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Singer John Legend performs in Bahrain to sold-out crowd
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Award-winning American singer and songwriter John Legend has taken the stage in Bahrain, performing to a sold-out crowd of more than 2,000 people despite calls by some activists to cancel the concert due to concerns over human rights abuses in the Gulf Arab nation.... 3/2/2015 7:12 PM

Reporter jailed in Iran gets lawyer after more than 7 months
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- After more than seven months behind bars in an Iranian prison, detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian has for the first time been allowed to hire a defense lawyer, according to his family.... 3/2/2015 7:05 PM

Bomb blast in downtown Cairo kills 1, wounds 10 people
CAIRO (AP) -- A midday bomb blast in a boulevard in downtown Cairo killed one person and wounded 10 on Monday, the health ministry said. Shortly afterward, a little-known group claimed responsibility for the attack.... 3/2/2015 7:00 PM

Egypt names Cuper from Argentina to lead its soccer team
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian Football Association has appointed Hector Cuper, from Argentina, as the new manager of its national team.... 3/2/2015 6:49 PM

Iran's Guard monitored 8 million Facebook users
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's official IRNA news agency says the powerful Revolutionary Guard has massively monitored activities on Facebook accounts of Iranian members of the social network.... 3/2/2015 6:46 PM

New coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II unveiled in UK
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Royal Mint has unveiled a new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that will soon appear on coins.... 3/2/2015 6:39 PM

Spain: 3rd bailout for Greece being mulled for up to $56B
MADRID (AP) -- Eurozone nations are negotiating a third bailout worth as much as 50 billion euros ($56 billion) for Greece, Spain's economy minister said Monday.... 3/2/2015 6:37 PM

Romanian parliament approves new spy chief
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- The Romanian parliament has approved a new spy chief who has named the fight against corruption and cyber security in Ukraine as his priorities.... 3/2/2015 6:36 PM

Boko Haram video shows 2 beheaded men accused of spying
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- The latest video from Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamic extremist group shows the bodies of two beheaded men accused of spying, and copies some of the hallmarks of propaganda from the Islamic State group.... 3/2/2015 6:03 PM

Toronto police say no criminal intent with tunnel
TORONTO (AP) -- Two men built a mysterious tunnel discovered near a Pan Am Games venue in Toronto and there was no criminal intent, police said Monday.... 3/2/2015 6:02 PM

Greece: Turkey withdraws planned military exercise in Aegean
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece says Turkey has withdrawn a recent notice seeking to reserve a large swathe of airspace over the Aegean Sea for military maneuvers until the end of the year.... 3/2/2015 5:55 PM

New Saudi king meets Turkey leader amid thaw in relations
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- In a meeting that marks a thaw in diplomatic ties, King Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday discussed regional issues such as the ongoing war in Syria, Iran nuclear talks and turmoil in Yemen.... 3/2/2015 5:50 PM

US, Venezuelan officials meet amid rising diplomatic tension
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The head of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Caracas had a rare meeting Monday with Venezuela's foreign minister amid rising tensions between the two countries.... 3/2/2015 5:45 PM

Iraq launches operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Backed by allied Shiite, Sunni and Iranian fighters, Iraqi security forces launched a large-scale military operation Monday to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State extremist group, a major step in a campaign to reclaim territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants.... 3/2/2015 5:42 PM

Armani creates new winter trousers with tulip flair
MILAN (AP) -- The final day highlights of Armani and DSquared2 always make a rather odd pairing, representing in many ways the two poles of Milan fashion.... 3/2/2015 5:42 PM

Polish top senator: Russia banned me from Nemtsov's funeral
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's Senate speaker said Monday that Russia's authorities have denied him entry into the country for the funeral of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov.... 3/2/2015 5:23 PM

Estonian premier aims for coalition talks to create new govt
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) -- Estonia's prime minister was preparing to form a new government Monday, a day after his ruling Reform Party won parliamentary elections.... 3/2/2015 5:20 PM

AP EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Guantanamo detainees struggle in Uruguay
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- Every day during the 12 1/2 years he was imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay as a suspected al-Qaida operative, Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi dreamed of freedom.... 3/2/2015 5:09 PM

Turkish journalist arrested for 'framing' military officers
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A Turkish court on Monday ordered a journalist arrested pending trial as part of an investigation into an alleged conspiracy against hundreds of military officers who were convicted in 2012 of plotting to overthrow the government, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.... 3/2/2015 5:05 PM

Iran nuke talks resume amid contentious US-Israel debate
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) -- As U.S. and Israeli officials sparred in Washington over the wisdom of a nuclear deal with Iran, negotiations on a potential agreement resumed Monday, with Secretary of State John Kerry saying the sides are still far apart and warning Israel's leader that leaks about the talks will hurt their chances for success.... 3/2/2015 5:00 PM

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