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April 9, 2014 - 9:34am
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PAYERNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Swiss-made airplane built for the first round-the-world solar flight has wings longer than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet yet weighs only about as much as a large car.

The Solar Impulse 2, unveiled to the world Wednesday at Switzerland's Payerne Air Force Base, is a bigger and better version of the single-seater prototype that first took flight five years ago.

The original plane demonstrated that a solar-powered plane can fly...

April 9, 2014 - 9:18am
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MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has threatened that Russia's state-owned gas company could ask Ukraine to pay for gas in advance, according to Russian state news agencies.

In a meeting Wednesday with government ministers, Putin said that asking for advance payments "corresponded with the contract" between Ukraine and Russia, but asked that state energy giant Gazprom refrain from such drastic measures until "additional consultations" between both sides....

April 9, 2014 - 9:11am
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan election official said Wednesday that national elections held last weekend were a success in terms of turnout and enthusiasm, but he cautioned that there may have been significant fraud.

Millions of Afghans voted for a new president and provincial councils on Saturday in what promises to be the country's first democratic transfer of power. With eight candidates including three front-runners, it will be hard for anybody to gain a...

April 9, 2014 - 9:10am
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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar vowed Wednesday to protect U.N. and humanitarian aid workers seeking to return to the strife-torn state of Rakhine after rampaging Buddhist mobs attacked the workers' homes and offices.

State-run media also said Wednesday the government would expose those who orchestrated and joined last month's rioting.

Myanmar has come under mounting international pressure to restore life-saving aid in the state, which is home to...

April 9, 2014 - 9:04am
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government has scrapped a trade mission to Russia that was intended to forge closer ties between the two countries' energy sectors, blaming "developments in eastern Ukraine."

Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said in a statement Wednesday "a successful mission is not possible in the current climate." The mission that was to have been led next month by Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp is being postponed until further notice....

April 9, 2014 - 8:58am
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DUBLIN (AP) — A judge has dismissed 13 fraud charges against two former executives of Anglo Irish Bank, the reckless lender that drove Ireland to the brink of national bankruptcy, as authorities continue to seek criminal convictions against directors of the ruined company.

To the visible surprise of the defendants, the judge overseeing the 10-week-old trial issued a partial acquittal order Wednesday after prosecutors finished their case against Sean FitzPatrick, Pat...

April 9, 2014 - 8:52am
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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya deported more than 80 Somali nationals Wednesday as part of an ongoing security crackdown by Kenyan authorities following recent terror attacks, Kenya's internal security minister said.

The sweep, which police say has led to the arrests of more than 3,000 people in five days, is being criticized by human rights activists who say it is targeting Somalis and suspects are not being allowed legal counsel. Rights defenders also say the deportations...

April 9, 2014 - 8:52am
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DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Two car bombs exploded Wednesday in a government-held district of Syria's battleground city of Homs, killing at least 25 people and wounding more than 100, state media said.

The blasts hit a commercial street inhabited mostly by members of President Bashar Assad's minority Alawite sect in the central city, where government forces have been imposing a heavy siege on rebel-controlled districts.

Syria's uprising, which began with...

April 9, 2014 - 8:16am
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VIENNA (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday his country and six world powers are in "50 to 60 percent agreement" on the shape of a deal meant to crimp any potential Iranian attempt to build nuclear arms in exchange for an end to crippling economic sanctions.

Speaking for the six, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton was less upbeat as the talks reached the half-way mark toward their informal July deadline. But she said that after several rounds of...

April 9, 2014 - 8:12am
1 week 2 days ago

PARIS (AP) — France's top appeals court on Wednesday overturned a decision to extradite a former Kazakh banker whose dual roles as opposition leader and fugitive from justice led to legal cases in four countries.

Mukhtar Ablyazov, a former Kazakh energy minister and onetime chairman of BTA Bank, has been jailed since police special forces seized him at a home on the French Riviera last summer.

Russia and Ukraine, which both have BTA branches, sought...

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