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Yemen's president calls Shiite rebels 'puppets of Iran'
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) -- Yemen's embattled president on Saturday called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "puppets of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender.... 3/28/2015 5:45 PM

Kenya president suspends 4 ministers for alleged corruption
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya's president Saturday suspended four cabinet secretaries and 16 other senior officials to facilitate investigations into allegations of corruption.... 3/28/2015 5:43 PM

French mayor say co-pilot's father distraught with grief
SISTERON, France (AP) -- The father of the German co-pilot accused of crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps was distraught with grief over his son's death and over what he may have done, the mayor of a town close to the crash site said Saturday.... 3/28/2015 5:36 PM

Guinea deploys police as Sierra Leoneans flee Ebola lockdown
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Guinea has deployed security forces to the country's southwest in response to reports that Sierra Leoneans are crossing the border to flee an Ebola lockdown intended to stamp out the deadly disease, an official said Saturday.... 3/28/2015 5:30 PM

Nigeria's voting extended as millions choose new president
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria has extended voting to Sunday after problems occurred as millions turned out Saturday to vote in a presidential election that analysts say is too close to call between President Goodluck Jonathan and former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari.... 3/28/2015 5:24 PM

Signs of discord at Iran nuke talks as deadline looms
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program grew frantic on Saturday amid signs of discord, with the French and German foreign ministers joining U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in talks with Tehran's top diplomat ahead of an end-of-March deadline for a preliminary deal.... 3/28/2015 5:13 PM

Things to know about Nigeria, as country votes for president
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria is holding a crucial election which experts say is too close to call. Here's a look at Africa's most populous country and its biggest economy.... 3/28/2015 4:11 PM

Future Shop stores close in Canada, some becoming Best Buys
TORONTO (AP) -- U.S.-based electronics retail giant Best Buy Co. is closing its 131 Future Shop stores across Canada and will re-open 65 of them under the Best Buy banner in a bid to bolster business.... 3/28/2015 3:49 PM

World's huddled masses use 4 key land, sea routes to Europe
DUBLIN (AP) -- Most migrants who live illegally in the European Union fly to the 28-nation bloc on valid visas and simply overstay their welcome. But for the poorest and most desperate travelers of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the journey often takes months by sea or land, with payments to trafficking gangs.... 3/28/2015 3:47 PM

Migrants' newest route to Europe means an epic Balkans trek
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- Migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East take many routes to cross illegally into the European Union, and all are fraught with likely disappointment and occasional danger. The newest path, through the EU's Balkans back door, comes with a cruel twist: an epic 250-kilometer (150-mile) walk that is surging in popularity even though most who try it fail.... 3/28/2015 3:43 PM

For African migrants, trek to Europe brings risk, heartbreak
VELES, Macedonia (AP) -- This is the moment when Sandrine Koffi's dream of a new life in Europe ended - and her nightmare of an infant lost in the Macedonian night began.... 3/28/2015 3:42 PM

Official: Al-Shabab siege at Somali hotel ends, 24 dead
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Blood spattered utensils, bullet-pocked walls and overturned chairs mark the reception area of a prominent hotel in the Somali capital following an attack by Islamic extremists that killed at least 24, including six attackers.... 3/28/2015 3:41 PM

Albania gets 266-million-euro loan from World Bank
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- The World Bank has lent 266 million euros ($289.6 million) to Albania for its public finances and investment in road maintenance.... 3/28/2015 2:49 PM

UK prime minister rallies party before 'knife edge' election
LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday that Britain's election campaign is on a knife edge, as he rallied the Conservative party with a personal attack on his main rival.... 3/28/2015 1:57 PM

Al-Qaida in Syria seizes large parts of northern city
BEIRUT (AP) -- Al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, captured most of the northwestern city of Idlib from government forces Saturday, sweeping into neighborhoods in the center of the city in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad's government, opposition activists and the group said.... 3/28/2015 1:35 PM

Painstaking recovery mission at treacherous Alps crash site
SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) -- The ravine echoes with helicopter rotors, the scrape of metal on stone, the rumble of sliding scree as the remnants of Germanwings Flight 9525 dislodge from the mountainside.... 3/28/2015 12:42 PM

2 Czechs kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 freed
PRAGUE (AP) -- Two Czech tourists who were abducted by gunmen two years ago as they were traveling on a bus through southwestern Pakistan have been released, the Czech government said on Saturday.... 3/28/2015 12:02 PM

Uzbekistan to vote to extend veteran leader's rule
MOSCOW (AP) -- Uzbekistan is going through the motions of a presidential election this weekend, with a crushing win for its longtime leader a foregone conclusion, but the long-term future of the Central Asian nation is still far from certain.... 3/28/2015 11:47 AM

Police on trial: Tears, anger resurge over 2005 French riots
RENNES, France (AP) -- One October afternoon, two teenage boys were kicking around a football in their desolate housing project northeast of Paris. Two hours later, they lay lifeless, electrocuted in a power substation as they hid from police.... 3/28/2015 11:44 AM

In Thailand, a mercurial junta leader known for sharp tongue
BANGKOK (AP) -- Ear tugs. A flying banana peel. Sarcastic remarks about getting smacked, or punched - or even executed. Such is life for the press corps covering Thailand's notoriously testy military ruler.... 3/28/2015 10:33 AM



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