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April 17, 2014 - 2:44pm
23 min 52 sec ago

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.

The video service, APTN Direct, is a closed-circuit channel that provides coverage of live events and breaking news to clients worldwide to use as...

April 17, 2014 - 2:42pm
23 min 52 sec ago

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.

Aisha Umar of the National Electoral Commission says the attackers on Thursday hacked off the arm of a man carrying a ballot box. Scores of people were hospitalized.

She says thugs armed with machetes, knives and clubs also hijacked the ballot boxes for the...

April 17, 2014 - 2:39pm
23 min 52 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A freak spring hailstorm has caused havoc for thousands of people trying to leaving Mexico City for Easter weekend.

The heavy storm hit Wednesday evening on the mountain pass west of Mexico City, halting all movement on the main highways toward cities such as Toluca, Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta.

Thousands of people spent the night trapped in their cars before officials finally opened the road after dawn on Thursday. Many missed...

April 17, 2014 - 2:38pm
23 min 52 sec ago

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.

The Andina state news agency quotes Agriculture Minister Juan Benites as saying it will take three days beginning Thursday to move the residents of two southern districts and their 30,000 sheep, cows, horses, burros and other animals.

Peru's health...

April 17, 2014 - 2:25pm
23 min 52 sec ago

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.

The Elysee palace said in a statement attributed to both the French and Malian presidents that the operation north of Timbuktu on Thursday freed the five — including four workers with the International Red Cross. The statement said the five were in good health.

The statement didn't...

April 17, 2014 - 2:16pm
23 min 52 sec ago

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.

German federal prosecutors say 72-year-old Zdravko Mustac was extradited Thursday from Croatia, whose citizenship he now holds. Prosecutors say he is suspected of "colluding in the murder of Yugoslav dissident Stjepan Durekovic," who was killed on July 28, 1983, near Munich....

April 17, 2014 - 1:27pm
23 min 51 sec ago

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:

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The Geneva meeting on the situation in Ukraine agreed on initial concrete steps to de-escalate tensions and restore security for all citizens.

All sides must refrain from any violence, intimidation or provocative actions. The participants strongly condemned...

April 17, 2014 - 1:08pm
1 hour 3 min ago

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.

Organizers of the ritzy Riviera festival famed for its red-carpet glamour announced the much-heralded lineup Thursday for the May 14-25 event, including 18 films vying for the top prize — the Palme d'Or.

Cannes organizers insist the...

April 17, 2014 - 12:58pm
1 hour 23 min ago

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.

He said all of this "represents a good day's work." But Kerry also says "words on paper" will have little meaning if they are not followed by actions on all sides to calm the situation in the former Soviet republic.

Kerry tells a news...

April 17, 2014 - 12:45pm
1 hour 23 min ago

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.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack that took place Wednesday in Wardak province south of the capital, although there were conflicting reports about the number of policemen — if any — who managed to escape.

Wardak province deputy police chief Lutfullah Zaryab...

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