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Russia launches military drills in the southwest
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's military on Thursday launched maneuvers of air defense forces in the southwest of the country, the latest in a series of frequent drills amid tensions with the West.... 3/5/2015 4:31 PM

Russian policeman gets 15-year sentence for spying for US
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian police officer was convicted Thursday on charges of spying for the United States - using a cache disguised as a rock - and sentenced to 15 years in prison. It was the latest in a host of spy cases amid rising Russia-West tensions over Ukraine.... 3/5/2015 4:28 PM

So late Solange holds up Paris Fashion Week
PARIS (AP) -- Solange Knowles had top fashion editors grumpily peering at their watches at Carven's morning show - sauntering in 30 minutes late Thursday.... 3/5/2015 4:27 PM

Europe swamped with crush of migrants arriving by land, sea
MADRID (AP) -- The European Union is immersed in a full-fledged migration crisis.... 3/5/2015 4:26 PM

EU urges Russia to forget old gas contract with Ukraine
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union is concerned that Russia might want to enforce its old gas contract with Ukraine once their current arrangement runs out, saying it could contravene Moscow's peace obligations.... 3/5/2015 4:25 PM

Attack on US envoy part of S.Korea's violent protest history
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A knife attack Thursday that injured the U.S. ambassador to South Korea is the latest act of political violence in a deeply divided country where some protesters portray their causes as matters of life and death.... 3/5/2015 4:18 PM

Ukraine blockade of rebel territory fosters resentment
KURAKHOVE, Ukraine (AP) -- Tears welled up Vera Pavliy's eyes as she stood outside the bank, looking as if she had just gotten lost. The 76-year-old was stuck behind the battle lines in the east Ukraine town of Kurakhove with no money and no way to get home.... 3/5/2015 4:17 PM

US draft urges UN to condemn use of chlorine in Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States has circulated a draft resolution in the U.N. Security Council that condemns the use of toxic chemicals such as chlorine in Syria without assigning blame, while threatening militarily enforced action in the case of further violations.... 3/5/2015 4:13 PM

UK report: Spy agencies should seek female recruits online
LONDON (AP) -- British lawmakers say the country's intelligence agencies, which inspired James Bond, aren't doing enough to promote real-life Jane Bonds.... 3/5/2015 4:11 PM

Dying wish comes true: Dutch woman with ALS sees Rembrandts
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- A Dutch charity has granted a terminally ill woman's dying wish, wheeling her into Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum on a special bed for a private viewing of an immensely popular exhibition of Rembrandt paintings.... 3/5/2015 4:08 PM

South Africa to investigate spy allegations
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The South African government says it is investigating allegations, posted on a website, that the state ombudsman and opposition figures spied for the U.S.... 3/5/2015 4:06 PM

NATO, Russia exchange barbs reminiscent of Cold War days
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- NATO and Russia are exchanging heated language reminiscent of Cold War days with accusations of sinister geopolitical plotting and human rights abuses flying across an increasingly deep divide.... 3/5/2015 4:04 PM

Cameron accused of 'running scared' for refusing TV debate
LONDON (AP) -- Britain is counting down to its general election in just over two months - and the name-calling has begun in earnest.... 3/5/2015 4:01 PM

Mexico court orders trial for alleged Knights Templar leader
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexican court has ordered alleged drug lord Servando Gomez to stand trial on drug and organized-crime charges.... 3/5/2015 4:00 PM

Cyprus group claims responsibility for 2 referee bombings
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- A new group has emerged in Cyprus to claim responsibility for two of five bomb attacks targeting soccer referees in the past year, police said Thursday.... 3/5/2015 3:59 PM

Ex-crew recognizes photos of sunken Japanese battleship
TOKYO (AP) -- A former crewmember on a Japanese battleship that sank during World War II said Thursday he recognized photos of wreckage discovered this week off the Philippines by a team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.... 3/5/2015 3:57 PM

Thai court sentences 'Red Shirts' to jail for 2009 rioting
BANGKOK (AP) -- A Thai court sentenced 15 members of the "Red Shirt" political movement to four years in prison on Thursday for inciting rioting that disrupted an important regional conference in 2009, news reports said.... 3/5/2015 4:33 PM

Israel eases restrictions on Gaza vegetable exports
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has eased its restrictions on Gaza vegetable exports, a move that could help both Palestinian farmers and pious Jews.... 3/5/2015 3:48 PM

Family: Canadian pastor has been detained in North Korea
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada's government has confirmed that a Canadian pastor has been detained in North Korea, the man's family said Thursday.... 3/5/2015 3:43 PM

EU extends asset freeze on ex-Ukraine leader for a year
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union has extended for a year an asset freeze on former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and others in his administration linked to the misuse of state funds.... 3/5/2015 3:40 PM

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