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US senators support Moldova in EU bid
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) -- Four U.S. senators visited Moldova Thursday to lend support to the former Soviet republic's move toward the European Union, while Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Ukraine to end a blockade of the country's separatist province Trans-Dniester.... 4/17/2014 9:32 AM

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 9:32 AM

WWE wrestlers in Saudi Arabia for live matches
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Pro wrestlers with the WWE, including John Cena and champion Randy Orton, are in Saudi Arabia for three days of matches in the capital, Riyadh.... 4/17/2014 9:28 AM

China says man tried to seize weapons in Xinjiang
BEIJING (AP) -- A youth killed by police in the restive Xinjiang region last weekend was trying to seize weapons, China said Thursday in a state media report that said at least one person who spread a sharply different account of the youth's death would be jailed.... 4/17/2014 9:16 AM

Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers.... 4/17/2014 9:10 AM

Street theater in Mexico City's rough Tepito area
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Few outsiders dare venture after dark into Tepito, a neighborhood known as Mexico City's main clearinghouse for contraband ranging from guns and drugs to counterfeit sneakers.... 4/17/2014 9:09 AM

3 protesters killed in attack on Ukrainian base
MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) -- The turmoil in Ukraine dominated the European landscape Thursday, as three protesters were killed in a clash in southern Ukraine, high-level talks were held in Geneva and Vladimir Putin weighed in on his neighbor's future for hours from Moscow.... 4/17/2014 9:07 AM

Journalists charged with defaming Thailand's navy
PHUKET, Thailand (AP) -- Thai authorities on Thursday charged two journalists with defaming Thailand's navy in an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Myanmar, amid concerns about press freedom in the country.... 4/17/2014 9:02 AM

Chairman of China conglomerate being investigated
BEIJING (AP) -- China's ruling Communist Party says the chairman of a massive state-owned conglomerate is being investigated on suspicion of corruption, nine months after the government audited the company.... 4/17/2014 8:56 AM

Forensic expert faulted at Pistorius trial
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- The prosecution in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Thursday challenged the credibility of an expert witness for the defense, which was trying to show that the athlete killed his girlfriend by mistake.... 4/17/2014 8:51 AM

Researcher finds flaw in Samsung fingerprint check
BERLIN (AP) -- A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print.... 4/17/2014 8:47 AM

UN: Iran cuts stock closest to nuke-arms grade
VIENNA (AP) -- Iran has converted most of a nuclear stockpile that it could have turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium into less volatile forms as part of a deal with six world powers, the U.N. atomic agency reported Thursday.... 4/17/2014 8:44 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 8:24 AM

EU warns Russia against using gas for politics
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union is warning Russia that interfering with gas deliveries to Ukraine to apply political pressure would backfire by damaging its reputation as a reliable supplier for the EU.... 4/17/2014 8:17 AM

Ukraine, US work to reduce tensions with Russia
GENEVA (AP) -- Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest.... 4/17/2014 8:06 AM

Salsa great Cheo Feliciano dies in car crash at 78
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Police say Puerto Rican salsa legend Cheo Feliciano has died in a car accident in the U.S. territory. He was 78.... 4/17/2014 7:56 AM

Servier, lab founder in drug scandal, dies at 92
PARIS (AP) -- Jacques Servier, the founder of France's second-largest pharmaceutical group who became ensnared in a scandal over a diabetes drug widely used for weight loss, has died.... 4/17/2014 7:50 AM

India struggles with rebel threats during election
RAJNANDGAON, India (AP) -- Indians cast ballots Thursday on the biggest day of voting in the country's weekslong general election, streaming into polling stations even in areas where leftist rebels threatened violence over the plight of India's marginalized and poor.... 4/17/2014 7:34 AM

Court extends NYC officer's weapons case in India
NEW DELHI (AP) -- An Indian court said Thursday it won't rule before July 1 on the case of a New York City police officer arrested in New Delhi on a weapons charge.... 4/17/2014 7:22 AM

Algerians trickle to polls in presidential vote
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algerians trickled into voting booths Thursday to elect the president of this oil-rich North African nation in an election expected to be dominated by the ailing incumbent running for a fourth term.... 4/17/2014 7:03 AM