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Nigeria opps'n candidate spokesman: He's won, fears tricks
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari's spokesman told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Buhari has won Nigeria's presidential election but fears his victory could be stolen by "tricks" from the government.... 3/31/2015 4:12 PM

Former Putin allies question his political course
MOSCOW (AP) -- As Russian President Vladimir Putin marks 15 years in office, his former long-term allies are questioning his political course and warning of the economic consequences of his aggressive foreign policy.... 3/31/2015 4:06 PM

Qatar ambassador returns to Egypt after rift over Libya
CAIRO (AP) -- Qatar returned its ambassador to Cairo on Tuesday, almost a month after recalling him in response to an Egyptian official accusing the tiny Gulf nation of supporting terrorism.... 3/31/2015 4:04 PM

Officials: Typhoon kills 5 on western Pacific island
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) -- Officials say a typhoon has killed at least five people on a western Pacific Ocean island ahead of strong winds that are expected to bear down on a neighboring island in Micronesia.... 3/31/2015 4:03 PM

Transportation strike in Argentina shuts down country
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Transportation unions brought Argentina to a standstill on Tuesday with a one-day national strike to protest income tax rates and high inflation they say is eroding their earnings.... 3/31/2015 4:03 PM

Norway signals wish to join China-led Asian investment bank
HELSINKI (AP) -- Norway said Tuesday it intends to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a prospective founding member to promote closer ties to the Asia-Pacific region, a move that could help the country's frozen relations with China thaw.... 3/31/2015 3:59 PM

US official: Iran nuke talks could continue beyond deadline
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- A senior U.S. official at nuclear talks with Iran says negotiations could go beyond Tuesday's deadline for the outline of an agreement.... 3/31/2015 3:55 PM

Israeli premier: Nuclear deal will 'pave the way' for Iran
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister criticized the deal expected to emerge from nuclear talks in Switzerland on Tuesday, saying it will "pave the way" for Iran to have the ability to build an atomic bomb in little time.... 3/31/2015 3:55 PM

Greece disagrees with sanctions against Russia, Tsipras says
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says he disagrees with sanctions against Russia, and wants to boost trade ties with the country.... 3/31/2015 3:51 PM

UN says remaining international staffers leave chaotic Yemen
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations says the last of its international staffers have now left Yemen as the U.N. human rights chief warns of a "total collapse" in the Arab world's poorest country.... 3/31/2015 3:48 PM

French eye cockpit entry, psychological screening rules
PARIS (AP) -- French aviation investigators are examining "systemic weaknesses" like cockpit entry rules and psychological screening procedures that could have led to the Germanwings plane crash - issues that could eventually change worldwide aviation practices.... 3/31/2015 3:46 PM

Donors pledge $3.8B in Syria aid, far short of what's needed
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- International donors committed $3.8 billion in aid for Syrians affected by the grinding civil war at a donors' conference in Kuwait on Tuesday, less than half of what the United Nations requested in its largest appeal yet for the country.... 3/31/2015 3:32 PM

Greece: current phase of reform talks wrap up in Brussels
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Talks between Greece and its creditors have wrapped up for now without a deal to unlock remaining Greek bailout funds urgently needed to stave off a potential default.... 3/31/2015 3:29 PM

Heavy winds sweep Germany, disrupt transport
BERLIN (AP) -- Heavy winds have caused disruption to transport across Germany, prompting the national railway to suspend services in part of the country and forcing flight delays and cancelations.... 3/31/2015 3:24 PM

Myanmar government, rebel groups sign draft cease-fire deal
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's government and 16 ethnic armed groups agreed Tuesday on the wording of a draft nationwide cease-fire agreement aimed at ending decades of civil unrest.... 3/31/2015 3:16 PM

Puerto Rico power company wins extension with creditors
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's financially struggling power company has obtained a two-week extension from creditors amid growing concerns it will go bankrupt.... 3/31/2015 3:15 PM

Banned leftist group in Turkey takes prosecutor hostage
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Members of a banned leftist group took a prosecutor hostage in his office Tuesday inside a courthouse in Istanbul, authorities said. Police said negotiators were speaking to two militants in attempts to end the standoff.... 3/31/2015 3:12 PM

Bosnia forms government 6 months after elections
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Nearly six months after the elections, Bosnia-Herzegovina formed a new government that will have to implement substantial reforms in order to put the country on track for eventual EU membership.... 3/31/2015 3:05 PM

Germany, France, Italy plan to develop military drones
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany and France plan to work together with Italy to develop military surveillance drones that could also carry weapons.... 3/31/2015 2:57 PM

EU dairy farmers rally to protest removal of milk quotas
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Yvan Deknudt's dairy farm has been leaking money and he believes that things are set to get worse imminently. That's why he drove his tractor right into the big city on Tuesday, parked it outside the headquarters of the European Union and set fire to the flags of some of Europe's biggest food companies.... 3/31/2015 2:55 PM

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