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  • Guantanamo trial in 9/11 veers off track again

    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — An effort to prosecute the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and four co-defendants veered off track again Thursday as a pretrial hearing ended with new obstacles that threaten to further derail the case before a military...

  • Thugs with machetes attack Nigerian party congress

    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...

  • Hail wreaks Easter travel havoc in Mexico City

    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,...

  • Peru volcano prompts evacuation of 4,000

    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...

  • Turkey increases spy agency's powers

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parliament on Thursday approved a bill that increases the powers and immunities of the country's spy agency. It's the latest in a string of moves that critics say is undermining the country's democracy. The bill, which requires presidential approval, would give...

  • 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. Roger Dixon was called by the defense to give evidence to...

  • Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in rite

    ROME (AP) — Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday — women and non-Catholics among them — in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a "slave." Francis' decision in 2013 to perform the Holy Thursday ritual on women and...

  • French military frees 5 aid workers in N Mali

    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...

  • Putin's choice of words shed light on Ukraine

    MOSCOW (AP) — To understand Russian President Vladimir Putin's intentions in Ukraine, it helps to pay close attention to his choice of words and his reading of history. Here is what Putin had to say Thursday in a nationally televised call-in program: ___ LITTLE GREEN MEN For the first time,...

  • Iranian woman forgives son's killer at the gallows

    The execution of an Iranian convicted of murder was halted at the very last minute in a dramatic scene this week when the mother of his victim forgave him as he stood on the gallows with the noose around his neck, according to Iranian media. The convict, identified by his first name Bilal, had...

  • Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions

    GENEVA (AP) — Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement after marathon talks Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine. Reached after seven hours of negotiation, the agreement does not set out specific directions for Ukraine's...

  • Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs

    The Thursday before Orthodox Easter, or Holy Thursday, the Bachkovo Monastery made their traditional preparations by dying about 5,000 Easter eggs in various colors at the monastery's kitchen. (April 17) AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Bachkovo, Bulgaria - April 17, 2014 1. Close of candles...

  • Grief in town of students missing in ferry sinking

    ANSAN, South Korea (AP) — The most poignant reminders of what's been lost here are the most ordinary. Desks in the classrooms of Danwon High School in Ansan, where dozens of students were missing and feared dead Thursday after a ferry disaster, are cluttered with textbooks, gym clothes, empty...

  • Nigeria: Fate of 115 abducted girls unknown

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday when their school principal denied the Nigerian military's report that almost all the pupils had been freed. "Up till now we are still waiting and praying for the safe...

  • Text of joint statement on Ukraine

    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: ___ The Geneva meeting on the situation in Ukraine agreed on initial concrete steps to de-escalate tensions and restore...



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