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Brother takes Colombian politician's place as rebel hostage

Libardo Cardona, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 6:01pm

When leftist rebels earlier this month freed a former governor held captive more than two years, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos welcomed the release as a hopeful sign that the National Liberation Army had finally sworn off kidnapping as peace talks with the group were getting under way.

Iran calls on UN to help with US court asset award

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 6:01pm

Iran asked the United Nations on Thursday to intervene with the U.S. government over a Supreme Court ruling that allows nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets to be paid to victims of terrorist attacks for which the Middle Eastern country has been blamed.

China passes law tightening controls on foreign nonprofits

Didi Tang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 5:21pm

China passed a law Thursday tightening controls over foreign non-governmental organizations by subjecting them to close police supervision, a move officials say will help the groups but critics charge is the latest attempt by authorities to clamp down on perceived threats to the ruling Communist Party's control.

Transgender civil servants in Brazil can use chosen name

Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 4:41pm

Brazilian transgender and transsexual civil servants will now be able to use their chosen names while on the job.

Burkina Faso court throws out ex-president arrest warrant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 4:40pm

An appeals court in Burkina Faso has thrown out an international arrest warrant for former President Blaise Compaore.

Colombia's high court clears way for gay marriage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 4:21pm

Colombia's highest court has cleared the way for same-sex couples to marry in the conservative Roman Catholic nation.

The Latest: Biden leaves Iraq, next stop Rome

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:40pm

The Latest on Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Iraq (all times local):

Biden presses Iraq to not let political chaos upend gains

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:40pm

Vice President Joe Biden pressed Iraq on Thursday not to let its crippling political crisis upend hard-fought gains against the Islamic State group as he returned to the country that's come to symbolize America's relentless struggles in the Middle East.

Mexico charges 4 detectives with holding foreigners

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:21pm

A judge in Mexico has ordered two federal detectives and two ex-detectives to stand trial on charges of kidnaping for extortion for allegedly holding 15 South American women briefly to demand a bribe for not reporting them to immigration authorities.

The Latest: UN says many starve in 'senseless' Syria war

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:01pm

The Latest on Syria's civil war (all times local):

Rescuers search for missing in deadly Guatemala trash slide

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 2:51pm

Hundreds of rescuers picked through a Guatemalan garbage dump Thursday looking for bodies or possible survivors a day after a massive slope of trash collapsed, killing at least four people.

Israelis, Palestinians differ on shooting after teens killed

Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 2:11pm

Palestinian siblings gunned down at a West Bank checkpoint after approaching Israeli troops — with knives, according to Israel — were needlessly killed and could have been subdued without deadly force, their parents, witnesses and an Israeli lawmaker said Thursday.

South Korea: Suspected midrange North Korean missiles fail

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 1:51pm

North Korea attempted unsuccessfully to launch two suspected powerful intermediate-range missiles on Thursday, South Korean defense officials said, bringing the number of apparent failures in recent weeks to three.

Casualties mount from bombardment in Syria's largest city

Sarah El Deeb and Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 1:42pm

Airstrikes and artillery killed more than 60 people in the past 24 hours in Aleppo, including dozens at a hospital in a rebel-held neighborhood, as Syria's largest city was turned once again into a major battleground in the civil war, officials said Thursday.

Egypt tries to divert eyes to citizen who died in London

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 1:30pm

Under scrutiny in Europe over its handling of investigations into the torture death of an Italian student in Cairo, Egyptian authorities sought to deflect attention Thursday toward the fate of a British-Egyptian man who died in a London fire.

Police: 80 people arrested in Ontario in child porn probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 12:40pm

Ontario police say they have arrested 80 people as part of a sweeping investigation into internet child pornography in the province.

Italy, Austria make deal to avoid Brenner Pass closure

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 12:11pm

Italy and Austria have reached a deal to avoid closing the heavily trafficked Brenner Pass, an important conduit for tourists and goods transiting Europe, Italy's interior minister said Thursday.

UK police charge 3 with terrorism offenses in Birmingham

Paisley Dodds and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 12:11pm

British police on Thursday charged two men and a woman from Birmingham with terrorism-related offenses in a probe that began after the deadly extremist attacks on Paris and Brussels.

Ecuadorean jetliner skids off runway landing in heavy rain

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 12:01pm

A plane with 93 people on board has skidded off a runway while landing during heavy rain at an airport in southern Ecuador.