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Chairman of China conglomerate being investigated
BEIJING (AP) -- China's ruling Communist Party says the chairman of a massive state-owned conglomerate is being investigated on suspicion of corruption, nine months after the government audited the company.... 4/17/2014 8:56 AM

Forensic expert faulted at Pistorius trial
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- The prosecution in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Thursday challenged the credibility of an expert witness for the defense, which was trying to show that the athlete killed his girlfriend by mistake.... 4/17/2014 8:51 AM

Researcher finds flaw in Samsung fingerprint check
BERLIN (AP) -- A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print.... 4/17/2014 8:47 AM

UN: Iran cuts stock closest to nuke-arms grade
VIENNA (AP) -- Iran has converted most of a nuclear stockpile that it could have turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium into less volatile forms as part of a deal with six world powers, the U.N. atomic agency reported Thursday.... 4/17/2014 8:44 AM

US senators support Moldova in EU bid
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) -- Four U.S. senators have visited Moldova to offer political and financial support, while Russian President Vladimir Putin is urging Ukraine to end a blockade of the country's separatist province Trans-Dniester.... 4/17/2014 8:33 AM

Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy
PARIS (AP) -- Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press.... 4/17/2014 8:24 AM

EU warns Russia against using gas for politics
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union is warning Russia that interfering with gas deliveries to Ukraine to apply political pressure would backfire by damaging its reputation as a reliable supplier for the EU.... 4/17/2014 8:17 AM

Ukraine, US work to reduce tensions with Russia
GENEVA (AP) -- Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest.... 4/17/2014 8:06 AM

China says man attacked checkpoint in Xinjiang
BEIJING (AP) -- China says police killed a youth who attacked a checkpoint in the restive northwestern Xinjiang region, contradicting allegations he was gunned down after running a red light.... 4/17/2014 8:02 AM

Salsa great Cheo Feliciano dies in car crash at 78
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Police say Puerto Rican salsa legend Cheo Feliciano has died in a car accident in the U.S. territory. He was 78.... 4/17/2014 7:56 AM

Servier, lab founder in drug scandal, dies at 92
PARIS (AP) -- Jacques Servier, the founder of France's second-largest pharmaceutical group who became ensnared in a scandal over a diabetes drug widely used for weight loss, has died.... 4/17/2014 7:50 AM

India struggles with rebel threats during election
RAJNANDGAON, India (AP) -- Indians cast ballots Thursday on the biggest day of voting in the country's weekslong general election, streaming into polling stations even in areas where leftist rebels threatened violence over the plight of India's marginalized and poor.... 4/17/2014 7:34 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 7:32 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 on the case of a New York City police officer arrested in New Delhi on a weapons charge.... 4/17/2014 7:22 AM

Algerians trickle to polls in presidential vote
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algerians trickled into voting booths Thursday to elect the president of this oil-rich North African nation in an election expected to be dominated by the ailing incumbent running for a fourth term.... 4/17/2014 7:03 AM

Ukraine: 3 killed after Black Sea base attack
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Three pro-Russian protesters were killed and 13 injured during an attempted overnight raid on a Ukrainian National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol, Ukraine's authorities said.... 4/17/2014 6:56 AM

Israel arrests Arab journalist over Lebanon visit
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Shin Bet intelligence service said on Thursday that it has detained a young Israeli Arab journalist for traveling to Lebanon, which Israel considers an enemy country.... 4/17/2014 6:54 AM

Samples collected from oil slick not from plane
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- Investigators were analyzing data collected by a robotic submarine that completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, but say tests have ruled out that a nearby oil slick came from the aircraft.... 4/17/2014 6:52 AM

Turkey debates controversial spy agency bill
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's parliament looks set to pass a bill that increases the powers and immunities of the country's spy agency. It is the latest in a string of moves critics say is undermining democracy in the country that is a candidate to join the European Union.... 4/17/2014 6:37 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 6:14 AM