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Thai coup makers hold ex-PM, disperse protests

BANGKOK (AP) — Ousted members of Thailand's former government surrendered to the new military junta Friday, as soldiers forcefully dispersed hundreds of anti-coup activists who defied a ban on large-scale gatherings to protest the army's seizure of power.


Ukraine: 500 rebels attack govt troops; 20 killed

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russia will recognize the outcome of Ukraine's presidential vote, President Vladimir Putin promised Friday, voicing hope that Ukraine's new leader would halt the military operation against separatists in the east.

Obama aides tackle Hill foreign policy concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials have been holding private meetings this week aimed at soothing lawmakers' concerns over the U.S. posture in Syria, the future of the American military presence in Afghanistan and defense spending. The meetings come as a frustrated White House seeks to push back at criticism of President Barack Obama's foreign policy.


Shifting views on gay marriage now favor Democrats

DENVER (AP) — It wasn't all that long ago that Republicans used gay marriage as a tool to drive Election Day turnout. But as public opinion on the issue has turned and courts strike down same-sex marriage bans, gay rights is evolving into a wedge issue for Democrats to wield.


Obama to announce Castro for housing post

President Barack Obama is preparing to boost the profile of an up-and-coming young Hispanic Democrat by nominating San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to become the nation's housing secretary. Obama's current housing chief gets a new title: budget director.


Sterling hands over control of Clippers to wife: reports

Donald Sterling, banned for life from the NBA for taped racist comments, has handed over control of the Los Angeles Clippers to his wife, according to media reports on Friday. Celebrity website TMZ, citing unnamed sources, reported that Sterling transferred control of the team to his estranged wife, Shelly, and she is negotiating with the NBA to sell the Clippers on her terms. An attorney for Shelly Sterling and representatives from the Clippers and the NBA could not immediately be reached for comment. Sterling was banned for life by league commissioner Adam Silver and threatened with the forced sale of the Clippers after an audio recording surfaced last month of a conversation in which he berated a female friend, V. Stiviano, for publicly associating with black people.


Mortar attack on Assad gathering in Syria kills 21

BEIRUT (AP) — A mortar shell struck a large tent in southern Syria where supporters of President Bashar Assad had gathered for election campaigning, killing at least 21 people and wounding scores, opposition activists said Friday.


Thai coup leaders summon influential family

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's ruling military on Friday summoned the entire ousted government and members of the politically influential family at the heart of the country's long-running conflict, a day after it seized control of this volatile Southeast Asian nation in a non-violent coup.


Diner plans fundraiser after 'show more skin' post

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — After a customer suggested that servers at a West Virginia restaurant needed to "show more skin," the owner became offended and decided to do something about it.


Survivors tell of terror after China market attack

URUMQI, China (AP) — A blast that killed 31 people in China's restive Muslim northwest left ethnic Chinese residents on edge Friday about sporadic violence from which they no longer felt safe.


Balkan flood refugees just want to go home

Curled up on a mattress in a makeshift Belgrade shelter, Jovanka Mitric clutches a grainy black-and-white photo of her family house, now a ruin after the Balkans' worst floods in living memory.


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