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Albania gets 266-million-euro loan from World Bank
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- The World Bank has lent 266 million euros ($289.6 million) to Albania for its public finances and investment in road maintenance.... 3/28/2015 2:49 PM

Yemen's president calls Shiite rebels 'puppets of Iran'
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) -- Yemen's embattled president on Saturday called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "puppets of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender.... 3/28/2015 2:26 PM

UK prime minister rallies party before 'knife edge' election
LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday that Britain's election campaign is on a knife edge, as he rallied the Conservative party with a personal attack on his main rival.... 3/28/2015 1:57 PM

German pilot visited glider field near crash site as a child
SISTERON, France (AP) -- The German co-pilot accused of crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps frequented a gliding club near the crash site as a child with his parents, according to a member of the club.... 3/28/2015 1:53 PM

Official: Al-Shabab siege at Somali hotel ends, 21 dead
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Blood spattered utensils, bullet-pocked walls and overturned chairs mark the reception area of a prominent hotel in the Somali capital following an attack by Islamic extremists that killed at least 21, including six attackers.... 3/28/2015 1:50 PM

Millions of Nigerians turn out to vote in presidential poll
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerians turned out in their millions Saturday to vote in a presidential election that analysts say is too close to call between President Goodluck Jonathan and former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari.... 3/28/2015 1:38 PM

Al-Qaida in Syria seizes large parts of northern city
BEIRUT (AP) -- Al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, captured most of the northwestern city of Idlib from government forces Saturday, sweeping into neighborhoods in the center of the city in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad's government, opposition activists and the group said.... 3/28/2015 1:35 PM

Sierra Leone lockdown aims for 'total control' over Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- An official in Sierra Leone says high compliance with a nationwide lockdown could give the West African nation "total control" over the Ebola outbreak.... 3/28/2015 1:24 PM

Painstaking recovery mission at treacherous Alps crash site
SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) -- The ravine echoes with helicopter rotors, the scrape of metal on stone, the rumble of sliding scree as the remnants of Germanwings Flight 9525 dislodge from the mountainside.... 3/28/2015 12:42 PM

Iran nuke talks expand as deadline for deal looms
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program picked up pace on Saturday with the French and German foreign ministers joining U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in talks with Tehran's top diplomat ahead of an end-of-March deadline for a preliminary deal.... 3/28/2015 12:20 PM

2 Czechs kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 freed
PRAGUE (AP) -- Two Czech tourists who were abducted by gunmen two years ago as they were traveling on a bus through southwestern Pakistan have been released, the Czech government said on Saturday.... 3/28/2015 12:02 PM

Uzbekistan to vote to extend veteran leader's rule
MOSCOW (AP) -- Uzbekistan is going through the motions of a presidential election this weekend, with a crushing win for its longtime leader a foregone conclusion, but the long-term future of the Central Asian nation is still far from certain.... 3/28/2015 11:47 AM

Police on trial: Tears, anger resurge over 2005 French riots
RENNES, France (AP) -- One October afternoon, two teenage boys were kicking around a football in their desolate housing project northeast of Paris. Two hours later, they lay lifeless, electrocuted in a power substation as they hid from police.... 3/28/2015 11:44 AM

In Thailand, a mercurial junta leader known for sharp tongue
BANGKOK (AP) -- Ear tugs. A flying banana peel. Sarcastic remarks about getting smacked, or punched - or even executed. Such is life for the press corps covering Thailand's notoriously testy military ruler.... 3/28/2015 10:33 AM

Italy sees record asylum requests as migrant centers fill
SIRACUSA, Sicily (AP) -- As Italy copes with record number of migrants making the risky trip across the Mediterranean to reach European shores, it is also registering a record number of political asylum requests, filling migrant holding centers with would-be refugees hoping that their cases are accepted.... 3/28/2015 10:12 AM

Pakistan says soldiers kill 15 militants near Afghan border
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's military says its soldiers have killed at least 15 militants in a northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan.... 3/28/2015 6:50 AM

Chinese president promotes regional vision at Boao Forum
BOAO, China (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping argued Saturday for strong China-led efforts to promote Asian economic and political cooperation while opening a major regional economic conference.... 3/28/2015 6:11 AM

Astronauts board space station for 1-year mission
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- Two Russians and an American floated into the International Space Station on Saturday, beginning what is to be a year away from Earth for two of them.... 3/28/2015 4:48 AM

AP PHOTOS: Antarctica both alluring and forbidding
DECEPTION ISLAND, Antarctica (AP) -- Their beady little eyes, squarish torsos and adorable waddling make penguins one of the main attractions for tourists who come to Antarctica. But far from the surface waters where they swim with seals and whales, deep in the oceans and across thousands of miles of frozen continent is another side of Antarctica that is both forbidding and mysterious.... 3/28/2015 4:46 AM

Italian court throws out Knox conviction once and for all
ROME (AP) -- Amanda Knox, who maintained that she and her former Italian boyfriend were innocent in her British roommate's murder through multiple trials and nearly four years in jail, was vindicated Friday when Italy's highest court threw out their convictions once and for all.... 3/28/2015 4:33 AM

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