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US leads pledges with $507 million at Syria donor conference
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- The United States pledged $507 million in humanitarian aid at an international donors' conference for Syria on Tuesday as the United Nations issued an appeal for $8.4 billion in commitments this year - the organizations largest appeal yet for the war-ravaged country.... 3/31/2015 10:27 AM

Officials: Iran nuke talks to continue in new phase
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Wrapping up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results, Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue negotiations in a new phase aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord by the end of June, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.... 3/31/2015 10:20 AM

Saudi-led forces pound Yemen Shiite rebels as Iran sends aid
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Saudi-led coalition warplanes pounded Yemen's Shiite rebels for a sixth day on Tuesday, destroying missiles and weapons depots and for the first time using warships to bomb the rebel-held airport and eastern outskirts of the port city of Aden.... 3/31/2015 10:14 AM

Syrian media: Islamic State attacks government-held village
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria's state-run news agency says Islamic State militants have launched an attack on a government-held village in central Syria, killing at least eight people and wounding scores.... 3/31/2015 10:06 AM

Malaysian fish seller to hang for killing 2 British students
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A Malaysian court on Tuesday sentenced a fish seller to death for killing two British medical students last year on Borneo island.... 3/31/2015 10:05 AM

Myanmar government, rebel groups sign draft cease-fire deal
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's government and 16 ethnic armed groups agreed Tuesday on the wording of a draft nationwide cease-fire agreement aimed at ending decades of civil unrest.... 3/31/2015 10:03 AM

Several Turkish cities hit by power outage
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Dozens of Turkish cities and provinces on Tuesday were hit by a massive power outage that brought transportation to a standstill and disrupted services and businesses which had no backup power.... 3/31/2015 9:59 AM

US admiral says China 'creating a great wall of sand' in sea
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- China is "creating a great wall of sand" through land reclamation in the South China Sea, causing serious concerns about its territorial intentions, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said Tuesday.... 3/31/2015 9:57 AM

UK economy grew more sharply in 2014 than previously thought
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's national statistics agency says the economy grew faster than previously thought last year.... 3/31/2015 9:56 AM

French eye cockpit entry, psychological screening rules
PARIS (AP) -- France's air accident investigation agency says it is examining cockpit entry and psychological screening procedures following the crash of a Germanwings plane in the French Alps that killed all 150 people on board.... 3/31/2015 9:56 AM

Pakistan officials arrive in Saudi to assess Yemen mission
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani state TV says a high-level delegation has left for Saudi Arabia to assess whether to take part in Riyadh's coalition battling Shiite rebels in Yemen.... 3/31/2015 9:55 AM

Poland says its plans to train Ukrainian army instructors
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's Defense Ministry says it plans train about 50 Ukrainian army instructors this year, joining a NATO effort to improve Ukraine's defense capabilities as it struggles with a pro-Russia insurgency in its east.... 3/31/2015 9:54 AM

Eurozone deflation eases as oil prices appear to bottom out
LONDON (AP) -- The 19-country eurozone isn't going to be the driving force of the global economy anytime soon, but it's increasingly evident that its numbers are heading the right way.... 3/31/2015 9:52 AM

Indonesian prosecutors seek up to 18-year term for US couple
BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian prosecutors want a man and woman to be sentenced to 18 and 15 years in prison, respectively, if the American couple are convicted of murdering her mother while vacationing on the resort island of Bali.... 3/31/2015 9:51 AM

Tokyo ward 1st in Japan to recognize same sex marriage
TOKYO (AP) -- Fumino Sugiyama will finally be able to marry his girlfriend of four years. He couldn't before, because same sex marriages weren't recognized in Japan, and he is legally a woman.... 3/31/2015 9:50 AM

Anti-censorship group: China behind cyberattacks on US sites
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities have taken over computers both inside and outside the country to launch cyberattacks against the website of an anti-online censorship group and a U.S.-based web resource that hosts some of the group's data, according to an analysis released by the group.... 3/31/2015 9:25 AM

Anne Frank House museum: Jewish diarist likely died earlier
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- New research by the Anne Frank House museum shows that the Jewish girl whose World War II diary about her life hiding made her a symbol for all Holocaust victims likely died earlier than previously thought.... 3/31/2015 9:23 AM

Thai leader moves to lift marital law, impose absolute power
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's military-installed prime minister said Tuesday he plans to lift martial law 10 months after staging a coup, but will invoke a special security measure that critics say is more draconian.... 3/31/2015 9:06 AM

Global stocks mostly gain on economic data, China hopes
TOKYO (AP) -- Global stock markets mostly climbed Tuesday, boosted by positive data from major economies and hopes for stimulus in China.... 3/31/2015 9:06 AM

Lavrov headed back to Iran talks, prospects 'good'
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says he is returning to the Iran talks, and says prospects for reaching agreement on a framework accord are "good."... 3/31/2015 9:01 AM

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