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DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Kiev, insurgents in eastern Ukraine say at least 2 dead in clashes.... 4/24/2014 6:37 AM

1 year after factory collapse, Bangladeshis suffer
SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) -- One year after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in a pile of concrete slabs and twisted metal, Bangladeshi seamstress Shefali says she would rather starve to death than return to factory work.... 4/24/2014 6:36 AM

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 6:27 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 6:25 AM

EU institutions vulnerable to corruption: report
BRUSSELS (AP) -- An independent report says official complacency, complex rules and spotty oversight have left the European Union's leading institutions vulnerable to corruption.... 4/24/2014 6:22 AM

Germany puts military exports to Russia on hold
BERLIN (AP) -- The German government says it isn't authorizing any exports of military goods to Russia at present "because of the current political situation," leaving nearly 70 export applications on hold.... 4/24/2014 6:19 AM

Tokyo court starts Mt. Gox bankruptcy proceedings
TOKYO (AP) -- Bankruptcy proceedings began Thursday for the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange, a move that was widely expected after the Tokyo District Court decided earlier this month that the company would not be able to resurrect itself.... 4/24/2014 6:12 AM

China demands local solutions for grievances
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese state media say a national agency has issued new regulations to ban residents from bypassing local authorities in lodging complaints in the latest effort to reform the country's decades-old petitioning system.... 4/24/2014 6:11 AM

Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of doctors at a Kabul hospital on Thursday morning, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said.... 4/24/2014 6:05 AM

Central bank: Spanish growth doubled in Q1
MADRID (AP) -- The recovery in the Spanish economy appears to be gathering steam.... 4/24/2014 6:04 AM

Obama rejects notion that trade deal is in danger
TOKYO (AP) -- As negotiations falter, 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 6:02 AM

South Sudan president fires longtime army leader
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A South Sudan military spokesman says the president has replaced the military's chief of staff amid massive fighting across the country between the military and rebels.... 4/24/2014 5:51 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 5:50 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 a decade ago.... 4/24/2014 6:38 AM

France warns against war in Ukraine
PARIS (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande is warning against military pressure in Ukraine and threatening new European sanctions if tensions don't subside.... 4/24/2014 5:35 AM

Suicide attack in Iraq kills at least 11 people
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a police checkpoint south of Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing at least 11 people, officials said, the latest episode in an uptick in violence in the run-up to next week's parliamentary elections.... 4/24/2014 5:33 AM

Crusades fought, eBay 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 5:30 AM

Kashmiris stage protests during Indian election
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Hundreds of Kashmiri protesters hurled rocks at polling stations in the disputed Himalayan territory Thursday and shouted "Down with India!" on a major day of voting in the country's general election.... 4/24/2014 5:28 AM

China splurging on military as US pulls back
QINGDAO, China (AP) -- China's navy commissioned 17 new warships last year, the most of any nation. In a little more than a decade, it's expected to have three aircraft carriers, giving it more clout than ever in a region of contested seas and festering territorial disputes.... 4/24/2014 5:24 AM

Draghi wants to publish ECB minutes
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the bank's rate-setting council should publish a written account of its deliberations - without names.... 4/24/2014 5:22 AM