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S. Sudan: 12 die after mob attacks UN base
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, officials said.... 4/17/2014 12:44 PM

Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in rite
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."... 4/17/2014 12:44 PM

Russia: deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions
GENEVA (AP) -- Russia's foreign minister says top diplomats have agreed to take immediate steps toward calming tensions in Ukraine.... 4/17/2014 12:35 PM

Ukraine OKs intl court, may probe Kiev deaths
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Ukraine has accepted the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, opening the way for a possible investigation of the violent crackdown by former President Viktor Yanukovych's government on demonstrators, the court announced Thursday.... 4/17/2014 12:34 PM

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 12:33 PM

Salsa great Cheo Feliciano dies in car crash at 78
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rican salsa legend Cheo Feliciano died in a car accident early Thursday, prompting the governor of the U.S. territory to declare three days of mourning.... 4/17/2014 12:27 PM

Italy again pushes back balanced budget goal
ROME (AP) -- Italy has again pushed back its balanced-budget goal, now aiming for 2016.... 4/17/2014 12:24 PM

West Africa's Ebola outbreak has claimed 137 lives
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The World Health Organization says an Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed 137 lives.... 4/17/2014 12:22 PM

Taxi app Uber faces ban in Berlin
BERLIN (AP) -- Ride-hailing app Uber could face a ban in the German capital after the head of the Berlin Taxi Association convinced a local court that the company's service breaks the law.... 4/17/2014 12:20 PM

Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns
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.... 4/17/2014 12:12 PM

Romanian premier co-pilots US F-16 fighter jet
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.... 4/17/2014 12:07 PM

Ukraine: More stringent border checks for Russians
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine is introducing stringent checks for Russian citizens who want to cross the border into Ukraine.... 4/17/2014 12:01 PM

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 11:59 AM

Berlusconi: glad to help elderly as punishment
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.... 4/17/2014 11:58 AM

Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy
PARIS (AP) -- Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press.... 4/17/2014 11:57 AM

World stocks subdued amid mixed US earnings
LONDON (AP) -- World stocks were subdued Thursday ahead of a long weekend for many markets and after mixed earnings reports in the U.S.... 4/17/2014 11:57 AM

Grief in town of students missing in ferry sinking
ANSAN, South Korea (AP) -- The most poignant reminders of what's been lost here are the most ordinary.... 4/17/2014 11:56 AM

Taliban abduct Afghan police officers, kill 4
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Taliban militants stopped a car carrying several Afghan police officers on the road to Kabul and killed at least four of them, authorities said Thursday.... 4/17/2014 12:46 PM

Kenya sends 91 Somalis to Mogadishu amid crackdown
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- If you have a beard or wear loose-fitting clothing associated with Muslims, you will be targeted, says Omar bin Omar as police carried out a security sweep of Somali neighborhoods amid alleged police abuses.... 4/17/2014 11:50 AM

Snowden questions Putin on surveillance policies
MOSCOW (AP) -- Several hours into Vladimir Putin's televised call-in show, one of the TV anchors interrupted viewers' questions to air what she said was a "sensational video" for the Russian president: a message from Edward Snowden.... 4/17/2014 11:44 AM