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Niger: Troops prevent Boko Haram attack, destroy base
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) -- Niger says its troops fended off an attack on its territory by Boko Haram and destroyed a base used by the Islamic extremists inside neighboring Nigeria.... 3/31/2015 10:16 PM

Buhari wins in Nigeria, defeating Goodluck Jonathan
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Amid anger over an Islamist insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives, Nigerians returned a 72-year-old former military dictator to power Tuesday in the most hotly contested election in the country's history.... 3/31/2015 10:15 PM

Lufthansa: Co-pilot disclosed earlier "severe depression"
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Lufthansa knew that the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps last week had suffered from an episode of "severe depression" before he finished his flight training with the German airline.... 3/31/2015 10:04 PM

No nuke agreement yet: Iran talks push past deadline
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- With stubborn disputes unresolved, nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers pushed past a self-imposed deadline and into overtime Wednesday as negotiators renewed marathon efforts to hammer out the outline of an agreement.... 3/31/2015 10:26 PM

Son of Argentine president denies news reports about account
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- The son of Argentina's president on Tuesday denied anonymously sourced press reports alleging he had foreign bank accounts, calling them false accusations designed to smear his mother's administration.... 3/31/2015 9:44 PM

At least 4 killed in clash between Mexico vigilante groups
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A clash between two vigilante "self-defense" groups in the troubled Mexican state of Guerrero killed at least four people and dozens more were taken prisoner by each side, a leader of one of the groups said Tuesday.... 3/31/2015 9:37 PM

Taiwan to join China-led regional bank, Japan says not now
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan is not planning to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, its government spokesman said Tuesday, while Taiwan announced it would apply for membership, joining dozens of countries in signing up to an initiative opposed by Washington.... 3/31/2015 9:24 PM

Nigeria new leader Muhammadu Buhari has strict reputation
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's next president, the first opposition candidate to unseat a democratically elected president in the country's history, also knows how to take power through other means.... 3/31/2015 9:23 PM

Death toll rises to 14 in Mexico gas tanker explosion
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The death toll from the explosion of a crashed gasoline tanker truck in southern Mexico rose to 14 on Tuesday.... 3/31/2015 9:18 PM

PM: Prosecutor wounded in Istanbul hostage standoff has died
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Two members of a banned leftist group and a prosecutor they held hostage inside a courthouse in Istanbul died Tuesday after a shootout between the hostage takers and police, officials said.... 3/31/2015 9:17 PM

Danish-born former SS officer Kam dies in Germany at 93
BERLIN (AP) -- Soren Kam, a former SS officer wanted for war crimes in his native Denmark, has died in Germany. He was 93.... 3/31/2015 8:58 PM

AP PHOTOS: Peru dancers act out past violence in Andes
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- They danced all day, until the sun set over Latin America's oldest bullring. But these were not typical dances of Peru's highlands.... 3/31/2015 8:47 PM

Yemen civilians shudder, bristle under bombing campaign
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni civilians shuddered in fear and bristled with anger under an intense Saudi-led bombing campaign against Shiite rebels on Tuesday, day six of fighting that prompted international aid organizations to express alarm over high civilian casualties from the strikes and violence roiling the country.... 3/31/2015 8:35 PM


ISTANBUL (AP) -- Hospital officials say the prosecutor held hostage in Istanbul has died.... 3/31/2015 8:11 PM

Cuba delegate reports 'civilized' talks on rights with US
HAVANA (AP) -- A Cuban delegate to talks with the United States says the two sides have held "a respectful, professional, civilized conversation" on human rights in Washington.... 3/31/2015 7:58 PM

Things to know about Nigeria, as country picks new president
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's election has achieved the first democratic handover of power from one party to another. Here's a look at Africa's most populous country and biggest economy.... 3/31/2015 7:21 PM

Congo military leaders sign pledge to combat rape in war
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Congolese army commanders signed a declaration to combat rape in war, a move the United Nations welcomed Tuesday as an important step in the fight against sexual violence during conflicts.... 3/31/2015 7:00 PM

Iraq premier: Troops in center of Islamic State-held Tikrit
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants holed up in downtown Tikrit, going house to house Tuesday in search of snipers and booby traps, and the prime minister said security forces had reached the heart of the city.... 3/31/2015 6:48 PM

Vatican hopes to avoid financial scandal during Jubilee year
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican finance minister said Tuesday he hopes to avoid financial scandal with the upcoming Jubilee Year, saying the plans will be subject to new Vatican procedures to ensure they follow international standards for transparency and accountability.... 3/31/2015 6:35 PM

Donors pledge $3.8B in Syria aid as thousands more displaced
BEIRUT (AP) -- International donors at a conference in Kuwait pledged $3.8 billion Tuesday to help Syrians affected by the civil war, as U.N. officials warned of a fresh wave of mass displacement after Islamic groups took over a major city in northwestern Syria.... 3/31/2015 6:33 PM



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