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France: Talks to start within days on UN draft on Israel
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- France's foreign minister says his country will move forward on discussions with its partners on a possible U.N. Security Council resolution that could present a framework for negotiations toward resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.... 3/27/2015 1:55 PM

Iraqi Shiite cleric calls for unity after militia pullout
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric on Friday called for unity among the country's forces battling the Islamic State group after most of the Iran-backed Shiite militias pulled out of the offensive in the militant-held city of Tikrit in protest over U.S. airstrikes there.... 3/27/2015 1:53 PM

Critters found in Antarctic ice show how tenacious life is
DECEPTION ISLAND, Antarctica (AP) -- Deep below the ice, far from the playful penguins and other animals that bring tourists to Antarctica, is a cold and barren world that by all indications should be completely void of life.... 3/27/2015 1:52 PM

Saudi airstrikes in Yemen target rebel stronghold in north
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Saudi Arabia bombed the northern stronghold of Yemen's Shiite rebels and key military installations on Friday, the second day of a campaign that military officials said was aimed at neutralizing air defenses ahead of a possible ground invasion.... 3/27/2015 1:52 PM

Ferry that ran aground off Greek island still stranded
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- More than 280 passengers and crew are facing a possible third night on board a ferry that ran aground just outside port on the small Aegean island of Kassos, because bad weather hampered the arrival of a tug boat.... 3/27/2015 1:49 PM

Thai airlines face scrutiny over safety, bans on new flights
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand is facing bans on new international flights and increased inspections after the International Civil Aviation Organization flagged significant concerns about the country's aviation safety, officials said Friday.... 3/27/2015 1:47 PM

About 1,000 workers fired from South African power plant
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- About 1,000 workers have been fired following an illegal strike that has halted construction at an already delayed but much needed power plant in South Africa, a spokesman for the state-owned power utility said on Friday.... 3/27/2015 1:47 PM

Syria's Assad calls chemical attack allegations 'propaganda'
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad rejected allegations that his military had used barrel bombs or chlorine gas against opposition-held areas, calling the accusations "malicious propaganda."... 3/27/2015 1:40 PM

Co-pilot may have hidden illness, German prosecutors say
MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) -- Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday.... 3/27/2015 1:36 PM

UN refugee agency condemns LRA's kidnapping of Congolese
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The U.N. refugee agency is condemning the kidnapping of several Congolese refugees by the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group.... 3/27/2015 1:34 PM

Nigerian military claim to destroy Boko Haram headquarters
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's military claims it has destroyed the headquarters of Boko Haram in northeastern Gwoza town and driven the insurgents from all three northeastern states that had been an extremist stronghold. It was not possible to verify Friday's victory that comes the day before critical presidential elections.... 3/27/2015 1:29 PM

Greek minister: government ready for 'rupture' in aid talks
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's alternate minister for international economic relations says his government is prepared for a "rupture" with the country's creditors if its current bailout negotiations don't go well.... 3/27/2015 1:29 PM

UK expands investigation of child sex abuse 'cover up'
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's police watchdog says it is expanding its probe into claims that police officers covered up allegations of child abuse.... 3/27/2015 1:27 PM

3 astronauts to blast off for 1-year trip to space station
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are to blast off early Saturday to begin a year away from Earth.... 3/27/2015 1:22 PM

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, except for religious services, beginning Friday as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola.... 3/27/2015 1:19 PM

Iran says nuke talks focused despite Yemen crisis
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Iran's foreign minister sought Friday to dismiss concerns that his country's preoccupation with the crisis in Yemen could pre-empt attempts to find common ground at nuclear talks with six world powers, saying the negotiations remained focused on sealing a deal.... 3/27/2015 1:19 PM

European air authority to recommend 2 crew in cockpit
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Europe's aviation safety agency will recommend Friday that airlines across the continent always have two people in the cockpit of a flying aircraft, according to Scandinavian authorities.... 3/27/2015 1:15 PM

Nigerian leader urges peaceful vote amid electoral violence
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan urged his nation to vote peacefully and accept the results of Saturday's presidential elections, which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa's richest nation and its largest democracy.... 3/27/2015 1:09 PM

Thai junta leader: I'll fight forced labor in fish industry
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's junta leader has vowed to take legal action against companies using forced labor, after an Associated Press investigation revealed that fish caught by enslaved migrant workers was being exported from Thai ports to global markets.... 3/27/2015 12:56 PM

Russia denies it's in talks with Argentina on leasing jets
MOSCOW (AP) -- A senior Russian government official says Moscow hasn't held negotiations on leasing a dozen supersonic bombers to Argentina, but would be willing to consider it.... 3/27/2015 12:44 PM

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