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Obama rejects notion that trade deal is in danger
TOKYO (AP) -- As negotiations falter, President Barack Obama is rejecting suggestions that an Asia-Pacific trade deal is in danger and says the U.S. and Japan must take bold steps to overcome differences that are threatening completion of the cornerstone of his strategic rebalance to the region.... 4/24/2014 5:56 AM

South Sudan president fires longtime army leader
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A South Sudan military spokesman says the president has replaced the military's chief of staff amid massive fighting across the country between the military and rebels.... 4/24/2014 5:51 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 5:50 AM

Indonesian school: We'll cooperate in abuse probe
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A prestigious international school in Indonesia says it is cooperating with police in their investigation into an alleged child abuse case that has triggered intense interest.... 4/24/2014 5:41 AM

France warns against war in Ukraine
PARIS (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande is warning against military pressure in Ukraine and threatening new European sanctions if tensions don't subside.... 4/24/2014 5:35 AM

Suicide attack in Iraq kills at least 11 people
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a police checkpoint south of Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing at least 11 people, officials said, the latest episode in an uptick in violence in the run-up to next week's parliamentary elections.... 4/24/2014 5:33 AM

Crusades fought, eBay bids sought for relics
ROME (AP) -- Wars have been fought to obtain them. Medieval monks and modern-day bandits have pilfered them. Two millennia after the first Christian martyrs' blood stained Rome, the temptation of, and fascination with, religious relics endures. And the canonization of two well-loved popes, John Paul II and John XXIII, on Sunday is feeding a seemingly endless appetite for fresh relics.... 4/24/2014 5:30 AM

Tokyo court starts Mt. Gox bankruptcy proceedings
TOKYO (AP) -- Bankruptcy proceedings have begun for Mt. Gox, a move that was widely expected after the Tokyo District Court decided earlier this month that the bitcoin exchange would not be able to resurrect itself.... 4/24/2014 5:30 AM

Kashmiris stage protests during Indian election
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Hundreds of Kashmiri protesters hurled rocks at polling stations in the disputed Himalayan territory Thursday and shouted "Down with India!" on a major day of voting in the country's general election.... 4/24/2014 5:28 AM

China splurging on military as US pulls back
QINGDAO, China (AP) -- China's navy commissioned 17 new warships last year, the most of any nation. In a little more than a decade, it's expected to have three aircraft carriers, giving it more clout than ever in a region of contested seas and festering territorial disputes.... 4/24/2014 5:24 AM

Draghi wants to publish ECB minutes
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the bank's rate-setting council should publish a written account of its deliberations - without names.... 4/24/2014 5:22 AM

Bomb kills 4 in Pakistan; airstrikes hit militants
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- A bombing in southern Pakistan killed a police officer known for his anti-militant campaigns and three other people on Thursday while army officials said the Pakistani air force carried out airstrikes against insurgents in a northwestern tribal region, killing 16 militants.... 4/24/2014 5:18 AM

N fund pays $990 million in Kuwait compensation
GENEVA (AP) -- GENEVA (AP) - A U.N. panel that settles claims for damages resulting from Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait has paid out another $990 million.... 4/24/2014 5:16 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 5:13 AM

Saudi Arabia reports 2 more deaths from MERS virus
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's health ministry says two more patients who became infected with a Middle East virus related to SARS have died, and that 13 others have contracted the virus.... 4/24/2014 5:11 AM

Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan says three doctors killed by an Afghan security guard at a Kabul hospital are American citizens.... 4/24/2014 5:08 AM

Global stocks higher, Tokyo drops on trade woes
TOKYO (AP) -- Global shares were mixed with European shares getting an early boost Thursday, but stocks in Tokyo slipped after talks between Japan's prime minister and visiting President Barack Obama failed to finalize a trade agreement.... 4/24/2014 5:06 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- US Embassy in Kabul confirms 3 doctors killed by Afghan hospital guard are American citizens.... 4/24/2014 4:51 AM

Alstom shares jump amid talk of GE buyout
PARIS (AP) -- Shares in French train and equipment manufacturer Alstom have spiked on reports that General Electric Co. is considering making a bid for the company.... 4/24/2014 4:49 AM

Ukraine official: city hall cleared of protesters
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Police have cleared the city hall in a southeastern Ukrainian city of the pro-Russia protesters who had been occupying it for over a week, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Thursday as government forces appeared to be resuming operations in the east. Local police officials and protesters, however, presented quite another picture of what happened in the city of Mariupol.... 4/24/2014 4:44 AM