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US treasury secretary presses Beijing on technology curbs
BEIJING (AP) -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said he pressed Chinese leaders Monday over proposed curbs on the use of foreign security products by banks and other restrictions on access to China's technology market.... 3/30/2015 10:37 AM

Flood alerts issued in Kashmir as rivers cross danger mark
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Hundreds of Kashmiris in both India and Pakistan moved to higher ground Monday as rain-swollen rivers swamped parts of the disputed Himalayan region placed under an emergency flood alert just six months after some 600 people died in flooding that left the region in shambles.... 3/30/2015 10:35 AM

Blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh's capital
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A blogger was hacked to death by three men in Bangladesh's capital on Monday, and two of the attackers were caught near the scene, police said.... 3/30/2015 10:33 AM

Strong quakes hit off South Pacific nations of Tonga, Samoa
SYDNEY (AP) -- A pair of strong earthquakes struck off the South Pacific nations of Tonga and Samoa on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning was issued.... 3/30/2015 10:24 AM

China evacuating from Yemen, suspending anti-piracy patrols
BEIJING (AP) -- China is evacuating its citizens from Yemen and suspending anti-piracy patrols in the area amid the growing violence in the Middle Eastern country.... 3/30/2015 10:23 AM

UN tribunal says Serb suspect Seselj has to return to court
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Appeals judges at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal say Serbian far-right leader Vojislav Seselj has breached conditions of his provisional release and must return to the court's cellblock in The Hague.... 3/30/2015 10:22 AM

Police arrest 26 in crackdown on anarchist group
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish police say they have arrested 12 people suspected of belonging to an anarchist group with terrorist aims.... 3/30/2015 10:10 AM

Airstrikes shake Yemen's capital as Shiite rebels push south
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A series of airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition shook Yemen's capital, Sanaa, overnight and early Monday morning as dozens of families fled the capital seeking safety.... 3/30/2015 10:02 AM

Rhino rampages in Nepal city, killing 1 and injuring several
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- A wild rhino charged into a city in southern Nepal on Monday, killing a woman, injuring several others and chasing panicked people through the main market and a hospital, an official said.... 3/30/2015 9:58 AM

Iran nuclear talks at crunch time
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program entered a critical phase on Monday with differences still remaining less than two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement.... 3/30/2015 9:48 AM

World stocks gain after Yellen signals gradual rise in rates
HONG KONG (AP) -- World stock markets were buoyant Monday as investors cheered Fed chief Janet Yellen's comments signaling that U.S. interest rates would rise only gradually. Chinese stocks soared on hopes for more economic stimulus measures.... 3/30/2015 9:41 AM

Iraq: Twin car bombings in Baghdad kill at least 11
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A pair of car bombings in a Baghdad suburb on Monday killed at least 11 people and wounded dozens, officials said, hours after the arrival of the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, for talks with the Iraqi officials.... 3/30/2015 9:40 AM

Philippines ends major offensive it says killed 139 rebels
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines military chief says a monthlong offensive against hard-line Muslim rebels in the south has ended after 139 insurgents were killed, 12 others were captured and their bomb-making strongholds were seized by troops.... 3/30/2015 9:32 AM

Former Israeli Premier Olmert convicted in corruption case
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted Monday of unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter in a retrial on corruption charges, the latest chapter in the downfall of a man who only years earlier hoped to lead the country to a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians.... 3/30/2015 9:30 AM

South Korean firm named sole bidder for big fighter jet deal
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea chose a state-run aircraft maker on Monday as the sole preferred bidder for a contract to develop a midlevel fighter jet with the help of Lockheed Martin Corp. in the country's biggest-ever weapons development project.... 3/30/2015 9:16 AM

With Lee's passing, Mahathir is last of SE Asia's old guards
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Two of Asia's best-known strongmen, Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew and Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad, had much in common - a streak of authoritarianism, little tolerance for dissent and vision that changed the face of their countries.... 3/30/2015 9:09 AM

Campaign begins for most unpredictable election in decades
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's prime minister David Cameron is paying a farewell visit to Queen Elizabeth II as the country begins formal campaigning for an election seen as the most unpredictable in decades.... 3/30/2015 9:03 AM

Investigators focus on German co-pilot's mental state
MARSEILLE, France (AP) -- A French police official says European investigators are focusing on the psychological state of the 27-year-old German co-pilot who deliberately smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.... 3/30/2015 9:00 AM

A look at former Israeli Premier Ehud Olmert's career
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli court has found former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert guilty on charges of fraud and breach of trust in a case involving allegations he accepted cash-stuffed envelopes from an American supporter.... 3/30/2015 8:52 AM

Hope, fear as Nigerians await results of presidential vote
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerians are waiting in hope and fear for results of the tightest and most bitterly contested presidential election in the nation's turbulent history. Collation of results starts at noon (1100 GMT) and winner could be named later Monday or Tuesday, electoral officials say.... 3/30/2015 8:41 AM

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