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Biden Heads to Ukraine Amid Renewed Violence

By | Apr 21, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to meet in Kiev Tuesday with beleaguered leaders of Ukraine to demonstrate solidarity amid intensifying concerns about renewed violence in the fractured country.

One concern is that Russian President Vladimir Putin will use the violence as an excuse to take over ...

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Palestinians meet in Gaza for reconciliation talks

Apr 21, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A senior Hamas leader based in Egypt is in Gaza for talks aimed at reaching a reconciliation agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups, Hamas and Fatah.

Moussa Abu Marzouk is meeting Hamas leaders in Gaza on Monday ahead of a visit by Fatah officials on ...

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Japan PM sends offering to war shrine

Apr 21, 2014

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a religious offering Monday to a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead, including executed war criminals — long a source of tension with Japan's neighbors China and South Korea.

Abe's offering at the Yasukuni ...

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New drone strike in Yemen kills al-Qaida militants

Apr 21, 2014

By AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials and tribal chiefs say that a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed several al-Qaida militants in the country's south, including a local militant commander.

The Monday morning attack targeted the rugged mountainous area ...

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Syria to hold presidential election on June 3

Apr 21, 2014

By ALBERT AJI and DIAA HADID, Associated Press

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria will hold presidential elections on June 3, the country's parliament speaker announced Monday, a vote President Bashar Assad is likely to contest as his nation sinks deeper into a bloody civil war, now in its fourth year.

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Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension

Apr 21, 2014

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN and MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press

NANJING, China (AP) — Strolling through China's sprawling memorial to a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops, a 64-year-old retired teacher said the incident remains an open wound.

"Japan is a country without credibility. They pretend to be ...

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Saudi Arabia reports 3 more deaths from MERS virus

Apr 21, 2014

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's health ministry says three more patients who contracted a potentially fatal Middle East virus related to SARS have died amid a recent increase in infections.

The ministry posted details of the deaths in a statement Sunday evening. They included a ...

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Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?

Apr 21, 2014

By MARGIE MASON, Associated Press

PERTH, Australia (AP) — From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there's just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that's why the saga of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight ...

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Biden heads to Ukraine as tensions rise

Apr 21, 2014

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is heading to Ukraine to meet with leaders of the turbulent country.

Biden's visit comes a day after violence erupted in eastern Ukraine, despite an agreement last week aimed at easing tensions. A shootout at a checkpoint ...

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Sub search for missing jet two-thirds complete

Apr 21, 2014

By MARGIE MASON, Associated Press

PERTH, Australia (AP) — As the search continued off the coast of Australia for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet on Monday, the airline announced another plane bound for India was forced to make an emergency landing after one of its tires burst on takeoff.

All 159 ...

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Cuba home woes endure despite real-estate reform

Apr 21, 2014

By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press

HAVANA (AP) — The residents of 308 Oquendo Street were jolted awake in the middle of the night by violent shaking and a noise that they likened to a freight train, or an exploding bomb.

Part of their building's seventh floor had collapsed into the interior patio,

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Sherpas consider boycott after Everest disaster

Apr 21, 2014

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, Associated Press

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Sherpa guides on Mount Everest are considering a boycott after the deadliest avalanche in the mountain's history, a move that could seriously disrupt the rest of the climbing season, a mountaineering official said Monday.

Several ...

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Prosecutor says 4 ferry crewmembers detained

Apr 20, 2014

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean prosecutor says four more crewmembers from a sunken ferry have been detained on allegations of failing to protect passengers.

Senior prosecutor Ahn Sang-don told reporters Monday that two first mates, one second mate and a chief engineer are also accused of ...

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Grim work for families as more bodies discovered

Apr 20, 2014

By GILLIAN WONG and HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — There are no names listed as relatives huddle around signboards to identify bodies from a sunken ferry. Just the slimmest of clues about mostly young lives now lost. Many favored hoodies and track pants. One girl painted ...

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Malaysia, Flight 370 relatives talk financial help

Apr 20, 2014

By MARGIE MASON, Associated Press

PERTH, Australia (AP) — As the search continued off the coast of Australia for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, the airline announced another plane bound for India was forced to make an emergency landing early Monday after one of its tires burst on takeoff.

All 159 ...

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AP Photos: Christians seek hope in Easter events

Apr 20, 2014

By The Associated Press

From the splendor of the Vatican to some of the world's most troubled regions, Christians worldwide sought hope Sunday in their religion's holiest event — the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

In Rome, Pope Francis made an Easter plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine ...

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Egypt: Ex-army chief, leftist to run for president

Apr 20, 2014

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's election commission said Sunday only two presidential hopefuls, one of them the powerful former military chief who nine months ago ousted the country's first democratically elected leader, have submitted their papers to run in next month's ...

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Emirati firm promises to send citizen into space

Apr 20, 2014

By ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One lucky citizen of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates could soon get the chance to be rocketed into space.

Government-backed Aabar Investments on Sunday announced a competition to award an Emirati a free spot aboard Virgin ...

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Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

Apr 20, 2014

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest ...

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Ukraine, Russia trade blame for eastern shootout

Apr 20, 2014

By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press

BYLBASIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine and Russia traded blame Sunday for a shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine that left at least three people dead and others with gunshot wounds.

The identity of the attackers remained ...

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