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Russian trawler with 132 crew sinks, at least 54 dead
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian trawler sank in just 15 minutes in icy waters off Russia's Far Eastern coast early Thursday, killing at least 54 crew members, rescue workers said.... 4/2/2015 7:57 AM

Suspected Kashmiri rebels kill 1 Indian policeman
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Suspected Kashmiri rebels on Thursday shot and killed one Indian policeman and wounded two army soldiers and one civilian in a fierce gunbattle in the Himalayan territory, officials said.... 4/2/2015 7:38 AM

Syrian rebels capture main border crossing with Jordan
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say Syrian rebels and members of al-Qaida's local affiliate have captured the only functioning border crossing with Jordan and three nearby military posts.... 4/2/2015 7:27 AM

Wife of imprisoned Greek ex-defense minister flees hospital
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Authorities say the wife of an imprisoned former Greek defense minister has escaped from a psychiatric hospital, where she was serving her sentence on the same corruption charges as her husband.... 4/2/2015 7:00 AM

S.Korean ferry victims' relatives reject compensation plan
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Dozens of relatives of victims of a South Korean ferry sinking that killed more than 300 a year ago have shaved their heads in protest of government plans to provide about 420 million won ($383,000) for each of the 250 students on the ship and 760 million won ($694,000) for 11 dead teachers.... 4/2/2015 6:55 AM

Double overtime: Faltering Iran nuclear talks extended again
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- With even a vague outline of an Iran nuclear deal eluding their grasp, negotiators went into double overtime Wednesday night and Thursday morning in a marathon attempt to find common ground for a more important task - forging a final deal by the end of June.... 4/2/2015 6:54 AM

AP Poll: Russia anti-gay views on rise; teachers face brunt
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Alevtina is one of several teachers who lost their jobs in St. Petersburg after being outed by an anti-gay activist. While most resigned quietly, the 27-year-old music teacher decided to fight her dismissal in court - an unusual step in Russia where gays have faced increasing pressure in recent years.... 4/2/2015 6:45 AM

Super typhoon weakens after entering Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A super typhoon blamed for the deaths of at least four people on islands in the western Pacific Ocean has weakened after reaching Philippine waters and is expected to further lose strength as it approaches the country's northeastern coast, officials said Thursday.... 4/2/2015 6:44 AM

Asia stocks gain as weak global data raises stimulus hopes
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stock markets bounded higher Thursday after weak data from major economies boosted hopes for stimulus and a slow pace for U.S. interest rate hikes.... 4/2/2015 6:34 AM

Afghan official: Police chief killed by roadside bomb
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says the police chief of a volatile district in the country's south has been killed by a roadside bomb.... 4/2/2015 6:29 AM

Police: Gunmen attack university in eastern Kenya, killing 2
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Gunmen attacked Garissa University College early Thursday, shooting indiscriminately in campus hostels, killing at least two people and wounding four others, police said.... 4/2/2015 6:27 AM

Security officials: Sinai attacks kill 10 Egyptian troops
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian security officials say two militant ambushes in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula have killed 10 soldiers.... 4/2/2015 6:19 AM


CAIRO (AP) -- Security officials: Militant attacks in Sinai kill 10 Egyptian soldiers.... 4/2/2015 6:10 AM

US hopes Japan navy will be more active in Pacific
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- Even as Japan remains divided over proposed changes in the role it should play in regional security issues, senior U.S. and Japanese military officers say they hope the Japanese navy may soon be freed up to play a more active role in the Pacific and beyond, plying some of the world's most hotly contested waters.... 4/2/2015 5:49 AM

Thailand junta replaces martial law with absolute power
BANGKOK (AP) -- The big topic of conversation in Thailand is martial law. Technically it's gone, but in reality it's still there.... 4/2/2015 5:24 AM

Vietnam meets demands to end strike in Nike, Adidas factory
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Workers at a major Vietnamese footwear factory for Nike and Adidas ended a weeklong strike Thursday after the government agreed to their demands on retirement payouts.... 4/2/2015 4:55 AM

British banker's Hong Kong murder case adjourned to May
HONG KONG (AP) -- A British banker accused of the murders of two Indonesian women appeared briefly Thursday in a Hong Kong court, where pretrial proceedings were adjourned for five more weeks as prosecutors requested more time.... 4/2/2015 4:53 AM

AP Exclusive: Airbnb to Cuba in major US business expansion
HAVANA (AP) -- The popular online home-rental service Airbnb will allow American travelers to book lodging in Cuba starting Thursday in the most significant U.S. business expansion on the island since the declaration of detente between the two countries late last year.... 4/2/2015 4:43 AM

Mexico says oil spill avoided after deadly offshore blaze
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A huge blaze twisted and blackened an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, but the state-run Pemex oil company said it managed to avert any significant oil spill.... 4/2/2015 4:26 AM

Exclusive Dominican resort tied to senator's indictment
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- A Dominican Republic resort long known as an exclusive Caribbean hideaway, where at least three former U.S. presidents have played golf, is one of the main settings in the corruption scandal enveloping Sen. Bob Menendez.... 4/2/2015 4:20 AM



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