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Putin risks upstaging talks on defusing Ukraine crisis

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GENEVA/MOSCOW - Foreign ministers from East and West will try to defuse the Ukraine crisis on Thursday in Geneva, once frequently the scene of Cold War negotiations, but will risk being upstaged by Russian President Vladimir Putin. | Video

World, Russia 2:56am EDT

Three separatists killed as Ukrainian troops repel attack: minister

MARIUPOL, Ukraine - Separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard in an eastern city overnight and, in shooting that ensued, three of them were killed, the interior minister said on Thursday.

2:51am EDT

India starts biggest day of voting with Hindu nationalists gaining strength

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BANGALORE - India kicked off the biggest day of its mammoth general election on Thursday, with a quarter of its 815 million voters set to head to the polls during a week of fresh blows for the ruling Congress party and gains for the Hindu nationalist opposition.

2:36am EDT

Clone candidates clutter Indian election contests

MAVAL, India - Voters in a parliamentary constituency in western India could be forgiven for asking the real candidates to please stand up.

2:36am EDT

China's Xi purging corrupt officials to put own men in place: sources

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BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to use a purge of senior officials suspected of corruption to put his own men and reform-minded bureaucrats into key positions across the Communist Party, the government and the military, sources said.

World, China 2:04am EDT

China economy stronger than data suggests: government

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BEIJING - China's economy is doing better than official data suggests, the Commerce Ministry said a day after figures showed growth at an 18-month low, adding that targets for exports and imports this year should be met despite some caution over the trade outlook.

2:00am EDT

Search for Malaysia Airlines jet refocuses on drone scans of seafloor

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SYDNEY/PERTH, Australia - A deep-sea drone had completed its much-anticipated first full scan of the seabed in the remote Indian Ocean, the team looking for a missing Malaysian jetliner said on Thursday, as an air and surface search became less likely to yield results. | Video

Hundreds still missing in deadly Korea ferry accident

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JINDO, South Korea - Rescuers fought rising winds and waves on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people, mostly teenage schoolchildren, still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized more than 24 hours ago. | Video

1:48am EDT

Three separatists dead in shooting in Mariupol: Ukrainian minister

KIEV - Ukraine's interior minister said on Thursday that three pro-Russian separatists were killed in shooting that broke out overnight in the town of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov.

1:35am EDT

Wed, Apr 16 2014

ADVISORY: Story on father reporting contact with survivor aboard South Korean ferry is withdrawn

JINDO, South Korea - Please be advised that the story quoting a father as saying he had had text-message contact with a child aboard the capsized South Korean ferry is wrong. The father has since said that he did not see the text message and that he had heard of it from somebody else. The story has been withdrawn and a new story will follow, after further checks.

16 Apr 2014
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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.