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Four-way talks call for end to Ukraine violence

GENEVA/MOSCOW - The United States, Russia, Ukraine and European Union together called 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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Algeria's Bouteflika poised to win re-election

ALGIERS - Algerians voted on Thursday in an election President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is expected to win after 15 years in power, despite speaking only rarely in public since suffering a stroke in 2013.

2:30pm EDT

French troops free five aid workers kidnapped in Mali

BAMAKO - French troops in Mali on Thursday freed five local aid workers kidnapped in February, the presidents of France and Mali said in a joint statement.

Africa, Mali 2:23pm EDT

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.

Africa, United Nations 1:43pm EDT

India passes halfway mark in election with Hindu nationalists gaining strength

BANGALORE - India called a quarter of its 815 million voters to polls on Thursday, the biggest day of its staggered election, in areas ranging from Himalayan passes to a southern IT hub and western sugarcane farms.

10:17am EDT

Turkish ruling party wants Erdogan presidential bid: officials

ANKARA - Turkey's ruling party would overwhelmingly back Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's candidacy in the nation's first direct presidential election, senior officials said on Thursday, a move his opponents fear would feed his autocratic instincts.

Turkey 1:36pm EDT

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