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Zeina Karam appointed AP’s Beirut bureau chief

This photo taken on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 shows Zeina Karam of the Associated Press in Beirut, Lebanon. Karam, who has reported on political upheaval, war and transformation in the Middle East for almost two decades, has been named as Beirut bureau chief for The Associated Press, leading coverage of Lebanon as well as the devastating conflict in Syria. The appointment was announced on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Ian Phillips, AP’s Middle East news director, and Dan Perry, who heads AP's text coverage of the region.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)CAIRO (AP) — Zeina Karam, who has reported on political upheaval, war and transformation in the Middle East for almost two decades, has been named as Beirut bureau chief for The Associated Press, leading coverage of Lebanon as well as the devastating conflict in Syria.



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Russia says Ukraine close to civil war as Kiev begins offensive

By Richard Balmforth and Thomas Grove KIEV/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an “anti-terrorist operation” against pro-Moscow separatists was under way, with troops and armored personnel carriers seen near a flashpoint eastern town. Twenty-four hours after an Ukrainian ultimatum expired for the rebels to lay down their arms, witnesses however saw no signs yet that Kiev forces were about to storm state buildings in the Russian-speaking east that armed militants have occupied. Interim President Oleksander Turchinov insisted the operation had started in the eastern Donetsk region, although it would happen in stages and “in a considered way”. Amidst the deepest East-West crisis since the Cold War, the leaders of Russia and the United States have called on each other to do all in their power to avoid further bloodshed.
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Coca-Cola sales beat estimates as China volumes soar

A bottle of Coca-Cola is shown in this photo illustration in Encinitas, CaliforniaCoca-Cola Co reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue as strong sales in China more than offset a drop in Europe and flat volumes in North America. Coke's shares, which had fallen 3.4 percent in the 12 months to Monday's close, were up 3 percent in early trading. Sales in North America, the company's biggest market, were stable despite an unusually cold winter and the general consumer shift away from fizzy drinks. "We're beginning to get our momentum back … ," Chief Executive Muhtar Kent said on CNBC.



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US homebuilder confidence edges up in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders’ confidence in the housing market rose modestly in April but remained at low levels for the third straight month, reflecting the impact of tight credit for home buyers and a shortage of workers and land.
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Gunmen abduct Jordanian ambassador in Libya

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Masked gunmen abducted the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital early Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of abductions in the North African nation still plagued by lawlessness more than two years after the ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
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US stocks open modestly higher; J&J gains

FILE - In this April 11, 2014 file photo, traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, April 11, 2014. World stock markets were mostly lower Tuesday, April 15, 2014, as Ukraine tensions continued to bubble and jitters about China's economy resurfaced. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)The U.S. stock market opened slightly higher on Tuesday, extending a modest rally as investors weighed a slate of corporate earnings. Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson's quarterly earnings rose and Coca-Cola's matched Wall Street's expectations.



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Minister: 75 dead in blast at Nigerian bus station

Cars drive past as onlookers inspect the scene of an explosion at a bus park in Abuja, Nigeria, Tuesday, April. 15, 2014, with at least 72 feared dead as the blast destroyed more than 30 vehicles and caused secondary explosions as their fuel tanks exploded and burned. The attack just miles from Nigeria's seat of government increases doubts about the military's ability to contain an Islamic uprising that is dividing the country on religious lines as never before. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's health minister says three wounded victims have died, raising the toll to 75 dead in the massive blast at a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital.



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Berlusconi given community service for tax fraud

MILAN (AP) — Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi was ordered Tuesday to spend four hours a week helping the elderly to repay society for his tax fraud conviction, a sentence that imposes few restrictions on his campaigning in the upcoming European elections.
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Strahan’s ‘GMA’ side job confirmed with his visit

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Strahan has made good on reports that he’s joining “Good Morning America” by paying a visit to the ABC breakfast show on Tuesday.
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US stocks open higher on solid earnings reports

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on April 11, 2014 in New York CityNew York (AFP) – US stocks Tuesday opened higher following solid earnings reports from Dow members Johnson & Johnson and Coca-Cola.



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Teacher at UK school accused of anti-Semitic slur

LONDON (AP) — An alleged anti-Semitic incident involving a teacher and a student is being investigated at one of Britain’s most prestigious all-girl schools.
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Jordan’s ambassador to Libya kidnapped by gunmen

By Feras Bosalum and Suleiman Al-Khalidi TRIPOLI/AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan’s ambassador to Libya was kidnapped in Tripoli on Tuesday by masked gunmen who attacked his car and shot his driver, Libya’s Foreign Ministry said, the latest assault on a foreign official as Libya struggles to establish the rule of law. The driver survived the attack and was in hospital, Foreign Ministry spokesman Said Laswad said, adding that the ministry had not received any demands from the abductors. “The foreign ministry has nothing it can confirm regarding the reasons why His Excellency was kidnapped … no one has declared responsibility,” he told Reuters in his Tripoli office. Jordan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour told lawmakers in parliament that the ambassador, Fawaz al-Itan, had been abducted from his car as he was leaving his house but that the identity of the perpetrators was unknown.
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Stocks head higher in early trade; J&J gains

FILE - In this April 11, 2014 file photo, traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, April 11, 2014. World stock markets were mostly lower Tuesday, April 15, 2014, as Ukraine tensions continued to bubble and jitters about China's economy resurfaced. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as big-name U.S. companies turn in their latest financial results.



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Holder urges approval of $15M for shooter training

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is urging Congress to approve $15 million for training law enforcement officers in handling shooting rampages.
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Pakistan brothers in cannibalism case face court

Pakistani police officers escort Farman Ali, right, and Arif Ali, two brothers suspected of cannibalism to a local court in Sargodha, Pakistan, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Police raided their house in central Pakistan Monday morning after neighbors complained of a horrible stench. Police officer Zafar Iqba said the men were previously jailed for two years on charges of digging up bodies, cooking and eating them in 2011. (AP Photo/M.I. Haq)KHAWAR KALAN, Pakistan (AP) — Two brothers arrested for the second time over accusations of cannibalism appeared in court Tuesday, police officials said, in a sensational case that has horrified Pakistanis.



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Huge Big Boy steam locomotive coming back to life

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah.
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Ex-Murdoch editor says he played no part in murdered girl phone hacking

Former Editor of the News of the World newspaper Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey in LondonBy Michael Holden and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) – Former Rupert Murdoch editor Andy Coulson told a London court on Tuesday he had not been involved in illegally tapping into the mobile phone messages of murdered British schoolgirl Milly Dowler, the incident that ignited Britain's phone-hacking scandal and sent shockwaves through the country's establishment. Coulson, who later became Prime Minister David Cameron's media chief, said he had never engaged in illegal hacking activity, nor had known staff working for the News of the World Sunday tabloid had tapped into Dowler's messages. The hacking of Dowler's phone forms a crucial part of the prosecution case against Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, the ex-boss of News Corp.'s British newspaper arm. The revelation in July 2011 that Dowler's phone had been hacked while she was still missing sparked public outrage and a sequence of events leading to Murdoch closing the 168-year-old News of the World, the arrest of Coulson and Brooks, and Cameron ordering a public inquiry into press ethics.



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India’s top court recognizes third gender category

Indian eunuchs dance after Supreme Court’s verdict recognizing third gender category, in Nagpur, India, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. India's top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents. (AP Photo)NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents.



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Libya: Gunmen abduct Jordanian ambassador

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Masked gunmen abducted the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital early Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of abductions in the North African nation still plagued by lawlessness more than two years after the ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
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Coca-Cola sells more drinks but soda dips

This Oct. 15, 2012 photo shows eight ounce bottles of Coca Cola arranged for a photo in Surfside, Fla. Coca-Cola Co. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola sold more drinks in the first quarter, but it wasn't because of soda.



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Gunmen kidnap Jordan envoy to Libya

Cars undergo a security check in the Libyan capital Tripoli, October 10, 2013Tripoli (AFP) – Masked gunmen kidnapped Jordan's ambassador as he travelled to work in the Libyan capital on Tuesday, shooting at his car and wounding his driver, the two countries' governments said.



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Storm topples RVs near Mississippi’s Gulf coast

Campers at Santa Maria RV Park on Martin Bluff Road in Gautier, Miss., were flipped from possible straight line winds Monday, April 14, 2014, as storms rolled over the Coast. As many as 30 campers were damaged from the storm. (AP Photo/Sun Herald, Tim Isbell)GAUTIER, Miss. (AP) — A storm barreled through Mississippi Gulf Coast communities, damaging or destroying about a dozen RV trailers at one campground, downing trees and power lines and cutting electricity in some areas.



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US inflation strengthens in March

Sales associate Leo De La Cruz restocks fresh fruit during a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Panorama City, California on September 28, 2012Washington (AFP) – US consumer prices rose in March driven by surges in the cost of food, housing and other services, Commerce Department data showed Tuesday.



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Vatican responds to next round of UN abuse inquiry

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has responded to the latest round of U.N. sex abuse inquiries by suggesting it is only responsible for implementing a U.N. treaty against torture within the confines of the tiny Vatican City State.
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Tributes planned to mark Boston Marathon bombing

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather AbbottBOSTON (AP) — The anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings started with a solemn wreath-laying ceremony Tuesday morning at the site of the twin explosions, the first tribute in a day dedicated to honoring the three people who died, the more than 260 people who were injured, and the first responders, doctors and nurses who helped them.



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MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell injured in car accident

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2010 file photo, Lawrence O'Donnell, political analyst for the cable news channel MSNBC, appears on his set in New York. O'Donnell was injured with his brother Michael in a taxi accident on Saturday, April 12, 2014, while vacationing out of the country. The network did not specify where. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC says its host Lawrence O'Donnell was injured with his brother Michael in a taxi accident Saturday while vacationing out of the country. The network didn't specify where the accident occurred.



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Nigeria vows to protect May "African Davos" in bomb-hit capital

A paramilitary officer stands guard near damaged vehicles at the scene of a bomb explosion in AbujaBy Felix Onuah and Camillus Eboh ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria pledged on Tuesday to deploy more than 6,000 police and soldiers to protect a World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja next month, a day after a bomb attack by suspected Islamist militants on the capital's outskirts killed dozens. Monday's bombing at a crowded bus station killed 71 people, the deadliest ever attack on Abuja, and has raised questions about the government's ability to protect the capital from Boko Haram's bloody insurgency that risks spreading from the Islamist group's heartland in the northeast. Boko Haram says it wants to carve an Islamic state out of a country split between Muslims living largely in the north and Christians mostly in the south, and its fighters have shown that they can strike further south and in the central zone.



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NATO chief accuses Russia of deep involvement in east Ukraine

By Adrian Croft LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Russia is deeply involved in the crisis in eastern Ukraine where pro-Moscow separatists have seized control of a number of government buildings, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Tuesday. The frank remarks from the head of the western military alliance underline rising tensions with Moscow, which says it is not involved in the armed pro-Russian protests in eastern Ukraine. Asked if he had seen evidence of Russian involvement in events in eastern Ukraine, Rasmussen told reporters: “We never … comment on intelligence, but I think from what is visible, it is very clear that Russia’s hand is deeply engaged in this.” Relations between NATO and Russia have turned icy since Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region last month.
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