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Iraq premier: Troops in center of Islamic State-held Tikrit
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants holed up in downtown Tikrit, going house to house Tuesday in search of snipers and booby traps, and the prime minister announced security forces had reached the city's center.... 3/31/2015 5:16 PM

UN says remaining international staffers leave chaotic Yemen
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations said Tuesday that the last of its international staffers have now left Yemen as the U.N. human rights chief warns of a "total collapse" in the Arab world's poorest country.... 3/31/2015 5:12 PM

Greece disagrees with sanctions against Russia, Tsipras says
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's new government disagrees with sanctions against Russia, and wants to boost trade ties with the country, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said before a visit to Moscow next week.... 3/31/2015 5:11 PM

Spokesman: Nigeria opposition candidate won, fears 'tricks'
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari's spokesman told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Buhari has won Nigeria's presidential election but fears his victory could be stolen by "tricks" from the government.... 3/31/2015 5:09 PM

Lufthansa: Co-pilot told flight school of depressive episode
BERLIN (AP) -- German airline Lufthansa says the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps last week informed his flight school in 2009 that he had had a "serious depressive episode."... 3/31/2015 5:07 PM

APNewsBreak: France seizes moment to push for Mideast talks
PARIS (AP) -- France sees a window of opportunity after Israel's elections to get the United States on board with a new push for Mideast peace, and is preparing a draft U.N Security Council resolution in about 12 days, according to French diplomatic officials.... 3/31/2015 5:01 PM

Vatican hopes to avoid financial scandal during Jubilee year
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican finance minister has said he hopes to avoid any financial scandals with the upcoming Jubilee year, saying the plans will be subject to new Vatican procedures to ensure they follow international standards for transparency and accountability.... 3/31/2015 4:57 PM

Officials: Typhoon kills 5 on western Pacific island
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) -- A typhoon killed at least five people on a western Pacific Ocean island ahead of strong winds that are expected to bear down on a neighboring island in Micronesia on Wednesday, officials said.... 3/31/2015 4:56 PM

Morocco investigative journalist gets 10 months for adultery
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- The head of a Moroccan press freedom association says a court has convicted an investigative journalist of adultery and sentenced to 10 months in prison in an attempt to intimidate him.... 3/31/2015 4:44 PM

Transportation strike in Argentina shuts down country
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Transportation unions brought Argentina to a standstill on Tuesday with a one-day national strike to protest income tax rates and high inflation they say is eroding their earnings.... 3/31/2015 4:40 PM

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 4:39 PM

Canada police charge man in deaths of boys killed by python
CAMPBELLTON, New Brunswick (AP) -- Canadian police have charged a man in the death of two young brothers who were asphyxiated by a python at his home.... 3/31/2015 4:38 PM

Donors pledge $3.8B in Syria aid, far short of what's needed
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- International donors committed $3.8 billion in aid for Syrians affected by the grinding civil war at a donors' conference in Kuwait on Tuesday, less than half of what the United Nations requested in its largest appeal yet for the country.... 3/31/2015 4:34 PM

Heavy winds sweep Europe, knock people to their knees
BERLIN (AP) -- Heavy winds swept across Britain, Germany and the Netherlands on Tuesday, killing one man, knocking other pedestrians to their knees and forcing numerous flight and train delays and cancelations.... 3/31/2015 4:31 PM

US official: Iran nuke talks could continue beyond deadline
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers could be extended past Tuesday's deadline for the outline of an agreement if enough progress is made to justify it, a senior U.S. official said.... 3/31/2015 4:25 PM

Former Putin allies question his political course
MOSCOW (AP) -- As Russian President Vladimir Putin marks 15 years since he was first elected, his former long-term allies are questioning his political course and warning of the economic consequences of his aggressive foreign policy.... 3/31/2015 4:25 PM

Qatar ambassador returns to Egypt after rift over Libya
CAIRO (AP) -- Qatar returned its ambassador to Cairo on Tuesday, almost a month after recalling him in response to an Egyptian official accusing the tiny Gulf nation of supporting terrorism.... 3/31/2015 4:04 PM

Norway signals wish to join China-led Asian investment bank
HELSINKI (AP) -- Norway said Tuesday it intends to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a prospective founding member to promote closer ties to the Asia-Pacific region, a move that could help the country's frozen relations with China thaw.... 3/31/2015 3:59 PM

Israeli premier: Nuclear deal will 'pave the way' for Iran
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister criticized the deal expected to emerge from nuclear talks in Switzerland on Tuesday, saying it will "pave the way" for Iran to have the ability to build an atomic bomb in little time.... 3/31/2015 3:55 PM

Greece: current phase of reform talks wrap up in Brussels
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Talks between Greece and its creditors have wrapped up for now without a deal to unlock remaining Greek bailout funds urgently needed to stave off a potential default.... 3/31/2015 3:29 PM



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