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First clues emerge about Cuba's future under new president

Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:42pm

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: Ally China welcomes N. Korea's nuke suspension

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:28pm

The Latest on North Korea saying it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site (all times local):

6 countries suspend membership in UNASUR regional bloc

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 10:06pm

A South American bloc created a decade ago to counter U.S. influence in the region has temporarily lost half its members after six countries suspended their memberships amid differences over who should lead the group.

Yemen Red Cross: More dying from indirect effects of war

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 9:35pm

The outgoing head of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Yemen said Friday he believes that more people are dying from indirect effects of the conflict now than from bombing, shelling and ground attacks.

N. Korea, setting stage for talks, halts nuclear, ICBM tests

Kim Tong-Hyung and Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 8:42pm

North Korea announced Saturday it will suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches ahead of its summits with Seoul and Washington, but stopped well short of suggesting it has any intention of giving up its nuclear weapons or scale back its production of missiles and their related component parts.

Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar

Zik Maulana, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 7:46pm

Indonesian fishermen rescued 76 Rohingya Muslims stranded off the coast of Aceh on Friday, authorities said, in the latest attempt by members of the persecuted ethnic group to flee Myanmar by sea.

Myanmar policeman testifies arrested reporters were set up

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 7:14pm

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.

Palestinians want independent probe of Israeli Gaza killings

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 6:50pm

The Palestinians said Friday they want the U.N. Human Rights Council to establish a commission to carry out an independent investigation of the Israeli military's killing and wounding of Palestinians during protests in Gaza.

Israeli fire in new Gaza border protest kills 4 Palestinians

Fares Akram and Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 5:32pm

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.

North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests, plans to close nuclear test site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 4:10pm

North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests, plans to close nuclear test site .

Raul Castro acts like he's retiring though future unclear

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 3:59pm

Raul Castro was relaxed as he gave a 90-minute speech handing over the presidency to his hand-picked successor, Miguel Diaz-Canel. The 86-year-old revolutionary departed from his prepared remarks, making jokes and reminiscing about the past. He talked about his great-grandchildren.

No surprise: Charles to succeed queen as Commonwealth head

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 3:57pm

Prince Charles has spent a lifetime waiting to be king. 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.

The Latest: Palestinians will seek UN probe of Gaza violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:43pm

The Latest on the crisis along the Israel-Gaza border (all times local):

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.

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.