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Danish-born former SS officer Kam dies in Germany at 93
BERLIN (AP) -- Soren Kam, a former SS officer wanted for war crimes in his native Denmark, has died in Germany. He was 93.... 3/31/2015 8:58 PM

Lufthansa: Co-pilot told flight school of depressive episode
BERLIN (AP) -- Lufthansa knew six years ago that the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps last week had suffered from a "serious depressive episode," the German airline said Tuesday.... 3/31/2015 8:49 PM

AP PHOTOS: Peru dancers act out past violence in Andes
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- They danced all day, until the sun set over Latin America's oldest bullring. But these were not typical dances of Peru's highlands.... 3/31/2015 8:47 PM

Buhari wins in Nigeria, defeating Goodluck Jonathan
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Amid anger over an Islamist insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives, Nigerians returned a 72-year-old former military dictator to power Tuesday in the most hotly contested election in the country's history.... 3/31/2015 8:36 PM

Yemen civilians shudder, bristle under bombing campaign
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni civilians shuddered in fear and bristled with anger under an intense Saudi-led bombing campaign against Shiite rebels on Tuesday, day six of fighting that prompted international aid organizations to express alarm over high civilian casualties from the strikes and violence roiling the country.... 3/31/2015 8:35 PM

PM: Prosecutor wounded in Istanbul hostage standoff has died
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Two members of a banned leftist group and a prosecutor they held hostage inside a courthouse in Istanbul died Tuesday after a shootout between the hostage takers and police, officials said.... 3/31/2015 8:33 PM

ISTANBUL (AP) -- Hospital officials say the prosecutor held hostage in Istanbul has died.... 3/31/2015 8:11 PM

Cuba delegate reports 'civilized' talks on rights with US
HAVANA (AP) -- A Cuban delegate to talks with the United States says the two sides have held "a respectful, professional, civilized conversation" on human rights in Washington.... 3/31/2015 7:58 PM

Things to know about Nigeria, as country picks new president
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's election has achieved the first democratic handover of power from one party to another. Here's a look at Africa's most populous country and biggest economy.... 3/31/2015 7:21 PM

Iran nuke talks drag past deadline
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers will pass the negotiators' self-imposed Tuesday night deadline to produce the outline of an agreement and will be extended by at least a day, the United States said.... 3/31/2015 7:12 PM

Congo military leaders sign pledge to combat rape in war
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Congolese army commanders signed a declaration to combat rape in war, a move the United Nations welcomed Tuesday as an important step in the fight against sexual violence during conflicts.... 3/31/2015 7:00 PM

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 said security forces had reached the heart of the city.... 3/31/2015 6:48 PM

Vatican hopes to avoid financial scandal during Jubilee year
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican finance minister said Tuesday he hopes to avoid financial scandal 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 6:35 PM

Donors pledge $3.8B in Syria aid as thousands more displaced
BEIRUT (AP) -- International donors at a conference in Kuwait pledged $3.8 billion Tuesday to help Syrians affected by the civil war, as U.N. officials warned of a fresh wave of mass displacement after Islamic groups took over a major city in northwestern Syria.... 3/31/2015 6:33 PM

Morocco investigative journalist gets 10 months for adultery
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- A Moroccan court has convicted an investigative journalist of adultery and starting a brothel, sentencing him to 10 months in prison in a verdict that the head of a local media freedom organization said Tuesday is meant to intimidate him.... 3/31/2015 5:51 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 5:38 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 U.N. requested for this year to cope with the growing humanitarian crisis.... 3/31/2015 5:30 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

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

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