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April 7, 2014 - 6:36am
1 week 2 days ago

MATSUMOTO, Japan (AP) — The 12-year-old girl didn't want to leave her younger brother, and her grandparents didn't want her to go away. But a family living near the "no-go zone" surrounding Japan's destroyed nuclear plant has other things to consider.

Yukie Hashimoto and her husband sent their daughter 300 kilometers (200 miles) away to the picturesque ski town of Matsumoto, where the mayor offered to take in and educate young people living in the shadow of the Fukushima...

April 7, 2014 - 6:21am
1 week 2 days ago

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland's head of state is making his country's first state visit to Britain this week, a trip that has been decades in the making and provides another poignant milestone for peacemaking.

President Michael D. Higgins is flying Monday to England a day ahead of his formal reception by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle west of London. Higgins' tour, which runs through Friday, comes three years after the queen's first state visit to the Republic of Ireland,...

April 7, 2014 - 6:08am
1 week 2 days ago

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius starts giving testimony in his murder trial in South Africa.

April 7, 2014 - 6:04am
1 week 1 day ago

GENEVA (AP) — Two of the world's largest suppliers of building materials announced plans for a "merger of equals" Monday that would create an industry giant with a combined 32 billion euros ($44 billion) in annual revenues.

Swiss-based Holcim and its French counterpart, Lafarge, said the new company would be named LafargeHolcim and be headquartered in Switzerland. They said the merger would create the most advanced group in the building materials industry — the two...

April 7, 2014 - 5:57am
1 week 2 days ago

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's defense minister says he is "cautiously hopeful" that there will be positive developments in the next few days, "if not hours," in the search for the missing airliner.

Hishamuddin Hussein made the comments Monday during a press conference in light of news about underwater sounds detected by ships searching the southern Indian Ocean. At least some of the sounds are consistent with pings from aircraft black boxes....

April 7, 2014 - 5:46am
1 week 1 day ago

CAIRO (AP) — An appeals court on Monday upheld the convictions and three-year prison sentences handed down to three of Egypt's most prominent political activists, a ruling that is likely to revive opposition to a draconian protest law they were accused of violating.

It is also certain to deepen the rift between the current military-backed government and Egypt's liberal and secular pro-democracy campaigners, many of whom participated in the 2011 popular uprising against...

April 7, 2014 - 5:29am
1 week 2 days ago

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Monday that secret talks with the country's political opposition have resolved most of their differences, and the two sides may soon reach an agreement for the opposition to end its boycott of parliament.

Hun Sen said that a single "small point" — which he did not specify — remains unresolved between his ruling Cambodian People's People Party and opposition leader Sam Rainsy's Cambodia National Rescue...

April 7, 2014 - 5:28am
1 week 1 day ago

BERLIN (AP) — A reclusive collector who hoarded hundreds of valuable artworks at his Munich home has agreed to cooperate with German authorities' efforts to determine which pieces were seized by the Nazis.

As part of the deal announced Monday, Cornelius Gurlitt will get back those works that are indisputably his.

Authorities found some 1,400 items at Gurlitt's home while investigating a tax case in 2012, though it only became public last November....

April 7, 2014 - 5:25am
1 week 1 day ago

LONDON (AP) — British police are hunting a man who entered an upscale London hotel room and battered three sisters from the United Arab Emirates with a hammer.

The Metropolitan Police force said Monday that all three women suffered head and facial injuries. One is in critical condition in a hospital, while the others are in serious but not life-threatening condition.

The women, in their 30s, and three children were asleep in adjoining rooms on the...

April 7, 2014 - 5:21am
1 week 2 days ago

BANGKOK (AP) — It's not a question most governments involved in the hunt for the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 care to answer: How much has the far-flung, month-long search cost?

The U.S. bill alone has run into the millions of dollars, and some countries such as China have devoted more ships and planes to the effort than the Americans have. Australia is spending more than half a million dollars a day on just one of the ships it has in the Indian Ocean....

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