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Ukraine: 3 killed after Black Sea base attack
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Three pro-Russian protesters were killed and 13 injured during an attempted overnight raid on a Ukrainian National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol, Ukraine's authorities said....

Ukraine, US work to reduce tensions with Russia
GENEVA (AP) -- Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest....

Nigeria: Fate of 100+ abducted girls unknown
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- The fate of more than 100 girls and young women abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday when their school principal denied a report from Nigeria's military that almost all the students were free....

Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers....

Evacuation came too late for many on sinking ferry
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday....

Classmates celebrating 60th birthday among missing
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- Kim Jeong-keun woke up on his cabin bed to find out his friends had smeared lipstick on his face while he had been asleep, a prank harking back to their school days....

UN: Iran cuts stock closest to nuke-arms grade
VIENNA (AP) -- Iran has converted most of a nuclear stockpile that it could have turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium into less volatile forms as part of a deal with six world powers, the U.N. atomic agency reported Thursday....

Samples collected from oil slick not from plane
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- Investigators were analyzing data collected by a robotic submarine that completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, but say tests have ruled out that a nearby oil slick came from the aircraft....

Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes
PARIS (AP) -- A Tommy Lee Jones western and a David Cronenberg exposť about Hollywood's culture are among the 18 films vying for the top prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival....

Algerians trickle to polls in presidential vote
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algerians trickled into voting booths Thursday to elect the president of this oil-rich North African nation in an election expected to be dominated by the ailing incumbent running for a fourth term....

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Latin America/Caribbean
Progress in Venezuela talks, but protests continue

Middle East
Algerians trickle to polls in presidential vote




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