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SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Russia began new military exercises near its border with Ukraine, the defense minister announced Thursday, after Ukrainian forces launched an operation to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country's tumultuous east.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Jokes and concerts are out. So are school field trips and boisterous cheering at baseball games.
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - Step aside, Sea of Blood Opera. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's favorite guitar-slinging, miniskirt-sporting girl group, the Moranbong Band, is back. And these ladies know how to shimmy.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) - The Costa Rican government says it's waiting for the Obama administration to explain why it improperly devised a secret "Cuban Twitter" network from inside the Central American nation's borders despite warnings in 2009 that the plan could jeopardize the two countries' diplomatic relations.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - An Afghan government security guard opened fire Thursday on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said.
Last week, masked men distributed fliers outside a synagogue in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, demanding that all Jews register with the separatist Donetsk People's Republic and pay a fine - or be deported from "the republic."
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Marion County commissioners have given final approval to an order to stop a company from receiving medical waste until procedures are in place to prevent the burning of fetal material to generate power.
In Georgia, it will soon be legal to carry a gun in more places - including bars, churches, and government buildings - after Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday signed a bill celebrated by supporters as a victory for the Second Amendment but decried by critics as the "guns-everywhere bill."
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that two death-row inmates are not entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them.
JINDO, South Korea (AP) - Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll neared 160 and relatives of the more than 140 still missing pressed the government to finish the grim task of recovery soon.
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Russia's foreign minister warned Wednesday that attacks on Russian citizens or interests in Ukraine would bring a firm response and drew a comparison to the circumstances that opened the war with Georgia in 2008.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Vigilantes are searching an extensive cave system in the hunt for the last fugitive boss of the Knights Templar drug cartel, a "self-defense" group leader in western Mexico said Thursday.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's new food labeling rules were supposed to help fight an obesity epidemic, but activists and experts said Monday they may actually encourage the public to consume high levels of sugar.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. secretary-general is warning that the 3-year-old conflict in Syria poses a serious threat to the stability of neighboring Lebanon, as thousands of refugees stream into the small country and weapons and fighters are transferred out.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - What Pope Francis may tell Catholics in private telephone conversations doesn't reflect church policy, the Vatican's spokesman said Thursday.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian state television is reporting that the country will cut gasoline subsidies, part of a second round of subsidy cuts delayed since 2012.
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) - Czech police say a man faces a fine after having a near miss with a train while walking over a level crossing.
PANAMA CITY (AP) - She's a political novice with a scant presence on the campaign trail, but Marta Linares has one vote that matters more than most in her bid to become Panama's next vice president: that of her husband, outgoing President Ricardo Martinelli.
SAO PAULO (AP) - An international two-day conference on Internet governance is drawing to a close in Brazil as government officials, academics and technical experts from some 90 countries debate how the Internet should be run.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope John XXIII left his imprint on humanity and the Catholic Church he led for fewer than five years, helping propel him to sainthood on Sunday. Here are some highlights, in deeds and words:
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - The American government has awarded $4 million to help Haitian families hurt by a drought in the Caribbean nation's northwest.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power protested the election of repressive regimes including Iran to the U.N. Committee on Non-governmental Organizations which deals with civil society groups accredited to the United Nations.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Police in Puerto Rico have captured a fugitive who was wanted in connection with a quadruple homicide.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - The most-traveled pope in history, John Paul II left his mark on the Catholic Church and non-believers worldwide. Here are some milestones along his path to sainthood:
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - A Nigerian rights group is urging the United Nations to help secure the release of some 230 schoolgirls abducted by extremists 10 days ago.
JINDO, South Korea (AP) - Angry relatives of some of the more than 120 people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol surrounded the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief Thursday, preventing them from leaving the area where families have been waiting for word of their loved ones for more than a week.
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