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Peace talks tentatively set for South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's president agreed Friday to meet with his rival as soon as next week to jumpstart peace talks that have been stalled for months, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, potentially laying the groundwork for a new government to bring the world's newest nation out of bloodshed.


Reports: Cease-fire reached in Syrian city of Homs

HOMS, Syria (AP) — Syria's government and rebels agreed to a cease-fire Friday in the battleground city of Homs to allow hundreds of fighters holed up in its old quarters to evacuate, a deal that will bring the country's third-largest city under control of forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.


Subway trains crash in South Korean capital, 170 people hurt

The accident came just over two weeks after a South Korean ferry capsized and sank leaving 300 dead or missing in the submerged hull of the ship in the country's worst disaster in 20 years. Witnesses said one train was leaving Sangwangsimni station in the east of the capital when it was hit from the rear by an incoming train.

Drugs in botched Oklahoma execution leaked from IV

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some of the three drugs used in a botched Oklahoma execution this week didn't enter the inmate's system because the vein they were injected into collapsed, and that failure wasn't noticed for 21 minutes, the state's prison chief said, urging changes to the state's execution procedure.


Obama, Merkel to display unity against Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are putting on a display of trans-Atlantic unity against an assertive Russia, even as sanctions imposed by Western allies seem to be doing little to change Russian President Vladimir Putin's reasoning on Ukraine.


Northern Ireland waits for verdict in Adams arrest

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland is waiting. The country's most famous — and infamous — politician could be charged over a decades-old slaying of a Belfast mother of 10, or walk away a free man.


3 killed in Ukraine offensive near Slovyansk

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine launched what appeared to be its first major assault against pro-Russian forces who have seized government buildings in the country's east, with fighting breaking out in the early hours on Friday around a city that has become the focus of the insurgency. Three deaths were reported in early fighting.


Ukraine forces seek to retake key city, 3 killed

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine launched what appeared to be its first major assault against pro-Russian forces who have seized government buildings in the country's east, with fighting breaking out Friday around a city that has become the focus of the insurgency. Three deaths were reported in early fighting.


Toll up to 19 dead in car bomb in Nigerian capital

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The death toll from a car bomb that exploded on a busy road in Nigeria's capital rose to at least 19 overnight, police said Friday from the city that within days hosts an international conference.

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