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AP Interview: Ukraine PM: Russia could spark new offensive
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia plans to eliminate Ukraine as an independent state and could spark a new offensive in the east to achieve that aim, Ukraine's prime minister told The Associated Press on Friday.... 3/27/2015 9:31 PM

Co-pilot appeared healthy, but may have hidden illness
MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) -- Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers - including a torn-up doctor's note that would have kept him off work the day authorities say he crashed Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountainside.... 3/27/2015 9:30 PM

Lawyer for Knox's ex-boyfriend makes final court appeal
ROME (AP) -- Lawyers for Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend urged Italy's top criminal court Friday to overturn the pair's murder conviction for the 2007 slaying of Knox's roommate, saying in a final appeal there were errors of "colossal proportions" in the guilty verdicts.... 3/27/2015 9:24 PM

Mexico sets 25 pct pollution cut by 2030 for climate talks
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico has become the first developing nation to submit pollutant reduction goals for next fall's Paris climate change talks, pledging to cut greenhouse gas and black carbon emissions 25 percent by 2030.... 3/27/2015 9:20 PM

Romania questions ex-minister over 3 Picassos, 100 paintings
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanian prosecutors investigating an alleged bribery scheme have questioned the former finance minister about the origins of 100 paintings, including three works by Pablo Picasso.... 3/27/2015 9:16 PM

El Salvador soccer players acquitted in match-fixing case
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Eleven soccer players and two foreign businesspeople accused of match-fixing involving El Salvador's national team were acquitted of criminal charges Friday.... 3/27/2015 9:16 PM

France calls for Islamic State to be referred to ICC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. human rights chief told the Security Council on Friday that in a "most terrible irony," the Islamic State group may be more accepting of the ethnic diversity of its members than some states are about ethnic differences among their own citizens.... 3/27/2015 8:53 PM

At least 9 dead as militants attack hotel in Somali capital
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Al-Shabab militants blasted their way into a Mogadishu hotel on Friday and took up positions inside, killing at least nine people and exchanging fire with security forces seeking to recapture the facility, a Somali police official said.... 3/27/2015 8:49 PM

Astronauts blast off for 1-year trip to space station
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- American astronaut Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko blasted off early Saturday on a mission to spend an entire year away from the Earth.... 3/27/2015 8:46 PM

German airline could face 'unlimited' damages for Alps crash
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Lufthansa could face "unlimited" compensation claims for the crash that killed 150 people in the French alps and it would be difficult, even counterproductive, for the German carrier to try to avoid liability, experts said Friday.... 3/27/2015 8:43 PM

Hezbollah leader slams Saudi intervention in Yemen
BEIRUT (AP) -- The leader of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah group unleashed a tirade against Saudi Arabia on Friday over its intervention in Yemen, calling it "surprising and painful," and suggesting Riyadh would suffer a "humiliating defeat" if it didn't resolve the conflict through negotiations.... 3/27/2015 8:36 PM

Northern Chile works to recover after floods kill 9
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Communities in Chile's northern desert region dug houses and cars out of the mud and worked to reopen roads Friday after floods pummeled several cities and left nine people dead.... 3/27/2015 8:25 PM

Warships move in key strait as airstrikes widen in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- As airstrikes in Yemen intensified on their second day Friday, Egypt and Saudi Arabia were considering an intervention on the ground, aimed at giving the president a secure foothold to return to the country, while backing Sunni tribesmen to fight against Shiite rebels and their allies, military officials said.... 3/27/2015 8:07 PM

Chinese NGO considering legal action over police raid
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese anti-discrimination civic group said Friday it is considering legal action over a police raid on the group's offices that was apparently prompted by its advocacy for five women's rights activists whose detentions have drawn international scrutiny.... 3/27/2015 8:03 PM

Yemen's Aden a key battleground in conflict
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) -- Yemen's city of Aden, a vital Arabian Sea port for centuries, is emerging as a key battleground in the fight between a Saudi-led Arab coalition backing the country's president and Shiite rebels and their allies.... 3/27/2015 8:02 PM

Greek ferry reaches island port after stranded for 2 days
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Some 280 ferry passengers and crew have reached a remote Greek port late Friday after being stranded in bad weather for two days.... 3/27/2015 7:41 PM

Snowden meets Swedish lawmakers in Moscow
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Three Swedish lawmakers have met Edward Snowden in Moscow to discuss surveillance and privacy issues.... 3/27/2015 7:18 PM

Israel to stop withholding Palestinian tax revenues
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel said Friday that it will transfer Palestinian tax revenues it has been withholding as punishment for the Palestinians' application to join the International Criminal Court.... 3/27/2015 7:00 PM

Iran says nuke talks focused despite Yemen crisis
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Iran's foreign minister sought Friday to dismiss concerns that his country's preoccupation with the crisis in Yemen could serve as a distraction at nuclear talks with six world powers, saying the negotiations remained focused on sealing a deal.... 3/27/2015 6:52 PM

Report: Cluster bomb wounds 6 boys in southern Lebanon
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's state-run National News Agency says a cluster bomb left behind by Israeli forces has wounded six boys, one of them seriously.... 3/27/2015 6:51 PM



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