In this March 16, 2014, file photo, opposition Congresswoman Maria Corina Machado speaks to the media and supporters in front of a line of Bolivarian National Guards during an anti-government march in Caracas, Venezuela. The head of Venezuela's congress, Diosdado Cabello, said Monday March 24, 2014, that Machado has lost her seat in the legislature and is no longer immune from prosecution for her alleged role fomenting violence in anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix, File)

Pregnant woman, Venez National Guardsman killed

A pregnant woman shot in the head and a National Guard soldier fired on as he tried to clear a roadway are the latest fatalities in violence tied to anti-government protests in Venezuela, authorities said Monday.…
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Japan-US nuclear deal announced at Hague summit

Japan plans to turn over to the United States more than 315 kilograms (700 pounds) of weapons-grade plutonium and a supply of highly enriched uranium, a victory for President Barack Obama's efforts to secure nuclear materials around the world.…
In this Feb 8, 2013 photo shot through a clear glass window pane, a doctor helps a patient sit into a wheelchair at the Dr. Gustavo Lima AldereguÌa Hospital in Cienfuegos, Cuba. Cuba is giving its hundreds of thousands of medical workers raises that in some cases exceed 100 percent, official media on the island announced Friday, March 21, 2014, though pay remains much lower than what medical professionals can earn elsewhere. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes

Cuba hikes salaries for doctors, nurses

The Communist Party daily newspaper Granma also reported that Cuba expects to take in $8.2 billion this year for the tens of thousands of medical worker it sends to care for the poor in countries such as Venezuela and Brazil.…
French President Francois Hollande addresses the media at the end of an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, March 21, 2014. Ukraine’s prime minister has pulled his nation closer into Europe’s orbit, signing a political association agreement with the EU at a summit of the bloc’s leaders. Friday’s agreement between Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and the EU leaders was part of the pact that former President Viktor Yanukovych backed out of last November in favor of a $15 billion bailout from Russia. That decision sparked the protests that ultimately led to his downfall and flight last month, setting off one of Europe’s worst political crises since the Cold War. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

EU’s new sanctions target Putin inner circle

The European Union's new sanctions announced Friday will hit the inner circle of President Vladimir Putin, including a deputy prime minister, two presidential advisers and the speakers of both houses of parliament.…
An Afghan Army soldier inspects bullet proof vests found after Taliban insurgents staged a multi-pronged attack on a police station in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan, Thursday, March 20, 2014. Taliban insurgents staged the attack, using a suicide bomber and gunmen to lay siege to the station, government officials said. Two remotely detonated bombs also exploded nearby. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

2 Taliban attacks in Afghanistan show dangers loom

All the assailants were killed in both standoffs, but made their point: Afghan forces face a huge challenge in securing upcoming elections in what will be a major test of their abilities as foreign troops wind down their combat mission at the end of this year. …
The opposition lawmakers shout the slogan "corruption everywhere, bribery everywhere " toward the ruling party members during a special session of the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Turkey's opposition recalled parliament for an extraordinary session on Wednesday to initiate debate over corruption allegations against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government less than two weeks before local elections that are seen as a referendum over his rule.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkey blocks access to Twitter

Many users trying to access the network early on Friday were confronted with a notice from Turkey's telecommunications authority, citing court orders for the site's apparent closure.…
FILE - In this Saturday, March, 21. 1998 file Photo, Late Nigeria President Gen. Sani Abacha , front left, attends an event in Abuja, Nigeria. A leading Nigerian rights group is asking the U.S. government to give nearly half a billion dollars in assets frozen from a corrupt dictator to charities instead of the Nigerian government. That would help make sure the money is used to improve the lives of the people from whom it was stolen and could help unblock billions more banked by deceased Gen. Sani Abacha and held by countries reluctant to return it. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

Nigerian group to US: Give assets to charities

A leading Nigerian rights group is urging the U.S. government to give nearly half a billion dollars in assets frozen from a corrupt dictator to charities instead of the Nigerian government.…
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AP Exclusive: Jailed militant key to Mideast talks

According to several top officials, the Palestinians are seeking the freedom of Marwan Barghouti, who is serving multiple life sentences for his alleged role in killings of Israelis, as part of any plan to extend negotiations with Israel beyond an April deadline.…
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Alberta’s premier resigns amid scandal

Premier Alison Redford has been struggling to deal with unrest in her Progressive Conservative caucus over her leadership style and expenses. …
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. …