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Singapore urges restraint as Lee mourners queue for 10 hours
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Singaporeans hoping for a glimpse of long-time leader Lee Kuan Yew's coffin are being urged to stay away from the sprawling queue as waiting times reach 10 hours.... 3/27/2015 3:36 AM

Myanmar army commander pledges successful elections
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's powerful army commander has pledged to work to support successful elections in November and warned that the army will not tolerate instability or armed threats.... 3/27/2015 3:23 AM

Yemen weighs on Asian shares, Japan gains on stimulus hopes
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian shares were lackluster Friday as investors monitored violence in the Middle East but Japan's market rose after weak economic data boosted hopes for more central bank stimulus.... 3/27/2015 3:08 AM

Seoul urges Pyongyang to release 2 South Korean detainees
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea urged North Korea to immediately release two of its citizens detained in the country over alleged espionage charges, the latest in a series of arrests in the North of foreign nationals.... 3/27/2015 3:00 AM

Chinese NGO considering legal action over police raid
BEIJING (AP) -- The head of a Chinese anti-discrimination civic group says he plans to hire lawyers to investigate a police raid on its offices and may consider taking legal action.... 3/27/2015 2:47 AM

Co-pilot was 'very happy' with Germanwings job
MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) -- Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot's job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in the forested hills of western Germany.... 3/27/2015 2:31 AM

Mexico march marks 6 months since 43 students disappeared
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Parents of 43 missing students marked the six-month anniversary of their disappearance with a march of a few thousand supporters Thursday, urging fellow Mexicans not to abandon them but drawing far smaller numbers than rallies last year.... 3/27/2015 2:13 AM

Japan inflation cools, household spending, incomes soften
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan reported lackluster inflation and wages data for February that suggested Friday that its economic recovery remains in the doldrums.... 3/27/2015 1:21 AM

Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps; families ask why
PARIS (AP) -- Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.... 3/27/2015 12:34 AM

Turmoil in Yemen escalates as Saudi Arabia bombs rebels
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The turmoil in Yemen grew into a regional conflict Thursday, with Saudi Arabia and its allies bombing Shiite rebels allied with Iran, while Egyptian officials said a ground assault will follow the airstrikes.... 3/27/2015 12:31 AM

Vatican sending diplomat to Obama summit with Latin America
PANAMA CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is sending a top emissary to a gathering between U.S. President Barack Obama and the leaders of Latin America.... 3/27/2015 12:20 AM

Gulf states ask UN Security Council for Yemen arms embargo
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies presented powerful members of the U.N. Security Council with suggested elements for a resolution that would impose an arms embargo on the Shiite rebels who have thrown Yemen into turmoil and caused its Western-backed president to flee.... 3/26/2015 11:52 PM

Argentine appeals court throws out case against president
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Thursday threw out a case accusing President Cristina Fernandez and other top officials of a major cover-up deal with Iran, giving a victory of sorts to an administration that has been rocked by the mysterious death of the prosecutor who made the allegation.... 3/26/2015 11:22 PM

UN Mideast envoy calls on Security Council for Israel action
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N.'s top Mideast envoy challenged the Security Council on Thursday to lead the way to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, suggesting it should present a framework for negotiations that "may be the only way to preserve the goal of a two-state solution."... 3/26/2015 11:21 PM

Mexico City businesses cite losses during Bond filming
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The leader of small businesses in Mexico City's historic downtown district says owners have complained of a 60 percent drop in sales during the first week of filming of the new James Bond movie, "Spectre."... 3/26/2015 11:05 PM

UK prime minister, opposition leader in live TV interviews
LONDON (AP) -- It wasn't quite a debate, but back-to-back live televised interviews of Prime Minister David Cameron and opposition leader Ed Miliband were billed Thursday as the unofficial campaign kickoff six weeks before Britain's general election.... 3/26/2015 11:03 PM

Mexico double-transplant patient eyes US humanitarian entry
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A young Mexican man who is urgently trying to travel to the Mayo Clinic for a double-organ transplant has filed a third application for entry into the United States after twice being denied a visa.... 3/26/2015 10:30 PM

2 US funds to invest $900 million in Mexican gas pipeline
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's state-owned petroleum company Pemex has signed an agreement giving two investment funds a 45 percent stake in a natural gas pipeline in exchange for $900 million.... 3/26/2015 10:20 PM

UN more than doubles its count of besieged in Syria: 440,000
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations has more than doubled its estimate of Syrians who are living in besieged areas - and risk death by starvation, dehydration and the lack of medical care - to roughly 440,000.... 3/26/2015 9:57 PM

AP Exclusive: Iran may run centrifuges at fortified site
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press.... 3/26/2015 9:30 PM

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