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Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli government on Thursday cut off Mideast peace talks and threatened to impose new sanctions against the Palestinians in response to a unity agreement between rival Palestinian factions, pushing an embattled U.S. peace initiative to the brink of collapse.... 4/24/2014 11:29 AM

Army: Airstrikes in Pakistan tribal region kill 37
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani warplanes attacked insurgent hideouts in the tribal region near the Afghan border, killing 37 suspected militants and wounding 18, army officials said Thursday, as authorities hold peace negotiations with the Taliban.... 4/24/2014 11:21 AM

Kiev: Moscow is backing eastern separatists
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's acting president has accused Russia of backing separatists in the country's restive east and demanded that Moscow stop its intimidation campaign and leave his country alone.... 4/24/2014 11:17 AM

UN Security Council threatens sanctions at S.Sudan
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council is expressing rare "horror" at the recent massacre of civilians in South Sudan and threatens sanctions.... 4/24/2014 11:09 AM

Mexico closes clinic in hyperbaric chamber death
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican authorities have temporarily closed a private clinic after a patient was found dead inside a hyperbaric chamber.... 4/24/2014 11:06 AM

Khodorkovsky criticizes Putin at Kiev forum
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's most famous prisoner, has harshly criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin over the annexation of Crimea and Russian pressure against Ukraine.... 4/24/2014 10:45 AM

Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia's biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company's shares plummeting.... 4/24/2014 10:41 AM

Moscow court extends Navalny's house arrest
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Moscow court decided Thursday to keep Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny under house arrest rather than send him to jail pending trial.... 4/24/2014 10:40 AM

Argentina's Congress approves $5B Repsol indemnity
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's government is hoping to have an easier time attracting international investors to exploit its oil and gas fields now that its Congress has agreed to pay Grupo Repsol $5 billion for the Spanish company's controlling stake in the YPF oil company. President Cristina Fernandez nationalized the company two years ago without paying anything beforehand to Respsol, which had demanded $10.5 billion in compensation.... 4/24/2014 10:39 AM

Markets muted despite Apple, Facebook
LONDON (AP) -- Solid earnings from Apple helped shore up global markets on Thursday despite other disappointing earnings and an earlier hefty retreat in Tokyo.... 4/24/2014 10:37 AM

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

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