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Israeli premier: Nuclear deal will 'pave the way' for Iran
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister says an emerging deal from nuclear talks in Switzerland will "pave the way" for Iran to have the ability to build an atomic bomb in little time.... 3/31/2015 3:33 PM

Donors pledge $3.8B in Syria aid, far short of what's needed
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- International donors committed $3.8 billion in aid for Syrians affected by the grinding civil war at a donors' conference in Kuwait on Tuesday, less than half of what the United Nations requested in its largest appeal yet for the country.... 3/31/2015 3:32 PM

Greece: current phase of reform talks wrap up in Brussels
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Talks between Greece and its creditors have wrapped up for now without a deal to unlock remaining Greek bailout funds urgently needed to stave off a potential default.... 3/31/2015 3:29 PM

Heavy winds sweep Germany, disrupt transport
BERLIN (AP) -- Heavy winds have caused disruption to transport across Germany, prompting the national railway to suspend services in part of the country and forcing flight delays and cancelations.... 3/31/2015 3:24 PM

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 3:16 PM

Puerto Rico power company wins extension with creditors
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's financially struggling power company has obtained a two-week extension from creditors amid growing concerns it will go bankrupt.... 3/31/2015 3:15 PM

Banned leftist group in Turkey takes prosecutor hostage
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Members of a banned leftist group took a prosecutor hostage in his office Tuesday inside a courthouse in Istanbul, authorities said. Police said negotiators were speaking to two militants in attempts to end the standoff.... 3/31/2015 3:12 PM

Bosnia forms government 6 months after elections
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Nearly six months after the elections, Bosnia-Herzegovina formed a new government that will have to implement substantial reforms in order to put the country on track for eventual EU membership.... 3/31/2015 3:05 PM

Transportation strike in Argentina shuts down country
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Many businesses were shuttered and streets were mostly empty Tuesday as transportation unions brought Argentina to a standstill with a one-day nationwide strike to protest income tax rates and high inflation.... 3/31/2015 3:01 PM

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 talks in a new phase aimed at reaching a final agreement by the end of June to control Iran's nuclear ambitions, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.... 3/31/2015 3:01 PM

Germany, France, Italy plan to develop military drones
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany and France plan to work together with Italy to develop military surveillance drones that could also carry weapons.... 3/31/2015 2:57 PM

EU dairy farmers rally to protest removal of milk quotas
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Yvan Deknudt's dairy farm has been leaking money and he believes that things are set to get worse imminently. That's why he drove his tractor right into the big city on Tuesday, parked it outside the headquarters of the European Union and set fire to the flags of some of Europe's biggest food companies.... 3/31/2015 2:55 PM

Iraq premier: Troops in center of Islamic State-held Tikrit
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants Tuesday holed up in downtown Tikrit as the country's prime minister announced security forces had reached the city's center.... 3/31/2015 2:54 PM

APNewsBreak: France seizes moment to push for Mideast talks
PARIS (AP) -- France sees a window of opportunity after Israel's elections to get the United States on board with a new push for Mideast peace, and is preparing a draft U.N Security Council resolution in about 12 days, according to French diplomatic officials.... 3/31/2015 2:51 PM

Muhammadu Buhari's spokesman: He's won but fears 'tricks'
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- The spokesman for retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari says the former military dictator has won Nigeria's presidential election but fears "tricks" from the government.... 3/31/2015 2:44 PM

Turkish military officers acquitted in coup plot retrial
ISTANBUL (AP) -- An Istanbul court has acquitted 236 military officers of charges of plotting a coup to overthrow the government of then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.... 3/31/2015 2:39 PM

Canada police charge man in deaths of boys killed by python
CAMPBELLTON, New Brunswick (AP) -- Canadian police have charged a man with criminal negligence causing death after two young brothers were asphyxiated by a python.... 3/31/2015 2:33 PM

NATO chief: convoy of US troops tests skills and bridges
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- NATO's supreme commander in Europe said Tuesday that a convoy of U.S. troops crossing eastern Europe is a way of reassuring allies of the military alliance's support and of practicing little-used skills.... 3/31/2015 2:33 PM

Qatar ambassador returns to Egypt after rift over Libya
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's state news agency says Qatar has returned its ambassador to Cairo almost a month after recalling him in response to an Egyptian official accusing the tiny Gulf nation of supporting terrorism.... 3/31/2015 2:32 PM

Thai court gives 25-year jail sentence for defaming monarchy
BANGKOK (AP) -- A Thai military court sentenced a businessman to 25 years in prison on Tuesday on charges of defaming the country's monarchy in what appears to be the longest sentence handed down in recent years for the crime of lese majeste, a civil liberties lawyer said.... 3/31/2015 2:19 PM

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