Putin oversees Russian nuclear forces exercise

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has overseen a military exercise involving Russia’s nuclear forces amid escalating tensions over Ukraine. Putin said the exercise had been planned back in November. He was speaking Thursday in televised remarks from the Defense...
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Syrian rebels claim massive Aleppo hotel bombing

This Wednesday, May 7, 2014 photo provided by the anti-government activist group Coordination Committee of Khalidiya Neighborhood in Homs, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows green buses carrying Free Syrian Army fighters leaving Homs,...

Ousted Thai PM indicted over rice scheme charges

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s anti-graft commission has indicted ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra over charges of dereliction of duty in overseeing a contentious rice subsidy program. National Anti-Corruption Commission chief Panthep Klanarongran says it voted...

Ousted Thai PM indicted over rice scheme charges

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s anti-graft commission has indicted ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra over charges of dereliction of duty in overseeing a contentious rice subsidy program. National Anti-Corruption Commission chief Panthep Klanarongran says it voted...
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Oscar Pistorius defense calls anesthetist

Oscar Pistorius is seated in a courtroom at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. A man who lives next to the house where Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend has testified at the athlete’s murder trial about the night of the killing, saying he...

Syrian TV: ‘Huge explosion’ levels Aleppo hotel

BEIRUT (AP) — A “huge explosion” Thursday in northern Syria leveled a hotel that government troops used as a military base, along with several other buildings in a government-held area, state television and activists reported. Syrian state television said the...

Germany welcomes Putin’s ‘constructive tone’

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister says Russian President Vladimir Putin’s newly “constructive tone” could provide new momentum for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine. Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Thursday “we are now at...

Syrian TV: Huge explosion levels Aleppo hotel

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state television is reporting that a “huge explosion” in the northern city of Aleppo has leveled a hotel and several other buildings in a government-held area. A local activist group called the Sham News Network also reported the blast...

Poll: Most Ukrainians want a unified country

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — A new poll finds that a strong majority of Ukrainians want their country to remain a single, unified state and that this is true even in the largely Russian-speaking east where a pro-Russia insurgency has been fighting for autonomy. The poll by the...

Army: Roadside bomb kills 8 in northwest Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A roadside bomb killed eight Pakistani paramilitary soldiers Thursday in a tribal region near the Afghan border, authorities said. The bombing near the town of Miran Shah in North Waziristan also wounded several soldiers traveling in a convoy,...