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Syria's Assad says 'open' to dialogue with United States
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad says he would be "open" to a dialogue with the United States, but that it must be "based on mutual respect."... 3/27/2015 12:45 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 12:44 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

Indian companies scramble to find women directors
NEW DELHI (AP) -- As Indian companies scramble to meet a deadline to appoint women to their boards, some wealthy business owners have a solution that meets the letter if not the intention of the law: appointing their wives.... 3/27/2015 12:42 PM

About 1,000 workers fired from South African power plant
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's state-owned power utility says that following an illegal strike about 1,000 construction workers have been fired, halting work at an already delayed but much needed power plant.... 3/27/2015 12:34 PM

Stocks recover their poise ahead of US economic data
LONDON (AP) -- Global stock markets on Friday recovered their poise after the previous day's losses when investors were spooked by the escalating conflict in Yemen. However, oil prices slipped back from Thursday's sizeable advance when traders worried about the conflict's impact on oil supplies.... 3/27/2015 12:31 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 12:19 PM

Poland charges 2 Russian flight controllers in 2010 crash
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's military prosecutors said Friday they have charged two Russian flight controllers with contributing to the 2010 plane crash in Russia that killed Poland's President Lech Kaczynski and 95 other state officials and individuals.... 3/27/2015 12:15 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 Gwoza, a town in northeast Nigeria. It was not possible to verify Friday's victory that comes the day before critical presidential elections.... 3/27/2015 12:13 PM

Technology to look inside Fukushima reactors faces challenge
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- The cutting-edge technology was billed as a way to decipher where exactly the morass of nuclear fuel might sit at the bottom of the Japanese power plant that went into multiple meltdowns four years ago.... 3/27/2015 12:13 PM

Prosecutors: Evidence Germanwings co-pilot hid illness
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 12:01 PM

Iran says nuke talks focused despite Yemen crisis
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Iran's foreign minister is criticizing Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen but says the focus at nuclear talks between his nation and six world powers remains on reaching a deal.... 3/27/2015 12:00 PM

French pilots suing over leaks in German jet crash probe
PARIS (AP) -- France's leading pilots union said Friday it is filing a lawsuit over leaks about the investigation into the crash of a German jet into the French Alps.... 3/27/2015 11:52 AM

Lawyer for Knox's ex-boyfriend makes final court appeal
ROME (AP) -- Lawyers for Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend made a final appeal to Italy's top criminal court Friday to overturn the pair's murder conviction for the 2007 slaying of Knox's roommate, saying there were errors of "colossal proportions" in the guilty verdict.... 3/27/2015 11:48 AM

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 11:46 AM

After Germanwings crash, Denmark wants 2 crew in cockpit
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Denmark's transport minister says a recommendation will be sent Friday to all airlines with a base in the Scandinavian country to have two people in the cockpit when in the air.... 3/27/2015 11:37 AM

BERLIN (AP) -- German prosecutors: no evidence of political, religious background to Germanwings crash.... 3/27/2015 11:35 AM

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 as a coalition led by the Gulf kingdom carried out airstrikes for a second day. The strikes hit at least six provinces, including an eastern area rich in oil and gas.... 3/27/2015 11:31 AM

Turkey could provide logistical support to Yemen operation
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country could provide logistical support to the Saudi Arabia-led operation in Yemen.... 3/27/2015 11:29 AM

Myanmar army commander pledges successful elections
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's powerful military commander pledged Friday to support the holding of successful elections in November, calling them "an important landmark for democracy," and warned that the army will not tolerate instability or armed threats.... 3/27/2015 11:29 AM

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