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With big projects, Ethiopia shedding famine stereotype
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Ethiopia's planned new airport on the outskirts of the capital is still years from becoming a reality but Tewodros Dawit can already envision how grand it will look.... 3/27/2015 5:41 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 beginning Friday, except for religious services, as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola.... 3/27/2015 5:37 PM

French court OKs media access to Sarkozy's campaign files
PARIS (AP) -- France's highest administrative court is allowing journalists to see files regarding former President Nicolas Sarkozy's winning presidential campaign in 2007, which is suspected of having received illegal funding from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's regime.... 3/27/2015 5:36 PM

Kremlin dismisses Chechen threat to incite separatism in US
MOSCOW (AP) -- The speaker of Chechnya's regional legislature has called for encouraging separatism in U.S. states near the border with Mexico if Washington provides Ukraine with lethal arms, a statement quickly disavowed by the Kremlin.... 3/27/2015 5:20 PM

Poland seeks facts about leaders abducted by Soviet Union
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's history institute has placed a paid advertisement in a popular daily in Russia to seek details of the deaths and burials of three leaders abducted in 1945 to Moscow where they died after a trial on fabricated charges.... 3/27/2015 5:17 PM

EU weighs new methods to coax Israel back to peace talks
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union is assessing new ways to push Israel back to the peace negotiating table with the Palestinians for a deal based on a two-state solution, working in tandem with the United States, EU officials say.... 3/27/2015 5:14 PM

At least 9 dead as militants attack hotel in Somali capital
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Al-Shabab militants blasted their way into a Mogadishu hotel and took positions inside, exchanging fire with security forces seeking to regain control of the facility late Friday, a Somali police official said.... 3/27/2015 5:09 PM

Airbnb becomes sponsor of 2016 Olympics in Rio
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Online home share startup Airbnb has signed a deal to become the official "alternative accommodations" sponsor of the 2016 Olympics.... 3/27/2015 5:09 PM

Lawyer for Knox's ex-boyfriend makes final court appeal
ROME (AP) -- Lawyers for Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend urged Italy's top criminal court Friday to overturn the pair's murder conviction for the 2007 slaying of Knox's roommate, saying in a final appeal there were errors of "colossal proportions" in the guilty verdicts.... 3/27/2015 5:01 PM

Greek minister: government ready for 'rupture' in aid talks
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's government is prepared for a "rupture" with creditors in its bailout talks and is being deliberately vague about its intentions as a negotiating tactic, a cabinet minister said Friday.... 3/27/2015 4:59 PM

Official: 1,500 North Caucasus people fight in Iraq, Syria
MOSCOW (AP) -- A senior Russian official says about 1,500 residents of Russia's North Caucasus are fighting alongside Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.... 3/27/2015 4:57 PM

Warships move in key strait as airstrikes widen in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Saudi and Egyptian warships deployed Friday to the Bab al-Mandab strait off Yemen to secure the strategic sea passage, Egyptian military officials said, as a Saudi-led coalition widened its strikes on the second day of an air campaign against Shiite rebels and their allies, aiming to pave the way for possible ground operations.... 3/27/2015 4:54 PM

Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer dies at 83
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Swedish poet and Nobel Literature Prize winner Tomas Transtromer has died at age 83, Swedish publisher Bonniers said Friday.... 3/27/2015 4:52 PM

Nearly 70 migrants found on berm on Greek-Turkish border
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- Greek border police said Friday they had rescued 68 people, most of them Syrians, trying to cross illegally into Greece after they became stranded on a berm on the Greek-Turkish border.... 3/27/2015 4:52 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 4:46 PM

European air authority recommends 2 crew in cockpit
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- The European Union's aviation safety agency recommended Friday that airlines always have two people in the cockpit of a flying aircraft after it emerged that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 had apparently locked himself in alone to crash the plane.... 3/27/2015 4:35 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 4:34 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 on Tuesday, the day authorities say he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said.... 3/27/2015 4:24 PM

Zeid: IS may be more open to diversity than some states
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. human rights chief told the Security Council on Friday that in a "most terrible irony," the Islamic State group may be more accepting of the ethnic diversity of its members than some states are about ethnic differences among their own citizens.... 3/27/2015 3:57 PM

Romania questions ex-minister over 3 Picassos, 100 paintings
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanian prosecutors investigating an alleged bribery scheme have questioned the former finance minister about the origins of 100 paintings, including three works by Pablo Picasso.... 3/27/2015 3:52 PM

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