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April 9, 2014 - 3:21am
1 week 5 days ago

AHMEDABAD, India (AP) — To some, the man in pole position to be India's next prime minister is a visionary reformer, while to others he's an autocrat in bed with big business cronies. Perhaps nowhere are opinions of Narendra Modi more polarized than in Gujarat, the western state he's led for more than decade and that is now touted as a model of prosperity for all of India to emulate.

As India, Asia's third-largest economy, holds elections that will gauge the mood of...

April 9, 2014 - 2:59am
1 week 4 days ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is on the brink of escaping the financial wilderness.

The eurozone's least credit-worthy country said Wednesday it is about to return to bond markets, for the first time since international bailouts saved it from bankruptcy four years ago.

Amid growing signs of market confidence in an economy long seen as a basket case, the finance ministry said it instructed international banks to issue a five-year, euro-denominated bond...

April 9, 2014 - 2:53am
1 week 5 days ago

MELILLA, Spain (AP) — They perched atop a barbed-wire laced fence for more than seven hours, hands and feet bloodied, buffeted by chill winds whipping the cliffs of Africa's Mediterranean coast.

The 27 sub-Saharan African migrants were literally on the edge between Africa's economic misery and the long-dreamt riches of Europe: On one side of the fence was Morocco, on the other the Spanish enclave of Melilla.

Thirst, hunger and exhaustion wore the...

April 9, 2014 - 2:42am
1 week 5 days ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's official news agency says a gunman killed two soldiers in an ambush in the country's north and later turned the gun on himself and took his own life.

The attack was the latest in a recent string of shootings that have claimed the lives of Lebanese troops.

The military says the attacker opened fire at an army patrol in the region of Akkar on Tuesday night, killing the soldiers.

The National News Agency says...

April 9, 2014 - 2:29am
1 week 4 days ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin turned up the heat on Ukraine on Wednesday by threatening to demand advance payment for gas supplies, a move designed to exert economic pressure as Ukraine confronts possible bankruptcy, a mutiny by pro-Russian separatists in the east and a Russian military buildup across the border.

NATO's top commander in Europe warned that the alliance could respond to the Russian military threat against Ukraine by deploying U.S. troops...

April 9, 2014 - 2:05am
1 week 4 days ago

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 1.8 million vehicles in the U.S. for various safety problems, including air bags that may fail to deploy.

The Japanese automaker announced the U.S. recall Wednesday as part of a broader recall of 6.39 million vehicles — and 27 Toyota models — globally.

In the U.S., the recall includes:

— 1.3 million vehicles with faulty electrical connections that could cause the air bags to...

April 9, 2014 - 2:00am
1 week 5 days ago

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese scientist accused of falsifying data in a widely heralded stem-cell research paper said Wednesday the results are valid despite mistakes in their presentation.

Haruko Obokata, 30, struggled to maintain her composure during a televised news conference packed with hundreds of reporters, but insisted she did not tamper with the data to fabricate results. She said she did not agree with retracting the research that appeared in the scientific journal...

April 9, 2014 - 1:55am
1 week 5 days ago

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The aroma of one of South Korea's most popular delicacies is regularly compared to rotting garbage and filthy bathrooms. And that's by fans.

The unusual dish is typically made by taking dozens of fresh skate, a cartilage-rich fish that looks like a stingray, stacking them up in a walk-in refrigerator and waiting. Up to a month in some cases.

"You know when it's done by the smell," said Kang Han-joo, co-owner of a seafood...

April 9, 2014 - 1:45am
1 week 5 days ago

ISLAMABAD (AP) — At least 18 people are dead in a bomb blast near Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.

Officials say the bomb ripped through a fruit and vegetable market Wednesday morning, leaving dozens of other people wounded.

The death toll could rise. Officials at a nearby hospital say they've gotten word from police that more bodies are on the way.

Police say about 11 pounds of explosives were hidden in a fruit carton. And a bomb...

April 9, 2014 - 1:05am
1 week 5 days ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Arnel Pineda says he's been putting together an album of his own compositions in his own voice to release this year, but he quashed rumors that he's gearing up to leave the American rock band Journey.

The Filipino singer and Journey lead vocalist said he will stay as long as the band needs him. Pineda also dismissed talk of a possible band reunion with former lead singer Steve Perry.

The singer spoke in an interview Tuesday...

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