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First clues emerge about Cuba's future under new president

Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:57am

Miguel Diaz-Canel has been the presumptive next president of Cuba since 2013, when Raul Castro named the laconic former provincial official to the important post of first vice president and lauded him as "neither a novice nor an improviser," high praise in a system dedicated to continuity over all.

The Latest: France demands access for chemical inspectors

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:57am

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Israeli fire in new Gaza border protest kills 4 Palestinians

Fares Akram and Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:49am

Israeli soldiers firing Friday from across a border fence killed four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, and wounded more than 150 others, health officials said, as several thousand people in blockaded Gaza staged a fourth round of weekly protests on the border with Israel.

No surprise: Charles to succeed queen as Commonwealth head

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:43am

Prince Charles has spent a lifetime waiting to be king, the job he was born to do. On Friday the 69-year-old heir to the British throne got another position to wait for — he was approved as the next head of the Commonwealth made up of the U.K. and the countries that once were its colonies.

Islamic State group to give up last pocket in Syrian capital

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:39am

Islamic State militants agreed to give up their last pocket in Damascus on Friday, state media reported, as the government seeks to retake the entire Syrian capital and its surrounding areas for the first time since 2011.

8 convicted in long-running trial over Mafia-govt collusion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:16am

A court in Palermo has convicted eight defendants, including a close associate of Silvio Berlusconi, on charges showing collusion between the Sicilian Mafia and the government during the early 1990s.

Russia: US did not violate red lines during Syria strikes

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:09am

Russia's foreign minister said Friday that the U.S. sought out and respected Moscow's positions in Syria when it launched its air strikes last week.

Mexican Congress votes to remove politicians' legal immunity

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:03am

The lower house of Mexico's Congress has voted to remove the immunity from prosecution protection from every public office in the country.

The Latest: Commonwealth chooses Prince Charles as next head

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 10:53am

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Talks to form new Czech coalition government to renew

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 10:27am

The leftist Social Democrats say they have agreed to return to talks to form a new Czech government with populist billionaire Andrej Babis and his political group.

The Latest: 2 more Palestinian protesters killed in Gaza

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 10:23am

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Pakistan: Armed men rob, harass prominent right activist

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 10:17am

A prominent Pakistani rights group says armed men have raided the house of one of its editors, harassing her and stealing her laptop, two hard drives and two cell phones, as well as some jewelry and cash.

German town braces for neo-Nazi concert on Hitler's birthday

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 10:09am

A small town in Germany's far east braced Friday for the arrival of hundreds of neo-Nazis planning to attend a music festival timed to coincide with Adolf Hitler's birthday.

UK teen jailed for targeting CIA chief's phone, email

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 9:58am

A British teenager has been jailed for two years for compromising the email and phone accounts of senior U.S. government officials in what a judge called acts of "cyber-terrorism."

Afghan authorities: 3 protecting voter registration killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 9:48am

Three police protecting voter registration centers in two Afghan provinces were killed by militants over a two-day period this week, authorities said Saturday.

Zimbabwe nurses' strike a test of new government

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 9:44am

Scores of nurses demonstrated in Zimbabwe's capital on Friday after the government fired 16,000 of them from public hospitals for demanding better working conditions and higher pay.

Turkish lawmakers approve early elections called by Erdogan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 9:37am

Turkey's parliament has approved holding the country's presidential and parliamentary elections a year-and-half early, a change President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said is needed because of uncertainties over Syria.

Al-Qaida claims deadly attack on French, UN forces in Mali

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 9:26am

Al-Qaida extremists have claimed responsibility for an attack in northern Mali that killed a U.N. peacekeeper and wounded seven French soldiers.

UK lawmakers form group to combat 'malign' Russian influence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 9:19am

British lawmakers set up a special group Friday to focus on Russian election interference and disinformation campaigns, saying more must be done to understand the extent of Moscow's "malign influence."