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Argentina's Congress approves $5B Repsol indemnity
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina is hoping to have an easier time attracting international investors to exploit its oil and gas fields now that its Congress has approved a $5 billion payoff to Spain's Grupo Repsol for the controlling stake in the YPF oil company it seized.... 4/24/2014 8:55 AM

Canada's FM visits Auschwitz death camp memorial
OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) -- Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird paid a visit on Thursday to the memorial museum at the World War II Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi death camp.... 4/24/2014 8:50 AM

Clashes in east Ukraine leave at least 2 dead
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian troops moved against pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing at least two of them in clashes at checkpoints, both sides said. Russian President Vladimir Putin decried what he described as a "punitive operation."... 4/24/2014 8:48 AM

EU institutions vulnerable to corruption: report
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Official complacency, complex rules and spotty oversight have left the European Union's leading institutions vulnerable to corruption, an independent report says.... 4/24/2014 8:44 AM

Families of ferry's lost confront SKorea officials
JINDO, South Korea (AP) -- Angry relatives of some of the more than 130 people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol surrounded the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief Thursday, preventing them from leaving the area where families have been waiting for word of their loved ones for more than a week.... 4/24/2014 8:37 AM

N fund pays $990 million in Kuwait compensation
GENEVA (AP) -- A U.N. panel that settles claims for damages resulting from Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait has paid out another $990 million.... 4/24/2014 8:34 AM

Cornish people recognized as official UK minority
LONDON (AP) -- The residents of England's windswept, wave-lashed southwest are Europe's newest official minority.... 4/24/2014 8:18 AM

Pirates pilfer fuel from Thai tanker off Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Pirates pilfered diesel fuel from a Thai tanker off Malaysia's east coast, making two attacks in a week and raising concerns of a rising threat to shipping, a maritime watchdog said Thursday.... 4/24/2014 8:18 AM

UK police seek to halt Brits joining Syria rebels
LONDON (AP) -- British police are launching a nationwide bid to prevent young people from traveling to Syria to take part in the fighting there - part of a Europe-wide effort to discourage would-be combatants.... 4/24/2014 8:17 AM

Costa Rica is demanding US explain 'Cuban Twitter'
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- The Costa Rican government says it's still waiting for the Obama administration to explain why it launched the secret "Cuban Twitter" network from inside the Central American nation's borders despite warnings in 2009 that the plan could jeopardize the two countries' diplomatic relations.... 4/24/2014 8:14 AM

Spanish economic growth seen fastest since 2008
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's economy expanded by 0.4 percent in the first quarter, the Bank of Spain estimated Thursday, the fastest growth in six years and further evidence the recovery is gathering steam.... 4/24/2014 8:13 AM

Obama rejects notion that trade deal is in danger
TOKYO (AP) -- As negotiators struggle, President Barack Obama is rejecting suggestions that an Asia-Pacific trade deal is in danger and says the U.S. and Japan must take bold steps to overcome differences that are threatening completion of the cornerstone of his strategic rebalance to the region.... 4/24/2014 8:12 AM

Activists: Syrian airstrikes in north kill 18
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government airstrikes targeted a vegetable market in a rebel-held town in the northern Aleppo province on Thursday, killing at least 18 people and wounding scores of others, opposition activists said.... 4/24/2014 7:54 AM

Nigeria: Forcados oil terminal still closed
WARRI, Nigeria (AP) -- Shell Nigeria's Forcados oil export terminal remains closed seven weeks after it was shut down to repair a sabotaged undersea pipeline, a spokesman said Thursday, amid growing concerns about the industrial levels of oil theft in the world's 13th largest oil producer.... 4/24/2014 7:52 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 7:47 AM

WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Obama's robot summit
TOKYO (AP) -- The voice was slightly halting, childlike. "Welcome to Miraikan, Mr. President, it is a pleasure to meet you."... 4/24/2014 7:37 AM

Last appeal bid rejected in HK 'Milkshake Murder'
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's top court on Thursday rejected a final bid for an appeal by an American convicted of drugging her wealthy banker husband and bashing him to death.... 4/24/2014 7:37 AM

Indonesian school: We'll cooperate in abuse probe
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A prestigious international school in Indonesia said Thursday it was cooperating with police in their investigation of alleged abuse of a 6-year-old student and was devastated upon learning of allegations against an American teacher who worked there for a decade.... 4/24/2014 7:32 AM

US-Japan trade talks suspended without agreement
TOKYO (AP) -- Talks between the United States and Japan on a Pacific Rim trade pact have halted for now without any resolution in sight, spoiling plans for a showcase deal during President Barack Obama's visit to Tokyo.... 4/24/2014 7:25 AM

Jokes are out as South Korea mourns ferry victims
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Jokes and concerts are out. So are school field trips and boisterous cheering at baseball games.... 4/24/2014 7:24 AM