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Iran official criticizes Israeli leader's 'scaremongering'
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's top nuclear negotiator says "scaremongering" by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won't stop the Islamic Republic and world powers from reaching a final nuclear deal.... 2/28/2015 12:51 PM

Car bombs kill 27 people north of Iraq's capital, Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Car bombs targeting a crowded market and Shiite militia checkpoints north of Iraq's capital killed 27 people Saturday, authorities said, as the country's prime minister vowed to punish Islamic State militants who smashed ancient artifacts in a northern city.... 2/28/2015 12:33 PM

3rd man suspected of helping gunman jailed in custody
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- A man suspected of providing a bullet-proof jacket to the gunman who killed two people in attacks in Copenhagen has been jailed for 26 days.... 2/28/2015 12:25 PM

Lesotho votes in bid to overcome tension
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The southern African nation of Lesotho on Saturday held an early election aimed at overcoming tension among political factions that has led to violence among security forces since last year.... 2/28/2015 12:25 PM

Russian investigators: Nemtsov killing may be provocation
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's top investigative body said Saturday it is looking into several possible motives for the killing of prominent opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, including an attempt to destabilize the state, Islamic extremism, the Ukraine conflict and his personal life.... 2/28/2015 12:16 PM

Jailed Kurdish leader calls on PKK to lay down arms
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has called on his fighters to lay down arms as part of a peace process to end a 30-year insurgency, Turkey's main Kurdish party said Saturday.... 2/28/2015 12:04 PM

India's new budget aims to boost growth and infrastructure
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's finance minister announced the government's new budget on Saturday, promising a slew of measures that attempt to balance welfare spending with high economic growth and infrastructure development, while vowing to keep a tight control on the fiscal deficit.... 2/28/2015 11:55 AM

Prince William evokes Diana memories on Japan tsunami trip
KORIYAMA, Japan (AP) -- Britain's Prince William is spending the latter half of his four-day stay in Japan, starting Saturday, in the country's tsunami-ravaged northeast, a visit certain to draw global attention to the stories of survival and continuing suffering in the region.... 2/28/2015 11:52 AM

Western leaders condemn Nemtsov killing, press Kremlin
BERLIN (AP) -- Western leaders are condemning the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and pressing the Kremlin to ensure that the killing is investigated thoroughly. Here is a selection of comments.... 2/28/2015 11:30 AM

Egypt court sentences 4 Muslim Brotherhood members to death
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court has sentenced four members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood organization to death and 14 to life in prison.... 2/28/2015 11:22 AM

China's central bank cuts rates again to boost economy
BEIJING (AP) -- China on Saturday cut interest rates for the second time in three months, adding to signs that Chinese leaders are worried that the economic slowdown is deepening too sharply.... 2/28/2015 11:03 AM

5 things to know about Estonia's parliamentary election
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) -- Estonia's center-right government is being challenged by a party that draws its support from the Baltic country's Russian minority. Here are five things to know about Estonia's parliamentary vote on Sunday:... 2/28/2015 11:01 AM

AP PHOTOS: Germany Young Ensemble
BERLIN (AP) -- Hoping to demonstrate their posture, agility and strength, a handful of boys and more than 120 girls between ages 7 and 9 tried out for the Young Ensemble of Berlin's Friedrichstadt-Palast theatre in February.... 2/28/2015 10:58 AM

China's famed Shaolin temple plans big project in Australia
BEIJING (AP) -- China's Shaolin Temple, historically known for its martial arts traditions but which recently has gained a reputation for aggressive commercialization, is planning to build a $297 million complex in Australia that would include a temple, a hotel, a kung fu academy and a golf course.... 2/28/2015 9:45 AM

Police in German city warn of potential extremist threat
BERLIN (AP) -- Police in the German city of Bremen are warning of a potential danger from Islamic extremists there and say they are stepping up security measures.... 2/28/2015 9:13 AM

Myanmar journalist arrested for satirical post
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Police in Myanmar on Saturday arrested a photojournalist who posted a satirical message on Facebook that mocked a historic battle and the country's leader.... 2/28/2015 7:54 AM

China's latest survey finds increase in wild giant pandas
BEIJING (AP) -- Wild giant pandas in China are doing well.... 2/28/2015 7:45 AM

70 years on, survivors keep memory of Battle of Manila alive
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Seventy years have not dulled the memories of survivors of the monthlong Battle of Manila. The mass killings by Japanese forces, the loved ones lost and the desperation are etched in their minds, as is the elation when American forces finally rescued them in the closing months of World War II.... 2/28/2015 7:03 AM

Mexico drug lord captures change but don't lower trafficking
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- It's another big score for the Mexican government, which has been tearing through its list of most-wanted drug lords in recent years.... 2/28/2015 5:55 AM

World's biggest private Harry Potter collection on display
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A young Mexican's fascination with Harry Potter has grown into the world's biggest private collection of toys, books, clothes and other items related to author J.K. Rowling's fantasy hero. Now, other fans have a chance to see it all.... 2/28/2015 5:26 AM

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