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Germanwings co-pilot tested descents hours before crash
PARIS (AP) -- A co-pilot who purposely crashed a Germanwings A320 plane into the French Alps appeared to have rehearsed sending the jet into a deadly descent on another flight just two hours earlier, investigators said Wednesday.... 5/6/2015 5:54 PM

Migrants rescued after 12 days at sea; EU eyes seizing boats
CATANIA, Sicily (AP) -- An Italian rescue patrol picked up nearly 100 migrants who reported being at sea for 12 days as U.N. Security Council members mulled a draft resolution authorizing an EU mission to seize the smugglers' boats that are fueling the Mediterranean migrant crisis.... 5/6/2015 5:48 PM

5 Ukrainian troops killed as cease-fire teeters on brink
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Five Ukrainian government troops battling separatist forces in the east have been killed in one of the worst single days of bloodshed since a cease-fire was declared in February, military officials said Wednesday.... 5/6/2015 5:46 PM

Kerry seeks pause in Yemen war as he arrives in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought to secure a pause in Yemen's war as he arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday for meeting with top officials, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that already has neighboring countries bracing for a mass exodus of refugees. He was to hold further talks Thursday, too.... 5/6/2015 5:42 PM

Israel's Netanyahu reportedly close to forming coalition
JERUSALEM (AP) -- With the clock ticking toward a midnight deadline, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday inched closer toward a deal to form a new government as he rushed to work out the details of an emerging agreement with his final coalition partner.... 5/6/2015 5:33 PM

Macedonia: 38 police, 1 protester hurt in overnight clashes
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Violent clashes overnight between protesters and police in the Macedonian capital Skopje left 38 officers and one protester injured, while 30 people were detained, authorities said Wednesday.... 5/6/2015 5:23 PM

New UN envoy on Yemen sets off for region; talks planned
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The new U.N. envoy for Yemen is on his way to the region for "intensive consultations," while the U.N. tries to organize a conference on the crisis as soon as possible on neutral ground.... 5/6/2015 5:16 PM

Burundian opposition leader arrested as protests continue
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Burundian Police have arrested an opposition leader after he attended a meeting of foreign ministers from the East African Community who were seeking a solution to the unrest in the country triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term.... 5/6/2015 5:08 PM

Striking Zimbabwean nurses refuse to work night shift
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Nurses in Zimbabwe are refusing to work the night shift in the southern African nation's public hospitals and clinics in a nationwide strike over salaries.... 5/6/2015 5:04 PM

3,000 Nigerians escaping Boko Haram deported from Niger
GAIDAM, Nigeria (AP) -- Niger troops have deported more than 3,000 Nigerian fishermen and refugees escaping Boko Haram, forcing them to undertake a brutal three-day trek in which a dozen people died, an official and witnesses said Wednesday.... 5/6/2015 4:57 PM

Hot Chocolate singer Errol Brown dies at 71 in the Bahamas
LONDON (AP) -- Errol Brown, the lead singer of the band Hot Chocolate, has died in the Bahamas, his manager said Wednesday. He was 71.... 5/6/2015 4:52 PM

Iran says it will release seized Maersk ship after fine paid
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A Marshal Islands-flagged cargo vessel seized by Iranian forces as it traversed the Strait of Hormuz last month likely will be released in two days after a fine is paid, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Wednesday.... 5/6/2015 4:51 PM

Airline trade group wants more uniform rules on child seats
PARIS (AP) -- So you're headed off to a foreign destination with your family, hauling a car seat or similar device for your infant to occupy for the hours-long flight. But once abroad, the corresponding airline says the device isn't authorized in that country and must be checked, making for a frustrating connection.... 5/6/2015 4:50 PM

Britain's UKIP drops candidate for saying he'd shoot rival
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's political leaders visited factories, farms, supermarkets and schools Wednesday on the final day of campaigning before an election predicted to be excruciatingly close and frustratingly indecisive.... 5/6/2015 4:45 PM

Greece makes IMF payment amid signs of bailout progress
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Cash-strapped Greece scraped together a 200 million-euro ($222 million) repayment to the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday amid signs its long-stalled bailout negotiations were making some progress.... 5/6/2015 4:38 PM

Yemen Shiite rebels take neighborhood in Aden, occupy palace
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's Shiite rebels and their allies consolidated their hold in another part of the southern port city of Aden on Wednesday after heavy fighting with militiamen loyal to the exiled government and capturing the area's presidential palace, officials said.... 5/6/2015 4:27 PM

Belarus requires the idle to pay for not working
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- Under a new measure in Belarus, people who work less than half the year will have to pay the government for their idleness.... 5/6/2015 4:14 PM

Danish premier travels to Wales to support British husband
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Denmark's prime minister will travel to Wales to support her British husband who is running for a seat in Wales, where Britain's Labour party has dominated politics since the 1920s.... 5/6/2015 4:10 PM

US leading effort to assign blame for Syria chlorine attacks
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States is leading an effort to create a way to attribute blame for chlorine attacks in Syria, diplomats say, opening a possible path for action on an issue that has sparked outrage as reports of chemical attacks continue.... 5/6/2015 4:07 PM

Australian leader brushes off snub to diplomat's gay partner
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister on Wednesday brushed off controversy over his office's treatment of the gay partner of the Australian ambassador to France.... 5/6/2015 4:05 PM

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