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Four-way talks call for end to Ukraine violence

GENEVA/MOSCOW - The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union called after crisis talks on Thursday for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement. | Video

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WASHINGTON - New claims for jobless benefits hovered near their pre-recession levels last week and manufacturing in the Mid-Atlantic region accelerated in April, suggesting an upswing in economic activity after a brutally cold winter.

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U.S. judge declines to order 'park it now' notices for GM cars

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Israeli, Palestinian negotiators seek to rescue troubled talks

JERUSALEM - Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met on Thursday in Jerusalem to seek a way to prevent troubled peace talks from collapsing ahead of an April 29 deadline.

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Exclusive: Syria submits more 'detailed' list of chemical weapons

BEIRUT/THE HAGUE - Syria has submitted a "more specific" list of its chemical weapons to the global regulator overseeing the destruction of its stockpile after discrepancies were reported by inspectors on the ground, officials said.

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Islamist militants kill 30 in attacks around Iraq

BAGHDAD - Suspected Sunni Muslim militants killed at least 30 people around Iraq on Thursday including 12 soldiers in an assault on a remote army base in the north, deepening insecurity with a national election just two weeks away.

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Obama says health law is working, private insurance enrollment at 8 million

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama delivered a vigorous defense of his signature healthcare law on Thursday, saying private insurance enrollment under it has reached 8 million people and faulting Republicans for failing to agree with him that "this thing is working."

Armed mob under guise of peaceful protest attacks U.N. in South Sudan

UNITED NATIONS - A mob of armed civilians pretending to be peaceful protesters delivering a petition to the United Nations in South Sudan forced their way into a U.N. base sheltering some 5,000 civilians on Thursday and opened fire, the world body said.