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Arab leaders meet in Egypt amid Yemen airstrike campaign
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) -- Arab leaders are meeting in a key summit in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, days after a Saudi-led, 10-nation alliance began a campaign of airstrikes against Iranian-backed Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen.... 3/28/2015 9:28 AM

In Thailand, a mercurial junta leader known for sharp tongue
BANGKOK (AP) -- Ear tugs. A flying banana peel. Sarcastic remarks about getting smacked, or punched - or even executed. Such is life for the press corps covering Thailand's notoriously testy military ruler.... 3/28/2015 9:19 AM

Nigerians turn out en masse for critical presidential vote
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerians turned out en masse to vote in a presidential election Saturday that analysts say is too close to call.... 3/28/2015 9:19 AM

2 Czechs kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 freed
PRAGUE (AP) -- Two Czech tourists who were abducted by gunmen two years ago as they were traveling on a bus through southwestern Pakistan have been released, the Czech government said on Saturday.... 3/28/2015 9:07 AM

Official: Al-Shabab siege at Somali hotel ends, 17 dead
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somali troops on Saturday took full control of a hotel that extremist gunmen stormed and occupied for more than 12 hours following a suicide bombing. At least 17 people died and dozens were wounded.... 3/28/2015 9:02 AM

Uzbekistan to vote to extend veteran leader's rule
MOSCOW (AP) -- Uzbekistan is going through the motions of a presidential election this weekend, with a crushing win for its longtime leader a foregone conclusion, but the long-term future of the Central Asian nation is still far from certain.... 3/28/2015 8:20 AM

Pakistan says soldiers kill 15 militants near Afghan border
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's military says its soldiers have killed at least 15 militants in a northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan.... 3/28/2015 6:50 AM

Chinese president promotes regional vision at Boao Forum
BOAO, China (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping argued Saturday for strong China-led efforts to promote Asian economic and political cooperation while opening a major regional economic conference.... 3/28/2015 6:11 AM

Astronauts board space station for 1-year mission
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- Two Russians and an American floated into the International Space Station on Saturday, beginning what is to be a year away from Earth for two of them.... 3/28/2015 4:48 AM

AP PHOTOS: Antarctica both alluring and forbidding
DECEPTION ISLAND, Antarctica (AP) -- Their beady little eyes, squarish torsos and adorable waddling make penguins one of the main attractions for tourists who come to Antarctica. But far from the surface waters where they swim with seals and whales, deep in the oceans and across thousands of miles of frozen continent is another side of Antarctica that is both forbidding and mysterious.... 3/28/2015 4:46 AM

Italian court throws out Knox conviction once and for all
ROME (AP) -- Amanda Knox, who maintained that she and her former Italian boyfriend were innocent in her British roommate's murder through multiple trials and nearly four years in jail, was vindicated Friday when Italy's highest court threw out their convictions once and for all.... 3/28/2015 4:33 AM

About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved.... 3/28/2015 4:14 AM

France says will propose UN Security Council draft on Israel
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- France's foreign minister said Friday his country will propose a U.N. Security Council resolution in the coming weeks that could present a framework for negotiations toward resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.... 3/28/2015 12:47 AM

Sierra Leoneans to stay home in final push to stop Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days beginning Friday, except for religious services, as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola.... 3/28/2015 12:03 AM

Venezuela to present anti-US petition at summit with Obama
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is readying a gift for President Barack Obama when the two leaders cross paths at a regional summit next month: a petition containing millions of signatures denouncing U.S. aggression.... 3/27/2015 11:33 PM

Mexico sets 25 pct pollution cut by 2030 for climate talks
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico has become the first developing nation to submit pollutant reduction goals for next fall's Paris climate change talks, pledging Friday to cut greenhouse gas and short-lived climate pollutants 25 percent by 2030.... 3/27/2015 11:30 PM

Guatemala arrests gang suspect in journalist's killing
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- An alleged gang member suspected of ordering the recent killing of a young journalist has been arrested, President Otto Perez Molina said Friday.... 3/27/2015 11:14 PM

Fitch downgrades Greece amid bailout uncertainty
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The ratings agency Fitch has downgraded Greece's sovereign rating amid growing uncertainty over the new government's pledge to overhaul reforms needed to restart bailout loan payments and avoid default.... 3/27/2015 11:12 PM

Brazil federal police report massive tax fraud scheme
SAO PAULO (AP) -- The federal police agency said Friday it has begun legal proceedings against companies allegedly involved in a fraud scheme that has cost Brazil's public coffers almost $2 billion in unpaid fines and taxes.... 3/27/2015 11:06 PM

UN Security Council keeps in place Libya arms embargo
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council on Friday unanimously approved a resolution on Libya that keeps in place an arms embargo which the country's Western-recognized government says is hurting efforts to defend itself against the rise of the Islamic State group.... 3/27/2015 10:26 PM

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