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US treasury secretary presses Beijing on technology curbs
BEIJING (AP) -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew pressed Chinese leaders to suspend proposed curbs on foreign security technology and said a Beijing-led regional bank should work in partnership with existing institutions.... 3/31/2015 3:38 AM

Asian stocks gain on economic data, China stimulus hopes
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stock markets climbed Tuesday, boosted by positive economic data from major economies and hopes for stimulus in China.... 3/31/2015 3:17 AM

Mexico double-transplant patient gets US humanitarian pass
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security gave a 90-day humanitarian pass to a 20-year-old Mexican man seeking a double heart and liver transplant, his mother said Monday.... 3/31/2015 2:40 AM

German co-pilot was once treated for suicidal tendencies
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) -- How could someone once diagnosed with suicidal tendencies get a job as a commercial pilot, entrusted with the lives of hundreds of people? That's the question being asked after officials confirmed Monday that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz received lengthy psychotherapy before receiving his pilot's license.... 3/31/2015 1:22 AM

Brazil's ex-President Cardoso to defend jailed Venezuelans
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso will form part of a team defending two jailed opposition leaders in Venezuela.... 3/31/2015 1:10 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 1:01 AM

Canada approves extension and expansion of IS mission
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada's Parliament has approved a one-year extension of military mission against the Islamic State group that includes airstrikes on targets in Syria.... 3/31/2015 12:54 AM

Cliffhanger in early returns from Nigeria presidential vote
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- In a cliffhanger of an election, early returns Monday night from half the states showed Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari almost even. The U.S. and Britain warned of "disturbing indications" that the tally could be subject to political interference.... 3/31/2015 12:38 AM

New Maldives law strips ex-president of party membership
MALE, Maldives (AP) -- The Maldives' Parliament passed a law Monday that strips people serving prison sentences of their political party memberships, a rule critics say is designed to oust jailed former President Mohamed Nasheed from politics.... 3/31/2015 12:13 AM

Thai junta chief may force safety reforms in aviation sector
BANGKOK (AP) -- The head of Thailand's ruling junta may use extraordinary constitutional powers to expedite safety improvements in the aviation sector, which is facing international sanctions, the country's transport minister said Monday.... 3/31/2015 12:11 AM

Muslim family carves chair for Pope Francis' Bosnia visit
ZAVIDOVICI, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Salem Hajdarovac says he didn't sleep for a week when he heard his workshop had been granted the honor of carving a special chair that Pope Francis will sit on during his visit to Bosnia.... 3/30/2015 10:15 PM

Saudi-led forces strike Yemen rebels, blockade ports
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Saudi-led naval forces imposed a blockade on Yemen's ports as coalition airstrikes on Monday repelled an advance on the southern port city of Aden by Shiite rebels and forces loyal to a former president, in what appeared to be the most intense day of fighting since the air campaign began five days ago.... 3/30/2015 9:35 PM

Mexican growers offer 15 pct in Baja farm strike
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Export-oriented commercial farms in Mexico's Baja California state say they have offered farm workers a 15-percent wage increase to end a two-week-old strike.... 3/30/2015 9:23 PM

Prosecutors probe Moldova ex-president's son for corruption
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors have questioned the son of a former Moldovan president after they searched his home on suspicion of corruption-related charges.... 3/30/2015 9:04 PM

Teen libertarian is face of Brazil's young free-market right
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Microphone in hand and standing atop the sound truck, the raspy-voiced protest leader jabbed his finger into the air shouting for the ouster of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, igniting wild cheers from the crowd below him.... 3/30/2015 8:52 PM

Greek prime minister: Debt needs restructuring for repayment
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece will be unable to repay massive bailout debts without eventually restructuring them, the prime minister said, as pressure from lenders mounted on Athens to produce viable cost-cutting reforms to unlock emergency funds and prevent default.... 3/30/2015 8:40 PM

Azerbaijan starts trial of 6 alleged Islamic State militants
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- A trial of six Azerbaijani citizens accused of fighting alongside the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq has begun in Azerbaijan's capital.... 3/30/2015 8:08 PM

Red Cross truck attacked in Mali; 1 dead, 1 wounded
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Armed men attacked a Red Cross truck on Monday, partially setting it on fire and killing the driver and wounding a passenger, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.... 3/30/2015 7:58 PM

Officials examining why plane landed short of Halifax runway
TORONTO (AP) -- An Air Canada passenger plane landed so significantly short of the runway in Halifax that it hit a power line and knocked out power at the airport, the lead investigator said Monday.... 3/30/2015 7:49 PM

Saudi Arabia, Egypt show discord over Syria
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt and Saudi Arabia are cooperating militarily to thwart a power grab in Yemen by Shiite rebels, but the agreement on how to deal with the region's complex and intertwined conflicts may stop there. The two countries' diverging interests were evident at the Arab summit over the weekend, particularly over the crises in Syria and Libya.... 3/30/2015 7:34 PM



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