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Ukraine, US to alternately cajole, threaten Russia

Apr 17, 2014

By LARA JAKES and JULIE PACE, Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) — Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest.

The carrot-stick strategy emerged as diplomats from ...

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Evacuation order came too late for many on ferry

Apr 17, 2014

By YOUKYUNG LEE and FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with about 290 people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it ...

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Robot sub finishes 1st full seabed search for jet

Apr 17, 2014

By MARGIE MASON, Associated Press

PERTH, Australia (AP) — A robotic submarine completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, and investigators were analyzing the sub's data while also trying to identify the origins of a nearby oil slick.

The ...

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India struggles with rebel threats during election

Apr 17, 2014

By KATY DAIGLE, Associated Press

RAJNANDGAON, India (AP) — Indians cast ballots Thursday on the biggest day of voting in the country's weekslong general election, streaming into polling stations even in areas where rebels threatened violence over the plight of India's marginalized and poor.

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Ukraine: 3 killed after Black Sea base attack

Apr 17, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Three pro-Russian militants died and 13 were wounded when Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol, Ukraine's interior minister said Thursday.

A crowd of around 300 men armed with Molotov cocktails attacked the base, in the ...

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Street theater in Mexico City's rough Tepito area

Apr 17, 2014

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Few outsiders dare venture after dark into Tepito, a neighborhood known as Mexico City's main clearinghouse for contraband ranging from guns and drugs to counterfeit sneakers.

But a theater project led by one of Mexico's best-known actors has ...

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Pro-Russian gunmen make inroads in eastern Ukraine

Apr 16, 2014

By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a hero's welcome.

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Apology for UN refusal to stop Rwanda genocide

Apr 16, 2014

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The diplomat who was president of the U.N. Security Council in April 1994 apologized Wednesday for the council's refusal to recognize that genocide was taking place in Rwanda and for doing nothing to halt the slaughter of more than one ...

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uFly fires flight simulator who appeared on CNN

Apr 16, 2014

By ROB GILLIES, Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian flight simulator business fired an instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he showed up late to his regular job and "shamed Canadians" by dressing like a teenager.

uFly company ...

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20 killed as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria

Apr 16, 2014

By BASHIR ADIGUN and MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected Islamic militants have struck for a fourth time in three days in Nigeria, killing 20 people including a traditional ruler in attacks in the northeast, local government and security officials said Wednesday.

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US readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine

Apr 16, 2014

By JULIE PACE and LARA JAKES, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S. officials said Wednesday, as Ukraine struggles to contain a pro-Russian uprising in its ...

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NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

Apr 16, 2014

By JUERGEN BAETZ and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday.

Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO's air ...

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US: Russia facing diplomacy or new sanctions

Apr 16, 2014

By LARA JAKES, AP National Security Writer

GENEVA (AP) — A senior U.S. official says high-stakes diplomatic meetings in Geneva on Thursday to try to ease burgeoning violence in eastern Ukraine will mark Kiev's final attempt to engage with Russia before the West hits Moscow with additional economic ...

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Bosnians see victims excavated from mass grave

Apr 16, 2014

By AIDA CERKEZ, Associated Press

SEJKOVACA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Denisa Hegic pulled her scarf around her nose to guard against the stench and drew back the plastic shroud. Shaking, she reached down to touch her mother's skull and caressed it.

The last time she touched her mother she was ...

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Geneva talks on Ukraine face steep hurdles

Apr 16, 2014

By JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — Thursday's high-level talks in Geneva on Ukraine come as the country's eastern regions are awash in turmoil and pro-Russian insurgents have seized police stations and government buildings in at least nine cities.

But for all the anxiety about Ukraine's ...

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Protector of vast African park shot and wounded

Apr 16, 2014

By SARAH DiLORENZO, Associated Press

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Belgian royal who, as director of a vast national park in eastern Congo has defended endangered mountain gorillas and other animals from poachers and the forests from illegal logging, was shot and seriously wounded as he drove through the ...

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Watchdog: Rise in targeted media killings in Syria

Apr 16, 2014

By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) — A spike in targeted murders of journalists in Syria landed the war-shattered country for the first time on the Committee to Protect Journalists' annual Impunity Index, joining a list of countries where journalists' killings are most likely to go ...

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Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman cleared of fraud

Apr 16, 2014

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — A jury Wednesday cleared former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick of all fraud charges related to a loans-for-shares scheme that preceded the bank's 2009 collapse.

The 65-year-old FitzPatrick had denied providing illegal financial help to ...

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Argentine zoo shows off white tiger triplets

Apr 16, 2014

By ALMUDENA CALATRAVA, Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The Buenos Aires Zoo is showing off its latest brood of white tigers — Bengal triplets with piercing blue eyes and a playful attitude.

The two female cubs have prominent black stripes and tawny white coats, while the male is ...

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NKorea complains over barber's Kim Jong Un poster

Apr 16, 2014

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — North Korea has made a diplomatic appeal to the British government to get a London salon out of its hair.

The country's diplomats have complained to the Foreign Office about a hairdressing salon that put up a poster poking fun at distinctively coiffed ...

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