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Poland holds security exercise, 1st in decades
JASCE, Poland (AP) -- Poland's security services have begun their first major security exercise in decades, evacuating the Interior Ministry in Warsaw and rescuing three foreigners allegedly injured in a helicopter crash.... 4/23/2014 10:14 AM

Abbas, rival Hamas give reconciliation another try
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Rivals Hamas and Fatah made a new attempt Wednesday to overcome the Palestinians' political split, saying they would seek to form an interim unity government within five weeks, followed by general elections by December at the earliest.... 4/23/2014 10:12 AM

Indonesian general says his flashy watch is a fake
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia's military commander, under fire in the media after being photographed wearing a luxury watch, says his critics should be quiet because the timepiece is actually a cheap Chinese fake.... 4/23/2014 10:11 AM

Justin Bieber apologizes for Japan war shrine trip
TOKYO (AP) -- Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting a Japanese war shrine, saying he thought it was a beautiful site and only a place of prayer.... 4/23/2014 10:06 AM

FM vows response if Russians attacked in Ukraine
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday promised a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine - a vow that came after Ukraine announced a renewal of its "anti-terror" campaign against those occupying buildings in its troubled east.... 4/23/2014 10:02 AM

Pakistan's army wants TV news channel shut down
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's powerful army has asked a government regulator to shut down a leading private news channel over what the military calls "false" reports that the country's intelligence service shot one of its top anchors.... 4/23/2014 10:00 AM

Yemen examines DNA of slain al-Qaida militants
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A high ranking security official says this week's Yemeni government campaign against al-Qaida aimed at targeting its top leaders and that authorities are examining DNA samples of those killed to determine their identities.... 4/23/2014 9:47 AM

Sri Lanka to deport UK tourist with Buddha tattoo
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lankan authorities plan to deport a British tourist for having an image of Buddha tattooed on her arm.... 4/23/2014 9:46 AM

Officials: 1 UN soldier wounded by mine in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Officials say a United Nations vehicle securing an airstrip in northern Mali drove over a mine and a Chadian soldier with the U.N. force has been seriously wounded.... 4/23/2014 9:41 AM

Spacious new Heathrow Terminal 2 set for opening
LONDON (AP) -- The rundown, overcrowded Terminal 2 at London's sprawling Heathrow Airport is long gone, about to be replaced by a spacious new building built to handle 20 million passengers each year.... 4/23/2014 9:41 AM

Europe recovery shows signs of strengthening
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- A closely watched survey has found business activity across the 18-country eurozone running at a three-year high, in perhaps the clearest sign yet that the economic recovery is gaining momentum.... 4/23/2014 9:39 AM

Brazil passes bill on Internet privacy
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's Congress passed a bill guaranteeing Internet privacy and enshrining access to the Web on the eve of a major conference in Sao Paulo on the future of Internet governance that's expected to draw representatives from some 80 countries.... 4/23/2014 9:37 AM

SKorea ferry toll hits 156 as search gets tougher
JINDO, South Korea (AP) -- As the 156th body was pulled from waters where the ferry Sewol sank a week ago, relatives of the nearly 150 still missing pressed the government Wednesday to finish the grim task of recovery soon. But the work was reaching a new, more complicated phase, with an official saying divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims.... 4/23/2014 9:28 AM

Turkey calls WWI Armenian killings 'shared pain'
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday offered an unprecedented, conciliatory message to Armenians on the eve of the anniversary of the massacre of Armenians almost a century ago.... 4/23/2014 9:17 AM

Bomb, shooting in Egypt kills 2 police officers
CAIRO (AP) -- A senior Egyptian police officer was killed after an explosive device placed under his car went off in a western Cairo suburb on Wednesday while another officer died in a raid on a militant hideout in the country's second-largest city, officials said.... 4/23/2014 9:11 AM

Train derails in Congo, dozens dead
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Officials in Congo say a freight train has derailed in the country's southeast, killing at least 30 people.... 4/23/2014 9:10 AM

Obama: US-Japan treaty applies to disputed islands
TOKYO (AP) -- President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan.... 4/23/2014 9:03 AM

Prof: Ferry turned further than 3rd mate ordered
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- A maritime professor who spoke with the third mate who was steering the South Korean ferry before it sank said Wednesday that he suspects there was a problem with the steering gear.... 4/23/2014 9:03 AM

Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the deaths of 16 of their colleagues in an avalanche exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits.... 4/23/2014 8:58 AM

Obama opens Japan trip at famous sushi restaurant
TOKYO (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday opened a four-country Asia tour aimed at reassuring allies in the region that the U.S. remains a committed economic, military and political partner that can serve as a counterweight to China's growing influence.... 4/23/2014 8:57 AM