Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Evacuation came too late for many on sinking ferry
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 started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday.... 4/17/2014 5:34 AM

Putin hopes no need to send troops to Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin says he hopes he won't have to send Russian troops into Ukraine.... 4/17/2014 5:31 AM

Rights groups ask Nepal to scrap amnesty provision
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- International rights groups said Thursday that parts of a bill proposed by Nepal's government should be rejected because they might allow people who committed serious human rights violations during the country's Maoist insurgency to escape punishment.... 4/17/2014 5:29 AM

Jordanian fighter jet crashes; pilot killed
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- A Jordanian military official says one of its fighter jets has crashed during a training flight, killing the pilot.... 4/17/2014 5:24 AM

Journalists charged with defaming Thailand's navy
PHUKET, Thailand (AP) -- Thai authorities on Thursday charged two journalists with defaming Thailand's navy in an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Myanmar, amid concerns about press freedom in the country.... 4/17/2014 5:23 AM

UN: Iran cuts stock closest to nuke-arms grade
VIENNA (AP) -- The U.N. nuclear agency says Iran has neutralized half of its stockpile of higher-enriched uranium that could be turned quickly into the core of a nuclear weapon.... 4/17/2014 5:22 AM

Nigeria: principal denies kidnapped students free
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- The principal of a northeastern Nigerian school said she cannot confirm a military report that more than 100 female students kidnapped by Islamic militants are free.... 4/17/2014 5:21 AM

China factories face new challenge as growth slows
HONG KONG (AP) -- As China's growth inexorably slows, manufacturers such as Linan Meite Cable are discovering that being an efficient low cost producer is no longer enough to prosper.... 4/17/2014 5:20 AM

Strike at China sneaker factory snowballs
BEIJING (AP) -- A strike at the Chinese factories of the world's biggest athletic shoe maker snowballed Thursday to about 30,000 workers, a labor group said, making it one of the largest-ever work stoppages at a private business in China.... 4/17/2014 5:17 AM

World stocks subdued, Nikkei flat on profit taking
HONG KONG (AP) -- World stocks were subdued Thursday ahead of a long weekend for many markets, with Japan's Nikkei faltering as investors locked in profits after a strong rally.... 4/17/2014 5:13 AM

Classmates celebrating 60th birthday among missing
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.... 4/17/2014 5:11 AM

AP NewsAlert
VIENNA (AP) -- UN report says Iran has neutralized half of its uranium stock closest to nuke-arms grade .... 4/17/2014 5:09 AM

Ukraine, US to alternately cajole, threaten Russia
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.... 4/17/2014 4:44 AM

Servier, lab founder in drug scandal, dies at 92
PARIS (AP) -- Jacques Servier, the founder of France's second-largest pharmaceutical group who became ensnared in a scandal over a diabetes drug widely used for weight loss, has died.... 4/17/2014 4:38 AM

Ukraine: 3 killed after Black Sea base attack
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 ministry said Thursday.... 4/17/2014 4:20 AM

Robot sub finishes 1st full seabed search for jet
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.... 4/17/2014 4:19 AM

India struggles with rebel threats during election
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.... 4/17/2014 4:19 AM

Pistorius forensic expert continues testimony
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- The prosecutor at the murder trial of double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius is continuing his cross-examination of one of the defense's forensic experts.... 4/17/2014 3:56 AM

Curious about Palestine, Israeli visitors return
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- This bustling center of Palestinian life is just a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem, but for Israelis it might as well be on the other side of the world.... 4/17/2014 2:55 AM

Chinese auto brands limp into Beijing show
BEIJING (AP) -- China's automakers are the underdogs heading into next week's Beijing auto show, where foreign and domestic brands will jostle for attention in a market that is increasingly difficult for homegrown models.... 4/17/2014 2:18 AM