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WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Obama's robot summit
TOKYO (AP) -- The voice was slightly halting, childlike. "Welcome to Miraikan, Mr. President, it is a pleasure to meet you."... 4/24/2014 7:28 AM

Clashes in east Ukraine leave at least 2 dead
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian government troops moved against pro-Russia forces in the east of the country on Thursday and killed at least two of them in clashes at checkpoints manned by the insurgents, the government and insurgents said. Russian President Vladimir Putin decried what he described as a "punitive operation."... 4/24/2014 7:27 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 7:25 AM

Canada's FM visits Auschwitz death camp memorial
OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) -- Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird has paid a visit to the memorial at the World War II Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi death camp.... 4/24/2014 7:25 AM

Jokes are out as South Korea mourns ferry victims
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Jokes and concerts are out. So are school field trips and boisterous cheering at baseball games.... 4/24/2014 7:24 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 7:23 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 7:18 AM

Caroline Kennedy `absolutely' would back Clinton
TOKYO (AP) -- Caroline Kennedy says she could "absolutely" see herself endorsing Hillary Rodham Clinton for president but she has to decide soon whether to run.... 4/24/2014 7:09 AM

Hundreds of Congolese M23 rebels stuck in Uganda
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- The civilian head of Congo's vanquished M23 rebel movement says hundreds of rebels are stuck in Uganda as they await confirmation of amnesty from Congo's government.... 4/24/2014 7:08 AM

Activists: Syrian airstrikes in north kill 18
BEIRUT (AP) -- Opposition activists say Syrian government airstrikes on a vegetable market in a rebel-held town in the northern Aleppo province have killed at least 18 people and wounded scores.... 4/24/2014 7:03 AM

China demands local solutions for grievances
BEIJING (AP) -- For decades, members of the Chinese public with grievances against local governments have been traveling to Beijing in the time-honored tradition of appealing to the country's highest authorities.... 4/24/2014 6:48 AM

Israeli FM lashes out at Palestinian unity deal
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's foreign minister says a peace deal with the Palestinians is impossible after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah agreed to form a unity government.... 4/24/2014 6:41 AM

Indonesian school: We'll cooperate in abuse probe
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A prestigious international school in Indonesia said Thursday it was cooperating with police in their investigation of alleged abuse of a 6-year-old student and was devastated upon learning of allegations against an American teacher who worked there a decade ago.... 4/24/2014 6:38 AM

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Kiev, insurgents in eastern Ukraine say at least 2 dead in clashes.... 4/24/2014 6:37 AM

1 year after factory collapse, Bangladeshis suffer
SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) -- One year after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in a pile of concrete slabs and twisted metal, Bangladeshi seamstress Shefali says she would rather starve to death than return to factory work.... 4/24/2014 6:36 AM

Costa Rica is demanding US explain 'Cuban Twitter'
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- The Costa Rican government says it's still waiting for the Obama administration to explain why it launched the secret "Cuban Twitter" network from inside the Central American nation's borders despite warnings in 2009 that the plan could jeopardize the two countries' diplomatic relations.... 4/24/2014 6:25 AM

EU institutions vulnerable to corruption: report
BRUSSELS (AP) -- An independent report says official complacency, complex rules and spotty oversight have left the European Union's leading institutions vulnerable to corruption.... 4/24/2014 6:22 AM

Germany puts military exports to Russia on hold
BERLIN (AP) -- The German government says it isn't authorizing any exports of military goods to Russia at present "because of the current political situation," leaving nearly 70 export applications on hold.... 4/24/2014 6:19 AM

Tokyo court starts Mt. Gox bankruptcy proceedings
TOKYO (AP) -- Bankruptcy proceedings began Thursday for the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange, a move that was widely expected after the Tokyo District Court decided earlier this month that the company would not be able to resurrect itself.... 4/24/2014 6:12 AM

Central bank: Spanish growth doubled in Q1
MADRID (AP) -- The recovery in the Spanish economy appears to be gathering steam.... 4/24/2014 6:04 AM