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France's far right breakthrough expected in local elections
PARIS (AP) -- The conservative party of former President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to dominate Sunday's final round of France's local elections, give the far-right National Front another electoral breakthrough and deal a new blow to the governing Socialists.... 3/29/2015 4:02 PM

Officials: Iran nuke talks solving some issues, not others
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Iran is considering demands for further cuts to its uranium enrichment program but is pushing back on how long it must limit technology it could use to make atomic arms, Western officials involved in the nuclear talks said Sunday.... 3/29/2015 3:58 PM

Israel installs solar panels at parliament to save energy
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has installed solar panels on the roof of its parliament building, creating what it calls the largest solar field of any national assembly in the world.... 3/29/2015 3:51 PM

Egypt prosecutor names Brotherhood leaders as terrorists
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's top prosecutor on Sunday named 18 Muslim Brotherhood members, including the group's leader and his deputy, as terrorists in the first implementation of an anti-terror law passed earlier this year.... 3/29/2015 3:27 PM

Boko Haram advance on northern city as Nigerians vote
BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) -- Suspected Boko Haram extremists attacked polling stations and destroyed election material in two northeastern towns, police said as Nigerians continued voting Sunday in certain areas that suffered technical glitches.... 3/29/2015 3:05 PM

Air Canada plane leaves Halifax runway on 'abrupt' landing
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) -- An Air Canada plane made an "abrupt" landing in bad weather and skidded off the runway at the airport in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and officials said Sunday that 23 people were taken to a hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries.... 3/29/2015 3:04 PM

Syrians flee Idlib, fearing government reprisals
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrians fled Idlib Sunday, fearing government reprisals a day after opposition fighters and a powerful local al-Qaida affiliate captured the northwestern town, activists said.... 3/29/2015 2:57 PM

Hometown pastor says community stands by co-pilot, family
MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) -- The pastor of the Lutheran church in Andreas Lubitz's hometown said Sunday that the community stands by him and his family, despite the fact that prosecutors blame the 27-year-old co-pilot for causing the plane crash that killed 150 people in southern France.... 3/29/2015 2:51 PM

Israel premier expresses 'deep concern' on pending Iran deal
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he has "deep concern" over a pending nuclear deal the West appears close to signing with Israel's arch-enemy Iran.... 3/29/2015 2:45 PM

Lee Kuan Yew eulogized at funeral as architect of Singapore
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Singaporeans bid farewell to longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday with an elaborate procession and a three-hour state funeral at which his son, the current prime minister, eulogized the statesman and declared that the wealthy city-state he helped build is his monument.... 3/29/2015 2:26 PM

Russian theater director fired over Wagner opera
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's culture minister on Sunday fired the director of a Siberian theater whose modern staging of Wagner's opera "Tannhauser" offended the powerful Russian Orthodox Church.... 3/29/2015 2:19 PM

US troops drive in eastern Europe to show defense readiness
PRAGUE (AP) -- A convoy of U.S. troops driving through eastern Europe that opponents threatened to block has entered Czech territory.... 3/29/2015 2:16 PM

Guinea weighs lockdowns as West Africa continues Ebola fight
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- The West African countries hit hardest by Ebola are ramping up efforts to eradicate the deadly disease using lockdowns, restrictions on burials and a warning to survivors about the potential dangers of unprotected sex.... 3/29/2015 2:08 PM

UN warns emergency fund for Palestinians in Syria near empty
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Just four percent of emergency work in Syria for Palestinians has been funded so far this year, threatening the viability of a cash assistance program that UNRWA spokesman Christopher Gunness described on Sunday as a "lifeline" for refugees.... 3/29/2015 2:05 PM

Leading suspect in Tunisia museum attack killed
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's prime minister said Sunday a leading suspect in a deadly museum attack on foreign tourists has been killed in anti-terrorist operations, as tens of thousands of Tunisians marched through the capital to denounce extremist violence.... 3/29/2015 2:01 PM

Q&A: Plans for an Arab joint intervention force
CAIRO (AP) -- Arab League member nations formally announced on Sunday an agreement to form a joint military force. While details of how such a force would actually operate remain thin, the agreement is a telling sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots, whether against Islamic militants or Iran-backed groups.... 3/29/2015 1:52 PM

Arab summit: Yemen airstrikes to go on until rebels withdraw
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) -- Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen will continue until Shiite rebels there "withdraw and surrender their weapons," a summit of Arab leaders decided Sunday, as they also agreed in principle to forming a joint military force.... 3/29/2015 1:26 PM

Cameroon residents kill suspected C. African Republic rebels
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) -- Residents of eastern Cameroon killed several suspected fighters from a Central African Republic rebel group who were trying to carry out a large-scale kidnapping, a local official said Sunday.... 3/29/2015 1:20 PM

Pope prays for plane crash dead during Palm Sunday Mass
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis opened solemn Holy Week services with Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, stressing humility and remembering the dead in the Germanwings crash.... 3/29/2015 12:18 PM

Struggle to explain what motivated co-pilot in doomed flight
LONDON (AP) -- A disgruntled worker shoots up a workplace. A student opens fire at a high school. A pilot crashes a planeload of people into a mountainside.... 3/29/2015 12:12 PM



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