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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

Bomb kills 4 in Pakistan; airstrikes hit militants
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- A bombing in southern Pakistan killed a police officer known for his anti-militant campaigns and three other people on Thursday while army officials said the Pakistani air force carried out airstrikes against insurgents in a northwestern tribal region, killing 16 militants.... 4/24/2014 5:18 AM

N fund pays $990 million in Kuwait compensation
GENEVA (AP) -- GENEVA (AP) - A U.N. panel that settles claims for damages resulting from Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait has paid out another $990 million.... 4/24/2014 5:16 AM

US-Japan trade talks suspended without agreement
TOKYO (AP) -- Talks between the United States and Japan on a Pacific Rim trade pact have halted for now without any resolution in sight, spoiling plans for a showcase deal during President Barack Obama's visit to Tokyo.... 4/24/2014 5:13 AM

Saudi Arabia reports 2 more deaths from MERS virus
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's health ministry says two more patients who became infected with a Middle East virus related to SARS have died, and that 13 others have contracted the virus.... 4/24/2014 5:11 AM

Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan says three doctors killed by an Afghan security guard at a Kabul hospital are American citizens.... 4/24/2014 5:08 AM

Global stocks higher, Tokyo drops on trade woes
TOKYO (AP) -- Global shares were mixed with European shares getting an early boost Thursday, but stocks in Tokyo slipped after talks between Japan's prime minister and visiting President Barack Obama failed to finalize a trade agreement.... 4/24/2014 5:06 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 5:04 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- US Embassy in Kabul confirms 3 doctors killed by Afghan hospital guard are American citizens.... 4/24/2014 4:51 AM

Alstom shares jump amid talk of GE buyout
PARIS (AP) -- Shares in French train and equipment manufacturer Alstom have spiked on reports that General Electric Co. is considering making a bid for the company.... 4/24/2014 4:49 AM

Ukraine official: city hall cleared of protesters
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Police have cleared the city hall in a southeastern Ukrainian city of the pro-Russia protesters who had been occupying it for over a week, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Thursday as government forces appeared to be resuming operations in the east. Local police officials and protesters, however, presented quite another picture of what happened in the city of Mariupol.... 4/24/2014 4:44 AM

Iraq: Suicide attack kills at least 10 people
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say a suicide attack on a police checkpoint south of the capital, Baghdad, has killed at least 10 people and wounded 18.... 4/24/2014 4:36 AM

Militant group in Egypt says it killed officer
CAIRO (AP) -- An Islamic militant group in Egypt has claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed a senior police officer the day before.... 4/24/2014 4:33 AM

UK police seek to halt Brits joining Syria rebels
LONDON (AP) -- British police are launching a nationwide bid to prevent young people from traveling to Syria to take part in the fighting there.... 4/24/2014 4:32 AM

Unilever first quarter sales hit by strong euro
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Unilever PLC, the maker of consumer products such as Dove soaps and Ben & Jerry's ice cream, said Thursday that the stronger euro dented its revenues in the first quarter of the year.... 4/24/2014 4:17 AM

Pyongyang's pop queens stage comeback
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Step aside, Sea of Blood Opera. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's favorite guitar-slinging, miniskirt-sporting girl group, the Moranbong Band, is back. And these ladies know how to shimmy.... 4/24/2014 4:10 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 3:51 AM

3 people missing after freighter sinks off Greece
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek rescue teams are searching for three people reported missing after a cargo ship sank off the southern island of Crete.... 4/24/2014 3:46 AM