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Greek ferry reaches island port after stranded for 2 days
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Some 280 ferry passengers and crew have reached a remote Greek port late Friday after being stranded in bad weather for two days.... 3/27/2015 7:41 PM

Astronauts to blast off for 1-year trip to space station
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- American astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko blast off early Saturday to begin a year away from Earth.... 3/27/2015 7:38 PM

Romania questions ex-minister over 3 Picassos, 100 paintings
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanian prosecutors investigating an alleged bribery scheme have questioned the former finance minister about the origins of 100 paintings, including three works by Pablo Picasso.... 3/27/2015 7:33 PM

Snowden meets Swedish lawmakers in Moscow
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Three Swedish lawmakers have met Edward Snowden in Moscow to discuss surveillance and privacy issues.... 3/27/2015 7:18 PM

AP Interview: Ukraine PM: Russia could spark new offensive
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's prime minister has told The Associated Press that Russia plans to eliminate his country as an independent state and could spark a new offensive in the east to achieve that aim.... 3/27/2015 7:13 PM

Warships move in key strait as airstrikes widen in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- As airstrikes in Yemen intensified on their second day Friday, Egypt and Saudi Arabia were considering an intervention on the ground, aimed at giving the president a secure foothold to return to the country, while backing Sunni tribesmen to fight against Shiite rebels and their allies, military officials said.... 3/27/2015 7:10 PM

Israel to stop withholding Palestinian tax revenues
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel said Friday that it will transfer Palestinian tax revenues it has been withholding as punishment for the Palestinians' application to join the International Criminal Court.... 3/27/2015 7:00 PM

Iran says nuke talks focused despite Yemen crisis
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Iran's foreign minister sought Friday to dismiss concerns that his country's preoccupation with the crisis in Yemen could serve as a distraction at nuclear talks with six world powers, saying the negotiations remained focused on sealing a deal.... 3/27/2015 6:52 PM

Report: Cluster bomb wounds 6 boys in southern Lebanon
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's state-run National News Agency says a cluster bomb left behind by Israeli forces has wounded six boys, one of them seriously.... 3/27/2015 6:51 PM

Syria's Assad calls chemical attack allegations 'propaganda'
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad has rejected allegations that his military used barrel bombs or chlorine gas against opposition-held areas, calling the accusations "malicious propaganda."... 3/27/2015 6:48 PM

UN draft resolution would keep in place Libya arms embargo
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council is set to vote Friday on a draft resolution on Libya that keeps in place an arms embargo which the country's Western-recognized government says is hurting efforts to defend itself against the rise of the Islamic State group.... 3/27/2015 6:47 PM

France says will propose UN Security Council draft on Israel
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- France's foreign minister said Friday his country will propose a U.N. Security Council resolution in the coming weeks that could present a framework for negotiations toward resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.... 3/27/2015 6:45 PM

Airbnb becomes sponsor of 2016 Olympics in Rio
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Rio de Janeiro's hotel bed shortage was eased on Friday, as online home share startup Airbnb inked a deal to be the official "alternative accommodations" sponsor of the 2016 Olympic games.... 3/27/2015 6:25 PM

At least 9 dead as militants attack hotel in Somali capital
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Al-Shabab militants blasted their way into a Mogadishu hotel and took positions inside, exchanging fire with security forces seeking to regain control of the facility late Friday, a Somali police official said.... 3/27/2015 6:18 PM

German airline could face 'unlimited' damages for Alps crash
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Lufthansa could face "unlimited" compensation claims for the crash that killed 150 people in the French alps and it would be difficult, even counterproductive, for the German carrier to try to avoid liability, experts said Friday.... 3/27/2015 6:18 PM

Zayn Malik says he worries he's let fans down by leaving 1D
LONDON (AP) -- Zayn Malik says he worries that he's let One Direction fans down by leaving the world-conquering boy band, but couldn't carry on in a role that made him unhappy.... 3/27/2015 6:12 PM

Northern Chile works to recover after floods kill 9
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Communities in Chile's northern desert region are digging houses out of the mud and working to reopen roads after floods pummeled several cities and left nine people dead.... 3/27/2015 6:05 PM

Brazil's economy barely avoided recession last year
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil's economy grew just 0.1 percent last year, barely keeping the country out of a recession, the government's statistics bureau said Friday.... 3/27/2015 5:58 PM

Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer dies at 83
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Swedish poet and Nobel Literature Prize winner Tomas Transtromer has died at age 83, Swedish publisher Bonniers said Friday.... 3/27/2015 5:53 PM

With big projects, Ethiopia shedding famine stereotype
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Ethiopia's planned new airport on the outskirts of the capital is still years from becoming a reality but Tewodros Dawit can already envision how grand it will look.... 3/27/2015 5:41 PM



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