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. …
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. …