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Iraqi minister says Tikrit to be recaptured within 'hours'
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi security forces battled the last remaining pockets of Islamic State militants in Tikrit early Wednesday and were expected to gain full control of the city "within the coming hours," the country's interior minister said.... 4/1/2015 10:08 AM

Emirates, Etihad planes involved in air traffic scare
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Jetliners from the United Arab Emirates' two main airlines apparently got too close to each other over the Indian Ocean this week.... 4/1/2015 10:02 AM

Lufthansa execs visit French Alps crash site where 150 died
SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) -- Lufthansa's chief executive said Wednesday it will take "a long, long time" to understand what led to a deadly crash in the Alps last week - but refused to say what the airline knew about the mental health of the co-pilot suspected of deliberately destroying the plane.... 4/1/2015 9:55 AM

Police detain armed man in office of Turkey's ruling party
ISTANBUL (AP) -- A Turkish official says police have overpowered an armed man who stormed the ruling party's local branch in Istanbul, broke a top-floor window and shouted slogans.... 4/1/2015 9:50 AM

Gloomy China, Japan data add to pressure for stimulus
BEIJING (AP) -- China and Japan reported gloomy industrial data Wednesday, adding to pressure on leaders of the world's second- and third-largest economies to launch new stimulus.... 4/1/2015 9:36 AM

Yemen officials: 23 dead after airstrikes hit factory
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni officials say Saudi-led warplanes bombed Shiite rebel positions in a western city, setting off explosions and drawing return fire from anti-aircraft guns. Airstrikes also hit a factory in the city and 23 workers died there.... 4/1/2015 9:13 AM

Buhari: Nigeria embraces democracy, 1-party state behind us
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari said Wednesday it was time "to heal wounds," a day after Nigeria's president conceded defeat in a bitterly fought election.... 4/1/2015 9:06 AM

A day after missing deal deadline, Iran nuclear talks resume
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Iran nuclear negotiators resumed talks here Wednesday, just hours after abandoning a March 31 deadline to reach the outline of a deal and agreeing to press on. However, as the discussions dragged on, three of the six foreign ministers involved left the talks, and prospects for agreement remained uncertain.... 4/1/2015 9:05 AM

UN rights chief: Boko Haram fighters murdered captive women
BERLIN (AP) -- The U.N.'s human rights chief said Wednesday his office has received reports that Boko Haram fighters retreating from advancing military forces in Nigeria murdered women and girls they had taken as "wives," along with other captives.... 4/1/2015 9:01 AM

Albanian authorities evacuate village after oil well blast
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Albanian authorities are evacuating residents of a village following an explosion at a Canadian-owned oil well. No injuries were reported.... 4/1/2015 8:58 AM

American farmer among the winners in sanctions-hit Russia
MOSCOW (AP) -- Kansas-born farmer Justus Walker is prospering in Russia - one year after the U.S. and European Union began imposing sanctions against his adopted country over its aggression in Ukraine.... 4/1/2015 8:55 AM

European shares reverse early losses on strong factory data
TOKYO (AP) -- European shares rebounded from early losses on Wednesday as a monthly survey showed factory output at a 10-month high in March, helped by strong growth in new business. Asian markets were lackluster after weak data from China and Japan.... 4/1/2015 8:52 AM

Crimea's only Tatar TV station goes off air
MOSCOW (AP) -- Crimea's independent television station ATR has gone off air after Russian authorities repeatedly refused to give it a broadcasting license.... 4/1/2015 8:37 AM

International court welcomes Palestinians as 123rd member
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Palestinian Authority became a member of the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, with a low-key ceremony at the court's headquarters marking the high-stakes move.... 4/1/2015 8:34 AM

The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, dies at 117
TOKYO (AP) -- The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, died Wednesday, a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday.... 4/1/2015 8:07 AM

Palestinians want leverage on Israel in international court
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- The Palestinians formally joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, as part of a broader effort to put international pressure on Israel and exact a higher price for its occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian state.... 4/1/2015 7:54 AM

French ex-president appears before financial investigators
PARIS (AP) -- Three days after a resounding electoral victory for his conservative party, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is appearing before investigators probing financing of his failed 2012 re-election bid.... 4/1/2015 7:54 AM

Gaza artist gobbles up valuable Banksy mural on war debris
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A 33-year-old Gaza man says he has been duped into selling a valuable work by British graffiti artist Banksy for less than $200 to a local artist.... 4/1/2015 7:50 AM

South Korean man charged in knife attack on US envoy
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday indicted a man who slashed the U.S. ambassador in Seoul last month on charges of attempted murder.... 4/1/2015 6:43 AM

Thousands strike at Nike, Adidas shoe factory in Vietnam
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Thousands of Vietnamese workers at a major footwear factory were on strike for a sixth day Wednesday over a social insurance law in a rare challenge to government policy.... 4/1/2015 6:20 AM

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