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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

'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 - "Flame Grilled" cologne.... 4/1/2015 12:59 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

French ex-president named witness in campaign funding probe
PARIS (AP) -- Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been designated a key witness in a judicial investigation of financing of his failed 2012 re-election bid.... 4/1/2015 12:26 PM

Nigerian civic groups suggest rigging in election
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Hundreds of Nigerian civil societies say discrepancies in election tallies suggest the turnout was inflated in defeated President Goodluck Jonathan's southern strongholds.... 4/1/2015 12:25 PM

AP names Adam Schreck as news director for the Gulf region
CAIRO (AP) -- Adam Schreck, who has covered conflict and upheaval in the Middle East as well as sweeping economic changes reshaping the region, has been named Gulf News Director for The Associated Press.... 4/1/2015 12:20 PM

AP names Karin Laub as Jordan bureau chief
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The Associated Press has named Karin Laub, a veteran Middle East correspondent, as its chief of bureau for Jordan.... 4/1/2015 12:16 PM

Buhari: Nigeria embraces democracy, 1-party state behind us
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari said Wednesday it was time "to heal wounds," a day after Nigeria's president conceded defeat in a bitterly fought election.... 4/1/2015 12:12 PM

African envoy expresses concern over EU migrant center plans
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Africa's envoy to the European Union warned Wednesday that EU plans to process migrants in the countries they leave or transit on their way to Europe are "a dangerous approach."... 4/1/2015 12:06 PM

Morocco: Militant cell recruiting IS fighters is dismantled
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Morocco's Interior Ministry has announced the dismantling of a cell that recruited young Moroccans to fight with the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.... 4/1/2015 11:47 AM

Israeli leader says world needs 'better deal' with Iran
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeated his stern warning about a possible nuclear agreement with Iran on Wednesday, saying the world must insist on a "better deal" that links concessions to a change in Tehran's behavior.... 4/1/2015 11:41 AM

Iraqi minister says Tikrit to be recaptured within 'hours'
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi security forces battled the last remaining pockets of Islamic State militants in Tikrit on Wednesday and were expected to gain full control of the city "within the coming hours," the country's interior minister said.... 4/1/2015 11:41 AM

Francis recalls John Paul II's suffering decade after death
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is remembering St. John Paul II as an admirable example of suffering on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Polish-born pontiff's death after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease.... 4/1/2015 11:35 AM

Ukraine refuses to extradite Georgia's ex-president
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine has rejected Georgia's request for the extradition of its former president, Mikhail Saakashvili, who is facing a criminal probe at home.... 4/1/2015 11:31 AM



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