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A soldier patrols from the top of a moving vehicle as residents walk in the street in Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas state, Mexico, Sept. 5, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Arrest of Gulf Cartel chief sparks Mexico border gunfights

Associated Press

Authorities say the arrest of the man who headed the once powerful Gulf Cartel sparked the gunfights and blockades of burning vehicles that left at least three people dead near Mexico’s border with the United States.

Pope Francis talks with Italian President Sergio Mattarella during a private audience, in the pontiff's studio at the Vatican, Saturday, April 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Maurizio Brambatti, POOL)

Pope Francis asks Europe to do more for migrants flooding into Italy

Associated Press

Pope Francis on Saturday joined Italy in pressing the European Union to do more to help the country cope with rapidly mounting numbers of desperate people rescued in the Mediterranean during journeys on smugglers’ boats to flee war, persecution or poverty.

FILE - in this Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002 file photo, Iraqi Vice chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri salutes during a ceremony at the Martyrs Monument in Baghdad, Iraq. Salahuddin province Gov. Raed al-Jabouri says soldiers and allied Shiite militiamen killed al-Douri early Friday, April 17, 2015 in an operation east of the city of Tikrit. A graphic photo issued by the government purports to be of al-Douri's corpse, but DNA tests are still pending. (AP Photo/Jassim Mohammed, File)

Iraqi officials say Saddam deputy killed near Tikrit

- Associated Press

Iraqi officials say they believe government forces have killed Saddam Hussein’s former deputy who later allied himself with Islamic State militants — Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri.

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European Union's competition chief Margrethe Vestager speaks during a media conference regarding Google at EU headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The European Union's executive hit Google with an official antitrust complaint on Wednesday that alleges the company abuses its dominance in Internet searches and also opened a probe into its Android mobile system. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

EU raises stakes in Google battle with antitrust charges

- Associated Press

The European Union's executive hit Google with an official antitrust complaint on Wednesday that alleges the company abuses its dominance in Internet searches and also opened a probe into its Android mobile system.

FILE - In this March 7, 2012, file photo, the Columbia River flows past the Vista House on Crown Point, at right near, Corbett, Ore.  The entire congressional delegation from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana is demanding that the Obama administration begin negotiations with Canada to re-authorize the landmark Columbia River Treaty. The updating of the treaty affects the economy, environment, and flood control needs of millions of residents of the four states along more than 1,200 miles of the Columbia River and its tributaries, they contend.  (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

Northwest lawmakers seek talks on river treaty with Canada

- Associated Press

The entire congressional delegation from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana is demanding that the Obama administration begin negotiations with Canada to update a landmark treaty that governs the operation of dams on North America's fourth-largest river.

Republicans vote to cut Secretary of State's office budget

- Associated Press

Longtime Secretary of State Doug La Follette, who's seen his office targeted for elimination and had its already limited responsibilities scaled back in recent years, said Wednesday that the latest Republican push to slash his staff and budget would be an unmitigated "train wreck."

Canadian diplomat's teenage son charged with murder as adult

- Associated Press

The teenage son of a Canadian diplomat was charged Wednesday with murder and attempted murder as an adult for his role in what investigators called a bloody drug-related shooting that killed his older brother and another teenager.

Colombia resumes air raids on rebels after 11 troops killed

- Associated Press

Colombia's president on Wednesday ordered the resumption of air raids on rebel camps after an attack by leftist guerrillas killed 11 soldiers and wounded 19, jeopardizing progress in two-year-old peace talks.

A man on a bike balances bread in one hand as he rides behind a private shared cab in Havana, Cuba, early Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Cuban officials and ordinary citizens alike hailed the island's removal from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, saying the move by President Barack Obama heals a decades-old insult to national pride and clears the way to swiftly restore diplomatic relations. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

Cubans to open talks about US fugitives as ties warm

- Associated Press

The U.S. and Cuba will open talks about two of America's most-wanted fugitives as part of a new dialogue about law-enforcement cooperation made possible by President Barack Obama's decision to remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terror, the State Department announced Wednesday.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, right, holds a new conference before leaving to the United States at Baghdad airport, Iraq, Monday, April 13, 2015. The prime minister is making an in-person appeal to President Barack Obama for more help in defeating the Islamic State militants, hoping recent gains in the fight fueled by U.S. airstrikes will encourage more investment from a war-weary United States.  (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

In D.C., Iraq, Saudi tensions on Yemen spill out into open

- The Washington Times

In a sign of the difficult diplomacy and conflicting alliances the Obama administration is trying to manage in the Middle East, the Saudi ambassador and the Iraqi president traded barbs in Washington on Wednesday over Riyadh's campaign against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen.

FILE - In this undated file photo a Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system is on display at an undisclosed location in Russia. The Kremlin says Russia has lifted its ban on the delivery of a sophisticated air defense missile system to Iran. Russia signed the $800 million contract to sell Iran the S-300 missile system in 2007, but later suspended their delivery because of strong objections from the United States and Israel. The decree signed Monday, April 13, 2015, by President Vladimir Putin allows for the delivery of the missiles. (AP Photo/File)

Iran expects delivery of Russian missiles by end of the year

- Associated Press

Russia said Tuesday that it would be at least six months before it could deliver the S-300 air defense missile system to Iran, but the Kremlin confirmed that a barter deal to supply Russian goods in exchange for Iranian oil was already being implemented.

Military chief of Libya's internationally recognized government, Gen. Khalifa Hifter, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Amman, Jordan, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Hifter said in an interview that he is "betting on a military solution" if U.N.-led talks fail to end a conflict that has split the country in half. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

AP Interview: Libya army chief bets on military solution

- Associated Press

The military chief of Libya's internationally recognized government expressed skepticism Tuesday about U.N.-backed talks aimed at ending the country's political split and said in an interview that he is "betting on a military solution" if a deal remains elusive.