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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A catchy political ad and a gotcha video have raised Republican hopes of capturing the Senate seat in Iowa, a prospect that would greatly enhance the party's chances of regaining control of the Senate.

4/17/2014 11:06:38 AM

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan walks outside his office in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Turkey's parliament looks set to pass a bill that increases the powers and immunities of the country's spy agency. It is the latest in a string of moves critics say is undermining democracy in the country that is a candidate to join the European Union. The bill, expected to be voted on Thursday, gives the National Intelligence Agency greater eavesdropping and operational powers and increases its immunities and abilities to keep tabs on citizens. Journalists publishing classified documents would face prison terms. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parliament has approved a bill that increases the powers and immunities of the country's spy agency. It's the latest in a string of moves critics say is undermining democracy in the country that is a candidate to join the European Union.

4/17/2014 11:06:33 AM

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that Jews in a city in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities, calling the idea intolerable. "Just in the last couple of days, notices were sent to Jews in one city indicating that they had to identify themselves as Jews ... or suffer the consequences," Kerry told reporters. "This is not just intolerable, it's grotesque." (Reporting By Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

4/17/2014 11:03:06 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday.

4/17/2014 11:02:51 AM

GM Chief Executive Officer Barra testifies during a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday rejected a bid to compel General Motors Co to tell customers to stop driving millions of cars that have been recalled for defective ignition switches. Attorneys representing several vehicle owners had sought an emergency order directing GM to issue "park it now" notices for the 2.6 million vehicles that have been recalled since February over the switches, saying they were too dangerous to remain on the road. GM opposed the motion, arguing that the cars were safe to drive as long as nothing extra was attached to the key while it was in the ignition. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi, Texas, denied the request in a ruling on Thursday.

4/17/2014 10:59:18 AM

GENEVA (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have agreed on a series of steps aimed at de-escalating violence in strife-ridden Ukraine.

4/17/2014 10:59:13 AM

A pro-Russia activist guards a barricade outside the city government building in MariupolLondon (AFP) - 16:54 GMT - 'Grotesque' - US Secretary of State John Kerry angrily responds to reports which first emerged in the Israeli media, which allege that pro-Russian militants in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk sent out notices asking Jews to identify themselves.

4/17/2014 11:08:02 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will send medical supplies, helmets and other nonlethal aid to the Ukrainian military in response to Russia's "dangerously irresponsible" efforts to destabilize the country, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

4/17/2014 10:57:01 AM

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) talks with Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov at the start of a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine on April 17, 2014 in GenevaRussia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday announced a deal had been reached with Ukraine, the United States and the European Union to "de-escalate" dangerously high tensions in the former Soviet republic. "We adopted a document, the Geneva statement of April 17, where we agreed on immediate initial steps to de-escalate tensions," Lavrov told reporters after half a day of talks in Geneva. "All illegal armed groups must be disarmed, illegally seized buildings returned to their rightful owners," he said of the agreement reached with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

4/17/2014 10:56:42 AM

GENEVA (AP) — Kerry: Ukraine deal represents a 'good day's work,' but words must be turned into actions.

4/17/2014 10:54:57 AM
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