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Mexico double-transplant patient eyes US humanitarian entry
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A young Mexican man who is urgently trying to travel to the Mayo Clinic for a double-organ transplant has filed a third application for entry into the United States after twice being denied a visa.... 3/26/2015 10:30 PM

2 US funds to invest $900 million in Mexican gas pipeline
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's state-owned petroleum company Pemex has signed an agreement giving two investment funds a 45 percent stake in a natural gas pipeline in exchange for $900 million.... 3/26/2015 10:20 PM

Co-pilot was 'very happy' with Germanwings job
MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) -- Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot's job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in the forested hills of western Germany.... 3/26/2015 10:01 PM

UK prime minister, opposition leader in live TV interviews
LONDON (AP) -- It's not a debate, but live televised interviews of Prime Minister David Cameron and opposition leader Ed Miliband are being billed as a campaign kickoff less than two months before Britain's general election.... 3/26/2015 10:00 PM

UN more than doubles its count of besieged in Syria: 440,000
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations has more than doubled its estimate of Syrians who are living in besieged areas - and risk death by starvation, dehydration and the lack of medical care - to roughly 440,000.... 3/26/2015 9:57 PM

Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps; families ask why
PARIS (AP) -- Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.... 3/26/2015 9:51 PM

Argentine appeals court throws out case against president
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Thursday threw out a case accusing President Cristina Fernandez and other top officials of a major cover-up deal with Iran, giving a victory of sorts to an administration that has been rocked by the mysterious death of the prosecutor who made the allegation.... 3/26/2015 9:31 PM

AP Exclusive: Iran may run centrifuges at fortified site
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press.... 3/26/2015 9:30 PM

Lawyer: Fugitive Colombian millionaire arrested in Spain
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A lawyer for a fugitive Colombian millionaire at the center of the South American nation's biggest financial scandal says his client has been arrested in Spain.... 3/26/2015 9:26 PM

Maldives jails ex-defense minister for 11 years
MALE, Maldives (AP) -- A court in Maldives on Thursday sentenced a former defense minister to 11 years in prison for importing and possessing a firearm.... 3/26/2015 9:22 PM

Pope welcomes homeless to Sistine Chapel in surprise visit
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis made a surprise appearance Thursday in the Sistine Chapel to welcome a group of 150 homeless people who got a private guided tour, followed by dinner, as part of the pope's ramped-up charity efforts.... 3/26/2015 8:39 PM

Mexico marks 6 months since 43 students disappeared
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Parents of 43 missing students marked the six-month anniversary of their disappearance Thursday by marching to the federal elections office in Mexico City to ask that elections scheduled for June in the southwestern state of Guerrero be suspended.... 3/26/2015 8:20 PM

Romanian official under house arrest for alleged bribery
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A court has ruled that Romania's former finance minister, who is suspected of accepting a Renoir painting, gold bars and cash as bribes, should be put under house arrest.... 3/26/2015 8:19 PM

Russian, American ready for a year in space
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- The Russian astronaut heading off for a year in space says he'll miss the natural landscapes on Earth. His American counterpart jokes he won't miss his twin brother.... 3/26/2015 8:19 PM

Cuba, US to launch human rights dialogue Tuesday
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba and the United States will debate human rights at a meeting in Washington on Tuesday in another sign of the thaw between the countries as they try to re-establish normal diplomatic relations after a 50-year freeze.... 3/26/2015 8:14 PM

Airlines to require 2 crew members in cockpit at all times
LONDON (AP) -- Airlines and officials around the world on Thursday began requiring two crew members to always be present in the cockpit, after details emerged that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 had apparently locked himself in the cockpit and deliberated crashed the plane into the mountains below.... 3/26/2015 8:10 PM

Turmoil in Yemen escalates as Saudi Arabia bombs rebels
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The turmoil in Yemen grew into a regional conflict Thursday, with Saudi Arabia and its allies bombing Shiite rebels allied with Iran, while Egyptian officials said a ground assault will follow the airstrikes.... 3/26/2015 8:05 PM

Puerto Rico to receive world's 2 largest cruise ships in '16
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico is preparing to welcome the world's two largest cruise ships for the first time next year.... 3/26/2015 7:58 PM

Heavy rains cause flooding in usually bone-dry Chile desert
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Communities in a desert region of northern Chile struggled Thursday to cope with rain-provoked flooding that has claimed the lives of at least seven people, knocked out power and cut off roadways.... 3/26/2015 7:54 PM

Canada issues immediate order mandating 2 in the cockpit
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada's transport minister issued an immediate order requiring two crew members to be in the flight deck at all times in the wake of news that a co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and intentionally rammed the plane into the French Alps.... 3/26/2015 7:45 PM

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