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Italy rescues nearly 1,000 migrants; 10 die
ROME (AP) -- In dramatic sea rescues north of Libya, a flotilla of ships saved more than 1,000 migrants and refugees, while 10 migrants perished in the southern Mediterranean, Italian officials said Wednesday.... 3/4/2015 6:36 PM

Netanyahu says he gave 'practical alternative' to Iran deal
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday his speech to the U.S. Congress offered a "practical alternative" to a possible Iranian nuclear deal, while opinion polls showed his party received a slight bump following his address ahead of the country's March 17 election.... 3/4/2015 6:34 PM

Al-Qaida, others attack Syrian intelligence office in Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate and other radical Islamic factions launched an assault Wednesday on a government intelligence building in the northern city of Aleppo, blowing up part of it before trying to storm the facility amid heavy fighting, activists said.... 3/4/2015 6:33 PM

Russian court keeps hunger-striking Ukrainian pilot in jail
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Moscow court refused Wednesday to release a Ukrainian military officer who has been on hunger strike in a Russian prison since mid-December and has become a national hero in Ukraine.... 3/4/2015 6:32 PM

Appeal of decision to toss case against Argentine president
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- An Argentine prosecutor on Wednesday appealed a judge's decision to throw out an investigation that accused President Cristina Fernandez of a cover-up deal with Iran, the latest twist in a case that has rocked the South American country in an election year.... 3/4/2015 6:14 PM

Israel to double water supplies to Gaza Strip amid tensions
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel will double the amount of water provided to the Gaza Strip, despite a bloody war last summer against the territory's Hamas rulers, defense officials said Wednesday.... 3/4/2015 6:06 PM

Death toll mounts in Ukraine coal mine blast; 17 dead
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- A methane explosion ripped through a coal mine before dawn Wednesday in war-torn eastern Ukraine, killing at least 17 workers, officials said.... 3/4/2015 6:05 PM

Rise of pragmatic Arab politician shakes up Israeli politics
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A charismatic Arab politician, who confidently jousts with Jewish rivals on TV and wants to build a broad Arab-Jewish "alliance of the disadvantaged," has emerged as one of the biggest surprises of Israel's election campaign.... 3/4/2015 6:00 PM

Brazil police say woman helped US sect leader avoid arrest
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The Brazilian lead investigator in the case of a religious sect leader sought on sex charges by the U.S. government says the support of a Brazilian woman described as a longtime friend helped him elude authorities in the middle of a manhunt.... 3/4/2015 5:42 PM

Poor Pompeii, plagued by collapses, now funding is probed
ROME (AP) -- Poor Pompeii.... 3/4/2015 5:37 PM

Putin calls opposition politician's slaying a 'disgrace'
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called the slaying of his top critic a "disgrace" to Russia, while the opposition promised to complete Boris Nemtsov's work on a report documenting evidence of Russian troops' involvement in fighting in eastern Ukraine.... 3/4/2015 5:33 PM

Mexico authorities arrest Zetas leader Omar Trevino Morales
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican police and soldiers on Wednesday captured Omar Trevino Morales, widely considered to be the most important leader of the Zetas drug cartel that once carved a path of brutal bloodshed along the country's northern border with the U.S., a federal official said.... 3/4/2015 5:31 PM

Column: John Terry, the last of England's football legends?
PARIS (AP) -- England is running short of legends.... 3/4/2015 5:23 PM

AP PHOTOS: A walk through the glitz of the Geneva car show
GENEVA (AP) -- Automakers have found their swagger again after years of worrying about making cars cheaper and more fuel efficient.... 3/4/2015 5:17 PM

5 stunners from the Geneva car show
GENEVA (AP) -- Forget driverless cars, electric power or even green technology. There is no doubt what visitors are coming to see at the glamorous Geneva motor show: supercars.... 3/4/2015 5:11 PM

Merkel seeks to dampen talk of 3rd Greek bailout
BRUSSELS (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the president of the European Union's executive branch cautioned Wednesday against speculation that Greece will need a third financial bailout.... 3/4/2015 5:01 PM

US-Polish live-fire army exercise begins
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish and U.S. troops are taking part in live-fire exercises in northern Poland that are part of a NATO operation showing its commitment to the region's security.... 3/4/2015 4:53 PM

Internet invades everything at gadget fair in Barcelona
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- The pervasive creep of the Internet from computers and phones to all kinds of objects is the theme of this year's edition of the Mobile World Congress wireless show.... 3/4/2015 4:53 PM

Claim of 'dirty money' in politics provokes uproar in Iran
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Ahead of crucial parliamentary elections, Iranian lawmakers are in an uproar after the country's interior minister alleged some of the millions of dollars made by drug smugglers in the Islamic Republic fund politicians' campaigns.... 3/4/2015 4:50 PM

Rights body scolds France, saying spanking kids is a no-no
PARIS (AP) -- Scolding France like a wayward child, Europe's top human rights body says French laws aren't clear enough that spanking is a big no-no.... 3/4/2015 4:49 PM

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