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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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UN: Iran cuts stock closest to nuke-arms grade

Apr 17, 2014

By GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press

VIENNA (AP) — Iran has converted most of a nuclear stockpile that it could have turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium into less volatile forms as part of a deal with six world powers, the U.N. atomic agency reported Thursday.

The development leaves Iran with ...

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US senators support Moldova in EU bid

Apr 17, 2014

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Four U.S. senators have visited Moldova to offer political and financial support, while Russian President Vladimir Putin is urging Ukraine to end a blockade of the country's separatist province Trans-Dniester.

U.S. senators John McCain, John Barrasso, John Hoeven and Ron ...

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Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes

Apr 17, 2014

By JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — A Tommy Lee Jones western and a David Cronenberg exposé about Hollywood's culture are among the 18 films vying for the top prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Organizers of the famed Riviera festival announced the much-heralded lineup ...

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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 leftist rebels threatened violence over the plight of India's marginalized and poor.

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Algerians trickle to polls in presidential vote

Apr 17, 2014

By PAUL SCHEMM, Associated Press

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerians trickled into voting booths Thursday to elect the president of this oil-rich North African nation in an election expected to be dominated by the ailing incumbent running for a fourth term.

Despite suffering from a stroke and being ...

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Israel arrests Arab journalist over Lebanon visit

Apr 17, 2014

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Shin Bet intelligence service said on Thursday that it has detained a young Israeli Arab journalist for traveling to Lebanon, which Israel considers an enemy country.

Majd Kayyal, a 23-year-old journalist for the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir, traveled to Beirut last month ...

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Gunmen attack Iraq military base, kill 10 soldiers

Apr 17, 2014

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants launched a brazen attack on a military base in a restive area in northern Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 10 soldiers and wounding 12, officials said.

The morning attack at the base outside the city of Mosul, about 360 kilometers ...

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Nigeria: Fate of 100+ abducted girls unknown

Apr 17, 2014

By HARUNA UMAR, Associated Press

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The fate of more than 100 girls and young women abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday when their school principal denied a report from Nigeria's military that almost all the students were free.

"Up till now we ...

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Classmates celebrating 60th birthday among missing

Apr 17, 2014

By YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Kim Jeong-keun woke up on his cabin bed to find out his friends had smeared lipstick on his face while he had been asleep, a prank harking back to their school days.

The 60-year-old Kim took it in good spirits and washed his face. After ...

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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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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 ...

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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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