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US says aim is March 'understanding' with Iran on nukes
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) -- A senior U.S. official is tamping down expectations that negotiations with Iran will result in a formal, preliminary deal this month outlining constraints on Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic.... 3/4/2015 1:13 PM

Global stocks mixed as investors eye European, US data
BEIJING (AP) -- European stocks mostly gained while Asian markets faltered Wednesday as investors monitored upbeat eurozone economic data and looked ahead to U.S. indicators.... 3/4/2015 1:12 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 have called on host nation Azerbaijan to release political prisoners held on "trumped up" charges.... 3/4/2015 12:59 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 and trapping more than 30 others underground, rebel and government officials said. One injured miner reported seeing five bodies.... 3/4/2015 12:56 PM

UK scientists work out weight of Sophie the Stegosaurus
LONDON (AP) -- Scientists at a British museum have worked out the weight of Sophie, one of the world's most complete Stegosaurus skeletons.... 3/4/2015 12:55 PM

Wildfire in South Africa continues for a 4th day
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Firefighters in Cape Town said the wildfire raging around Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain is still not under control after four days fighting the blaze.... 3/4/2015 12:51 PM

China defends military items found by Colombia on cargo ship
BEIJING (AP) -- China's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that a Chinese cargo ship was carrying legitimate military items when it was stopped in Colombia on its way to Cuba.... 3/4/2015 12:43 PM

Abbas says Israel stripped his government of all authority
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Israel has eroded the authority of his self-rule government in the West Bank to the point where it has "no real power here over anything."... 3/4/2015 12:40 PM

Iran demands Pakistan extradite suspected Iranian militant
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran is demanding the extradition of a suspected Iranian militant arrested in Pakistan.... 3/4/2015 12:38 PM

Libyan official: Islamic State militants attack oil field
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Islamic State militants have attacked an oil field near Libya's central coast, prompting a counterattack by the Islamist-backed government in Tripoli that involved airstrikes, an official said Wednesday.... 3/4/2015 12:35 PM

EU to adapt its foreign policy to new realities, crises
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union is rethinking its foreign policy to better adapt to crises like the ones it faces in Ukraine, Russia and Syria without having to be overly dependent on allies like the United States.... 3/4/2015 12:34 PM

Reports: Afghan Shiite commander killed in Syrian battle
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists and Iranian media are reporting that the commander of a Shiite Afghan faction has been killed in a battle against Syrian rebels.... 3/4/2015 12:29 PM

British government sells Eurostar interest for $1.1 billion
LONDON (AP) -- The British government has agreed to sell its stake in Eurostar, the high-speed rail service that connects London with Paris and Brussels through a tunnel under the English Channel, for 757 million pounds ($1.1 billion), a move that's prompted accusations that it is selling the family silver.... 3/4/2015 12:28 PM

Putin calls opposition politician's slaying a 'disgrace'
MOSCOW (AP) -- The killing of a key opposition figure is a "disgrace" to Russia, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.... 3/4/2015 12:21 PM

Coalition forms in Lesotho after no clear election winner
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The leader of Lesotho's main opposition party has announced a coalition government with smaller parties after the Feb. 28 election had no outright winner.... 3/4/2015 12:20 PM

Kerry heads to Saudi Arabia to consult on Iran nuke talks
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) -- Fresh from the latest round of Iran nuclear negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Saudi Arabia to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging deal and discuss ways to calm instability in troubled Yemen and other Mideast nations.... 3/4/2015 12:20 PM

5 cars getting attention at the Geneva auto show
GENEVA (AP) -- Volkswagen's functional Passat family car may have taken top honors as car of the year at the annual Geneva motor show, but there is no doubt what visitors come to see at this glitzy gathering: high-end supercars.... 3/4/2015 12:20 PM

Rights body scolds France over corporal punishment of kids
PARIS (AP) -- A top European human rights body said Wednesday that France isn't doing enough to prevent spanking and other kinds of corporal punishment of children.... 3/4/2015 12:13 PM

Honey, we shrank the SUV _ and Europe loves it
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- In Europe, SUV now stands for: Shrinking Utility Vehicle.... 3/4/2015 11:53 AM

Prince William meets elephant on final day of China tour
BEIJING (AP) -- Prince William fed carrots to an elephant in China's southwest and brought up the plight of its African counterparts being killed for their tusks in a speech Wednesday that called on China to do more to deter poaching.... 3/4/2015 11:48 AM



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