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Russian theater director fired over Wagner opera
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's culture minister on Sunday fired the director of a Siberian theater whose modern staging of Wagner's opera "Tannhauser" offended the powerful Russian Orthodox Church.... 3/29/2015 2:19 PM

US troops drive in eastern Europe to show defense readiness
PRAGUE (AP) -- A convoy of U.S. troops driving through eastern Europe that opponents threatened to block has entered Czech territory.... 3/29/2015 2:16 PM

Guinea weighs lockdowns as West Africa continues Ebola fight
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- The West African countries hit hardest by Ebola are ramping up efforts to eradicate the deadly disease using lockdowns, restrictions on burials and a warning to survivors about the potential dangers of unprotected sex.... 3/29/2015 2:08 PM

UN warns emergency fund for Palestinians in Syria near empty
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Just four percent of emergency work in Syria for Palestinians has been funded so far this year, threatening the viability of a cash assistance program that UNRWA spokesman Christopher Gunness described on Sunday as a "lifeline" for refugees.... 3/29/2015 2:05 PM

Leading suspect in Tunisia museum attack killed
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's prime minister said Sunday a leading suspect in a deadly museum attack on foreign tourists has been killed in anti-terrorist operations, as tens of thousands of Tunisians marched through the capital to denounce extremist violence.... 3/29/2015 2:01 PM

Air Canada plane leaves Halifax runway on 'abrupt' landing
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) -- An Air Canada plane made an "abrupt" landing and skidded off the runway at the Halifax airport in bad weather, and officials said Sunday 23 people were taken to a hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries.... 3/29/2015 1:54 PM

Q&A: Plans for an Arab joint intervention force
CAIRO (AP) -- Arab League member nations formally announced on Sunday an agreement to form a joint military force. While details of how such a force would actually operate remain thin, the agreement is a telling sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots, whether against Islamic militants or Iran-backed groups.... 3/29/2015 1:52 PM

Hometown pastor says community stands by co-pilot, family
MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) -- The pastor of the Lutheran church in Andreas Lubitz's hometown said Sunday that the community stands by him and his family, despite the fact that prosecutors blame the 27-year-old co-pilot for causing the plane crash that killed 150 people in southern France.... 3/29/2015 1:48 PM

Nigerians continue voting after violence, technical hitches
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Voting in Nigeria's elections continued in certain areas on Sunday after technical problems prevented some people from casting their ballots on Saturday.... 3/29/2015 1:27 PM

Arab summit: Yemen airstrikes to go on until rebels withdraw
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) -- Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen will continue until Shiite rebels there "withdraw and surrender their weapons," a summit of Arab leaders decided Sunday, as they also agreed in principle to forming a joint military force.... 3/29/2015 1:26 PM

Cameroon residents kill suspected C. African Republic rebels
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) -- Residents of eastern Cameroon killed several suspected fighters from a Central African Republic rebel group who were trying to carry out a large-scale kidnapping, a local official said Sunday.... 3/29/2015 1:20 PM

Activists: Syria government forces killed detainees in Idlib
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say members of a Syrian security agency killed more than a dozen detainees before evacuating a detention center in a northwestern city captured by opposition fighters.... 3/29/2015 1:04 PM

Pope prays for plane crash dead during Palm Sunday Mass
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis opened solemn Holy Week services with Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, stressing humility and remembering the dead in the Germanwings crash.... 3/29/2015 12:18 PM

Struggle to explain what motivated co-pilot in doomed flight
LONDON (AP) -- A disgruntled worker shoots up a workplace. A student opens fire at a high school. A pilot crashes a planeload of people into a mountainside.... 3/29/2015 12:12 PM

Police investigate threat to BBC boss over Clarkson firing
LONDON (AP) -- British police are investigating a death threat made to the head of the BBC after the broadcaster fired "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson over an assault on a colleague.... 3/29/2015 12:07 PM

High turnout as Uzbekistan votes for president
MOSCOW (AP) -- Uzbekistan's election commission said more than 70 percent of eligible voters had cast their ballots by midway through Sunday's presidential election, where victory by longtime leader Islam Karimov is a foregone conclusion.... 3/29/2015 11:59 AM

India's upstart anti-graft party shows signs of unraveling
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Just a few weeks ago, the upstart Aam Aadmi Party, or Common Man's Party, was seen by many as a breath of fresh air in the chaotic, corruption-tainted world of Indian politics, promising to root out graft and display complete transparency.... 3/29/2015 11:28 AM

Scenes of emotion as Singapore mourns Lee Kuan Yew
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Singaporeans turned out in the tens of thousands Sunday to pay final respects to longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew. Singapore's prime minister for more than three decades until 1990, Lee died last Monday at age 91. His cortege took a 15-kilometer (9-mile) route through the city-state before a three-hour state funeral. Singaporeans credit Lee's leadership with laying the foundation of the Southeast Asian country's current prosperity, and his death triggered a wave of emotion... 3/29/2015 10:43 AM

Lee Kuan Yew eulogized at funeral as architect of Singapore
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Singaporeans bid farewell to longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday with an elaborate procession and a three-hour state funeral at which his son, the current prime minister, eulogized the statesman and declared that the wealthy city-state he helped build is his monument.... 3/29/2015 10:40 AM

Officials: Iran nuke talks solving some issues, not others
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Iran may accept new constraints to its uranium enrichment program at nuclear talks but is pushing back on how long it must accept limits on technology it could use to make nuclear arms, Western officials told The Associated Press on Sunday.... 3/29/2015 10:24 AM



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