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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 5:04 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

Iraq: Suicide attack kills at least 10 people
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say a suicide attack on a police checkpoint south of the capital, Baghdad, has killed at least 10 people and wounded 18.... 4/24/2014 4:36 AM

Militant group in Egypt says it killed officer
CAIRO (AP) -- An Islamic militant group in Egypt has claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed a senior police officer the day before.... 4/24/2014 4:33 AM

UK police seek to halt Brits joining Syria rebels
LONDON (AP) -- British police are launching a nationwide bid to prevent young people from traveling to Syria to take part in the fighting there.... 4/24/2014 4:32 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 4:22 AM

Afghan hospital guard kills 3 foreign doctors
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of doctors at a Kabul hospital on Thursday morning, killing three foreign physicians and wounding two other people, officials said.... 4/24/2014 4:19 AM

Unilever first quarter sales hit by strong euro
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Unilever PLC, the maker of consumer products such as Dove soaps and Ben & Jerry's ice cream, said Thursday that the stronger euro dented its revenues in the first quarter of the year.... 4/24/2014 4:17 AM

Pyongyang's pop queens stage comeback
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Step aside, Sea of Blood Opera. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's favorite guitar-slinging, miniskirt-sporting girl group, the Moranbong Band, is back. And these ladies know how to shimmy.... 4/24/2014 4:10 AM

Bloodied shirt, unwashed fork: JPII relics abound
ROME (AP) -- Inside a chapel on the edge of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche. Behind glass and stitched loosely to supporting backing hangs a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked, bloodstained undershirt that John Paul II was wearing when a gunman shot him in the stomach in St. Peter's Square.... 4/24/2014 3:51 AM

3 people missing after freighter sinks off Greece
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek rescue teams are searching for three people reported missing after a cargo ship sank off the southern island of Crete.... 4/24/2014 3:46 AM

Asian stocks drop on no trade deal in Obama visit
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian shares were mixed as stocks in Tokyo slipped Thursday after talks between Japan's prime minister and visiting President Barack Obama produced little on a trade agreement.... 4/24/2014 3:40 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 sets the team apart from many of its rivals - he recruited from the Arab villages of northern Israel.... 4/24/2014 3:38 AM

Last appeal bid rejected in HK 'Milkshake Murder'
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's top court rejected a final bid on Thursday for an appeal by an American convicted of drugging her wealthy banker husband and bashing him to death.... 4/24/2014 3:38 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 are gathering in Prague to save a project to boost their ties.... 4/24/2014 3:36 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 3:32 AM

Heineken returns to growth in Western Europe
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Heineken NV says it has returned to growth in its crucial Western Europe market in the first quarter, after a long period of stagnation. Organic sales - a figure which strips out the effects of currencies and acquisitions - grew by 3.4 percent.... 4/24/2014 3:03 AM

Kashmiris stage protests during Indian elections
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Indian forces used tear gas and wooden batons Thursday to disperse scores of Kashmiri demonstrators who shouted anti-India slogans and threw rocks to protest against voting in national elections in the disputed region.... 4/24/2014 2:53 AM