- Western envoys urge Kiev to respect huge protests
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Western diplomats urged Ukrainian authorities on Thursday to respect the massive protests gripping the country against the government's decision to freeze ties with the EU and turn to Moscow instead.
- Ukraine president meets Xi seeking China's support
BEIJING (AP) — Embattled Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on a visit seeking support for Ukraine's battered economy.
- Nicaragua canal promoter to build Ukraine ports
BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese businessman best known for winning a contract to build a canal across Nicaragua announced he will spearhead a $3 billion joint venture to construct a deep-water port and refurbish the Sevastopol sea port on Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.
- Ariz. links state agency to firefighter deaths
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona commission linked the state's Forestry Division to the deaths last summer of 19 wild land firefighters, issuing the ruling after its investigative agency reported on its probe and recommended financial penalties.
- Congolese lawyer appears as suspect at ICC
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Congolese lawyer has made his first appearance at the International Criminal Court on charges of conspiring to present false evidence in the defense of former Congo vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba.
- Ex-PM Thaksin a saintly figure in rural Thailand
KAMBON, Thailand (AP) — Here, in a village where electricity is still a novelty, they'll quickly tell you who was responsible for bringing change to this long-neglected corner of Thailand.
- Aussie FM expresses 'regrets' in Indonesia spy row
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop tried to mend fences with Indonesia on Thursday, saying her government regrets the hurt caused to its president and people over reports that Australian spies tapped his phone.
- Car bomb hits Yemen's Defense Ministry, killing 15
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car Thursday at Yemen's Defense Ministry, killing 15 soldiers and wounding at least 40 in an attack underlining the persistent threat to the stability and security of the impoverished Arab nation, military and hospital officials said.
- China bars banks from handling bitcoins
BEIJING (AP) — Bitcoins suffered a new setback after China's central bank said Thursday its banks and payment systems are barred from handling the virtual currency.
- Bollywood star to face new trial in 2002 case
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian movie star Salman Khan will face a fresh trial on a homicide charge for a fatal road accident more than 11 years ago.
- France: C. African Republic intervention imminent
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Gunfire echoed across the capital of the near-anarchic Central African Republic early Thursday amid reported clashes between the mostly Muslim armed fighters who have controlled the country since March and Christians who support the ousted president.
- Myanmar's president asks Philippines for more aid
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Myanmar's president called Thursday for more investment and development assistance from the Philippines, saying his country needs help to catch up with the rest of Southeast Asia after emerging from nearly two decades of economic sanctions.
- Report: Arts, culture add $500B to nation's GDP
WASHINGTON (AP) — Creative industries led by Hollywood account for about $504 billion, or at least 3.2 percent of U.S. goods and services, the government said in its first official measure of how the arts and culture affect the economy.
- Gales hit Scotland, north Europe braces for storm
BERLIN (AP) — Gale-force winds hit Scotland on Thursday, leaving thousands of homes without electricity and halting trains, as much of northwestern Europe braced for a storm that was expected to bring flooding to coastal areas and disrupt transport.
- Iraq police storm mall, kill gunmen after standoff
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi police stormed a mall in a northern city that gunmen used to launch an attack on a nearby police station, killing three militants and ending an hourslong standoff as attacks elsewhere left seven dead Thursday, authorities said.