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Myanmar government, rebel groups sign draft cease-fire deal
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's government and 16 ethnic armed groups have agreed on the text of a draft nationwide cease-fire agreement aimed at ending decades of civil unrest.... 3/31/2015 7:21 AM

Iran sends aid to Yemen's rebels amid Saudi-led airstrikes
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Iran's official news agency says Tehran has sent aid to Yemen, its first such shipment since a Saudi-led coalition of Sunni Arab states launched airstrikes last week to halt the advance of the country's Shiite rebels known as the Houthis.... 3/31/2015 7:20 AM

Same sex marriage wins recognition in Tokyo's Shibuya ward
TOKYO (AP) -- Tokyo's Shibuya ward has become the first locale in Japan to recognize same sex partnerships as the "equivalent of a marriage," guaranteeing the identical rights of married couples, including hospital visitations and apartment rentals.... 3/31/2015 6:59 AM

Death toll in Kashmir flood rises to 15
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Police say at least 15 people have died in flood waters that submerged several areas in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir just six months after the worst floods in half a century devastated the Himalayan region.... 3/31/2015 6:37 AM

Taiwan to join China-led regional bank, Japan says not now
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan has no plan as of now to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, its government spokesman said Tuesday, while Taiwan announced it would apply for membership, joining dozens of countries in signing up to an initiative opposed by Washington.... 3/31/2015 6:35 AM

Singapore charges teen for video attacking Lee, Christianity
SINGAPORE (AP) -- A court in Singapore on Tuesday charged a teenager over a video he posted online that was critical of the nation's late founder and Christianity.... 3/31/2015 6:22 AM

Differences persist on deadline day for Iran nuke talks
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Diplomats scrambled Tuesday to reach consensus on the outline of an Iran nuclear deal just hours ahead of a self-imposed deadline to produce an agreement.... 3/31/2015 6:17 AM

Despondent Gazans return to destroyed homes
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Despondent over the slow pace of post-war reconstruction, displaced Gazans have begun to return to their damaged homes, patching up the structures with cinder blocks and plastic sheets and living in the unstable and unsafe buildings while they wait for promised aid to arrive.... 3/31/2015 6:12 AM

Malaysian fishmonger to hang for killing 2 British students
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A Malaysian court on Tuesday sentenced a fishmonger to death for killing two British medical students last year on Borneo island.... 3/31/2015 5:59 AM

Solar-powered plane lands in China on round-the-world flight
BEIJING (AP) -- A groundbreaking solar-powered plane successfully flew from Myanmar to central China early Tuesday as part of an historic round-the-world journey promoting renewable energy use.... 3/31/2015 5:48 AM

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 5:38 AM

Japan extends sanctions against NKorea for 2 more years
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan plans to extend its sanctions against North Korea for two more years when they expire April 13 after failing to get promised updates on an investigation into kidnappings of Japanese citizens decades ago, the government spokesman said Tuesday.... 3/31/2015 5:33 AM

21 killed when bus goes off cliff in Peruvian Andes
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Authorities say 21 people were killed and 38 seriously injured when a bus veered off the road and plunged into a ravine in Peru's southeastern Andes Mountains.... 3/31/2015 5:08 AM

China evacuates 571 from Yemen, suspends anti-piracy patrols
BEIJING (AP) -- China said Tuesday that it had evacuated more than 500 of its citizens from Yemen amid the growing violence in the Middle Eastern country.... 3/31/2015 4:28 AM

US treasury secretary presses Beijing on technology curbs
BEIJING (AP) -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew pressed Chinese leaders to suspend proposed curbs on foreign security technology and said a Beijing-led regional bank should work in partnership with existing institutions.... 3/31/2015 3:38 AM

Asian stocks gain on economic data, China stimulus hopes
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stock markets climbed Tuesday, boosted by positive economic data from major economies and hopes for stimulus in China.... 3/31/2015 3:17 AM

Mexico double-transplant patient gets US humanitarian pass
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security gave a 90-day humanitarian pass to a 20-year-old Mexican man seeking a double heart and liver transplant, his mother said Monday.... 3/31/2015 2:40 AM

German co-pilot was once treated for suicidal tendencies
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) -- How could someone once diagnosed with suicidal tendencies get a job as a commercial pilot, entrusted with the lives of hundreds of people? That's the question being asked after officials confirmed Monday that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz received lengthy psychotherapy before receiving his pilot's license.... 3/31/2015 1:22 AM

Brazil's ex-President Cardoso to defend jailed Venezuelans
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso will form part of a team defending two jailed opposition leaders in Venezuela.... 3/31/2015 1:10 AM

Canada approves extension and expansion of IS mission
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada's Parliament has approved a one-year extension of military mission against the Islamic State group that includes airstrikes on targets in Syria.... 3/31/2015 12:54 AM

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