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Uruguay to limit pot buyers to 10 grams a week
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- Uruguay is still writing the rules for its legal marijuana market, two weeks overdue now, and President Jose Mujica has asked that no details be released until the regulations are finally published on Friday or Monday.... 4/24/2014 10:12 AM

China set to punish web giant Sina for pornography
BEIJING (AP) -- China plans to revoke two crucial publication licenses for Sina.com, which might partially ban the web giant's operations, because obscene content was found during an anti-pornography crackdown, state media said Thursday.... 4/24/2014 10:11 AM

EU, post-Soviet republics meet on partnership plan
PRAGUE (AP) -- Amid Ukraine's deepening crisis, the presidents of post-Soviet republics and EU member states gathered Thursday in Prague to save a project to boost their ties.... 4/24/2014 10:10 AM

Puerto Rico govt seeks to lure wealthy investors
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico is launching a two-day summit to lure wealthy investors to the U.S. territory as it struggles to emerge from a nearly eight-year recession.... 4/24/2014 10:04 AM

Obama to Russia: More sanctions are 'teed up'
TOKYO (AP) -- Accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Thursday that the United States has another round of economic sanctions "teed up" - even as he acknowledged those penalties may do little to influence Vladimir Putin's handling of the crisis in Ukraine.... 4/24/2014 9:55 AM

Activists: Syrian airstrikes in north kill 25
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government airstrikes struck a vegetable market in a northern rebel-held town Thursday, killing at least 25 people and wounding scores of others, opposition activists said.... 4/24/2014 9:53 AM

Arab-Israeli women break ground on pro soccer team
PETAH TIKVA, Israel (AP) -- When the Israeli women's soccer team Hapoel Petah Tikva lost a number of its players to Israel's national team ahead of World Cup qualifiers, founder Rafi Subra made a decision that set the team apart from many of its rivals - he recruited from the Arab villages of northern Israel.... 4/24/2014 9:52 AM

Armenians unsatisfied by Erdogan's gesture
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) -- Armenians are making their annual commemoration of the massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks, unsatisfied by an unprecedented conciliatory message by Turkey's premier.... 4/24/2014 9:51 AM

Moscow court extends Navalny's house arrest
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Moscow court has decided to keep Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny under house arrest rather than send him to jail pending trial.... 4/24/2014 9:45 AM

Spanish economic growth seen fastest since 2008
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's economy expanded by 0.4 percent in the first quarter, the Bank of Spain estimated Thursday, the fastest growth in six years and further evidence the recovery is gathering steam.... 4/24/2014 9:41 AM

Obama rejects notion that trade deal is in danger
TOKYO (AP) -- As trade negotiators struggled to overcome their differences, President Barack Obama on Thursday rejected suggestions that an Asia-Pacific trade deal is in danger and urged the U.S. and Japan to take bold steps to complete an agreement that is key to his agenda in the region.... 4/24/2014 9:39 AM

Abdullah holds leads in new Afghan vote results
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The latest partial results in Afghanistan's presidential election show front-runner Abdullah still leading but far from the majority needed to avoid a runoff.... 4/24/2014 9:38 AM

Russia to hold new military exercises in southwest
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia's defense minister on Thursday announced new military exercises along the Ukrainian border just hours after Ukrainian troops killed at least two pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine.... 4/24/2014 9:38 AM

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone rejects bribery charges
MUNICH (AP) -- Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone rejected accusations of bribery as he went on trial Thursday in a case that could threaten his grip on the sport, telling a Munich court that he was blackmailed by a German banker who received a disputed $44 million payment.... 4/24/2014 9:32 AM

Apple, Facebook give markets a lift
LONDON (AP) -- Solid earnings from Apple and Facebook helped shore up global markets on Thursday despite an earlier hefty retreat in Tokyo.... 4/24/2014 9:25 AM

South Sudan president fires longtime army leader
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The removal of South Sudan's military chief of staff - who comes from the same ethnic group as rebels fighting the government - further freezes a powerful minority out of top government positions, an analyst said Thursday, as battles continued following a massacre by rebels.... 4/24/2014 9:15 AM

Material on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The material that washed ashore in southwest Australia appears to not be from the missing Malaysian plane, officials said Thursday.... 4/24/2014 9:14 AM

Israel foreign minister: Peace deal 'impossible'
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's foreign minister said Thursday the new Palestinian reconciliation deal has made a peace agreement "impossible," as Israeli leaders fumed about the prospects of the Islamic militant group Hamas joining a Palestinian unity government.... 4/24/2014 9:11 AM

Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin has mocked the Internet as a CIA project and pledged to protect Russia's interests online.... 4/24/2014 9:08 AM

Families of ferry's lost confront SKorea officials
JINDO, South Korea (AP) -- Angry relatives of some of the more than 130 people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol surrounded the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief Thursday, preventing them from leaving the area where families have been waiting for word of their loved ones for more than a week.... 4/24/2014 9:08 AM