- Panama experts to recommend financial system cleanup Updated: Apr-29-16 9:28 pm
PANAMA CITY - Panama's government established a committee of independent experts Friday to make recommendations on cleaning up the country's financial system, after leaks of documents from a Panamanian law firm caused an international uproar over offshore accounts.
- China ambassador says North Korean proposal merits study Updated: Apr-29-16 8:15 pm
UNITED NATIONS - China's U.N. ambassador says a North Korea proposal under which Pyongyang would halt its nuclear program if the U.S. and South Korea suspend joint military exercises merits consideration.
- Sanders campaign drops lawsuit after Ohio young-voter ruling Updated: Apr-29-16 7:10 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' campaign says it is dismissing its federal complaint against Ohio's elections chief over a policy related to the state's youngest primary voters.
- Obama announces new steps to curb gun violence Updated: Apr-29-16 6:03 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday to help curb gun violence, including by identifying the requirements that "smart guns" would have to meet for law enforcement agencies to buy and use them as well as sharing mental health records with the federal background check system.
- Brazil's VP says he will not be a candidate in 2018 Updated: Apr-29-16 4:33 pm
SAO PAULO - The man in line to become Brazil's next head of state if President Dilma Rousseff is impeached says he won't run for the presidency in 2018 when Rousseff's term comes to an end.
- 2 behind Planned Parenthood videos rejecting plea deals Updated: Apr-29-16 4:32 pm
HOUSTON - Two anti-abortion activists indicted in connection with making undercover Planned Parenthood videos are rejecting plea deals offering them probation.
- Rising violence kills over 200 in a week in Syria's Aleppo Updated: Apr-29-16 4:10 pm
DAMASCUS, Syria - The Syrian army and rebels unleashed deadly new attacks on each other Friday in Aleppo, with insurgents shelling a mosque during weekly prayers and government airstrikes hitting opposition neighborhoods in escalating bloodshed the U.N. decried as a "monstrous disregard for civilian lives by all parties."
- US urges action by Bangladesh to prevent killings Updated: Apr-29-16 3:16 pm
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry called on Bangladesh's leader to step up law enforcement to prevent a wave of killings targeting liberal voices, the State Department said Friday amid fears that the traditionally moderate South Asian nation is under threat from Islamic extremists.
- Governor facing impeachment push: I've done nothing illegal Updated: Apr-29-16 3:08 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Embattled Gov. Robert Bentley on Friday maintained he has done nothing wrong, just a day after Alabama lawmakers revived an impeachment effort against him.
- At the Vatican, Biden seeks common cause with pope on cancer Updated: Apr-29-16 1:55 pm
VATICAN CITY - Vice President Joe Biden found common cause with Pope Francis on Friday at the Vatican for a global commitment to fund cancer research.
- NYC mayor says corruption probe won't affect re-election bid Updated: Apr-29-16 12:32 pm
NEW YORK - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says a widening corruption probe won't have an impact on his decision to run for re-election.
- South Sudan forms new coalition government of national unity Updated: Apr-29-16 12:04 pm
JUBA, South Sudan - South Sudan's leaders have formed a transitional coalition government bringing together politicians from the government and the armed opposition who have been at war for two and a half years.
- The Latest: MSF says Syria hospital bombing killed 50 Updated: Apr-29-16 11:40 am
BEIRUT - The Latest on developments in Syria's civil war (all times local):
- Philippine presidential front-runner: I've no illegal wealth Updated: Apr-29-16 11:30 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine presidential race front-runner said Friday he has no ill-gotten wealth after a senator alleged that he had more than 200 million pesos ($4.2 million) in a bank account in 2014 that he failed to declare publicly as required by law.
- Scandal-plagued Rome is becoming a 'do it yourself' city Updated: Apr-29-16 10:51 am
ROME - Armed with shovels and sacks of cold asphalt, Rome's residents fill potholes. Defying rats, they yank weeds and bag trash along the Tiber's banks and in urban parks. Tired of waiting years for the city to replace diseased trees, neighbors dig into their own pockets to pay for new ones for their block.
- South Africa: Court says charges against Zuma to be reviewed Updated: Apr-29-16 9:54 am
PRETORIA, South Africa - A South African court has ruled that a decision to drop 738 corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma should be reviewed, adding to the leader's legal troubles.
- Cambodia: 5 rights activists helped hide politician's affair Updated: Apr-29-16 9:39 am
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Cambodian authorities arrested five human rights workers Friday on accusations they tried to help cover up a woman's affair with the deputy leader of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party. The action is the latest in a series by Prime Minister Hun Sen's government putting legal pressure on its critics and political opponents.
- Jury rules against Rio Grande Valley school board in suit Updated: Apr-29-16 9:32 am
MCALLEN, Texas - A federal court jury has recommended a Rio Grande Valley school district and four of its board members pay more than $3.2 million in damages after the panel found the school board members improperly retaliated against district workers who opposed them in 2014 elections.
- Sri Lankan protest demands new probe of journalist's killing Updated: Apr-29-16 8:41 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Hundreds of journalists and media rights activists protested on Friday to demand Sri Lanka's new government start a fresh investigation into the abduction and killing of a prominent ethnic Tamil journalist 11 years ago, during the country's civil war.
- Giant Chinese zodiac sculptures are turning heads in Boston Updated: Apr-29-16 1:11 am
BOSTON - A dozen giant bronze animal heads representing the signs of the Chinese zodiac are stopping people in their tracks in downtown Boston and sparking conversations.
- Ex-Montana Sen. Conrad Burns dies; influenced energy policy Updated: Apr-29-16 12:01 am
HELENA, Montana - Former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns, a former cattle auctioneer whose folksy demeanor and political acumen earned him three terms and the bitter disdain of his opponents, died Thursday. He was 81.
- Signatures readied to qualify gun control measure for ballot Updated: Apr-28-16 8:23 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Gun control proponents intend to turn in more than a half-million signatures to qualify an initiative for the November ballot to tighten California's already tough gun laws, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a sponsor of the measure, said Thursday.
- Venezuela congress votes to censure food czar amid shortages Updated: Apr-28-16 8:08 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress voted Thursday to censure the country's food minister amid widespread shortages.
- Attorney general says Golva violated open records law Updated: Apr-28-16 7:11 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the city of Golva violated the state's open records law by inadequately meeting a request for city financial records.
- Transgender civil servants in Brazil can use chosen name Updated: Apr-28-16 6:39 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian transgender and transsexual civil servants will now be able to use their chosen names while on the job.