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Thai leader moves to lift marital law, impose absolute power
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's military-installed prime minister said Tuesday he plans to lift martial law 10 months after staging a coup, but will invoke a special security measure that critics say is more draconian.... 3/31/2015 9:06 AM

Global stocks mostly gain on economic data, China hopes
TOKYO (AP) -- Global stock markets mostly climbed Tuesday, boosted by positive data from major economies and hopes for stimulus in China.... 3/31/2015 9:06 AM

Eurozone deflation eases as oil prices appear to bottom out
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Official figures show consumer prices across the 19-country eurozone fell by only 0.1 percent in the year to March, raising hopes that this current bout of deflation may soon come to an end.... 3/31/2015 9:04 AM

Several Turkish cities hit by power outage
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Officials say a glitch at Turkey's electricity power transmission network has caused power outages in several cities, including Istanbul and the capital Ankara.... 3/31/2015 9:03 AM

Kuwait opens Syria donor conference with $500 million pledge
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Kuwait opened an international donors' conference for Syria on Tuesday with a pledge of $500 million in humanitarian aid as the United Nations issued its largest yet appeal for $8.4 billion in commitments this year for the war-ravaged country.... 3/31/2015 9:03 AM

Tokyo ward 1st in Japan to recognize same sex marriage
TOKYO (AP) -- Fumino Sugiyama will finally be able to marry his girlfriend of four years. He couldn't before, because same sex marriages weren't recognized in Japan, and he is legally a woman.... 3/31/2015 9:02 AM

Lavrov headed back to Iran talks, prospects 'good'
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says he is returning to the Iran talks, and says prospects for reaching agreement on a framework accord are "good."... 3/31/2015 9:01 AM

Lufthansa insurers set aside $300 million over Alps crash
BERLIN (AP) -- Lufthansa says its insurers are setting aside $300 million to deal with possible costs resulting from last week's crash of a Germanwings jet in the French Alps, in which 150 people died.... 3/31/2015 8:58 AM

Activists: Syria attacks rebel-held Idlib, killing 14
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say Syrian government forces have fired surface-to-surface missiles and conducted airstrikes on the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib, killing more than a dozen people.... 3/31/2015 8:56 AM

Taiwan to join China-led regional bank, Japan says not now
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan is not planning to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, its government spokesman said Tuesday, while Taiwan announced it would apply for membership, joining dozens of countries in signing up to an initiative opposed by Washington.... 3/31/2015 8:55 AM

Official: Iran nuke talks to continue in new phase
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Officials say that Iran and six world powers are close to ending the latest round of nuclear talks with a statement that lacks specifics accompanied by documents outlining more detailed understandings.... 3/31/2015 8:40 AM

Anti-censorship group: China behind cyberattacks on US sites
BEIJING (AP) -- A group that helps Internet users in China see blocked websites says Chinese authorities are behind cyberattacks against the group's site and a U.S.-based web resource for programmers that hosts some of the group's data.... 3/31/2015 8:40 AM

AP PHOTOS: For Israeli teens, military is rite of passage
YAKUM, Israel (AP) -- Israeli high school seniors have more on their minds than prom and final exams.... 3/31/2015 8:17 AM

Spain: Police arrest family, say children were to join jihad
MADRID (AP) -- The Interior Ministry says police have arrested four members of a family, including two minors who were allegedly about to travel to Syria to become jihadi fighters.... 3/31/2015 8:07 AM

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 8:03 AM

Death toll in Kashmir flood rises to 15
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Rescue workers pulled 15 bodies from two houses hit by a landslide triggered by three days of incessant rain and floods in Indian-controlled Kashmir, just six months after the worst floods in half a century devastated the Himalayan region.... 3/31/2015 7:30 AM

Iran sends aid to Yemen's rebels amid Saudi-led airstrikes
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Iran's official news agency says Tehran has sent aid to Yemen, its first such shipment since a Saudi-led coalition of Sunni Arab states launched airstrikes last week to halt the advance of the country's Shiite rebels known as the Houthis.... 3/31/2015 7:20 AM

Singapore charges teen for video attacking Lee, Christianity
SINGAPORE (AP) -- A court in Singapore on Tuesday charged a teenager over a video he posted online that was critical of the nation's late founder and Christianity.... 3/31/2015 6:22 AM

Despondent Gazans return to destroyed homes
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Despondent over the slow pace of post-war reconstruction, displaced Gazans have begun to return to their damaged homes, patching up the structures with cinder blocks and plastic sheets and living in the unstable and unsafe buildings while they wait for promised aid to arrive.... 3/31/2015 6:12 AM

Malaysian fishmonger to hang for killing 2 British students
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A Malaysian court on Tuesday sentenced a fishmonger to death for killing two British medical students last year on Borneo island.... 3/31/2015 5:59 AM

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