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Turkey increases spy agency's powers

Apr 17, 2014

By SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parliament on Thursday approved a bill that increases the powers and immunities of the country's spy agency. It's the latest in a string of moves that critics say is undermining the country's democracy.

The bill, which requires ...

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Nigeria: Fate of 115 abducted girls unknown

Apr 17, 2014

By HARUNA UMAR and MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday when their school principal denied the Nigerian military's report that almost all the pupils had been freed.

"Up till now we ...

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S. Sudan: 12 die after mob attacks UN base

Apr 17, 2014

By ILYA GRIDNEFF, Associated Press

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — An angry mob of South Sudanese youths attacked a U.N. base on Thursday in order to harm members of an ethnic minority sheltering inside. Peacekeepers were forced to open fire, amid rampaging violence that killed at least 12 people,

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Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes

Apr 17, 2014

By JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western, and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3-D in films competing for top honors at next month's Cannes Film Festival.

Organizers of the ritzy Riviera festival famed ...

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Kerry: Steps embraced to ease tensions in Ukraine

Apr 17, 2014

GENEVA (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have agreed on a series of steps aimed at de-escalating violence in strife-ridden Ukraine.

He said all of this "represents a good day's work." But Kerry also says "words on ...

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Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions

Apr 17, 2014

By LARA JAKES and JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) — Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine.

The agreement, reached after seven hours of negotiation in Geneva, requires all sides ...

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Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in rite

Apr 17, 2014

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 elderly and disabled people Thursday — women and non-Catholics among them — in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a "slave."

Francis' decision in 2013 to perform the Holy ...

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Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns

Apr 17, 2014

ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A recent spate of infections from a frequently deadly Middle East virus is raising new worries about efforts to contain the illness, with infectious disease experts urging greater vigilance in combatting its spread.

More than 20 ...

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Romanian premier co-pilots US F-16 fighter jet

Apr 17, 2014

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's prime minister has co-piloted an F-16 fighter jet at the end of Romanian and U.S. air exercises.

Dressed in a flight suit, Victor Ponta visited the Campia Turzii military air base in northwest Romania where about 450 U.S. and Romanian troops and technical staff ...

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Berlusconi: glad to help elderly as punishment

Apr 17, 2014

ROME (AP) — Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi says he's glad a Milan court ordered him to help the elderly as part of his punishment for a tax fraud conviction.

The 77-year-old media mogul spoke to reporters Thursday about a court order earlier in the week that he must spend four hours ...

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Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine

Apr 17, 2014

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean ...

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Evacuation came too late for many on sinking 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 scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it ...

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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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Algerians trickle to polls in presidential vote

Apr 17, 2014

By PAUL SCHEMM, Associated Press

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

Despite recovering from a stroke ...

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Ukraine: More stringent border checks for Russians

Apr 17, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine is introducing stringent checks for Russian citizens who want to cross the border into Ukraine.

Russia's flagship Aeroflot said Thursday that Ukrainian officials told the airline that Russian men between 16 and 60 are now banned from entering Ukraine except when they ...

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Ex-Senegalese president's son to face graft trial

Apr 17, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An official says the son of Senegal's former president will be tried for illicit enrichment following an investigation into how he amassed his multi-million dollar fortune.

Soro Diop, an adviser to the Justice Ministry, said Thursday that Karim Wade will be tried in two ...

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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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US senators support Moldova in EU bid

Apr 17, 2014

CORNELIU RUSNAC, Associated Press

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Four U.S. senators visited Moldova Thursday to lend support to the former Soviet republic's move toward the European Union, while Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Ukraine to end a blockade of the country's separatist province ...

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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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