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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 9:41 AM

Obama rejects notion that trade deal is in danger
TOKYO (AP) -- As trade negotiators struggled to overcome their differences, President Barack Obama on Thursday rejected suggestions that an Asia-Pacific trade deal is in danger and urged the U.S. and Japan to take bold steps to complete an agreement that is key to his agenda in the region.... 4/24/2014 9:39 AM

Abdullah holds leads in new Afghan vote results
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The latest partial results in Afghanistan's presidential election show front-runner Abdullah still leading but far from the majority needed to avoid a runoff.... 4/24/2014 9:38 AM

Russia to hold new military exercises in southwest
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia's defense minister on Thursday announced new military exercises along the Ukrainian border just hours after Ukrainian troops killed at least two pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine.... 4/24/2014 9:38 AM

Activists: Syrian airstrikes in north kill 18
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government airstrikes struck a vegetable market in a northern rebel-held town Thursday, killing at least 18 people and wounding scores of others, opposition activists said.... 4/24/2014 9:35 AM

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone rejects bribery charges
MUNICH (AP) -- Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone rejected accusations of bribery as he went on trial Thursday in a case that could threaten his grip on the sport, telling a Munich court that he was blackmailed by a German banker who received a disputed $44 million payment.... 4/24/2014 9:32 AM

Apple, Facebook give markets a lift
LONDON (AP) -- Solid earnings from Apple and Facebook helped shore up global markets on Thursday despite an earlier hefty retreat in Tokyo.... 4/24/2014 9:25 AM

China set to punish web giant Sina for pornography
BEIJING (AP) -- China's official news agency says authorities plan to revoke two crucial publication licenses for web giant Sina.com because pornographic content was found on its sites.... 4/24/2014 9:23 AM

South Sudan president fires longtime army leader
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The removal of South Sudan's military chief of staff - who comes from the same ethnic group as rebels fighting the government - further freezes a powerful minority out of top government positions, an analyst said Thursday, as battles continued following a massacre by rebels.... 4/24/2014 9:15 AM

Material on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The material that washed ashore in southwest Australia appears to not be from the missing Malaysian plane, officials said Thursday.... 4/24/2014 9:14 AM

Israel foreign minister: Peace deal 'impossible'
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's foreign minister said Thursday the new Palestinian reconciliation deal has made a peace agreement "impossible," as Israeli leaders fumed about the prospects of the Islamic militant group Hamas joining a Palestinian unity government.... 4/24/2014 9:11 AM

Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin has mocked the Internet as a CIA project and pledged to protect Russia's interests online.... 4/24/2014 9:08 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 9:08 AM

Austrian architect Hans Hollein dies at 80
VIENNA (AP) -- Austrian architect and designer Hans Hollein, a winner of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize whose work ranged from big museums through tiny shops to furniture and sunglasses, has died. He was 80.... 4/24/2014 9:04 AM

Bahamas police seize drugs worth $1.3 million
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- Police in the Bahamas have arrested two boaters whom officers say were carrying bales of marijuana worth an estimated $1.3 million.... 4/24/2014 8:57 AM

Everest climbing season in disarray after deaths
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal's attempts to salvage the Mount Everest climbing season fell flat Thursday as major expedition companies canceled their climbs and many Sherpas quit the mountain after an avalanche killed 16 of their fellow guides last week.... 4/24/2014 8:57 AM

Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital on Thursday morning, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said.... 4/24/2014 8:57 AM

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