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Coalition forms in Lesotho after no clear election winner
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- With no majority winner of Lesotho's Feb. 28 election, one leader of the main opposition group tried to form a coalition on Wednesday.... 3/4/2015 4:28 PM

Russian court keeps hunger-striker Ukrainian pilot in jail
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian court on Wednesday rejected an appeal to release a Ukrainian military officer who has been on hunger strike since mid-December in a Russian prison.... 3/4/2015 4:18 PM

UN: World eating too much sugar; cut to 5-10 percent of diet
LONDON (AP) -- Put down the doughnut. And while you're at it, skip the breakfast cereal, fruit juice, beer and ketchup.... 3/4/2015 4:16 PM

Official: Mexico arrests Zetas leader Omar Trevino Morales
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican police and soldiers on Wednesday arrested the man widely considered to be the most important leader of the Zetas drug cartel, Omar Trevino Morales, a federal official said.... 3/4/2015 4:15 PM

AP Analysis: Speech fallout could determine Netanyahu's fate
JERUSALEM (AP) -- With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing a tough re-election fight in two weeks, the U.S. Congress has handed him an unprecedented boost with its effusive welcome to a message that resonates at home: Iran cannot be trusted as a threshold nuclear state.... 3/4/2015 4:15 PM

Romania begins shipping gas to Moldova
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romania has begun transporting natural gas to Moldova, as the former Soviet republic moves toward the European Union and becomes less dependent on Russia.... 3/4/2015 4:09 PM

Kerry heads to Saudi Arabia to consult on Iran nuke talks
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) -- Fresh from the latest round of Iran nuclear negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry headed to Saudi Arabia Wednesday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging deal and discuss ways to calm instability in troubled Yemen and other Mideast nations.... 3/4/2015 4:07 PM

Report: 6 Saudis behind al-Qaida abduction of diplomat
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A newspaper says six Saudi nationals were behind al-Qaida's abduction of the kingdom's diplomat in Yemen, who was released this week after three years in captivity.... 3/4/2015 4:05 PM

Merkel seeks to dampen talk of 3rd Greek bailout
BRUSSELS (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the president of the European Union's executive branch cautioned Wednesday against speculation that Greece will need a third financial bailout.... 3/4/2015 4:04 PM

Kerry pushes back on Israeli criticism of Iran nuke talks
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry challenged critics of a nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran to come up with a better alternative Wednesday, in a spirited rebuke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claims that the emerging pact would leave Tehran just a step away from making atomic arms.... 3/4/2015 4:00 PM

Russian opposition figure Navalny's brother moved from jail
MOSCOW (AP) -- The brother of a prominent Russian opposition activist has been transferred from jail to prison.... 3/4/2015 4:00 PM

3 sought over deadly 1982 attack in Paris' Jewish quarter
PARIS (AP) -- More than 32 years after a deadly terror attack in Paris' old Jewish quarter, French authorities have at last identified three suspects and are seeking their arrest.... 3/4/2015 3:59 PM

Rights body scolds France, saying spanking kids is a no-no
PARIS (AP) -- Scolding France like a wayward child, Europe's top human rights body says French laws aren't clear enough that spanking is a big no-no.... 3/4/2015 3:55 PM

Israel to double water supplies to Gaza Strip amid tensions
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli officials say they are doubling the amount of water provided to the Gaza Strip, despite a bloody war last summer against the territory's Hamas rulers.... 3/4/2015 3:54 PM

2 in UK arrested in fraud case linked to Syria extremism
LONDON (AP) -- British counter-terrorism police have arrested two men over an alleged "cash-for-jihad" fraud that saw elderly residents conned of money by fake police officers.... 3/4/2015 3:49 PM

Kenya: Businessmen, ex-officials charged for fraud
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A Kenyan court charged 12 businessmen and officials for fraud and abuse of office on Wednesday over a multimillion dollar scandal that involved highly inflated contracts allegedly being awarded to phantom companies, charge sheets said.... 3/4/2015 3:45 PM

Purported Islamic State militants attack Libyan oil field
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Militants purportedly from the Islamic State group attacked an oil field near Libya's central coast, prompting a counterattack by the country's Islamist-backed government that included airstrikes, an official said Wednesday.... 3/4/2015 3:44 PM

Italy rescues nearly 1,000 migrants; 10 die
ROME (AP) -- In a dramatic sea rescue north of Libya, a flotilla of rescue ships saved nearly 1,000 migrants and refugees, while 10 migrants perished in the southern Mediterranean, Italian officials said Wednesday.... 3/4/2015 3:23 PM

Microsoft co-founder says he found sunken Japan WWII warship
TOKYO (AP) -- Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his research team have found the wreckage of a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago, he said Wednesday.... 3/4/2015 3:13 PM

Claim of 'dirty money' in politics provokes uproar in Iran
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's interior minister has claimed that politics in the Islamic Republic are tainted by "dirty money" from the smuggling of goods and drugs, provoking uproar ahead of crucial parliamentary elections planned for early next year.... 3/4/2015 3:12 PM



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