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Officials: Iran nuke talks to continue in new phase
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Wrapping up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results, Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue talks in a new phase aimed at reaching a final agreement to control Iran's nuclear ambitions by the end of June, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.... 3/31/2015 1:22 PM

US leads pledges with $507 million at Syria donor conference
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- The United States pledged $507 million in humanitarian aid at an international donors' conference for Syria on Tuesday as the United Nations issued an appeal for $8.4 billion in commitments this year - the organization's largest appeal yet for the war-ravaged country.... 3/31/2015 1:22 PM

Iraq premier: Troops in center of Islamic State-held Tikrit
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants Tuesday holed up in downtown Tikrit as the country's prime minister announced security forces reached the city's center.... 3/31/2015 1:20 PM

Nigeria's former military dictator leads in vote count
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari had a commanding lead in Nigeria's bitterly contested presidential election, according to a partial vote count Tuesday, and appeared set to oust President Goodluck Jonathan.... 3/31/2015 1:20 PM

Roadside bomb kills 7 Afghans in eastern province
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A deputy official says a roadside bombing in a remote province in eastern Afghanistan has killed seven people, all members of the same family.... 3/31/2015 1:15 PM

Indonesian prosecutors seek up to 18-year term for US couple
BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian prosecutors on Tuesday sought jail sentences of 18 years for an American man and 15 years for his girlfriend if they are found guilty of murdering the woman's mother while vacationing on the resort island of Bali last year.... 3/31/2015 1:15 PM

Fleeing violence in Yemen, refugees arrive in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somali officials and the U.N. say dozens of Yemeni refugees fleeing the Saudi-led airstrikes and fighting in Yemen have arrived in the northern parts of Somalia.... 3/31/2015 1:13 PM

Global stocks meander at quarter's end
LONDON (AP) -- European stock markets drifted Tuesday despite further evidence of a burgeoning economic recovery across the 19-country eurozone. Trading, as is often the case at the end of the quarter, was impacted by traders looking to close out positions to make their books look as healthy as possible.... 3/31/2015 1:12 PM

Wild rhino chased into forest after deadly rampage in Nepal
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Forest officers and tamed elephants have chased a wild rhino back to the forest after it killed a woman and injured seven people in a rampage through a city in southern Nepal.... 3/31/2015 1:07 PM

Iraq: Suicide blast hits bus with Iranian pilgrims, kills 10
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide bomber targeted a bus carrying Iranian Shiite pilgrims north of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing 10 people, including seven Iranians, according to Iraqi officials.... 3/31/2015 1:01 PM

Reports: Banned group takes prosecutor hostage in Turkey
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkish news agencies say that members of a banned leftist group have taken a chief prosecutor hostage in his office inside a court house in Istanbul.... 3/31/2015 12:50 PM

Votes in Poland presidential elections to be hand-counted
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's electoral authorities say that the votes in the May presidential election will be counted by hand and calculator because of a lack of a reliable electronic system.... 3/31/2015 12:48 PM

French eye cockpit entry, psychological screening rules
PARIS (AP) -- French aviation investigators said Tuesday they will examine "systemic weaknesses" like cockpit entry rules and psychological screening procedures that could have led to the Germanwings plane crash - issues that could affect the worldwide aviation industry.... 3/31/2015 12:39 PM

Al-Shabab suspected in killing of Uganda terror prosecutor
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Ugandan police said on Tuesday they are investigating whether the killing of a prosecutor in Kampala was carried out by Somalia's Islamic extremist group al-Shabab.... 3/31/2015 12:25 PM

AP NewsAlert
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists, state TV say Islamic State fighters kill over 40 people in central Syrian village.... 3/31/2015 12:22 PM

Pakistan officials arrive in Saudi to assess Yemen mission
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Senior Pakistani officials arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to assess whether to take part in Riyadh's coalition battling Shiite rebels in Yemen, as the Pakistani prime minister vowed that any violation of Saudi sovereignty would bring a "strong reaction" from his country.... 3/31/2015 12:19 PM

Probe finds 1 suspect painting in Dutch royals' collection
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- An investigation into the Dutch royal family's extensive art collection has uncovered one painting that was likely looted during Nazi Germany's World War II occupation of the Netherlands.... 3/31/2015 12:11 PM

EU dairy farmers rally to protest removal of milk quotas
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Dairy farmers hit the streets of Brussels Tuesday to protest the lifting of European Union milk quotas, fearing that the move will flood the market with cheap surplus milk.... 3/31/2015 12:10 PM

South African children's reading project wins Lindgren Prize
HELSINKI (AP) -- The South African alternative education project PRAESA has been awarded this year's Astrid Lindgren Prize for children's literature for innovative ways of encouraging reading and literature among children and youth.... 3/31/2015 12:06 PM

Greece: current phase of reform talks wrap up in Brussels
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Talks between Greece and its creditors over budget reforms the country is proposing to unlock remaining bailout funds have wrapped up for now in Brussels.... 3/31/2015 12:05 PM



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