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UN chief: Syria war threatens Lebanon's stability
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. secretary-general is warning that the 3-year-old conflict in Syria poses a serious threat to the stability of neighboring Lebanon, as refugees stream into the small country and weapons and fighters are transferred out.... 4/24/2014 3:26 PM

Timbuktu's storied mausoleums to rise from ruins
TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) -- Roofs are torn off, mud bricks are strewn about and walls barely rise from the desert dunes where Timbuktu's storied mausoleums once stood and are now in ruins. Islamic radicals swept in and tore them apart as totems of idolatry, along with other symbols of the fabled city.... 4/24/2014 3:24 PM

Vatican: Pope's private calls don't reflect policy
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- The Vatican's spokesman says that what Pope Francis reportedly tells Catholics in private conversations doesn't reflect church policy.... 4/24/2014 3:19 PM

Czech man faces fine after near miss with train
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- Czech police say a man faces a fine after having a near miss with a train while walking over a level crossing.... 4/24/2014 3:09 PM

Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel broke off Mideast peace talks and brought the U.S.-brokered process to the brink of collapse Thursday, protesting a reconciliation agreement between the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and the militant group Hamas, the Jewish state's sworn enemy.... 4/24/2014 3:08 PM

Canada's FM denounces Russia's actions in Ukraine
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said Thursday that the international community should not accept Russia's "aggression" in Ukraine and committed to help the country develop its democracy.... 4/24/2014 2:59 PM

Activists say Syrian airstrikes in north kill 30
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government airstrikes struck a vegetable market in a northern rebel-held town Thursday, killing at least 30 people and wounding scores of others, an activist group said.... 4/24/2014 2:59 PM

Panama's outgoing president touts wife's candidacy
PANAMA CITY (AP) -- She's a political novice with a scant presence on the campaign trail, but Marta Linares has one vote that matters more than most in her bid to become Panama's next vice president: that of her husband, outgoing President Ricardo Martinelli.... 4/24/2014 2:58 PM

London school says students abused by US teacher
LONDON (AP) -- A British private school said Thursday that images of between 50 and 60 of its students were found on the computer drive of an American suspected child predator who killed himself last month.... 4/24/2014 2:22 PM

Internet governance debated in Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) -- An international two-day conference on Internet governance is drawing to a close in Brazil as government officials, academics and technical experts from some 90 countries debate how the Internet should be run.... 4/24/2014 2:22 PM

John XXIII's brief papacy made big mark for church
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope John XXIII left his imprint on humanity and the Catholic Church he led for fewer than five years, helping propel him to sainthood on Sunday. Here are some highlights, in deeds and words:... 4/24/2014 2:16 PM

South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit
TOKYO (AP) -- When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States.... 4/24/2014 2:14 PM

US awards $4M to help Haitians hurt by drought
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- The American government has awarded $4 million to help Haitian families hurt by a drought in the Caribbean nation's northwest.... 4/24/2014 2:13 PM

Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia's biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company's shares plummeting.... 4/24/2014 2:09 PM

US protests Iran's election to UN NGO committee
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power protested the election of repressive regimes including Iran to the U.N. Committee on Non-governmental Organizations which deals with civil society groups accredited to the United Nations.... 4/24/2014 2:07 PM

Ukraine foreign minister: Ready to fight Russia
PRAGUE (AP) -- Ukraine's foreign minister has blasted the Russian decision to start military maneuvers along their border and said Thursday his country will fight any invading troops.... 4/24/2014 2:04 PM

Ukraine launches operation against insurgents
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian forces launched an operation Thursday to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country's tumultuous east, prompting new threats from Russian President Vladimir Putin.... 4/24/2014 2:04 PM

Mexican vigilantes search caves for cartel leader
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Members of a self-defense group in western Mexico are searching an extensive cave system in the hunt for the last fugitive leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel.... 4/24/2014 2:03 PM

Police capture fugitive in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Police in Puerto Rico have captured a fugitive who was wanted in connection with a quadruple homicide.... 4/24/2014 1:57 PM

A look at deeds and words of John Paul II
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The most-traveled pope in history, John Paul II left his mark on the Catholic Church and non-believers worldwide. Here are some milestones along his path to sainthood:... 4/24/2014 1:49 PM