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Violent rain storm sweeps over Rio de Janeiro

Violent rain storm sweeps over Rio de Janeiro

RIO DE JANEIRO -- A violent lightning and rain storm has swept across Rio de Janeiro, flooding streets and knocking out power in some neighborhoods.

Updated: 01/16/14 at 7:54 pm EST
  • Panama: North Korea ship owners will pay fine

    Panama: North Korea ship owners will pay fine

    PANAMA CITY -- The owners of a North Korean ship seized by Panama for carrying Cuban fighter jets and missiles are paying a $670,000 fine to recover the vessel.

    Updated: 01/16/14 at 7:49 pm EST
  • Chinese police take away outspoken Uighur activist

    Chinese police take away outspoken Uighur activist

    BEIJING -- Police have taken away an outspoken scholar of China's Turkic Uighur ethnic minority and raided his home, seizing computers, cellphones and even his students' thesis manuscripts, his wife said Thursday.

    Updated: 01/16/14 at 7:45 pm EST
  • UN chief urges Syrian opposition to join talks

    UN chief urges Syrian opposition to join talks

    KUWAIT CITY -- The U.N. secretary-general on Wednesday urged Syria's Western-backed but fragmented opposition to attend upcoming peace talks, as President Bashar Assad met with regional ally Iran's top diplomat ahead of the negotiations next week aimed at finding a way out of the country's bloody three-year conflict.

    Updated: 01/15/14 at 9:37 pm EST
  • Beijing air pollution at dangerously high levels

    Beijing air pollution at dangerously high levels

    BEIJING -- Air pollution has reached dangerously high levels in China's capital, where the concentration of toxic small particles registered more than two dozen times the level considered safe.

    Updated: 01/15/14 at 9:35 pm EST
  • Venezuela's president shuffles economic team

    Venezuela's president shuffles economic team

    CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro reassigned members of his economic team Wednesday but didn't announce a painful currency devaluation that economists say is needed to stabilize the economy of Latin America's biggest oil economy.

    Updated: 01/15/14 at 9:34 pm EST
  • French president's reported mistress denied post

    French president's reported mistress denied post

    PARIS -- France's Culture Ministry has denied an actress a coveted spot at a prestigious French cultural institution after reports that she's having an affair with the president.

    Updated: 01/15/14 at 10:37 am EST
  • EU ups pressure on Google in antitrust case

    EU ups pressure on Google in antitrust case

    BRUSSELS -- The European Union's antitrust watchdog is increasing pressure on Google to swiftly provide better proposals to address allegations the firm is abusing its dominant position in Internet searches.

    Updated: 01/15/14 at 9:24 am EST
  • Somali militants moving into Kenya, official says

    Somali militants moving into Kenya, official says

    NAIROBI, Kenya -- Dozens of foreign fighters have defected from the al-Qaida-linked militant group in Somalia due to internal disputes, and many of those men have moved into Kenya, a security official said.

    Updated: 01/15/14 at 9:23 am EST
  • Danish tourist gang-raped, Indian police say

    Danish tourist gang-raped, Indian police say

    NEW DELHI -- A 51-year-old Danish tourist was gang-raped near a popular shopping area in New Delhi after she got lost and approached a group of men for directions back to her hotel, police said Wednesday.

    Updated: 01/15/14 at 9:23 am EST
  • Thieves try to steal Sigmund Freud's ashes

    Thieves try to steal Sigmund Freud's ashes

    LONDON -- Police are hunting burglars who tried to steal the ashes of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud from a London crematorium.

    Updated: 01/15/14 at 9:21 am EST
  • Pope cleans house at bank with new cardinals

    Pope cleans house at bank with new cardinals

    VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis made another move to clean house at the troubled Vatican bank on Wednesday, naming a new roster of cardinal advisers to replace the ones who were in place during its latest brushes with scandal.

    Updated: 01/15/14 at 9:19 am EST
  • Bombings in Iraq striking markets, funeral kill 44

    Bombings in Iraq striking markets, funeral kill 44

    BAGHDAD -- A wave of bombings across Iraq striking busy markets and a funeral north of Baghdad killed at least 44 people Wednesday, authorities said, as the country remains gripped by violence after al-Qaida-linked militants took control of two cities in western Anbar province.

    Updated: 01/15/14 at 7:34 am EST
  • Puerto Rico teachers launch two-day strike

    Puerto Rico teachers launch two-day strike

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Teachers across Puerto Rico walked off their jobs Tuesday in a noisy two-day strike over cuts to their pensions that the island's government says are needed to avert financial disaster but educators say will force many of them into poverty.

    Updated: 01/14/14 at 9:40 pm EST
  • Anti-immigrant paper under fire for Kyenge agenda

    Anti-immigrant paper under fire for Kyenge agenda

    ROME -- The newspaper of Italy's anti-immigrant Northern League party has come under fire for a new feature listing the daily whereabouts of the country's first black Cabinet minister.

    Updated: 01/14/14 at 9:37 pm EST
  • Venezuelan papers threatened by newsprint shortage

    Venezuelan papers threatened by newsprint shortage

    CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's oldest newspaper is scrambling for newsprint as worsening shortages threaten to take several publications out of circulation in the coming weeks.

    Updated: 01/14/14 at 9:39 pm EST
  • Mosquito-borne virus spreading in Caribbean

    Mosquito-borne virus spreading in Caribbean

    KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A mosquito-borne virus appears to be spreading quickly in the Caribbean during the winter tourism season just weeks after epidemiologists first found local transmission occurring in the French dependency of St. Martin.

    Updated: 01/14/14 at 9:39 pm EST
  • Egypt vote lays bare sharp, post-coup divisions

    Egypt vote lays bare sharp, post-coup divisions

    CAIRO -- A referendum on a new constitution laid bare the sharp divisions in Egypt six months after the military removed the elected Islamist president, with pro-army voters lining up Tuesday outside polling stations, singing patriotic songs, kissing images of Egypt's top officer and sharing upbeat hopes for their troubled nation.

    Updated: 01/14/14 at 9:39 pm EST
  • French president admits problems in personal life

    French president admits problems in personal life

    PARIS -- French President Francois Hollande conceded Tuesday that he is going through "painful moments" with his companion, who was hospitalized after a magazine reported that he is secretly having an affair with a movie actress.

    Updated: 01/14/14 at 9:38 pm EST
  • Mexico forces face off with vigilantes after clash

    Mexico forces face off with vigilantes after clash

    APATZINGAN, Mexico -- Mexican soldiers and federal police kept a tense standoff with vigilantes Tuesday after a new government campaign to stop violence in western Michoacan state turned deadly.

    Updated: 01/14/14 at 9:38 pm EST
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