of the incidents of drug use, drunken public appearances and erratic behavior that have given Ford international notoriety. …
Boys join in prayers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner MH370, Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Sepang, Malaysia. Planes sent Thursday to check the spot where Chinese satellite images showed possible debris from the missing Malaysian jetliner found nothing, Malaysia's civil aviation chief said, deflating the latest lead in the six-day hunt. The hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has been punctuated by false leads since it disappeared with 239 people aboard about an hour after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing early Saturday. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Missing plane sent signals to satellite for hours

Six days after the plane with 239 people aboard disappeared, Malaysian authorities expanded their search westward toward India, saying the aircraft may have flown for several hours after its last contact with the ground shortly after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing.…
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Court confirms death sentence in India gang rape

A New Delhi court has confirmed the death penalty imposed by a lower court to four men convicted for the gang rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in December 2012.…
Sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik creates a sculpture depicting the missing Malaysian Airlines aircraft on the beach in Puri, India, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Malaysia has asked for India's assistance in searching for the missing Boeing 777 jetliner to widen the search to an area near the Andaman Sea, an Indian official said Wednesday. (AP Photo)

Chinese site may show plane debris images

The revelation could provide searchers with a focus that has eluded them since the plane disappeared with 239 people aboard just hours after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing early Saturday. …
President Barack Obama, right, talks with Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, left, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Obama welcomed Ukraine’s new prime minister as the U.S. seeks to highlight ties with the former Soviet republic now caught in a diplomatic battle between East and West.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

UN is discussing Ukraine resolution

The U.N. Security Council is discussing a possible resolution that would reaffirm Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and address Sunday's referendum on whether its Crimean Peninsula should become part of Russia. …
A student of Venezuela's Central University (UCV) shouts slogans against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. A month of student-led demonstrations in a number of Venezuelan cities has left at least 25 people dead, according to the government. Venezuelans fed up with inflation that reached 56 percent last year, long lines for buying some items at grocery stores and one of the highest homicide rates in the world have joined students in protesting against the government. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

3 shot dead during unrest in central Venezuela

A university student, a National Guard captain and a third man were shot to death in separate incidents Wednesday as anti-government protests roiled the central Venezuelan city of Valencia.…
Unidentified paramilitary men stand at the gates of a Ukrainian military base after occupying it in Bakhchysarai, Ukraine, Monday, March 10, 2014. Ukraine's foreign minister said Monday his country already feels like it's almost in a state of war after Russian forces took effective control of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. A referendum has been called there for Sunday on whether the region should split off and seek to become part of Russia. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Ukraine accuses Russia of military buildup

Ukraine accused Russia on Wednesday of conducting a large military buildup near the countries' border that raises the threat of an invasion, but Moscow denied that.…