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Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians

Apr 24, 2014

By JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel broke off Mideast peace talks and brought the U.S.-brokered process to the brink of collapse Thursday, protesting a reconciliation agreement between the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and the militant group Hamas, the Jewish state's ...

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Vatican: Pope's private calls don't reflect policy

Apr 24, 2014

By MICHAEL WARREN, Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — What Pope Francis may tell Catholics in private telephone conversations doesn't reflect church policy, the Vatican's spokesman said Thursday.

An unusual statement from The Rev. Federico Lombardi came after days of speculation that ...

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Suicide attack in Iraq kills at least 11 people

Apr 24, 2014

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a police checkpoint south of Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing at least 11 people, officials said, the latest episode in an uptick in violence in the run-up to next week's parliamentary ...

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Ukraine moves against insurgents in the east

Apr 24, 2014

By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia began new military exercises near its border with Ukraine, the defense minister announced Thursday, after Ukrainian forces launched an operation to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country's tumultuous ...

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Czech man faces fine after near miss with train

Apr 24, 2014

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) — Czech police say a man faces a fine after having a near miss with a train while walking over a level crossing.

In a video provided by police, a car dropped off the unidentified man and he walked toward the crossing as the gates came down. He walked around the gates,

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South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit

Apr 24, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

TOKYO (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States.

South Korea is reeling from ...

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Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'

Apr 24, 2014

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia's biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company's shares plummeting.

The Kremlin has been anxious to exert greater control over the ...

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Timbuktu's storied mausoleums to rise from ruins

Apr 24, 2014

By BABA AHMED, Associated Press

TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — Roofs are torn off, mud bricks are strewn about and walls barely rise from the desert dunes where Timbuktu's storied mausoleums once stood and are now in ruins. Islamic radicals swept in and tore them apart as totems of idolatry, along with other ...

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A look at deeds and words of John Paul II

Apr 24, 2014

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The most-traveled pope in history, John Paul II left his mark on the Catholic Church and non-believers worldwide. Here are some milestones along his path to sainthood:

BY THE NUMBERS

—Elected to the papacy in 1978 as first non-Italian pope ...

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Families of ferry's lost confront SKorea officials

Apr 24, 2014

By GILLIAN WONG and YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — Angry relatives of some of the more than 120 people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol surrounded the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief Thursday, preventing them from leaving the area where ...

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Martyrs, miracles and the stuff of making saints

Apr 24, 2014

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Catholic Church makes saints to give the faithful role models. The process is cloaked in secrecy and open to criticism, given that it deals with science-defying miracles and notoriously politicized choices. In Sunday's dual papal ...

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Bloodied shirt, unwashed fork: JPII relics abound

Apr 24, 2014

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press

ROME (AP) — Inside a chapel on the edge of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche. Behind glass and stitched loosely to supporting backing hangs a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked, bloodstained undershirt that John ...

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US journalist released in east Ukraine

Apr 24, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — An American journalist who was held by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine for several days says he has been released and is in good condition.

Simon Ostrovsky of Vice News told The Associated Press in a brief call Thursday that he had been freed and was heading to Donetsk, the ...

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'Recovered' Banksy works on display ahead of sale

Apr 24, 2014

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Elusive street artist Banksy says he has nothing to do with an auction of several of his works taken from walls and valued at up to 1 million pounds ($1.68 million).

A statement on Banksy's website Thursday said the "Stealing Banksy?" sale "has been ...

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Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors

Apr 24, 2014

By AMIR SHAH and KAY JOHNSON, Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan government security guard opened fire Thursday on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said.

The shooting at Cure International Hospital ...

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'Horror,' UN Sec. Council says at S Sudan massacre

Apr 24, 2014

By JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday expressed "horror" at the recent massacre of several hundred civilians in South Sudan, while the U.S. ambassador to the world body said she fears a deepening human catastrophe.

The strongly worded ...

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Obama to Russia: More sanctions are 'teed up'

Apr 24, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

TOKYO (AP) — Accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Thursday that the United States has another round of economic sanctions "teed up" — even as he acknowledged those penalties may do little to ...

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China set to punish web giant Sina for pornography

Apr 24, 2014

BEIJING (AP) — China's official news agency says authorities plan to revoke two crucial publication licenses for web giant Sina.com because pornographic content was found on its sites.

Xinhua News Agency says the penalty might partially ban the web giant's operations.

Sina apologized Thursday ...

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Material on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet

Apr 24, 2014

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The material that washed ashore in southwest Australia appears to not be from the missing Malaysian plane, officials said Thursday.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau examined detailed photographs of the material, apparently sheet metal with rivets, and is satisfied ...

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Everest climbing season in disarray after deaths

Apr 24, 2014

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, Associated Press

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's attempts to salvage the Mount Everest climbing season fell flat Thursday as major expedition companies canceled their climbs and many Sherpas quit the mountain after an avalanche killed 16 of their fellow guides last week.

While ...

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