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Microsoft co-founder says he found sunken Japan WWII warship
TOKYO (AP) -- Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his research team have found the wreckage of a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago, he said Wednesday.... 3/4/2015 3:13 PM

Claim of 'dirty money' in politics provokes uproar in Iran
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's interior minister has claimed that politics in the Islamic Republic are tainted by "dirty money" from the smuggling of goods and drugs, provoking uproar ahead of crucial parliamentary elections planned for early next year.... 3/4/2015 3:12 PM

Merkel warns Russia to live up to Ukraine peace deal
BRUSSELS (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is warning Russia to live up to the Ukraine peace agreement it backed in Minsk last month or face tougher European Union sanctions.... 3/4/2015 3:09 PM

Hundreds evacuated as wildfire in South Africa burns on
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- About 500 people fled their homes in South Africa's city of Cape Town as a wildfire defied rain and firefighters with smoke and flames rising for a fourth day Wednesday.... 3/4/2015 3:03 PM

UN envoy to Yemen disappointed by Shiites rebels' stance
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The U.N. envoy to Yemen has expressed "disappointment" over the refusal by the country's Shiite rebels to withdraw their fighters from state institutions and release the prime minister from house arrest.... 3/4/2015 2:58 PM

Dubai to curate next hot thing in 'Museum of the Future'
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The flashy Gulf city with a skyline that looks like something out of a science fiction movie is embracing its love of all things new with plans for a "Museum of the Future."... 3/4/2015 2:58 PM

Kerry pushes back on Israeli criticism of Iran nuke talks
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing back against the Israeli prime minister's assertion that a developing nuclear deal with Iran should be scrapped.... 3/4/2015 2:57 PM

Italy rescues nearly 1,000 migrants; 10 die
ROME (AP) -- In a dramatic sea rescue north of Libya, a flotilla of rescue ships saved nearly 1,000 migrants and refugees, while 10 migrants perished in the southern Mediterranean, Italian officials said Wednesday.... 3/4/2015 2:51 PM

Greek police guidelines on migration control spark confusion
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's radical left-led government has revoked new police guidelines on migration control after a wave of criticism from the opposition, saying they were issued without prior consultation.... 3/4/2015 2:49 PM

Suspected German member of Islamic State group arrested
BERLIN (AP) -- Prosecutors say they have arrested a German suspected of being a member of the Islamic State group and undergoing weapons training with the extremists.... 3/4/2015 2:45 PM

Merkel seeks to dampen talk of 3rd Greek bailout
BRUSSELS (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the president of the European Union's executive branch are cautioning against speculation that Greece will need a third financial bailout.... 3/4/2015 2:44 PM

Top French court approves extradition of Kazakh banker
PARIS (AP) -- France's top appeals court on Wednesday approved the extradition of a Kazakh oligarch-turned-dissident to Russia or Ukraine - but his lawyers urged the French government to reconsider, arguing that the case is politically motivated.... 3/4/2015 2:43 PM

Passengers hit in Scandinavia as strike at Norwegian expands
HELSINKI (AP) -- Thousands of passengers have been stranded across Scandinavia as a strike by pilots of Norwegian Air Shuttle continued for a fifth day.... 3/4/2015 2:38 PM

Russian court keeps Ukrainian pilot behind bars
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian court has rejected an appeal to release a Ukrainian pilot who has been on hunger strike since mid-December.... 3/4/2015 2:23 PM

UN: World eating too much sugar; cut to 5-10 percent of diet
LONDON (AP) -- Put down the donut. And while you're at it, skip the breakfast cereal, fruit juice, beer and ketchup.... 3/4/2015 2:22 PM

Official: Mexico arrests Zetas leader Omar Trevino Morales
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican police and soldiers arrested the Zetas drug cartel leader Omar Trevino Morales, alias "Z-42," on Wednesday, a federal official said.... 3/4/2015 2:20 PM

French nuclear industry in turmoil as manufacturer buckles
PARIS (AP) -- France's nuclear industry is in turmoil after the country's main reactor manufacturer, Areva, reported a loss for 2014 of 4.8 billion euros ($5.3 billion) - more than its entire market value.... 3/4/2015 2:14 PM

British citizen fighting with Kurds killed in Syria
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- A British citizen fighting alongside Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group has been killed in Syria, a Kurdish commander said Wednesday.... 3/4/2015 2:12 PM

Coal mine blast in eastern Ukraine kills 1, traps dozens
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- An explosion ripped through a coal mine before dawn Wednesday in war-torn eastern Ukraine, killing at least one miner, rebel and government officials said. An injured miner reported seeing five bodies.... 3/4/2015 2:12 PM

Rights groups criticize Azerbaijan ahead of European Games
GENEVA (AP) -- With the opening of the inaugural European Games in Baku 100 days away, human rights groups on Wednesday called on host nation Azerbaijan to release political prisoners held on "trumped up" charges.... 3/4/2015 2:05 PM

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