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Syria's Assad says 'open' to dialogue with United States
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad says he would be "open" to a dialogue with the United States, but that it must be "based on mutual respect."... 3/27/2015 10:18 AM

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, except for religious services, beginning Friday as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola.... 3/27/2015 10:13 AM

About 70 migrants found on berm on Greek-Turkish border
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- Greek border police say they have rescued about 70 migrants stranded on a berm on the Greek-Turkish border after they crossed the river dividing the two countries and found the fields on the Greek side flooded following days of heavy rainfall.... 3/27/2015 10:09 AM

Lawyer for Knox's ex-boyfriend makes final court appeal
ROME (AP) -- Lawyers for Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend made a last-ditch appeal to Italy's top criminal court Friday to overturn the pair's murder conviction for the 2007 slaying of Knox's roommate, saying there were errors of "colossal proportions" in the guilty verdict.... 3/27/2015 10:01 AM

Ukraine seeks resumption of Turkmen gas supplies
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine has said it wants to restore natural gas deliveries from energy-rich Turkmenistan as it tries to reduce reliance on Russia for the fuel.... 3/27/2015 9:51 AM

Major power outage hits Amsterdam, halting trains
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- The Dutch capital Amsterdam and surrounding towns are suffering a major power outage, halting trains, trams and affecting flights to Schiphol Airport.... 3/27/2015 9:49 AM

Thai airlines face scrutiny over safety, bans on new flights
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand is facing bans on new international flights and increased inspections after the International Civil Aviation Organization said there are significant concerns about the country's aviation safety.... 3/27/2015 9:48 AM

Agency: 4,000 fishermen stranded on some Indonesian islands
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- An estimated 4,000 foreign fishermen are stranded on a number of remote islands in eastern Indonesia, including men revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved, an aid group said.... 3/27/2015 9:40 AM

Saudi airstrikes in Yemen target rebel stronghold in north
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Saudi Arabia bombed the northern stronghold of Yemen's Shiite rebels and other key military installations on Friday as a coalition led by the Gulf kingdom carried out airstrikes for a second day.... 3/27/2015 9:26 AM

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.... 3/27/2015 9:25 AM

Nigerian leader urges peaceful vote amid electoral violence
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan is urging his nation to vote peacefully and accept results of Saturday's presidential election, which analysts say will be the tightest in the nation's history.... 3/27/2015 9:08 AM

Germany hunts for co-pilot motive amid depression reports
BERLIN (AP) -- Police have searched the homes of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in two German cities in search of an explanation for why he may have crashed a passenger plane into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board.... 3/27/2015 9:02 AM

Russian military TV station offers job to Jeremy Clarkson
MOSCOW (AP) -- A television station owned by the Russian defense ministry is offering a job to former "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson.... 3/27/2015 8:41 AM

Police say 10 dead in stampede in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- At least 10 people were killed and dozens more injured Friday in a stampede during a Hindu religious gathering in Bangladesh, police said.... 3/27/2015 7:22 AM

Taliban attacks in Pakistan kill 5 police officers, wound 10
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- The Pakistani Taliban killed five police officers in a rocket attack in country's southwest, authorities and a Taliban spokesman said Friday. Another Taliban attack on a police bus in Pakistan's largest city of Karachi left 10 people wounded.... 3/27/2015 7:20 AM

Brit braves Antarctic waters in Speedos in conservation push
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- During one swim, Lewis Pugh saw his support boat crew screaming at him just before they hauled him from the water as a sea lion bore down on him. During another, the air temperature dropped so far below freezing that a wave broke over the crew and froze solid.... 3/27/2015 6:52 AM

Thai junta leader: I'll fight forced labor in fish industry
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's junta leader has vowed to take legal action against companies using forced labor, after an Associated Press investigation revealed that fish caught by enslaved migrant workers was being exported from Thai ports to global markets.... 3/27/2015 6:45 AM

Iraqi Sunni tribe wages costly battle against IS group
DULUIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- The consequences of the al-Jabouri tribe's decision to ally with Iraq's Shiite-led government against their fellow Sunnis in the Islamic State group are etched on row after row of gravestones in this palm-shaded town by the Tigris River.... 3/27/2015 6:29 AM

Arabs inch closer to old dream of joint Arab force
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) -- Arab leaders meeting this weekend in this Egyptian Red Sea resort are moving closer than ever to creating a joint Arab military force, a 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.... 3/27/2015 6:26 AM

Yemen weighs on Asian shares, data highlights Japan doldrums
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian shares were lackluster Friday as the conflict in Yemen ripped through the Middle East and Japanese data showed the world's No. 3 economy is still in the doldrums.... 3/27/2015 6:24 AM

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