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French conservatives win key local voting, gov't left loses
PARIS (AP) -- Former President Nicolas Sarkozy blasted the "lies, denial and impotence" of France's governing Socialists after estimates showed his conservative party and their allies chalked up wins across France in Sunday's local elections that saw the left lose half of its councils. The far-right National Front edged forward in its bid to create an army of grassroots support.... 3/29/2015 7:30 PM

Saudi response to Swedish criticism tests Europe's reach
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Sweden's foreign minister is hardly the first diplomat to raise concerns about Saudi Arabia's human rights record, but when she used the word "dictatorship" in a speech last month she crossed a red line for the kingdom at a time of intense regional turmoil, igniting a diplomatic crisis.... 3/29/2015 7:26 PM

Nigerians vote Sunday despite violence, technical hitches
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Boko Haram fighters attacked poll stations in northeast Nigeria and a governor demanded elections be canceled in an oil-rich southern state Sunday as the count started for a presidential election too close to call.... 3/29/2015 6:47 PM

Hometown pastor says community stands by co-pilot, family
MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) -- The pastor of the Lutheran church in Andreas Lubitz's hometown said Sunday that the community stands by him and his family, despite the fact that prosecutors blame the 27-year-old co-pilot for causing the plane crash that killed 150 people in southern France.... 3/29/2015 6:19 PM

Uzbekistan's election sees turnout at 91 percent
MOSCOW (AP) -- Uzbekistan's election commission said 91 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in Sunday's presidential election, where victory by longtime authoritarian leader Islam Karimov is a foregone conclusion.... 3/29/2015 5:31 PM

3 West African countries increase fight to end Ebola
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- The West African countries hit hardest by Ebola are ramping up efforts to eradicate the deadly disease using lockdowns, restrictions on burials and a warning to survivors about the potential dangers of unprotected sex.... 3/29/2015 5:31 PM

Islamic State group beheads 8 Shiites in Syria's Hama
BEIRUT (AP) -- A new video released by the Islamic State group on Sunday shows its fighters cutting off the heads of eight men said to be Shiite Muslims. The video posted on social media said the men were beheaded in the central Syrian province of Hama.... 3/29/2015 5:19 PM

Air Canada plane skids off Halifax runway after hard landing
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) -- An Air Canada plane made a hard landing in bad weather and skidded off the runway at the airport in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the airline said Sunday that 25 people were taken to hospitals for observation and treatment of minor injuries.... 3/29/2015 5:14 PM

Officials: Iran nuke talks solving some issues, not others
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Iran is considering demands for further cuts to its uranium enrichment program but is pushing back on how long it must limit technology it could use to make atomic arms, Western officials involved in the nuclear talks said Sunday.... 3/29/2015 4:39 PM

UN warns emergency fund for Palestinians in Syria near empty
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Just four percent of emergency work in Syria for Palestinians has been funded so far this year, threatening the viability of a cash assistance program that UNRWA spokesman Christopher Gunness described on Sunday as a "lifeline" for refugees.... 3/29/2015 4:38 PM

Britain to offer all infants meningitis B vaccine
LONDON (AP) -- Britain says it will become the first country to offer all babies a vaccine for potentially fatal meningitis B after it reached a price deal with GlaxoSmithKline PLC.... 3/29/2015 4:09 PM

Israel installs solar panels at parliament to save energy
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has installed solar panels on the roof of its parliament building, creating what it calls the largest solar field of any national assembly in the world.... 3/29/2015 3:51 PM

Egypt prosecutor names Brotherhood leaders as terrorists
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's top prosecutor on Sunday named 18 Muslim Brotherhood members, including the group's leader and his deputy, as terrorists in the first implementation of an anti-terror law passed earlier this year.... 3/29/2015 3:27 PM

Syrians flee Idlib, fearing government reprisals
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrians fled Idlib Sunday, fearing government reprisals a day after opposition fighters and a powerful local al-Qaida affiliate captured the northwestern town, activists said.... 3/29/2015 2:57 PM

Israel premier expresses 'deep concern' on pending Iran deal
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he has "deep concern" over a pending nuclear deal the West appears close to signing with Israel's arch-enemy Iran.... 3/29/2015 2:45 PM

Lee Kuan Yew eulogized at funeral as architect of Singapore
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Singaporeans bid farewell to longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday with an elaborate procession and a three-hour state funeral at which his son, the current prime minister, eulogized the statesman and declared that the wealthy city-state he helped build is his monument.... 3/29/2015 2:26 PM

Russian theater director fired over Wagner opera
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's culture minister on Sunday fired the director of a Siberian theater whose modern staging of Wagner's opera "Tannhauser" offended the powerful Russian Orthodox Church.... 3/29/2015 2:19 PM

US troops drive in eastern Europe to show defense readiness
PRAGUE (AP) -- A convoy of U.S. troops driving through eastern Europe that opponents threatened to block has entered Czech territory.... 3/29/2015 2:16 PM

Leading suspect in Tunisia museum attack killed
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's prime minister said Sunday a leading suspect in a deadly museum attack on foreign tourists has been killed in anti-terrorist operations, as tens of thousands of Tunisians marched through the capital to denounce extremist violence.... 3/29/2015 2:01 PM

Q&A: Plans for an Arab joint intervention force
CAIRO (AP) -- Arab League member nations formally announced on Sunday an agreement to form a joint military force. While details of how such a force would actually operate remain thin, the agreement is a telling sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots, whether against Islamic militants or Iran-backed groups.... 3/29/2015 1:52 PM



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