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Snowden questions Putin on surveillance policies
MOSCOW (AP) -- Several hours into Vladimir Putin's televised call-in show, one of the TV anchors interrupted viewers' questions to air what she said was a "sensational video" for the Russian president: a message from Edward Snowden.... 4/17/2014 11:44 AM

Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers.... 4/17/2014 11:42 AM

Grief in town of students missing in ferry sinking
ANSAN, South Korea (AP) -- The most poignant reminders of what's been lost here are the most ordinary.... 4/17/2014 11:29 AM

Evacuation came too late for many on sinking ferry
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday.... 4/17/2014 11:28 AM

Gunmen attack Iraq military base, kill 10 soldiers
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Militants launched a brazen attack on a military base in a restive area in northern Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 10 soldiers and wounding 12, officials said.... 4/17/2014 11:28 AM

Court extends NYC officer's weapons case in India
NEW DELHI (AP) -- An Indian court said Thursday it won't rule before July 1 in the case of a New York City police officer arrested in New Delhi on a weapons charge.... 4/17/2014 11:18 AM

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 11:12 AM

UN envoy urges Syria's warring sides to save Homs
BEIRUT (AP) -- The United Nations envoy to Syria says the besieged central city of Homs has become a "theater of death and destruction," urging both sides in the country's civil war to return to negotiations.... 4/17/2014 11:08 AM

Algerians trickle to polls in presidential vote
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algerians trickled into voting booths on a sunshine-drenched Thursday to elect the president of this oil-rich North African nation in an election dominated by the ailing incumbent running for a fourth term.... 4/17/2014 11:07 AM

WWE wrestlers in Saudi Arabia for live matches
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Pro wrestlers with the WWE, including John Cena and former champion Randy Orton, are in Saudi Arabia for three days of matches in the capital, Riyadh.... 4/17/2014 11:07 AM

2 Anglo Irish Bank executives convicted of fraud
DUBLIN (AP) -- Two former executives of Anglo Irish Bank, the reckless lender that brought Ireland to the brink of bankruptcy, have been convicted of committing fraud in a loans-for-shares scandal.... 4/17/2014 10:55 AM

2 die, 3 missing as Spanish fishing boat capsizes
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's maritime rescue service says two fishermen have died, three are missing and seven have been rescued after a fishing vessel capsized off the northern Spanish coast.... 4/17/2014 10:50 AM

Green UK lawmaker cleared over fracking protest
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's only Green Party lawmaker has been acquitted of charges stemming from her participation in a protest against shale gas extraction.... 4/17/2014 10:46 AM

FBI probe dims outlook for 9/11 case at Guantanamo
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- A pretrial hearing in the Sept. 11 war crimes case has ended at the Guantanamo Bay naval base amid uncertainty over an apparent FBI investigation of the defense.... 4/17/2014 10:45 AM

Ukraine: More stringent border checks for Russians
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine is introducing stringent checks for Russian citizens who want to cross the border into Ukraine.... 4/17/2014 10:44 AM

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 10:34 AM

Mubadala posts strong profits for Abu Dhabi
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Abu Dhabi's Mubadala state investment company says profits last year tripled to roughly $395 million on the back of a strong performance from international investments.... 4/17/2014 10:28 AM

Diplomats eye joint statement on Ukraine
GENEVA (AP) -- High-level talks aimed at calming soaring tensions over the crisis in Ukraine went into overtime on Thursday with top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine attempting to forge a common position on how to de-escalate the situation.... 4/17/2014 10:28 AM

5 newspapers suspended in Ivory Coast
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) -- Five Ivory Coast newspapers whose publications have been temporarily suspended are denouncing the measure.... 4/17/2014 10:26 AM

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 multi-million dollar fortune.... 4/17/2014 10:19 AM