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Spain to seek Syrian government help to find journalists

Spain says it will seek Syrian government help to find 3 Spanish journalists reported missing
Ciaran Giles And Zeina Karam, The Associated Press

MADRID - Spain said Wednesday that it is trying to establish what happened to three Spanish freelance journalists who went missing around the embattled northern Syrian city of Aleppo. A fourth journalist, a Japanese national, also is presumed missing in Syria.

After Tennessee shootings, armed citizens guard recruiters

After 5 killed in Tennessee shootings, armed citizens taking on job of guarding recruiters
Andrew Welsh-Huggins, The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Gun-toting Americans are showing up at U.S. military recruiting centres around the country, saying they plan to protect recruiters following last week's killing of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The citizens said they're supporting the recruiters, who by military directive are not armed. Only law enforcement or military police can have weapons on federal property, which includes recruiting centres.

Trump to visit border, a flashpoint in Republican race

Trump to visit Mexican border, signalling no backing down in Republican feud
Jill Colvin, The Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. - Donald Trump plans to go the Mexican border, a flashpoint in the Republican presidential primary contest ever since the billionaire businessman and TV personality declared that immigrants from Mexico are rapists and drug dealers.

The candidate will travel to Laredo, Texas, on Thursday, where he will hold a press conference at the border, meet members of the union that represents border control agents and speak to law enforcement officers, his campaign said.

Battle between NY mayor, Uber heats up on eve of vote

Battle between NY mayor, Uber heats up on eve of vote to limit ride-hailing company's growth
Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - On the eve of a City Council vote that could limit the number of Uber vehicles on New York City streets, parties on both sides of the debate sharpened their attacks to sway public opinion, if not actual votes.

Police ticket boy after toy motorcycle hits SUV

Mexico police ticket 6-year-old boy, impound his toy motorcycle after crash with SUV
The Associated Press

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - Police in this border city repented Thursday over ticketing a 6-year-old boy for reckless driving, driving without a license and not having his vehicle registered after he drove his miniature motorcycle into an SUV.

The boy's mother, Karla Noriega, said police impounded the miniature gasoline-powered motorbike that her son got for Christmas after he crashed into an SUV on Dec. 27.

Myanmar frees prominent political prisoners

Myanmar releases prominent political prisoners after presidential pardon
The Associated Press

YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar has freed several prominent political prisoners, which has been a key condition set by Western countries for easing sanctions against the country.

Myanmar authorities freed the prisoners Friday as part of a presidential pardon for 651 detainees. Relatives and supporters of activists and ethnic minority politicians confirmed their release.

Myanmar state radio and television announced said that the 651 detainees were being freed to take part in "nation-building."

Japan's PM reshuffles Cabinet to win tax support

Japan's leader reshuffles Cabinet to win opposition support for tax hike proposal
Malcolm Foster, The Associated Press

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda replaced five members of his Cabinet on Friday in a bid to win more co-operation from the opposition to raise the sales tax and rein in the country's bulging fiscal deficit.

Two of the removed ministers had been censured by the opposition for making comments that were deemed inappropriate. Twelve posts were unchanged, including finance and foreign minister.

Panetta assures Afghans of full probe into video

US assures Afghans of full probe of Marines video amid condemnation and fear of strained ties
Pauline Jelinek,Robert Burns, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Pentagon leaders scrambled Thursday to contain damage from an Internet video that purports to show four Marines urinating on Taliban corpses, an act that would appear to violate international laws of warfare and further strains U.S.-Afghan relations.

Court asked to release Moroun, top aide from jail

Lawyers ask Michigan appeals court to release Moroun, Stamper from jail in bridge dispute
The Associated Press

DETROIT - Lawyers have asked the Michigan appeals court to release the owner of the Ambassador Bridge while he appeals an order that put him in jail for civil contempt.

The filing came hours after Manuel "Matty" Moroun and Dan Stamper were sent to jail Thursday as the consequence for the bridge company failing to finish work connecting the bridge to interstates.

UK spies will face criminal inquiry over Libya

UK spies will face criminal inquiry into claims that intelligence shared with Gadhafi regime
Paisley Dodds, The Associated Press

LONDON - Britain's spy agencies will face a criminal investigation into claims that intelligence shared with Moammar Gadhafi's regime led to the torture or rendition of two Libyan men and their families, authorities announced Thursday.

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