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  • Spain sees energy deal as EU step to cut Russia dependence

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Spain says that a new agreement to connect its energy networks with Portugal and France is a major step toward breaking Europe’s dependence on Russian gas supplies. Spanish Energy Minister Jose Manuel…

  • Ukraine bans Russian media outlets from official events

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news agency Tass says that Russian media outlets are no longer granted access to official events in Ukraine. Tass quoted an unidentified Ukrainian foreign ministry official as saying, “from this week…

  • Art, fine wine: Thai auction puts police corruption on view

    BANGKOK (AP) — At a military base outside Bangkok, soldiers stand guard over Buddha statues, showcases of Rolex watches and some very expensive French wine — a $4,000 bottle of Petrus and choice vintages of…

  • China stocks fall on growth target cut, Europe up before ECB

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Thursday after China cut its economic growth target while European shares rose as investors awaited an ECB meeting that may provide more details on its…

  • Last Ebola patient to be released in Liberia

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Authorities in Liberia are preparing to discharge the last Ebola patient in the West African country. The head of the Incidence Management System, Tolbert Nyenswah, said the recovered patient will be…

  • Ex-Ukraine minister arrested in Spain for embezzlement

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have arrested former Ukraine finance minister Yuri Kolobov, who is accused of embezzling millions of euros in state funds. A Civil Guard statement Thursday said Kolobov was detained in the…

  • Iranian special operatives free diplomat abducted in Yemen

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Thursday that a team of special operatives has freed an Iranian diplomat abducted more than 19 months ago in Yemen, a rare acknowledgement by Tehran of an intel operation…

  • Death toll in east Ukraine mine blast reaches 32

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Officials in a separatist rebel-held city in east Ukraine say the death toll from an accidental explosion at a coal mine has risen to 32. The self-appointed government in Donetsk said…

  • Attacks in Iraqi capital kill at least 8 people

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say separate attacks in the capital, Baghdad, have killed at least eight people and wounded over a dozen others. The first of Thursday’s attacks came when a bomb ripped through…

  • Giving up Flight 370 search would be bitter pill for many

    SYDNEY (AP) — She wakes up every morning and reaches for the smartphone on her nightstand, searching for the same jumble of letters and numbers that have consumed her life for a year: MH370. She…

  • Singapore court fines blogger for comments on gay sex cases

    SINGAPORE (AP) — A Singapore court fined a prominent dissident blogger on Wednesday for questioning the timing of two constitutional challenges to the city-state’s ban on gay sex. Alex Au, who writes for the Yawning…

  • Kerry in Saudi Arabia to talk Iran, Yemen instability

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought Thursday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging nuclear deal with Iran and explore ways to calm instability in Yemen and other…

  • AP PHOTOS: Pakistan religious schools in spotlight

    RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) — Sitting on the ground, the students sway back and forth, deep in thought as they read Islam’s holy book, the Quran. Their white skull caps signify that they are students at…

  • Singapore sentences 2 Germans to caning for vandalism

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore on Thursday sentenced two German men to three strokes of the cane and nine months in prison after they were found guilty of vandalizing a public train carriage. The attorney-general’s office…

  • Bangladesh improves Cricket World Cup quarterfinal chances

    Bangladesh improved its chances of reaching the quarterfinals at the Cricket World Cup on Thursday. For Scotland, though, it was the same old story. Tamim Iqbal scored 95 runs as Bangladesh achieved its largest successful…