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French military frees 5 aid workers in N Mali
PARIS (AP) -- France's presidential palace says French forces have freed five humanitarian aid workers kidnapped by "a terrorist group" in northern Mali in early February.... 4/17/2014 2:26 PM

Turkey increases spy agency's powers
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's parliament on Thursday approved a bill that increases the powers and immunities of the country's spy agency. It's the latest in a string of moves that critics say is undermining the country's democracy.... 4/17/2014 2:24 PM

Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in rite
ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday - women and non-Catholics among them - in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a "slave."... 4/17/2014 2:16 PM

Croatia extradites ex-spy to Germany
BERLIN (AP) -- A former top spy in Yugoslavia's feared secret service has been extradited to Germany, where he is wanted in connection with murder of a political dissident 31 years ago.... 4/17/2014 2:16 PM

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions
GENEVA (AP) -- Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement after marathon talks Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine.... 4/17/2014 2:12 PM

Putin's choice of words shed light on Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- To understand Russian President Vladimir Putin's intentions in Ukraine, it helps to pay close attention to his choice of words and his reading of history. Here is what Putin had to say Thursday in a nationally televised call-in program:... 4/17/2014 2:11 PM

Ex-Senegalese president's son to face graft trial
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- An official says the son of Senegal's former president will be tried for illicit enrichment following an investigation into how he amassed his multimillion-dollar fortune.... 4/17/2014 2:10 PM

Nigeria: Fate of 115 abducted girls unknown
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday when their school principal denied the Nigerian military's report that almost all the pupils had been freed.... 4/17/2014 1:28 PM

Text of joint statement on Ukraine
GENEVA (AP) -- Here is the joint statement issued by the foreign ministers of the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and European Union after seven hours of talks Thursday in Geneva:... 4/17/2014 1:27 PM

2 ex-Anglo Irish Bank directors convicted of fraud
DUBLIN (AP) -- Two former executives of Anglo Irish Bank were found guilty Thursday of committing fraud in a loans-for-shares scandal - the first convictions to stem from a banking crisis that brought Ireland to the brink of national bankruptcy.... 4/17/2014 1:23 PM

S. Sudan: 12 die after mob attacks UN base
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) -- An angry mob of South Sudanese youths attacked a U.N. base on Thursday in order to harm members of an ethnic minority sheltering inside. Peacekeepers were forced to open fire, amid rampaging violence that killed at least 12 people, officials said.... 4/17/2014 1:13 PM

Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes
PARIS (AP) -- David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western, and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3-D in films competing for top honors at next month's Cannes Film Festival.... 4/17/2014 1:08 PM

Kerry: Steps embraced to ease tensions in Ukraine
GENEVA (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry says diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have agreed on a series of steps aimed at de-escalating violence in strife-ridden Ukraine.... 4/17/2014 12:58 PM

Taliban kill 4 Afghan policemen south of Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Taliban militants stopped a car carrying several Afghan police officers on the road to Kabul and killed at least four of them, authorities said Thursday.... 4/17/2014 12:46 PM

Ukraine OKs intl court, may probe Kiev deaths
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Ukraine has accepted the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, opening the way for a possible investigation of the violent crackdown by former President Viktor Yanukovych's government on demonstrators, the court announced Thursday.... 4/17/2014 12:34 PM

Samples collected from oil slick not from plane
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- Investigators were analyzing data collected by a robotic submarine that completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, but say tests have ruled out that a nearby oil slick came from the aircraft.... 4/17/2014 12:33 PM

Salsa great Cheo Feliciano dies in car crash at 78
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rican salsa legend Cheo Feliciano died in a car accident early Thursday, prompting the governor of the U.S. territory to declare three days of mourning.... 4/17/2014 12:27 PM

Italy again pushes back balanced budget goal
ROME (AP) -- Italy has again pushed back its balanced-budget goal, now aiming for 2016.... 4/17/2014 12:24 PM

West Africa's Ebola outbreak has claimed 137 lives
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The World Health Organization says an Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed 137 lives.... 4/17/2014 12:22 PM

Taxi app Uber faces ban in Berlin
BERLIN (AP) -- Ride-hailing app Uber could face a ban in the German capital after the head of the Berlin Taxi Association convinced a local court that the company's service breaks the law.... 4/17/2014 12:20 PM