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Kerry cancels plan to return to US to stay at Iran talks
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has cancelled plans to return to the United States for an event honoring his late Senate colleague Edward Kennedy in order to remain at the ongoing Iran nuclear talks in Switzerland.... 3/29/2015 6:13 AM

France's far-right breakthrough expected in local elections
PARIS (AP) -- The conservative party of former President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to dominate the 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 6:11 AM

Air Canada plane leaves Halifax runway on 'abrupt' landing
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) -- An Air Canada plane made an "abrupt" landing and left the runway at the Halifax airport in bad weather, and the airline said early Sunday that 22 people were taken to a hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries.... 3/29/2015 6:08 AM

Saudi Arabia says strikes push Yemen rebels out of air bases
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A Saudi-led airstrike campaign targeting Shiite rebels who control much of Yemen has pushed them out of contested air bases and destroyed any jet fighter remaining in the Arab world's poorest country, the kingdom has said.... 3/29/2015 5:55 AM

Singapore bids farewell to Lee Kuan Yew in elaborate funeral
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Singaporeans undeterred by heavy rains lined a 15 kilometer (9 mile) route through the Southeast Asian city-state to witness an elaborate funeral procession Sunday for longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew.... 3/29/2015 5:47 AM

Mariners pitching prospect Sanchez dies 42 days after injury
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Seattle Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez died Saturday night from head injuries he suffered in a boating accident last month, his Venezuelan team announced.... 3/29/2015 4:35 AM

Eiffel Tower goes dark in symbolic move for Earth Hour
PARIS (AP) -- The Eiffel Tower went dark briefly to mark Earth Hour, the campaign to raise awareness about climate change.... 3/29/2015 4:31 AM

Winter Olympics inspectors positive after Beijing visit
BEIJING (AP) -- IOC inspectors left Beijing Sunday after offering praise for the Chinese capital's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics that, if successful, would make it the first city to hold both the winter and summer games.... 3/29/2015 1:41 AM

Boko Haram kills 41, prevents hundreds voting in Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations in the northeast, but millions voted across Nigeria Saturday in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation's history.... 3/29/2015 12:13 AM

Charles Dickens' desk to go on permanent display at museum
LONDON (AP) -- They were the best of lines, they were the worst of lines - and the desk where Charles Dickens wrote them has been saved for the British public.... 3/29/2015 12:02 AM

Australia signs up to negotiations on Chinese-led bank
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia announced on Sunday that it would join negotiations to establish a new a Chinese-led Asian regional bank that has emerged as a potential challenge to United States influence in a part of the world where the Obama administration has tried to forge stronger ties.... 3/28/2015 11:08 PM

Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida's branch in Syria seized almost full control of the northwestern city of Idlib on Saturday, taking over major roundabouts and government buildings in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad whose forces rapidly collapsed after four days of heavy fighting, opposition activists and the extremist group said.... 3/28/2015 9:02 PM

4 killed while trying to recover gasoline after Mexico crash
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- An attempt to take gasoline from a crashed tanker truck led to four deaths and 26 injuries when the vehicle exploded, Mexican officials said Saturday.... 3/28/2015 8:47 PM

Questions and answers about the Arab peacekeeping force
CAIRO (AP) -- Arab League member states have agreed in principle to form a joint inter-Arab military peacekeeping 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 spreading Iranian power. Here's a look at some of the questions surrounding the plan:... 3/28/2015 8:43 PM

Afghan court sentences AP journalist's killer to 20 years
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's highest court has ruled that the police officer convicted of murdering Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding AP correspondent Kathy Gannon almost one year ago should serve 20 years in prison, according to documents sent to the country's attorney general on Saturday.... 3/28/2015 8:39 PM

Crash victim's father calls for more focus on pilot welfare
SISTERON, France (AP) -- The father of one of the victims of this week's plane crash in the French Alps called Saturday for airlines to take greater care over pilots' welfare.... 3/28/2015 7:56 PM

US State Dept: Difficult work remains on Iran nuke talks
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program grew frantic on Saturday amid signs of discord, 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 7:10 PM

Official: Al-Shabab siege at Somali hotel ends, 24 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 24, including six attackers.... 3/28/2015 6:57 PM

French woman wounded in Tunisia museum attack dies
PARIS (AP) -- The French president's office says that a fourth French citizen, seriously injured in the March 18 attack on Tunisia's National Bardo Museum, has died, bringing the total number of victims to 22.... 3/28/2015 6:29 PM

Guinea deploys police as Sierra Leoneans flee Ebola lockdown
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Guinea has deployed security forces to the country's southwest in response to reports that Sierra Leoneans are crossing the border to flee an Ebola lockdown intended to stamp out the deadly disease, an official said Saturday.... 3/28/2015 5:57 PM



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