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Israel arrests Arab journalist over Lebanon visit
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.... 4/17/2014 6:54 AM

Samples collected from oil slick not from plane
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- Investigators were analyzing data collected by a robotic submarine that completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, but say tests have ruled out that a nearby oil slick came from the aircraft.... 4/17/2014 6:52 AM

Turkey debates controversial spy agency bill
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's parliament looks set to pass a bill that increases the powers and immunities of the country's spy agency. It is the latest in a string of moves critics say is undermining democracy in the country that is a candidate to join the European Union.... 4/17/2014 6:37 AM

Court extends NYC officer's weapons case in India
NEW DELHI (AP) -- An Indian court says it won't rule before July 1 on the case of a New York City police officer arrested in New Delhi on a weapons charge.... 4/17/2014 6:28 AM

Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's 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 Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers.... 4/17/2014 6:26 AM

Gunmen attack Iraq military base, kill 10 soldiers
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.... 4/17/2014 6:14 AM

Algerians trickle to polls in presidential vote
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.... 4/17/2014 6:10 AM

Kenya sends 91 Somalis to Mogadishu amid crackdown
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya's police chief says 91 Somali nationals have been deported to Mogadishu.... 4/17/2014 6:01 AM

Key things to know as Algeria votes for president
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algerians went to the polls Thursday to elect the president of their oil-rich country, a key U.S. ally in the fight against terror and a major natural gas provider to Europe. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is expected to win, despite suffering a stroke that left him unable to campaign for a fourth term in office.... 4/17/2014 6:00 AM

Nigeria: Fate of 100+ abducted girls unknown
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.... 4/17/2014 5:58 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 5:58 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 5:43 AM

Forensic expert faulted at Pistorius trial
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- The prosecutor at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee Olympian, cross-examined one of the defense's forensic experts Thursday after the judge overseeing the case warned spectators watching the televised proceedings in an adjacent room for their "unruly" behavior.... 4/17/2014 5:40 AM

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

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) -- 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.... 4/17/2014 6:56 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