U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the media at the European Council building in Brussels, on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. U.S. President Barack Obama is on a one day trip to Belgium to meet EU officials and visit the WWI Flanders Field Cemetery. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

Obama highlights need for US-EU energy cooperation

U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday that energy cooperation would be a crucial part of a free trade deal with the EU that, if reached, would allow the 28-nation bloc to become less dependent on Russia.…
U.S. astronaut Steven Swanson, left, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov, center, and Oleg Artemyev, crew members of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS) walk prior the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, Pool)

Russian rocket launches with American on board

The crew, including NASA astronaut Steve Swanson and Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev, are set to dock the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft at the station and are scheduled to stay in orbit for six months.…
China Malaysia Plane

Hunt for Flight 370 resumes in calmer seas

Although officials sharply narrowed the search zone based on the last satellite signals received from the Boeing 777, it was still estimated at 622,000 square miles, an area bigger than Texas and Oklahoma combined.…
President Barack Obama meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and South Korean President Park Geun-hye, on Tuesday at the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in the Hague, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

N. Korea fires 2 ballistic missiles

The launch of what are believed to be Rodong missiles would be a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and marks a big escalation from a series of shorter-range rocket launches the North has staged in recent weeks. …
FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2009 file photo, Silvan Shalom, vice prime minister of Israel, speaks in Sydney, Australia, speaks during an Australia-Israel Leadership Forum. Israeli police said Tuesday, March 25, 2014 they questioned Shalom, a government minister and presumptive presidential candidate, over alleged sex offenses. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)

Israeli minister questioned over sex allegations

Police on Tuesday questioned a senior Israeli government minister and presumptive presidential candidate over allegations he committed a sex offense against a former aide 15 years ago - a charge that may not hold up in court but that could derail any hopes for the presidency.…
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans, left, answer questions of journalists as they arrive for a meeting in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, March 24, 2014, on the first day of the two-day Nuclear Security Summit. (AP Photo/Jerry Lampen, POOL)

Kerry to see Palestinian leader as talks stumble

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is interrupting a trip to Europe with President Barack Obama to visit the Mideast for talks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas aimed at salvaging negotiations with Israel.…
Residents crowd outside a passport center to submit papers for getting Russian passports in Simferopol, Crimea, March 24, 2014. British Prime Minister David Cameron says it is "absolutely clear" there will be no G-8 summit in Russia given Moscow's actions toward Ukraine. Preparations for the June summit in Sochi already have been suspended as a result of Russia's annexation of Crimea. (AP Photo/Max Vetrov)

Ukraine seeks UN vote against Crimea annexation

The draft resolution, circulated Monday to the 193 assembly members and obtained by The Associated Press, never mentions Russia by name but calls on all countries not to recognize "any alteration of the status" of Crimea.…
In this March 16, 2014, file photo, opposition Congresswoman Maria Corina Machado speaks to the media and supporters in front of a line of Bolivarian National Guards during an anti-government march in Caracas, Venezuela. The head of Venezuela's congress, Diosdado Cabello, said Monday March 24, 2014, that Machado has lost her seat in the legislature and is no longer immune from prosecution for her alleged role fomenting violence in anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix, File)

Pregnant woman, Venez National Guardsman killed

A pregnant woman shot in the head and a National Guard soldier fired on as he tried to clear a roadway are the latest fatalities in violence tied to anti-government protests in Venezuela, authorities said Monday.…
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Japan-US nuclear deal announced at Hague summit

Japan plans to turn over to the United States more than 315 kilograms (700 pounds) of weapons-grade plutonium and a supply of highly enriched uranium, a victory for President Barack Obama's efforts to secure nuclear materials around the world.…
In this Feb 8, 2013 photo shot through a clear glass window pane, a doctor helps a patient sit into a wheelchair at the Dr. Gustavo Lima AldereguÌa Hospital in Cienfuegos, Cuba. Cuba is giving its hundreds of thousands of medical workers raises that in some cases exceed 100 percent, official media on the island announced Friday, March 21, 2014, though pay remains much lower than what medical professionals can earn elsewhere. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes

Cuba hikes salaries for doctors, nurses

The Communist Party daily newspaper Granma also reported that Cuba expects to take in $8.2 billion this year for the tens of thousands of medical worker it sends to care for the poor in countries such as Venezuela and Brazil.…
Japanese Air Self-Defense Force's loadmaster Takayuki Ogawa, right, and trained spotter Hiroshi Nakahara scan the ocean aboard a C130 aircraft while it flies over the southern search area in the southeastern Indian Ocean, 200 to 300 kilometers (124 to 186 miles) south of Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, March 21, 2014. Search planes scoured a remote patch of the Indian Ocean but came back empty-handed Friday after looking for any sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, another disappointing day in one of the world's biggest aviation mysteries. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda)

Malaysian plane mystery now 2 weeks old

Australian officials tried to tamp down expectations after a fruitless search Friday, even as they pledged to continue the effort.…
In this file photo taken on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, Anti-Balaka Christan youth loot the Muslim market in the PK13 district of Bangui, Central African Republic. The U.N.'s top human rights official warned Thursday that the hatred between Christian and Muslim communities in Central African Republic is "at a terrifying level" and a state of near-anarchy means even those carrying bloody machetes and holding severed body parts in their hands are not arrested. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

Soldiers fire on Central African Republic crowd

Witnesses say Burundian peacekeepers in Central African Republic have fired on a crowd in the capital to disrupt anti-Muslim violence, injuring at least six people.…
French President Francois Hollande addresses the media at the end of an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, March 21, 2014. Ukraine’s prime minister has pulled his nation closer into Europe’s orbit, signing a political association agreement with the EU at a summit of the bloc’s leaders. Friday’s agreement between Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and the EU leaders was part of the pact that former President Viktor Yanukovych backed out of last November in favor of a $15 billion bailout from Russia. That decision sparked the protests that ultimately led to his downfall and flight last month, setting off one of Europe’s worst political crises since the Cold War. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

EU’s new sanctions target Putin inner circle

The European Union's new sanctions announced Friday will hit the inner circle of President Vladimir Putin, including a deputy prime minister, two presidential advisers and the speakers of both houses of parliament.…
An Afghan Army soldier inspects bullet proof vests found after Taliban insurgents staged a multi-pronged attack on a police station in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan, Thursday, March 20, 2014. Taliban insurgents staged the attack, using a suicide bomber and gunmen to lay siege to the station, government officials said. Two remotely detonated bombs also exploded nearby. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

2 Taliban attacks in Afghanistan show dangers loom

All the assailants were killed in both standoffs, but made their point: Afghan forces face a huge challenge in securing upcoming elections in what will be a major test of their abilities as foreign troops wind down their combat mission at the end of this year. …
The opposition lawmakers shout the slogan "corruption everywhere, bribery everywhere " toward the ruling party members during a special session of the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Turkey's opposition recalled parliament for an extraordinary session on Wednesday to initiate debate over corruption allegations against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government less than two weeks before local elections that are seen as a referendum over his rule.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkey blocks access to Twitter

Many users trying to access the network early on Friday were confronted with a notice from Turkey's telecommunications authority, citing court orders for the site's apparent closure.…