US officials reject Rubio claim about CIA report

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the State Department wants to declassify a 10-month-old letter expressing concerns about a controversial Senate torture report. Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Jim Risch (rihsh) cited the department’s concerns last week when...

Blasts in central Syria city of Homs kill 25

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s state-run news agency says two car bombs have killed 25 people in the central city of Homs. SANA says the blasts that struck a busy street also wounded 107 people. It said the dead and wounded in Wednesday’s explosions included...

Dems call GOP-led Benghazi probe ‘witch hunt’

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Wednesday demanded an end to a Republican-led investigation into the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, calling the probe a partisan “witch hunt.” Reps. Adam Smith of Washington state, the top...

Feds say oil trains should have two-man crews

WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to a series of fiery train derailments, federal regulators said Wednesday they will propose that trains transporting crude oil have at least two-man crews as part of new requirements aimed at preventing parked train cars from coming loose and...
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Pistorius refuses to look at photo of dead lover

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe) Oscar Pistorius arrives at the high...

Taiwan leader affirms contentious China trade pact

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taiwan’s president on Wednesday stuck by a trade pact with China that has sparked mass protests and a three-week occupation of the self-governing island’s legislature building by students. The protest, which has at times drawn hundreds of...

Syrian troops capture town near Lebanon border

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian troops backed by Hezbollah fighters captured Wednesday the last major town in the Qalamoun region near the border with Lebanon after weeks of intense fighting, state media and activists said. Syrian TV and Lebanon’s Hezbollah-owned...
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Putin threatens to make Ukraine pay ahead for gas

Pro-Russian activists gather behind a barricade with Russian flags in front an entrance of the Ukrainian regional office of the Security Service in Luhansk, 30 kilometers (20 miles) west of the Russian border, in Ukraine, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. A crowd of pro-Russian activists...

US blacklists Egyptian extremist group

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is imposing sanctions on an Egypt-based group that has claimed responsibility for attacks against Egyptian officials, Israeli interests and foreign tourists in Cairo and the Sinai peninsula. The State Department said Wednesday it...
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US penned political satire in secret Cuban Twitter

US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, takes his seat on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, prior to testifying before the House subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs. Shah testified on USAID’s...