World News: Malaysian Plane Update; Cuba Seeks Investment; Turkish Unrest; Terror, Rebellion Updates; World Cup Soccer Delays

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By: ap

PERTH, Australia (AP) -- A warship with an aircraft black box detector is joining the search for the missing Malaysian jetliner, a day after ships plucked objects from the Indian Ocean to determine whether they were related to the missing plane. None were confirmed to be from the plane, leaving searchers with no sign of the jet three weeks after it disappeared.
It could take days for Australia's ADV Ocean Shield to reach the search zone, which shifted northeast Friday to an area roughly the size of Poland. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which oversees the search, says the ship will depart Perth on Sunday for the zone, about 1,150 miles to the west.
The ship is fitted with the U.S. Navy's Towed Pinger Locator and an unmanned underwater vehicle, as well as other acoustic detection equipment.
Also, planes will continue to comb the area for any signs of debris.
Meanwhile, 29 frustrated Chinese family members, seeking answers from Malaysia's government as to what happened to their loved ones, arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. Two-thirds of the 227 passengers aboard Flight 370 were Chinese.

HAVANA (AP) -- Cuban lawmakers have approved a law aimed at making Cuba more attractive to foreign investors.
Meeting in an extraordinary session, parliament replaced a 1995 foreign investment law that has lured less overseas capital than the island's Communist leaders had hoped.
Foreign media were not given access to the closed-door meeting. But some details of the legislation emerged in official media in recent days.
Among other things, it would cut taxes on profits by about half, to 15 percent, and make companies exempt from paying taxes for the first eight years of operation. An exception would affect companies that exploit natural resources, such as nickel or fossil fuels. They could pay taxes as high as 50 percent.
Meanwhile, many foreigners doing business with the island would be exempt from paying personal income tax.
The changes are seen as vital for the island's struggling economy.
Cuba's GDP expanded 2.7 percent last year, below targets and weak for a developing nation. Government officials say the economy needs 5 to 7 percent annual growth to develop properly.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan interior ministry official says five militants who attacked the election commission headquarters in Kabul with rocket propelled grenades and machine guns have been killed, ending a four-hour standoff.
Deputy Interior Minister Mohammed Ayub Salangi says two policemen were injured in the attack Saturday. There were no casualties among the dozens of Independent Election Commission staff and other people on the heavily fortified compound.
Salangi said the five insurgents wore the all-encompassing burqua to sneak unnoticed into a building that looked onto the heavily fortified Independent Election Commission headquarters.
It's the latest in a series of high-profile attacks that come as the Islamic militant movement steps up a campaign of violence to disrupt presidential elections due to be held in a week.

Taliban attack closes Afghanistan's main airport
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The director of the Kabul airport says the runway has been closed because of possible dangers to planes posed by a Taliban attack on the Afghan election commission's headquarters.
Attackers are firing rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns at the Independent Election Commission's main compound, which is on the southern edge of the airport. No casualties have been reported.
Yaqoub Rassouli says authorities tried to reopen the runway after two hours Saturday but decided the risk was too high and closed it again. He says flights on Emirates Airline and Air India have been diverted.

Gunmen attack Pakistani journalist, killing driver
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) -- Police say gunmen on a motorcycle have opened fire on a car carrying a senior journalist in eastern Pakistan, killing his driver before escaping.
Senior police officer Chaudhry Mohammed Shafiq said Saturday that journalist Raza Rumi escaped unhurt in the overnight attack in the eastern city of Lahore.
He says the attack on Rumi, an anchorman at Express News, came as he was leaving the private TV channel's offices.
No one has claimed responsibility, but such threats and attacks against journalists are common in Pakistan, blamed on Islamic militants and armed ethnic factions. Rumi has been critical of Pakistani militant organizations.
The latest attack came days after the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists urged the government to take steps for ensuring journalists' safety.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- In a second ruling against Turkey's ban on Twitter, a Turkish court has overturned an order for the social media network to remove an account that accuses a former minister of corruption.
Turkey last week suspended access to Twitter, which has been a conduit for links to recordings suggesting government corruption. It then blocked access to YouTube following the leak of an audio recording of a government security meeting.
Twitter announced late Friday that a Turkish court had ruled in its favor, calling the decision a "win for freedom of expression." The former minister's lawyer confirmed the ruling on Saturday, adding that it would be appealed.
Last week, another court ordered that access be restored, but Turkish authorities said they have 30 days to implement the order and could appeal.

BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's military says three soldiers were killed when a suicide car bomber targeted a Lebanese army checkpoint near the Syrian border.
The attack near the eastern border town of Arsal came after forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad routed rebels from two Syrian villages lying just across the border.
An extremist Sunni group has claimed responsibility for the bombing. Sunni extremists have accused Lebanon's military of being partial to their rivals, the Shiite group Hezbollah, whose fighters are waging war in Syria alongside Assad's forces.

Report: Syrian army takes 2 villages near Lebanon
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syrian state TV says government forces have captured two villages near the border with Lebanon after clashes with opposition fighters.
The TV says the villages of Flita and Ras Maara fell into the hands of government forces Saturday morning.
The villages were the latest targets of a government offensive in the rugged Qalamoun border region after troops captured the town of Yabroud earlier this month.
Tens of thousands of Syrians fled into Lebanon since the Qalamoun offensive began in November.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed troops were advancing in the two villages although it had no immediate word on whether they fell to government forces.

UN official blasts lack of progress on Syria aid
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N.'s humanitarian aid chief is sharply criticizing the Syrian government's lack of progress in allowing desperately needed aid to people in Syria, calling the regime's delays in withholding cross-border aid deliveries "arbitrary and unjustified."
Valerie Amos briefed the Security Council on Friday, her first such report since the council last month approved a resolution demanding immediate access everywhere in the war-ravaged country to deliver aid.
Council members said they will in the coming days and weeks discuss the "further steps" that the resolution threatens if its requirements are not met.
U.S. U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power called the briefing "harrowing" and said the Syrian government has "utterly failed to comply" with the resolution.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said 3.5 million people are estimated to need aid in hard-to-reach areas.

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's oil minister says Russia's Lukoil-led group has begun pumping oil from the massive West Qurna-2 oil field in southern Iraq.
At a Saturday inauguration ceremony, Abdul-Karim Elaibi announced that production had started at 120,000 barrels per day increasing to 400,000 barrels per day by the end of this year.
The 14 billion barrel field is 490 kilometers (305 miles) southeast of Baghdad.
Since 2003, Iraq has awarded dozens of oil and gas deals to international energy companies -- the first major investments in the country's energy industry in more than three decades.

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's state news agency says an Alexandria court has sentenced two supporters of President Mohammed Morsi to death in connection with violence that followed the ouster of the Islamist president.
The agency said the court Saturday found the men guilty of murder for throwing two people off a building in the coastal city during mass protests demanding Morsi's reinstatement.
The incident came two days after Morsi's July 3 ouster. Footage repeatedly aired on national TV showed one of the defendants roaming the roof raising a black flag often used by militants. At least 16 others were killed that day.
Authorities have since intensified a crackdown on Morsi supporters, dispersing protests and detaining thousands. Last week, a court sentenced 529 to death for killing a policeman.

Gaza-Egypt crossing reopened after long closure
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A Palestinian official says Egypt has reopened its border with the Gaza Strip after weeks of closure.
Hamas' Interior Ministry spokesman, Eyad al-Bozum, says Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah border crossing Saturday after it was closed for 49 days. He says it will remain open for three days and that there are about 6,000 Gazans seeking to cross into Egypt, including patients, students and people whose residence visas are close to expiring.
Egypt has only sporadically opened the crossing for select humanitarian cases since the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi last July.
The Egyptian military has imposed tough border restrictions on Gaza's Hamas rulers, who have close ties to its rival Muslim Brotherhood, including sealing smuggling tunnels and blocking passenger traffic.

ROME (AP) -- Italian finance police say a suspected plot to swindle the Vatican bank was foiled after Vatican guards became suspicious of two foreigners who tried to enter the bank with a briefcase filled with false financial certificates.
The Finance Guard official leading the Italian probe was not available early Sunday for details. But the police operations center confirmed a report Saturday night by the Italian news agency ANSA that a Dutchman and a U.S. man were stopped after they tried to convince Vatican security officers they had business at the bank, which is not open to the general public. Police wouldn't say when the incident occurred. ANSA said the pair aimed to fraudulently obtain lines of credit.
A 2010 money-laundering probe by Rome prosecutors sparked tightened scrutiny at the scandal-dogged bank.

Man in Italy gets 20 years in acid attack on woman
ROME (AP) -- An Italian lawyer has been convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison for ordering an acid attack on his ex-girlfriend, who became a symbol in the fight against men's violence toward women.
The acid burned and disfigured the face of Lucia Annibali, also a lawyer. Luca Varani was convicted Saturday by a court in Pesaro of masterminding the 2013 attack. Two Albanian men were convicted of throwing the acid and each received a 14-year term. Varani denied ordering an acid attack on Annibali.
The woman, who has had several facial surgeries, told reporters, "I didn't set out to be a symbol." Three weeks ago, Italy's president honored her for courage and determination in pursuing justice and inspiring women in Italy to rebel against male violence.

Philippine supply ship evades Chinese blockade
SECOND THOMAS SHOAL (AP) -- A Philippine government ship has slipped past a Chinese coast guard blockade and brought food and fresh troops to a marooned navy ship used as a base by Filipino troops to bolster the country's territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea
The incident Saturday was witnessed by journalists who were invited by the Philippines military to accompany the resupply mission.
Around one hour away from Second Thomas Shoal, a Chinese coast guard ship twice crossed the bow of the smaller Philippine vessel in an attempt to stop it from proceeding. It radioed the Filipinos, telling them to stop entering Chinese territory.
But the Filipino captain maneuvered to shallow waters where the Chinese ship couldn't sail to reach the marooned vessel.
Early this month, Chinese vessels blocked a resupply mission.

BEIJING (AP) -- Japan and North Korea have started high-level government talks in Beijing for the first time in more than a year.
A major issue for Japan during the two-day talks is the fate of at least a dozen Japanese people who it says were abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s.
Japan and North Korea do not have diplomatic relations. They held talks in 2012 during a brief warming of relations, but those ended after North Korea launched a rocket in December of that year.
The two countries agreed to resume the talks after an informal gathering earlier this month between Japanese and North Korean foreign ministry officials in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang.

Worker dies at stadium hosting World Cup opener
SAO PAULO (AP) -- A hospital says a worker has died after falling at the construction site of the stadium that will host Brazil's World Cup opener in Sao Paulo.
The press office of the Hospital Santa Marcelina in Sao Paulo confirms the death.
Construction company Fast Engenharia said in a statement Fabio Hamilton da Cruz fell about 26 feet (8 meters) while helping install temporary seats at the Itaquerao stadium.
The accident comes about four months after two workers died when a crane collapsed at the stadium.
Construction was already behind schedule because of the damage caused by the earlier accident. FIFA said it was expecting the venue to be finished in mid-May, about a month before the June 12 opener, but it wasn't clear if Saturday's incident would prompt further delays.

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