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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

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 8:37 AM

Thai leader moves to lift marital law, impose absolute power
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's prime minister has asked the king for formal approval to lift martial law, which the military imposed ahead of a coup last May that overturned an elected government. The monarch's approval is considered a formality.... 3/31/2015 8:20 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

Kuwait opens Syria donor conference with $500 million pledge
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Kuwait has opened an international donors' conference for Syria with a pledge of $500 million in humanitarian aid for the war-ravaged country.... 3/31/2015 8:04 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

Solar-powered plane lands in China on round-the-world flight
BEIJING (AP) -- A groundbreaking solar-powered plane successfully flew from Myanmar to central China early Tuesday as part of an historic round-the-world journey promoting renewable energy use.... 3/31/2015 5:48 AM

Roadside bomb kills 7 Afghans in eastern province
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A deputy official says a roadside bombing in a remote province in eastern Afghanistan has killed seven people, all members of the same family.... 3/31/2015 5:38 AM

Japan extends sanctions against NKorea for 2 more years
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan plans to extend its sanctions against North Korea for two more years when they expire April 13 after failing to get promised updates on an investigation into kidnappings of Japanese citizens decades ago, the government spokesman said Tuesday.... 3/31/2015 5:33 AM

21 killed when bus goes off cliff in Peruvian Andes
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Authorities say 21 people were killed and 38 seriously injured when a bus veered off the road and plunged into a ravine in Peru's southeastern Andes Mountains.... 3/31/2015 5:08 AM

China evacuates 571 from Yemen, suspends anti-piracy patrols
BEIJING (AP) -- China said Tuesday that it had evacuated more than 500 of its citizens from Yemen amid the growing violence in the Middle Eastern country.... 3/31/2015 4:28 AM



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