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MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of the main leaders of the civilian "self-defense" groups that rose up to challenge a drug cartel in Mexico's Michoacan state was detained late Tuesday as a suspect in the weekend killings of two vigilantes, authorities announced.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia defended its handling of the hunt for the missing Boeing 777 on Wednesday but acknowledged it is still unsure which direction the plane was headed when it disappeared, highlighting the massive task facing an international search now in its fifth day.
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's famed "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin knew he was dying after a massive stingray stabbed him in the chest hundreds of times, the only witness to the fatal 2006 attack said in his first detailed public account of the beloved conservationist's death.
BEIJING (AP) — China might be trying to obscure the number of dissidents it is targeting by charging them with public order offenses instead of political crimes, a U.S.-based rights group said Wednesday.
ARECIBO, Puerto Rico (AP) — First, the Catholic Church announced it had defrocked six priests accused of sex abuse in the Puerto Rican town of Arecibo. Then, local prosecutors disclosed that at least 11 other priests on the island were under investigation for similar accusations.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — More than four days after a Malaysian jetliner went missing on route to Beijing, authorities acknowledged Wednesday they didn't know in which direction the plane and its 239 passengers was heading when it disappeared, vastly complicating efforts to find it.
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese government-funded laboratory said Tuesday it is considering retracting a research paper describing a simple way of turning ordinary cells from mice into stem cells.
TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to boost rebuilding efforts as the country marked the third anniversary Tuesday of a devastating earthquake and tsunami that left nearly 19,000 people dead, destroyed coastal communities, and triggered a nuclear crisis. Japan has struggled to rebuild towns and villages and to clean up radiation from the meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Reconstruction plans are finally taking shape, but shortages of skilled workers and materials are delaying the work. The triple disasters known in Japan as 3-11 killed 15,884 people and left 2,636 unaccounted for on its northeastern coast. The country has earmarked 25 trillion yen ($250 billion) for reconstruction through March 2016.
Nearly a year after a factory building collapsed in Bangladesh, killing more than 1,100 workers, engineering teams sponsored by Western retailers have been rigorously inspecting that country’s garment industry, resulting in at least two temporary closings because of safety problems.The inspection reports on the first 10 factories, which were released Tuesday and contain an unusual level of detail, found that some factories lacked adequate fire doors, did not have required sprinkler systems, and had dangerously high weight loads on several floors.The announced inspections were done through the Bangladesh Accord Foundation, a group of 150 clothing brands and retailers from more than 20 countries that plans to inspect 1,500 Bangladesh garment factories by early September.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Three suicide bombers detonated their explosives belts in a local administration building in a Kurdish town in northeastern Syria Tuesday, killing at least five people, the state-run news agency and a Kurdish official said. SANA said the blasts in the Hadaya hotel killed five people, but a Kurdish official at the scene said at least seven people died, including four women. The hotel in the center of the town of Qamishli has functioned as a municipality building, said Joan Mohammed, who spoke to The Associated Press by phone. The area has been the scene of heavy battles recently between Kurdish gunmen and members of the al-Qaida breakaway group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
BEIRUT — The number of Syrian children affected by the civil war in their homeland has doubled in the past year to at least 5.5 million — more than half the country’s children — with devastating effects on the health, education, and psychological well-being of an entire generation, the United Nations children’s agency said Thursday. The conflict, which enters its fourth year this month, has unleashed massive suffering across all segments of Syrian society, but the impact on children has been especially acute, according to a new report by UNICEF. Malnutrition and illness have stunted their growth; a lack of learning opportunities has derailed their education; and the bloody trauma of war has left deep psychological scars.
MILAN — UniCredit, Italy’s largest bank, on Tuesday posted a record $21 billion loss in the fourth quarter as it cleaned up its balance sheet with write-downs and provisions, part of an attempt to turn the page on its troubled past. The loss exceeded the bank’s previous record loss of $15 billion posted for the third quarter of 2011 on bad Greek debt and other write-downs.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Rights activists on Tuesday petitioned Uganda’s Constitutional Court to challenge the validity of an anti-gay measure that allows severe penalties against homosexuality. The activists — under a group called Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law — hope the court will agree the new law violates Uganda’s constitution by encouraging discrimination based on sexual orientation. The group has asked the judges to issue an interim order ‘‘stopping the police from implementing’’ the anti-gay law, said Nicholas Opiyo, a Ugandan lawyer who helped to draft the petition.
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish police clashed with hundreds of protesters Tuesday following the death of a Turkish teenager, who had been in a coma since being hit by a police tear-gas canister during anti-government protests last year. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets to disperse anti-government protesters hurling stones and bottles in central Ankara, the capital, and Istanbul, the largest city. The unrest swelled within hours of news that Berkin Elvan, 15, had died in an Istanbul hospital nine months after losing consciousness with a fractured skull. Protests were reported in at least nine other cities. Authorities could provide no details on injuries to protesters or police.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Maoist rebels ambushed paramilitary soldiers in a brazen daytime attack Tuesday, killing 20 at a camp in a remote central forest and putting authorities on alert just weeks before national elections.The soldiers had been in a group of 44 guarding road construction workers in the south of Chhattisgarh state when about 200 rebels circled their camp and opened fire, police inspector general Mukesh Gupta said.Surviving troops engaged the rebels in a three-hour gunbattle, but there were no immediate reports of rebel casualties. Police searched nearby jungles within Sukma district, but the rebels escaped, Gupta said.
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Police blocked hundreds of supporters of the conservative candidate in El Salvador's presidential election from reaching a hotel where electoral authorities were doing a final count Monday for the razor-thin runoff contest.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's air force says jet may have turned back, denies saying it reached Malacca strait .
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — At least three people were wounded Tuesday in the central Venezuela city of Barquisimeto when student protesters blocking streets were attacked by unknown gunmen, a university official in the city said.
VALPARAISO, Chile (AP) — Michelle Bachelet returned to Chile's presidency Tuesday after a four-year break, facing an economic slowdown and student-led protests that have paralyzed the country in recent years and now will likely challenge her promises of profound social changes.
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — The U.S., Britain, Monaco and the Azores have joined Bermuda in signing a non-binding declaration to collaborate on conservation of the Sargasso Sea, the ecologically rich waters in the mid-Atlantic.
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis' namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, founded his order of mendicant friars in the 13th century after receiving a calling from God to "rebuild my church." Some 800 years later, St. Francis' followers are rebuilding his church in the ancient tradition of door-to-door begging that St. Francis championed — but with a very modern twist.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Columns of African Union and Somali troops are moving deeper into land controlled by al-Qaida-linked militants, forcing fighters to flee from five towns in quick succession in a further squeezing of al-Shabab's strongholds.
BEIRUT (AP) — The number of Syrian children affected by the civil war in their homeland has doubled in the past year to at least 5.5 million — more than half the country's children — with devastating effects on the health, education and psychological well-being of an entire generation, the United Nations children's agency said Tuesday.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — The Ministry of Transport in Guyana says it has suspended an air traffic controller who walked off the job and left the tower unattended while a flight was approaching the South American country.
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya's parliament ousted Western-backed prime minister Ali Zidan in a Tuesday vote, removing the first democratically chosen leader who had struggled for 15 months to stem the country's spiraling descent into chaos, with divisive political power struggles and rampant militias out of the control of the weak central government.
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union finance ministers failed once again Tuesday to agree on a sweeping new policy to fight tax evasion because of resistance from Luxembourg, a tiny country that long has prospered from a secretive banking culture.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius fired guns in public in the months before he killed his girlfriend — once out of a car sunroof on a road and once in a crowded restaurant, a onetime friend said at the athlete's murder trial Tuesday, drawing an aggressive effort from the chief defense lawyer to pick holes in his testimony.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's vigilante "self-defense" groups have been riven by internal disputes after driving the vicious Knights Templar drug cartel out of much of the western state of Michoacan.
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish police clashed with thousands of protesters Tuesday following the death of a Turkish teenager, who had been in a coma since being hit by a police tear-gas canister during anti-government protests last year.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — As the campaign increased for tension-filled Crimea to split off from Ukraine in a weekend referendum and join Russia, the region's parliament said Tuesday that if voters approve the move it would first declare itself an independent state, a maneuver that could de-escalate the standoff between Moscow and the West.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Tuesday expressed sorrow over the fatal shooting of a Jordanian judge and announced a joint investigation into the incident, seeking to ease tensions with its key Arab ally.