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EU dairy farmers rally to protest removal of milk quotas
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Dairy farmers have hit the streets of Brussels to protest the lifting of European Union milk quotas amid concerns the move will flood the market with cheap surplus milk.... 3/31/2015 11:17 AM

US forces to hold exercises in Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- The United States plans to send soldiers to Ukraine in April for training exercises with units of the country's national guard.... 3/31/2015 11:17 AM

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 evoke a "strong reaction" from his country.... 3/31/2015 11:16 AM

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 11:15 AM

Al-Shabab suspected in killing of Uganda terror prosecutor
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Ugandan police say they are investigating whether the killing of a prosecutor in Kampala late Monday was carried out by Somalia's Islamic extremist group al-Shabab.... 3/31/2015 11:14 AM

Euro bailout rebel quits senior German governing party job
BERLIN (AP) -- A prominent opponent of Chancellor Angela Merkel's eurozone bailout policies has announced that he's stepping down as deputy leader of one of Germany's governing parties and giving up his parliamentary seat.... 3/31/2015 11:13 AM

Nigerians await final tally in bitter presidential vote
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- The second day of vote counting in a bitterly contested presidential vote started late on Tuesday and electoral officials hope to announce later in the day who will be governing Africa's richest and biggest nation.... 3/31/2015 10:48 AM

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 crash, while Lufthansa said its insurers set aside $300 million to deal with possible fallout from the disaster.... 3/31/2015 10:47 AM

Poland says its plans to train Ukrainian army instructors
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's Defense Ministry says it plans to train about 50 Ukrainian army instructors this year, joining a NATO effort to improve Ukraine's defense capabilities as it struggles with a pro-Russia insurgency in its east.... 3/31/2015 10:44 AM

Spain: Police arrest family, say sons were to join jihad
MADRID (AP) -- Police on Tuesday arrested four members of a family, including 16-year-old twin boys who were allegedly about to travel to Syria to become jihadi fighters, the Interior Ministry said.... 3/31/2015 10:42 AM

Iraq: Suicide blast hits bus with Iranian pilgrims, kills 6
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber has targeted a bus with Iranian Shiite pilgrims north of Baghdad, killing six people, including four Iranians.... 3/31/2015 10:41 AM

Thai leader moves to lift martial law, impose absolute power
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's military-installed prime minister said Tuesday he plans to lift martial law 10 months after staging a coup, but will invoke a special security measure that critics say is more draconian.... 3/31/2015 10:35 AM

Eurozone deflation eases, unemployment at near 3-year low
LONDON (AP) -- The 19-country eurozone isn't going to be the driving force of the global economy anytime soon, but it's increasingly evident that its numbers are heading the right way.... 3/31/2015 10:35 AM

Activists: Syria attacks militant-held Idlib, killing 14
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government forces fired surface-to-surface missiles and conducted airstrikes on the northwestern city of Idlib days after it was seized by Islamic militants, killing more than a dozen people, activists said Tuesday.... 3/31/2015 10:31 AM

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 organizations largest appeal yet for the war-ravaged country.... 3/31/2015 10:27 AM

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 negotiations in a new phase aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord by the end of June, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.... 3/31/2015 10:20 AM

Saudi-led forces pound Yemen Shiite rebels as Iran sends aid
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Saudi-led coalition warplanes pounded Yemen's Shiite rebels for a sixth day on Tuesday, destroying missiles and weapons depots and for the first time using warships to bomb the rebel-held airport and eastern outskirts of the port city of Aden.... 3/31/2015 10:14 AM

Syrian media: Islamic State attacks government-held village
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria's state-run news agency says Islamic State militants have launched an attack on a government-held village in central Syria, killing at least eight people and wounding scores.... 3/31/2015 10:06 AM

Malaysian fish seller to hang for killing 2 British students
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A Malaysian court on Tuesday sentenced a fish seller to death for killing two British medical students last year on Borneo island.... 3/31/2015 10:05 AM

Myanmar government, rebel groups sign draft cease-fire deal
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's government and 16 ethnic armed groups agreed Tuesday on the wording of a draft nationwide cease-fire agreement aimed at ending decades of civil unrest.... 3/31/2015 10:03 AM

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