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First clues emerge about Cuba's future under new president

Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:41pm

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.

40,000 gather in Armenia to demand leader's resignation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:19pm

About 40,000 demonstrators have gathered in Armenia's capital as a week of protests against the country's new prime minister showed no sign of dissipating.

8 convicted in case alleging govt reps colluded with Mafia

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 1:49pm

A court in Italy convicted a mob boss, three police investigators and a close associate of former Premier Silvio Berlusconi in a case showing collusion between the Sicilian Mafia and state institutions after a deadly wave of mafia bombings during the early 1990s.

South Africa's leader cuts short UK visit after protests

Nqobile Ntshangase, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 1:33pm

South Africa's president cut short a visit to Britain to return home and deal with violent protests in a provincial capital, calling late Friday for calm and saying more discussions on the "serious" issues were needed.

UK teen gets 2 years for targeting CIA chief's phone, email

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 1:13pm

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

Croatia's president honors victims of WWII camp

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 1:03pm

Croatia's president visited the site of a World War II concentration camp on Friday and honored its victims, while Jewish leaders are boycotting the main commemoration ceremony for the third year in a row.

Myanmar policeman testifies arrested reporters were set up

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 12:35pm

A Myanmar police officer testified Friday that he and several colleagues were ordered to entrap two reporters working for the Reuters news agency, dealing a major blow to the government's case against the journalists under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act.

No surprise: Charles to succeed queen as Commonwealth head

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 12:29pm

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.

Ex-rebel leader in Colombia relocates amid talk of arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 12:03pm

The former chief peace negotiator for Colombia's FARC rebel movement has decided to relocate to a rural camp for ex-guerrillas amid speculation he could soon be arrested as part of a U.S. drug investigation.

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.

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.

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

The Latest on the Commonwealth heads of government meeting (all times local):

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.

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.

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.