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Iraq declares victory over Islamic State group in Tikrit
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq declared a "magnificent victory" Wednesday over the Islamic State group in Tikrit, a key step in driving the militants out of their biggest strongholds.... 4/1/2015 2:03 PM

Surveys show China manufacturing weak in March
BEIJING (AP) -- China's manufacturing was lackluster in March and industrial employers shed more jobs, two surveys showed Wednesday, adding to pressure on Beijing to shore up weakening growth in the world's second-largest economy.... 4/1/2015 1:51 PM

Gloomy China, Japan data add to pressure for stimulus
BEIJING (AP) -- China and Japan reported gloomy industrial data Wednesday, adding to pressure on leaders of the world's second- and third-largest economies to launch new stimulus.... 4/1/2015 1:42 PM

Ex-husband of Canadian diplomat says their son killed in US
TORONTO (AP) -- The ex-husband of a Canadian diplomat says one of their sons has been killed and another has been arrested in a Miami drug deal gone bad.... 4/1/2015 1:40 PM

Nemtsov suspects tells court he was pressured to confess
MOSCOW (AP) -- A man charged with the killing of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov has told the court he was beaten and pressured to confess.... 4/1/2015 1:37 PM

Thailand junta to replace martial law with absolute power
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand is about to lift martial law. But make no mistake - 10 months after staging a coup, a military junta is still ruling the country, essentially with absolute power, and made clear this week it's not easing up yet.... 4/1/2015 1:32 PM

'Spicy' scent of a Burger King store entices cologne buyers
TOKYO (AP) -- The whiff of a Whopper made hundreds of customers hungry for a Burger King special Wednesday - "Flame Grilled" cologne.... 4/1/2015 1:32 PM

Moldova president won't go to Moscow for WWII event
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) -- Moldova's president will not take part in a military parade in Moscow to celebrate the end of World War II, a sign of tensions with Russia.... 4/1/2015 1:27 PM

Germany: Pissarro work from Gurlitt trove to be returned
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany says experts have determined that a Camille Pissarro painting from the art trove hoarded by the late collector Cornelius Gurlitt was looted by the Nazis and will be returned to its rightful owner's descendants.... 4/1/2015 1:27 PM

AP NewsAlert
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi defense minister declares a `magnificent victory' over the Islamic State group in Tikrit.... 4/1/2015 1:21 PM

South Korean man charged in knife attack on US envoy
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday indicted a man who slashed the U.S. ambassador in Seoul last month on charges of attempted murder.... 4/1/2015 1:18 PM

Israeli leader says world needs 'better deal' with Iran
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday made a last-ditch appeal for world powers to call off an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran, saying the world must insist on a "better deal" that links concessions to a change in Tehran's behavior.... 4/1/2015 1:15 PM

Jordan closes border with Syria amid heavy clashes
BEIRUT (AP) -- Jordan has closed the only functioning border crossing with Syria following heavy clashes on the Syrian side between rebels and government forces.... 4/1/2015 1:08 PM

Greek air traffic controllers call for radar system upgrade
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's air traffic controllers' union is calling for an urgent upgrade of the country's air traffic radar system and for more staff to be hired to handle the increasing number of tourists coming in.... 4/1/2015 1:01 PM

35 dead in Yemen after airstrikes hit factory vicinity
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Shiite rebel positions in both north and south Yemen early Wednesday, setting off explosions and drawing return fire from anti-aircraft guns. Airstrikes also hit a factory in a western port city and 35 workers died there, according to witnesses and officials.... 4/1/2015 1:00 PM

Italy, Vatican make financial pact, as Holy See cleans house
ROME (AP) -- Italy and the Holy See have signed an accord to cooperate on fiscal matters, as the Vatican works to improve transparency after a string of financial scandals.... 4/1/2015 12:58 PM

Egypt president welcomes release of withheld US military aid
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's president on Wednesday welcomed the restoration of U.S. military aid, a victory in his quest to eliminate some of the last international penalties on his government following his 2013 overthrow of the country's elected Islamist president.... 4/1/2015 12:58 PM

Upbeat European data prompts stock market turnaround
LONDON (AP) -- European shares rebounded from early losses on Wednesday as a monthly survey showed factory output at a 10-month high in March. U.S. markets were poised for modest losses at the open after slightly weaker than anticipated U.S. jobs data.... 4/1/2015 12:37 PM

Emirates, Etihad planes involved in air traffic scare
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Jetliners from the United Arab Emirates' two main airlines avoided a possible mid-air collision after they got too close to each other over the Indian Ocean earlier this week.... 4/1/2015 12:35 PM

Lufthansa CEO at crash site: 'Long, long time' to understand
SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) -- Lufthansa's chief executive said Wednesday it will take "a long, long time" to understand what led to a deadly crash in the French Alps last week - but refused to say what the airline knew about the mental health of the co-pilot suspected of deliberately destroying the plane.... 4/1/2015 12:28 PM

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