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Russian state media claim AP skews Putin coverage
MOSCOW (AP) -- Kremlin-controlled television channels criticized The Associated Press' international television service for cutting into its live feed of President Vladimir Putin's nearly four-hour call-in show to send footage from other developing news stories, including the attempted raid on a Ukrainian national guard base.... 4/17/2014 2:44 PM

Thugs with machetes attack Nigerian party congress
KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian officials say machete-wielding thugs have attacked delegates at a meeting of Nigeria's main opposition coalition, wounding scores in the northern city of Kaduna.... 4/17/2014 2:42 PM

Hail wreaks Easter travel havoc in Mexico City
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A freak spring hailstorm has caused havoc for thousands of people trying to leaving Mexico City for Easter weekend.... 4/17/2014 2:39 PM

Peru volcano prompts evacuation of 4,000
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Peruvian authorities have ordered the preventative evacuation of 4,000 people living near the Ubinas volcano, which has been spouting ash clouds up to 2 miles (nearly 4 kilometers) high.... 4/17/2014 2:38 PM

Guantanamo trial in 9/11 veers off track again
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- An effort to prosecute the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and four co-defendants veered off track again Thursday as a pretrial hearing ended with new obstacles that threaten to further derail the case before a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay.... 4/17/2014 2:36 PM

French military frees 5 aid workers in N Mali
PARIS (AP) -- France's presidential palace says French forces have freed five humanitarian aid workers kidnapped by "a terrorist group" in northern Mali in early February.... 4/17/2014 2:26 PM

Turkey increases spy agency's powers
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's parliament on Thursday approved a bill that increases the powers and immunities of the country's spy agency. It's the latest in a string of moves that critics say is undermining the country's democracy.... 4/17/2014 2:24 PM

Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in rite
ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday - women and non-Catholics among them - in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a "slave."... 4/17/2014 2:16 PM

Croatia extradites ex-spy to Germany
BERLIN (AP) -- A former top spy in Yugoslavia's feared secret service has been extradited to Germany, where he is wanted in connection with murder of a political dissident 31 years ago.... 4/17/2014 2:16 PM

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions
GENEVA (AP) -- Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement after marathon talks Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine.... 4/17/2014 2:12 PM

Putin's choice of words shed light on Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- To understand Russian President Vladimir Putin's intentions in Ukraine, it helps to pay close attention to his choice of words and his reading of history. Here is what Putin had to say Thursday in a nationally televised call-in program:... 4/17/2014 2:11 PM

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 multimillion-dollar fortune.... 4/17/2014 2:10 PM

Nigeria: Fate of 115 abducted girls unknown
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday when their school principal denied the Nigerian military's report that almost all the pupils had been freed.... 4/17/2014 1:28 PM

Text of joint statement on Ukraine
GENEVA (AP) -- Here is the joint statement issued by the foreign ministers of the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and European Union after seven hours of talks Thursday in Geneva:... 4/17/2014 1:27 PM

2 ex-Anglo Irish Bank directors convicted of fraud
DUBLIN (AP) -- Two former executives of Anglo Irish Bank were found guilty Thursday of committing fraud in a loans-for-shares scandal - the first convictions to stem from a banking crisis that brought Ireland to the brink of national bankruptcy.... 4/17/2014 1:23 PM

S. Sudan: 12 die after mob attacks UN base
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) -- An angry mob of South Sudanese youths attacked a U.N. base on Thursday in order to harm members of an ethnic minority sheltering inside. Peacekeepers were forced to open fire, amid rampaging violence that killed at least 12 people, officials said.... 4/17/2014 1:13 PM

Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes
PARIS (AP) -- David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western, and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3-D in films competing for top honors at next month's Cannes Film Festival.... 4/17/2014 1:08 PM

Kerry: Steps embraced to ease tensions in Ukraine
GENEVA (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry says diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have agreed on a series of steps aimed at de-escalating violence in strife-ridden Ukraine.... 4/17/2014 12:58 PM

Taliban kill 4 Afghan policemen south of Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Taliban militants stopped a car carrying several Afghan police officers on the road to Kabul and killed at least four of them, authorities said Thursday.... 4/17/2014 12:46 PM

Ukraine OKs intl court, may probe Kiev deaths
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Ukraine has accepted the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, opening the way for a possible investigation of the violent crackdown by former President Viktor Yanukovych's government on demonstrators, the court announced Thursday.... 4/17/2014 12:34 PM