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Boko Haram kills 41, prevents hundreds voting in Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations in the northeast, but millions voted across Nigeria Saturday in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation's history.... 3/29/2015 12:13 AM

Charles Dickens' desk to go on permanent display at museum
LONDON (AP) -- They were the best of lines, they were the worst of lines - and the desk where Charles Dickens wrote them has been saved for the British public.... 3/29/2015 12:02 AM

Australia signs up to negotiations on Chinese-led bank
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia announced on Sunday that it would join negotiations to establish a new a Chinese-led Asian regional bank that has emerged as a potential challenge to United States influence in a part of the world where the Obama administration has tried to forge stronger ties.... 3/28/2015 11:08 PM

Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida's branch in Syria seized almost full control of the northwestern city of Idlib on Saturday, taking over major roundabouts and government buildings in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad whose forces rapidly collapsed after four days of heavy fighting, opposition activists and the extremist group said.... 3/28/2015 9:02 PM

4 killed while trying to recover gasoline after Mexico crash
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- An attempt to take gasoline from a crashed tanker truck led to four deaths and 26 injuries when the vehicle exploded, Mexican officials said Saturday.... 3/28/2015 8:47 PM

Questions and answers about the Arab peacekeeping force
CAIRO (AP) -- Arab League member states have agreed in principle to form a joint inter-Arab military peacekeeping force. While details of how such a force would actually operate remain thin, the agreement is a telling sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots, whether against Islamic militants or spreading Iranian power. Here's a look at some of the questions surrounding the plan:... 3/28/2015 8:43 PM

Afghan court sentences AP journalist's killer to 20 years
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's highest court has ruled that the police officer convicted of murdering Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding AP correspondent Kathy Gannon almost one year ago should serve 20 years in prison, according to documents sent to the country's attorney general on Saturday.... 3/28/2015 8:39 PM

Eiffel Tower goes dark in symbolic move for Earth Hour
PARIS (AP) -- The Eiffel Tower has gone dark briefly, with lights going out to mark Earth Hour, the campaign to raise awareness about climate change.... 3/28/2015 8:31 PM

Crash victim's father calls for more focus on pilot welfare
SISTERON, France (AP) -- The father of one of the victims of this week's plane crash in the French Alps called Saturday for airlines to take greater care over pilots' welfare.... 3/28/2015 7:56 PM

Yemen's president calls Shiite rebels 'puppets of Iran'
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) -- Yemen's embattled president on Saturday called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "puppets of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender.... 3/28/2015 7:52 PM

US State Dept: Difficult work remains on Iran nuke talks
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program grew frantic on Saturday amid signs of discord, with the French and German foreign ministers joining U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in talks with Tehran's top diplomat ahead of an end-of-March deadline for a preliminary deal.... 3/28/2015 7:10 PM

Official: Al-Shabab siege at Somali hotel ends, 24 dead
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Blood spattered utensils, bullet-pocked walls and overturned chairs mark the reception area of a prominent hotel in the Somali capital following an attack by Islamic extremists that killed at least 24, including six attackers.... 3/28/2015 6:57 PM

French woman wounded in Tunisia museum attack dies
PARIS (AP) -- The French president's office says that a fourth French citizen, seriously injured in the March 18 attack on Tunisia's National Bardo Museum, has died, bringing the total number of victims to 22.... 3/28/2015 6:29 PM

Guinea deploys police as Sierra Leoneans flee Ebola lockdown
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Guinea has deployed security forces to the country's southwest in response to reports that Sierra Leoneans are crossing the border to flee an Ebola lockdown intended to stamp out the deadly disease, an official said Saturday.... 3/28/2015 5:57 PM

Things to know about Nigeria's 2 front-runners in vote
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's presidential election is a very tight race that many analysts say is too close to call. Here's a look at the two front-runners in the race.... 3/28/2015 5:51 PM

Kenya president suspends 4 ministers for alleged corruption
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya's president Saturday suspended four cabinet secretaries and 16 other senior officials to facilitate investigations into allegations of corruption.... 3/28/2015 5:43 PM

Things to know about Nigeria, as country votes for president
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria is holding a crucial election which experts say is too close to call. Here's a look at Africa's most populous country and its biggest economy.... 3/28/2015 4:11 PM

Future Shop stores close in Canada, some becoming Best Buys
TORONTO (AP) -- U.S.-based electronics retail giant Best Buy Co. is closing its 131 Future Shop stores across Canada and will re-open 65 of them under the Best Buy banner in a bid to bolster business.... 3/28/2015 3:49 PM

World's huddled masses use 4 key land, sea routes to Europe
DUBLIN (AP) -- Most migrants who live illegally in the European Union fly to the 28-nation bloc on valid visas and simply overstay their welcome. But for the poorest and most desperate travelers of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the journey often takes months by sea or land, with payments to trafficking gangs.... 3/28/2015 3:47 PM

Migrants' newest route to Europe means an epic Balkans trek
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- Migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East take many routes to cross illegally into the European Union, and all are fraught with likely disappointment and occasional danger. The newest path, through the EU's Balkans back door, comes with a cruel twist: an epic 250-kilometer (150-mile) walk that is surging in popularity even though most who try it fail.... 3/28/2015 3:43 PM



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