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Campaign begins for most unpredictable UK election in years
LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron paid a courtesy call on Queen Elizabeth II, then launched a most uncourteous attack on his main political rival as campaigning formally began Monday in the most unpredictable U.K. election in decades.... 3/30/2015 2:50 PM

Prosecutors: Co-pilot treated for suicidal tendencies
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) -- The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 that crashed into the French Alps last week had received treatment for suicidal tendencies several years ago, prosecutors said Monday.... 3/30/2015 2:48 PM

France's Senate debates punishing prostitutes' customers
PARIS (AP) -- A French bill which aims to make it illegal to buy sex is being turned upside down by the Senate, led by the conservative opposition.... 3/30/2015 2:46 PM

Muslim family carves chair for Pope Francis' Bosnia visit
ZAVIDOVICI, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Salem Hajdarovac says he didn't sleep for a week when he heard his workshop had been granted the honor of carving a special chair that Pope Francis will sit on during his visit to Bosnia.... 3/30/2015 2:35 PM

Flood alerts issued in Kashmir as rivers cross danger mark
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Hundreds of Kashmiris in both India and Pakistan moved to higher ground Monday as rain-swollen rivers swamped parts of the disputed Himalayan region placed under an emergency flood alert just six months after some 600 people died in flooding that left the region in shambles.... 3/30/2015 2:26 PM

Turkish flight diverted to Casablanca in bomb threat hoax
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkish Airlines said it diverted an Istanbul-to-Sao Paulo flight with 256 people aboard to Morocco after finding a note with the word "bomb" in the toilet.... 3/30/2015 2:26 PM

New Maldives law strips ex-president of party membership
MALE, Maldives (AP) -- The Maldives' Parliament passed a law on Monday that strips people serving prison sentences of their political party memberships, a rule critics say is designed to oust jailed former President Mohamed Nasheed from politics.... 3/30/2015 2:26 PM

Thai junta chief may force safety reforms in aviation sector
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's transport minister says the country's junta leader may exercise extraordinary constitutional powers to expedite safety improvements in the aviation sector, which is facing international sanctions.... 3/30/2015 2:23 PM

Iran says US drone kills 2 advisers in Iraq; US denies claim
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iran's Revolutionary Guard says a U.S. drone strike killed two of its advisers near the Iraqi city of Tikrit, where a major offensive is underway against the Islamic State group, but the U.S. said Monday its coalition conducted no airstrikes in the area during the time of the incident.... 3/30/2015 2:17 PM

11 people killed when bus falls into gorge in eastern India
PATNA, India (AP) -- A bus driver lost control of his vehicle on a sharp curve on a mountain road in eastern India and plunged into a gorge, killing at least 11 people, police said Monday.... 3/30/2015 2:12 PM

AP Interview: Saudi Arabia seeks to attract non-oil capital
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The deputy governor of Saudi Arabia's investment authority says the country faces challenges attracting foreign investment outside its oil and gas sectors, but that several initiatives in place are helping to change investors' perceptions.... 3/30/2015 2:08 PM

Amnesty calls for release of arrested Congolese activists
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- A rights group called on Congo's government on Monday to release youth activists who were arrested more than two weeks ago in a raid that also briefly swept up an American diplomat.... 3/30/2015 2:06 PM

S. Africa: Opposition accuses president of security meddling
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A South African opposition leader says the country is on a "road to a dictatorship," accusing the president of manipulating state security departments.... 3/30/2015 2:01 PM

Former Israeli Premier Olmert convicted in corruption case
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted Monday of unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter in a retrial on corruption charges, the latest chapter in the downfall of a man who only years earlier hoped to lead the country to a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians.... 3/30/2015 2:00 PM

Iran nuclear talks at crunch time, differences remain
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program entered a critical phase on Monday with substantial differences still remaining less than two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement.... 3/30/2015 1:58 PM

Rebel leader: Kiev blocks solution for eastern Ukraine
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- A rebel leader in eastern Ukraine has accused the Kiev government of blocking a political solution for the conflict that has claimed more than 6,000 lives.... 3/30/2015 1:48 PM

Knox's ex-beau after their acquittals: We're still friends
ROME (AP) -- Amanda Knox's former Italian boyfriend said Monday he needs to heal wounds inside his heart and soul, now that he and the American have been definitively acquitted of her British roommate's 2007 murder in the Italian town where all three were then students.... 3/30/2015 1:44 PM

US, UK: Signs of political interference in Nigerian election
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- The United States and Britain said Monday there are signs that the vote counting for Nigeria's presidential election may be subverted by "deliberate political interference."... 3/30/2015 1:42 PM

Kerry pizza: Savvy restaurateur cashes in on nuke talks
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Whether or not Secretary of State John Kerry succeeds at nuclear talks in Lausanne with Iran, his name will live on in this lakeside Swiss city - as a pizza.... 3/30/2015 1:34 PM

Greece and its creditors still struggle with reform list
BRUSSELS (AP) -- With its next financial deadline looming, Greece is struggling to convince its creditors it has a viable economic reform plan to unlock emergency funds and prevent the country from going bankrupt.... 3/30/2015 1:32 PM

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