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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 6:16 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

UN draft resolution would not lift Libya arms embargo
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council is set to vote on a draft resolution on Libya that would not lift an arms embargo that the country's Western-recognized government says is hurting efforts to defend itself against the rise of the Islamic State group.... 3/27/2015 6:08 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

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 5:56 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 5:55 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

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 5:53 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 5:51 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

Sierra Leoneans to stay home in final push to stop Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days beginning Friday, except for religious services, as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola.... 3/27/2015 5:37 PM

French court OKs media access to Sarkozy's campaign files
PARIS (AP) -- France's highest administrative court is allowing journalists to see files regarding former President Nicolas Sarkozy's winning presidential campaign in 2007, which is suspected of having received illegal funding from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's regime.... 3/27/2015 5:36 PM

Kremlin dismisses Chechen threat to incite separatism in US
MOSCOW (AP) -- The speaker of Chechnya's regional legislature has called for encouraging separatism in U.S. states near the border with Mexico if Washington provides Ukraine with lethal arms, a statement quickly disavowed by the Kremlin.... 3/27/2015 5:20 PM

Poland seeks facts about leaders abducted by Soviet Union
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's history institute has placed a paid advertisement in a popular daily in Russia to seek details of the deaths and burials of three leaders abducted in 1945 to Moscow where they died after a trial on fabricated charges.... 3/27/2015 5:17 PM

EU weighs new methods to coax Israel back to peace talks
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union is assessing new ways to push Israel back to the peace negotiating table with the Palestinians for a deal based on a two-state solution, working in tandem with the United States, EU officials say.... 3/27/2015 5:14 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 5:09 PM

Lawyer for Knox's ex-boyfriend makes final court appeal
ROME (AP) -- Lawyers for Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend urged Italy's top criminal court Friday to overturn the pair's murder conviction for the 2007 slaying of Knox's roommate, saying in a final appeal there were errors of "colossal proportions" in the guilty verdicts.... 3/27/2015 5:01 PM

Greek minister: government ready for 'rupture' in aid talks
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's government is prepared for a "rupture" with creditors in its bailout talks and is being deliberately vague about its intentions as a negotiating tactic, a cabinet minister said Friday.... 3/27/2015 4:59 PM

Official: 1,500 North Caucasus people fight in Iraq, Syria
MOSCOW (AP) -- A senior Russian official says about 1,500 residents of Russia's North Caucasus are fighting alongside Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.... 3/27/2015 4:57 PM

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