Berlusconi: I’ll start helping elderly next week

ROME (AP) — Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi says that from next week he will start carrying out a court order to help the elderly four hours per week as part of his punishment for a tax fraud conviction. Berlusconi spoke briefly with reporters Wednesday evening...

Syrian activists accused regime of new gas attacks

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists and other witnesses tell The Associated Press that Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent months. They say the attacks left scores of men, women and children coughing, choking...
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Abbas, rival Hamas give reconciliation another try

Gaza’s Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, right, and senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad meet in Gaza for talks aimed at reaching a reconciliation agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups, Hamas and Fatah on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Palestinians have been...
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Gaza official: Israeli airstrike wounds 3

Gaza’s Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, right, and senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad meet in Gaza for talks aimed at reaching a reconciliation agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups, Hamas and Fatah on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Palestinians have been...
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FM vows response if Russians attacked in Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during a news conference after the meeting of foreign ministers from Caspian countries, in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev) Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during a news conference...
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SKorea ferry toll hits 156 as search gets tougher

A mother, center, of a passenger aboard the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast cries after confirming her daughter’s name on the list of the victims found dead at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The grim work of recovering bodies...
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Obama opens Japan trip at famous sushi restaurant

U.S. President Barack Obama steps down the ramp upon his arrival at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Obama is in Japan for a three-day state visit. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) U.S. President Barack Obama steps down the ramp upon his arrival at...
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Pro-Russian insurgents hold US journalist captive

In this photo taken on Sunday, April 13, 2014, a reporter Simon Ostrovsky, right, stands next to a Pro-Russian gunman at a seized police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk. Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine say they are holding an American journalist captive....

Greece reaches milestone, opens way for assistance

BRUSSELS (AP) — Greece has reached a major financial milestone that its creditors demanded as a precondition for being granted more debt relief, the European Commission said Wednesday. Additional help from its bailout creditors would help the crisis-stricken country as it...