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At least 9 dead as militants attack hotel in Somali capital
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A Somali police official says at least four gunmen have taken positions inside a Mogadishu hotel, where the security forces are trying to regain control.... 3/27/2015 4:18 PM

Warships move in key strait as airstrikes widen in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Saudi and Egyptian warships deployed Friday to the Bab al-Mandab strait off Yemen to secure the strategic sea passage, Egyptian military officials said, as a Saudi-led coalition widened their airstrikes on the second day of an air campaign against Shiite rebels and their allies, aiming to pave the way for possible ground operations.... 3/27/2015 4:15 PM

EU weighs new methods to coax Israel back to peace talks
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union is assessing new ways to push Israel back to the peace negotiating table with the Palestinians for a deal based on a two-state solution, working in tandem with the United States, EU officials say.... 3/27/2015 4:13 PM

European air authority recommends 2 crew in cockpit
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Europe's aviation safety agency recommended Friday that airlines always have two people in the cockpit of a flying aircraft after it emerged that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 had apparently locked himself in the cockpit to crash the plane.... 3/27/2015 4:05 PM

Zeid: IS may be more open to diversity than some states
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. human rights chief told the Security Council on Friday that in a "most terrible irony," the Islamic State group may be more accepting of the ethnic diversity of its members than some states are about ethnic differences among their own citizens.... 3/27/2015 3:57 PM

Romania questions ex-minister over 3 Picassos, 100 paintings
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanian prosecutors investigating an alleged bribery scheme have questioned the former finance minister about the origins of 100 paintings, including three works by Pablo Picasso.... 3/27/2015 3:52 PM

With big projects, Ethiopia shedding famine stereotype
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Ethiopia's planned new airport on the outskirts of the capital is still years from becoming a reality but Tewodros Dawit can already envision how grand it will look.... 3/27/2015 3:52 PM

Brazil police report massive tax fraud scheme
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's Federal Police agency said Friday it has begun legal proceedings against companies allegedly involved in a fraud scheme that has cost the public coffers almost $2 billion in unpaid fines and taxes.... 3/27/2015 3:47 PM

Technology to look inside Fukushima reactors faces challenge
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- The cutting-edge technology was billed as a way to decipher where exactly the morass of nuclear fuel might sit at the bottom of reactors in the Japanese power plant that went into multiple meltdowns four years ago.... 3/27/2015 3:36 PM

AP NewsAlert
SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) -- French police: 400-600 pieces of human remains retrieved from German flight; no intact bodies.... 3/27/2015 3:35 PM

About 1,000 workers fired from South African power plant
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- About 1,000 workers have been fired following an illegal strike that halted construction at an already delayed but much needed power plant in South Africa, a spokesman for the state-owned power utility said on Friday.... 3/27/2015 3:35 PM

Official: 1,500 North Caucasus people fight in Iraq, Syria
MOSCOW (AP) -- A senior Russian official says about 1,500 residents of Russia's North Caucasus are fighting alongside Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.... 3/27/2015 3:29 PM

Israel to stop withholding Palestinian tax revenues
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel said Friday that it will transfer Palestinian tax revenues it has been withholding as punishment for the Palestinians' application to join the International Criminal Court.... 3/27/2015 3:26 PM

UN refugee agency condemns LRA's kidnapping of Congolese
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The U.N. refugee agency condemned on Friday the kidnapping of several Congolese refugees by the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group.... 3/27/2015 3:12 PM

Nigerian leader urges peaceful vote as elections loom
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan urged his nation to vote peacefully and accept the results of Saturday's presidential elections, which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa's richest nation and its largest democracy.... 3/27/2015 3:07 PM

Poland: 2 Russian flight controllers suspects in 2010 crash
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's military prosecutors said Friday they have identified two Russian flight controllers as suspects for allegedly contributing to the 2010 plane crash in Russia that killed Poland's President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others.... 3/27/2015 3:07 PM

Russia denies it's in talks with Argentina on leasing jets
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia hasn't held negotiations on leasing a dozen supersonic bombers to Argentina, but would be willing to consider such a deal, a senior government official said Friday.... 3/27/2015 3:04 PM

Ukraine rebels hand over bodies of 22 govt soldiers
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Separatists in eastern Ukraine have handed over the bodies of 22 government soldiers killed during the fierce, months-long battle over the airport near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.... 3/27/2015 2:59 PM

Cambodian tribunal charges another Khmer Rouge suspect
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Cambodia's U.N.-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal charged another suspect with crimes against humanity on Friday, defying for the second time this month a warning from Prime Minister Hun Sen that adding more defendants could cause unrest.... 3/27/2015 2:58 PM

Sierra Leoneans to stay home in final push to stop Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days, except for religious services, beginning Friday as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola.... 3/27/2015 2:47 PM



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