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  • Wartime climate in Saudi puts calls for reform on hold

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 22:08:01 GMT

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — An electronic billboard at an upscale Saudi mall flashes an advertisement for a designer fragrance before switching to images of soaring F-16s and King Salman saluting the troops. "The response has come to you who threaten the nation," the caption says. "To those who test me, take this war as a reply."

  • Empty chairs honor 168 victims of Oklahoma City bombing

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 21:33:56 GMT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Every day when Dr. Rosslyn Biggs goes to work as a federal government veterinarian she is reminded of her mother, one of 168 people killed in the Oklahoma City bombing and honored Sunday on the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil until Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Obama pays tribute to victims of Oklahoma City bombing

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 21:25:23 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expressing condolences to families on the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, saying America will never forget those who lost their lives.

  • Cuba holds local vote with a twist: 2 opposition candidates

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 21:05:14 GMT

    HAVANA (AP) — Cuba on Sunday held its first local elections since a historic thaw in relations with the United States with an unusual wrinkle in the single-party system: two of the 27,000 candidates openly oppose the government.

  • Researcher denied flight after tweet poking United security

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:59:02 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — United Airlines stopped a prominent security researcher from boarding a California-bound flight late Saturday, following a social media post by the researcher days earlier suggesting the airline's onboard systems could be hacked.

  • Survivor: Smugglers locked hundreds in hold of capsized boat

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:57:26 GMT

    ROME (AP) — A smuggler's boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya's coast as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant tragedy and intensifying pressure on the European Union Sunday to finally meet demands for decisive action.

  • Finnish opposition leader declares victory in election

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:40:46 GMT

    HELSINKI (AP) — Juha Sipila declared his opposition Center Party the winner of Finland's parliamentary election Sunday and will become the country's new prime minister at the head of a coalition government.

  • Opposition Center Party takes lead in Finnish election

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:37:09 GMT

    HELSINKI (AP) — Juha Sipila has declared his opposition Center Party the winner of Finland's parliamentary election and will become the country's new prime minister at the head of a coalition government.

  • Turkish Cypriot leadership election to go into 2nd round

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:26:43 GMT

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The election for the Turkish Cypriot leadership will go to a second round after none of the candidates managed to garner enough votes Sunday to avoid a runoff, authorities said, as talks to reunify the ethnically-split island of Cyprus are expected to resume next month.

  • The Latest: Migrant survivor says 950 aboard capsized boat

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:23:43 GMT

    10:20 p.m. (2020 GMT, 4:20 p.m.)

  • Poland summons US envoy over FBI head's Holocaust comments

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:09:03 GMT

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Foreign Ministry urgently summoned U.S. Ambassador Stephen Mull on Sunday to "protest and demand an apology," saying the head of the FBI suggested that Poles were accomplices in the Holocaust.

  • The Latest: Greece supports call for EU summit on migrants

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:02:51 GMT

    10 p.m. (2000 GMT, 4 p.m. EDT)

  • Hundreds of migrants feared drowned in Mediterranean Sea

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19:48:50 GMT

    ROME (AP) — A smuggler's boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya's coast as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant tragedy and intensifying pressure on the European Union Sunday to finally meet demands for decisive action.

  • UN anti-crime commission's future uncertain in Guatemala

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19:26:11 GMT

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Even in crime-ridden Guatemala, the headlines were startling: Prosecutors busted a customs bribery ring that likely defrauded the state of millions of dollars, with the current and former Tax Authority chiefs and a top aide to the vice president implicated.

  • NC man's obituary urges readers to reject Hillary Clinton

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19:21:26 GMT

    KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man's obituary asked two things of friends and family: instead of sending flowers for the funeral, give the money to charity. And don't vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016.

  • Gyrocopter pilot frustrated message isn't getting through

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19:15:18 GMT

    RUSKIN, Fla. (AP) — The letter carrier who caused a full-scale security review in Washington when he violated national airspace by landing his gyrocopter on Capitol Hill expressed frustration Sunday that his message wasn't getting through.

  • Israel police investigating killing of Polish tourist

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19:03:53 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they're investigating the killing of a Polish tourist whose body bore signs of violence.

  • Gunmen storm Afghan police station as mine clearers abducted

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:58:01 GMT

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgents armed with guns and explosives attacked a police station Sunday in Afghanistan's southern city of Lashkar Gar, wounding two officers and a civilian as gunmen elsewhere kidnapped at least a dozen mine clearers, authorities said.

  • The Latest: Stable Libya would avert migrant deaths: Germany

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:56:57 GMT

    8:55 p.m. (1855 GMT, 2:55 p.m. EDT)

  • Baltimore mayor vows accountability in police custody death

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:54:32 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's mayor and police commissioner promise a thorough investigation into the death of a man injured while in police custody.

  • Service held to mark 20 years since Oklahoma City bombing

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:43:39 GMT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — About 1,000 people gathered Sunday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, which was the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil until the Sept. 11 attacks six years later.