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Cuba, US to launch human rights dialogue in latest talks
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba and the United States will debate human rights at a meeting in Washington on Tuesday in another sign of the thaw between the countries trying to re-establish normal diplomatic relations after a 50-year freeze.... 3/26/2015 7:32 PM

Pope's sex abuse commission alarmed by bishop appointment
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Several members of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board are expressing concern and incredulity over his decision to appoint a Chilean bishop to a diocese despite allegations from victims that he covered up for Chile's most notorious pedophile.... 3/26/2015 7:30 PM

Pope welcomes homeless to Sistine Chapel in surprise visit
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has made a surprise appearance in the Sistine Chapel to welcome a group of 150 homeless people who got a private guided tour, followed by dinner, as part of the pope's ramped-up charity efforts.... 3/26/2015 7:29 PM

Russian, American ready for a year in space
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- The Russian astronaut heading off for a year in space says he'll miss the natural landscapes on Earth. His American counterpart jokes he won't miss his twin brother.... 3/26/2015 7:27 PM

Iran, Saudi Arabia fighting bloody proxy wars across region
BEIRUT (AP) -- Airstrikes on Sanaa herald Yemen's emergence as the latest theater for the proxy war between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite-dominated Iran.... 3/26/2015 7:26 PM

Saudi Arabia, allies open air campaign against Yemen rebels
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Saudi Arabia bombed key military installations in Yemen on Thursday, leading a regional coalition in a campaign against Shiite rebels who have taken over much of the country and drove out the president. The dramatic military assault turns impoverished, fragmented Yemen into a new front in the conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran.... 3/26/2015 7:22 PM

Co-pilot 'intentionally' destroyed plane, prosecutor says
PARIS (AP) -- Ignoring the captain's frantic pounding on the door, the co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself inside the cockpit and deliberately rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps as passengers screamed in terror, a prosecutor said Thursday.... 3/26/2015 7:10 PM

Airlines to require 2 crew members in cockpit at all times
LONDON (AP) -- Airlines around the world on Thursday began requiring two crew members to always be present in the cockpit, after details emerged that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 had apparently locked himself in the cockpit and deliberated crashed the plane into the mountains below.... 3/26/2015 7:05 PM

Royals, Cumberbatch help bury comeback King Richard III
LEICESTER, England (AP) -- A maligned monarch found under a parking lot was buried in pomp Thursday, as Britain embraced comeback King Richard III, a long-reviled ruler who is experiencing a remarkable posthumous renaissance.... 3/26/2015 6:59 PM

Co-pilot was 'very happy' with Germanwings job
MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) -- Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot's job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in the forested hills of western Germany.... 3/26/2015 6:50 PM

US, Iran nuke talks enter critical round ahead of deadline
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran entered a critical phase on Thursday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meeting his Iranian counterpart less than a week away from a deadline to secure the outline of a deal.... 3/26/2015 6:41 PM

Air Canada to mandate 2 people in the cockpit
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada's largest airliner is immediately implementing a policy change to ensure two people are in the cockpit at all times in the wake of news that a co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and intentionally rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps.... 3/26/2015 6:37 PM

UN: Global asylum claims at highest number in 22 years
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A new United Nations report says the world's number of asylum claims is at its highest in 22 years, with fleeing Syrians and Iraqis leading the way.... 3/26/2015 6:34 PM

UN sounds positive note as Libya deal remains elusive
SKHIRAT, Morocco (AP) -- The U.N. envoy to Libya's peace talks sounded a positive note Thursday as negotiations between the rival governments took another break with a deal remaining elusive.... 3/26/2015 6:25 PM

Heavy rains cause flooding in usually bone-dry Chile desert
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Communities in a desert region of northern Chile struggled Thursday to cope with rain-provoked flooding that has claimed the lives of at least seven people, knocked out power and cut off roadways.... 3/26/2015 6:24 PM

Moroccan police block burial of prominent Islamist's widow
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Thousands of Islamists were in an hours-long standoff in Morocco's capital with hundreds of riot police when they were prevented from burying the widow of their spiritual leader.... 3/26/2015 6:22 PM

UN Mideast envoy calls on Security Council for Israel action
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N.'s top Mideast envoy challenged the Security Council on Thursday to lead the way to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, suggesting it should present a framework for negotiations that "may be the only way to preserve the goal of a two-state solution."... 3/26/2015 6:12 PM

Nigeria's military pushes extremists before elections
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Beefed up by new weapons from China, Russia and the Czech Republic, and strengthened by training from foreign advisers, Nigeria's military is forcing Boko Haram extremists from a string of northeastern towns as the country's prepares for elections the insurgents are threatening to disrupt.... 3/26/2015 6:09 PM

Kenya's president apologizes for government's past wrongs
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya's president apologized on Thursday to the Kenyan people for past wrongs committed both by his government and past regimes.... 3/26/2015 6:04 PM

Syrian government shells kill 18 in south, activists say
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government airstrikes and shelling in the country's south killed at least 18 people on Thursday, including three children, opposition activists said.... 3/26/2015 5:56 PM

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