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Greece reaches milestone, opens way for assistance
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Greece has reached a major financial milestone that its creditors demanded as a precondition for being granted more debt relief, the European Commission said Wednesday.... 4/23/2014 7:27 AM

Climate change likely to make Everest even riskier
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest.... 4/23/2014 7:21 AM

Justin Bieber apologizes for Japan war shrine trip
TOKYO (AP) -- Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine this week, saying he was misled to see it as only a place of prayer.... 4/23/2014 7:18 AM

Obama opens 4-country, Asia-Pacific trip in Tokyo
TOKYO (AP) -- Opening a four-country swing through the Asia-Pacific region, President Barack Obama is aiming to promote the U.S. as a committed economic, military and political partner, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine threatens to cast a shadow over the president's sales mission.... 4/23/2014 7:18 AM

HK, Philippines compromise over tourist deaths
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong and the Philippines reached a compromise Wednesday over Hong Kong's demands for an apology for the families of eight tourists killed in a bungled response to a 2010 Manila hostage-taking that soured relations.... 4/23/2014 7:12 AM

Afghan election commission delays vote results
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's election commission delayed a planned release of full results from the April 5 presidential election to allow for recounts and audits, officials said Wednesday, a development that adds to the confusion surrounding the balloting to replace President Hamid Karzai.... 4/23/2014 7:11 AM

Scholars analyze bones of Swedish medieval king
UPPSALA, Sweden (AP) -- Researchers from Uppsala University on Wednesday opened a small gilded box containing the skull and bones of Swedish King Erik IX, who became a national saint after he was murdered in 1160.... 4/23/2014 7:05 AM

UN study: Cellphones can improve literacy
PARIS (AP) -- A study by the U.N. education agency says cellphones are getting more and more people to read in countries where books are rare and illiteracy is high.... 4/23/2014 7:04 AM

Prof: Ferry turned further than 3rd mate ordered
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- A maritime professor who spoke with the third mate who was steering the South Korean ferry before it sank said Wednesday that he suspects there was a problem with the steering gear.... 4/23/2014 7:02 AM

Europe recovery shows signs of strengthening
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- A closely-watched survey has found business activity across the 18-country eurozone running at a three-year high, in perhaps the clearest sign yet that the economic recovery is gaining momentum.... 4/23/2014 7:02 AM

German, French ministers visit Moldova, Georgia
BERLIN (AP) -- The German and French foreign ministers are making a joint visit to Moldova and Georgia, former Soviet republics that have breakaway regions with Russian-speaking populations, as tensions simmer over Russia's intentions in Ukraine.... 4/23/2014 7:00 AM

In India's vote, Hindu holy city is battleground
VARANASI, India (AP) -- For tens of millions of Hindus, Varanasi is a place of pilgrimage. Crowded with ancient temples and shrines, its streets jammed with believers and tourists, this city on the banks of the holy Ganges River is where the devout believe they attain instant salvation.... 4/23/2014 6:51 AM

Emirates says another family targeted in London
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- State media in the United Arab Emirates say a family from the Gulf federation has been targeted by armed men who forced their way into the family's London apartment, weeks after a similar attack in the British capital.... 4/23/2014 6:50 AM

F1 boss Ecclestone goes on trial in bribery case
MUNICH (AP) -- Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial in Munich on Thursday on bribery charges that could lead to a prison term of up to 10 years if he is convicted.... 4/23/2014 6:45 AM

Syrian lawmaker first to field run for presidency
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria's parliament speaker says a lawmaker has announced his candidacy for the June 3 presidential election - the first to field his bid for the top post in a vote called despite the country's relentless civil war.... 4/23/2014 6:42 AM

Pro-Russian insurgents hold journalist captive
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist who has not been seen since early Tuesday.... 4/23/2014 6:38 AM

Lebanese lawmakers vote, fail to elect president
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's Parliament has held a round of voting but failed to elect a new head of state in its first try before President Michel Suleiman's six-year term expires on May 25.... 4/23/2014 6:34 AM

China says quality of its groundwater has worsened
BEIJING (AP) -- Nearly 60 percent of the groundwater at sites monitored throughout China is of poor or extremely poor quality, with excessive amounts of pollutants, according to an annual report by the Ministry of Land and Resources.... 4/23/2014 6:23 AM

Thai Red Shirt activist shot dead in capital
BANGKOK (AP) -- Police in Thailand's capital say a pro-government activist who opposed a law punishing critics of the monarchy has been shot dead.... 4/23/2014 6:15 AM

Material on Australian shore examined in jet hunt
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Unidentified material that has washed ashore in southwestern Australia is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane, authorities said Wednesday.... 4/23/2014 6:06 AM