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Rights groups ask Nepal to scrap amnesty bill
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- International rights groups said Thursday that parts of a bill proposed by the Nepal government should be rejected because it could provide amnesty to people who committed serious human rights violations during the country's Maoist insurgency.... 4/17/2014 3:57 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

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 3:40 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 3:29 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 3:19 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

Journalists charged with defaming Thailand's navy
PHUKET, Thailand (AP) -- Thai authorities have charged two journalists with defaming Thailand's navy in an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Myanmar.... 4/17/2014 2:37 AM

Asia stocks subdued, Nikkei weak on profit taking
HONG KONG (AP) -- Asian stock markets were subdued on Thursday, with Japan's Nikkei faltering as investors locked in profits after a strong rally.... 4/17/2014 2:33 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

Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search Thursday for 287 passengers, many thought to be high school students, still missing more than a day after their ferry flipped onto its side and sank in cold waters off the southern coast of South Korea.... 4/17/2014 2:12 AM

AP NewsAlert
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine Interior Minister: 3 dead, 13 injured after clashes at Black Sea military base.... 4/17/2014 2:11 AM

AP names Nigeria chief of bureau
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The Associated Press has named Michelle Faul, who has covered the major stories of Africa over the past three decades, as its bureau chief in Nigeria.... 4/17/2014 2:08 AM

Royal couple visit wildfire-affected Aussie town
SYDNEY (AP) -- Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, visited a town ravaged by wildfires in the mountains west of Sydney on Thursday, as they continue their Down Under tour.... 4/17/2014 2:07 AM

Moderate earthquake jolts southern Iran
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's state TV says a magnitude 5.3 earthquake has jolted a sparsely populated district in the south of the country. The quake was moderate and no injuries were reported.... 4/17/2014 1:35 AM

Street theater in Mexico City's rough Tepito area
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.... 4/17/2014 12:02 AM

Malaysian lawmaker and lawyer Karpal Singh dies
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Veteran Malaysian opposition lawmaker Karpal Singh, an eminent lawyer who had been detained without trial under security laws and battled numerous sedition charges, has died in a road accident. He was 73.... 4/16/2014 10:52 PM

Progress in Venezuela talks, but protests continue
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Negotiators for the government and the opposition have agreed to broaden membership in a truth commission that is to investigate who is to blame for 41 deaths tied to weeks of political unrest in Venezuela.... 4/16/2014 10:40 PM

Police charge Canadian in Internet privacy breach
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Police have charged a 19-year-old Canadian man in connection with the loss of taxpayer data from Canada's tax agency website.... 4/16/2014 9:22 PM

West slams Russia 'fantasy narrative' on Ukraine
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Western countries on the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday slammed what they called Russia's "fantasy narrative" on the crisis in Ukraine after a new report on the human rights situation there.... 4/16/2014 8:29 PM

uFly fires flight instructor who appeared on CNN
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.... 4/16/2014 8:18 PM