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Bloodied shirt, unwashed fork: JPII relics abound
ROME (AP) -- Inside a chapel on the edge of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche. Behind glass and stitched loosely to supporting backing hangs a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked, bloodstained undershirt that John Paul II was wearing when a gunman shot him in the stomach in St. Peter's Square.... 4/24/2014 3:51 AM

3 people missing after freighter sinks off Greece
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek rescue teams are searching for three people reported missing after a cargo ship sank off the southern island of Crete.... 4/24/2014 3:46 AM

Asian stocks drop on no trade deal in Obama visit
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian shares were mixed as stocks in Tokyo slipped Thursday after talks between Japan's prime minister and visiting President Barack Obama produced little on a trade agreement.... 4/24/2014 3:40 AM

Arab-Israeli women break ground on pro soccer team
PETAH TIKVA, Israel (AP) -- When the Israeli women's soccer team Hapoel Petah Tikva lost a number of its players to Israel's national team ahead of World Cup qualifiers, founder Rafi Subra made a decision that sets the team apart from many of its rivals - he recruited from the Arab villages of northern Israel.... 4/24/2014 3:38 AM

Last appeal bid rejected in HK 'Milkshake Murder'
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's top court rejected a final bid on Thursday for an appeal by an American convicted of drugging her wealthy banker husband and bashing him to death.... 4/24/2014 3:38 AM

EU, post-Soviet republics meet on partnership plan
PRAGUE (AP) -- Amid Ukraine's deepening crisis, the presidents of post-Soviet republics and EU member states are gathering in Prague to save a project to boost their ties.... 4/24/2014 3:36 AM

Ukraine official: city hall cleared of protesters
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Police have cleared the city hall in a southeastern Ukrainian city of pro-Russian protesters who had been occupying it for over a week, Interior Minister Avakov said on Thursday.... 4/24/2014 3:35 AM

Obama to Russia: More sanctions are 'teed up'
TOKYO (AP) -- Accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Thursday that the United States has another round of economic sanctions "teed up" - even as he acknowledged those penalties may do little to influence Vladimir Putin's handling of the crisis in Ukraine.... 4/24/2014 3:32 AM

Heineken returns to growth in Western Europe
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Heineken NV says it has returned to growth in its crucial Western Europe market in the first quarter, after a long period of stagnation. Organic sales - a figure which strips out the effects of currencies and acquisitions - grew by 3.4 percent.... 4/24/2014 3:03 AM

Afghan guard shoots dead 3 foreigners in hospital
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan security guard opened fire on the medical staff at a Kabul hospital on Thursday morning and killed three foreigners, including at least one doctor, police said.... 4/24/2014 3:03 AM

Crusades fought, e-Bay bids sought for relics
ROME (AP) -- Wars have been fought to obtain them. Medieval monks and modern-day bandits have pilfered them. Two millennia after the first Christian martyrs' blood stained Rome, the temptation of, and fascination with, religious relics endures. And the canonization of two well-loved popes, John Paul II and John XXIII, on Sunday is feeding a seemingly endless appetite for fresh relics.... 4/24/2014 2:57 AM

Kashmiris stage protests during Indian elections
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Indian forces used tear gas and wooden batons Thursday to disperse scores of Kashmiri demonstrators who shouted anti-India slogans and threw rocks to protest against voting in national elections in the disputed region.... 4/24/2014 2:53 AM

Unilever first quarter sales hit by strong euro
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Unilever PLC, the maker of consumer products such as Dove soaps and Ben & Jerry's ice cream, says its underlying sales grew in the first quarter, but revenue was down due to a big impact from the stronger euro.... 4/24/2014 2:52 AM

China frees Japanese boat after boat owner pays up
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese court released a seized Japanese freight ship Thursday after owner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. agreed to pay about $39 million to resolve a dispute dating back more than seven decades.... 4/24/2014 2:44 AM

Classes begin at SKorean school full of mourning
ANSAN, South Korea (AP) -- Students in the city hit hardest by the South Korean ferry disaster returned to classes Thursday, their school campus a tragic landscape of yellow ribbons, chrysanthemums and photos of classmates and teachers who make up the vast majority of the more than 300 people feared dead.... 4/24/2014 2:25 AM

Obama: US would defend Japan in islands dispute
TOKYO (AP) -- Showing solidarity with Japan, President Barack Obama affirmed Thursday that the U.S. would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands, but urged all sides to resolve the long-running dispute peacefully.... 4/24/2014 2:07 AM

Obama: Not hopeful North Korea will change soon
TOKYO (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he's not optimistic North Korea will stop behaving irresponsibly in the near future.... 4/24/2014 2:04 AM

Obama: New sanctions against Russia are 'teed up'
TOKYO (AP) -- Warning Russia that new economic sanctions are "teed up," President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine.... 4/24/2014 1:49 AM

Pakistan: Bomb kills police officer, 2 others
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistani official says a bombing in the country's south targeted a police officer known for his anti-militant campaigns, killing him and his two friends.... 4/24/2014 1:49 AM

Magnitude 6.6 quake off British Columbia coast
PORT ALICE, British Columbia (AP) -- A magnitude 6.6 quake was recorded Wednesday night in the Pacific Ocean off the northwest corner of British Columbia's Vancouver Island, the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center said.... 4/24/2014 1:40 AM