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Co-pilot was 'very happy' with Germanwings job
MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) -- Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot's job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in the forested hills of western Germany.... 3/27/2015 1:57 AM

North Korea says it has detained 2 South Koreans for spying
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea said it detained two South Korean men on charges of spying. A South Korean government official confirmed Friday that the two are South Korean citizens, but could not immediately explain how they entered the North and were detained.... 3/27/2015 1:55 AM

Asia shares mostly higher as oil falls back
TOKYO (AP) -- Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Friday in a rebound from losses earlier in the week. Japan reported lackluster inflation and household spending data that reinforced expectations the central bank may opt for additional monetary stimulus to perk up sluggish growth.... 3/27/2015 1:49 AM

Mexico march marks 6 months since 43 students disappeared
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Parents of 43 missing students marked the six-month anniversary of their disappearance with a march of a few thousand supporters Thursday, urging the country not to abandon them but drawing far smaller numbers than rallies last year.... 3/27/2015 1:25 AM

Japan inflation cools, household spending, incomes soften
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan reported lackluster inflation and wages data for February that suggested Friday that its economic recovery remains in the doldrums.... 3/27/2015 1:21 AM

Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps; families ask why
PARIS (AP) -- Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.... 3/27/2015 12:34 AM

Turmoil in Yemen escalates as Saudi Arabia bombs rebels
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The turmoil in Yemen grew into a regional conflict Thursday, with Saudi Arabia and its allies bombing Shiite rebels allied with Iran, while Egyptian officials said a ground assault will follow the airstrikes.... 3/27/2015 12:31 AM

Vatican sending diplomat to Obama summit with Latin America
PANAMA CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is sending a top emissary to a gathering between U.S. President Barack Obama and the leaders of Latin America.... 3/27/2015 12:20 AM

Gulf states ask UN Security Council for Yemen arms embargo
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies presented powerful members of the U.N. Security Council with suggested elements for a resolution that would impose an arms embargo on the Shiite rebels who have thrown Yemen into turmoil and caused its Western-backed president to flee.... 3/26/2015 11:52 PM

Argentine appeals court throws out case against president
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Thursday threw out a case accusing President Cristina Fernandez and other top officials of a major cover-up deal with Iran, giving a victory of sorts to an administration that has been rocked by the mysterious death of the prosecutor who made the allegation.... 3/26/2015 11:22 PM

UN Mideast envoy calls on Security Council for Israel action
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N.'s top Mideast envoy challenged the Security Council on Thursday to lead the way to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, suggesting it should present a framework for negotiations that "may be the only way to preserve the goal of a two-state solution."... 3/26/2015 11:21 PM

Mexico City businesses cite losses during Bond filming
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The leader of small businesses in Mexico City's historic downtown district says owners have complained of a 60 percent drop in sales during the first week of filming of the new James Bond movie, "Spectre."... 3/26/2015 11:05 PM

UK prime minister, opposition leader in live TV interviews
LONDON (AP) -- It wasn't quite a debate, but back-to-back live televised interviews of Prime Minister David Cameron and opposition leader Ed Miliband were billed Thursday as the unofficial campaign kickoff six weeks before Britain's general election.... 3/26/2015 11:03 PM

Mexico double-transplant patient eyes US humanitarian entry
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A young Mexican man who is urgently trying to travel to the Mayo Clinic for a double-organ transplant has filed a third application for entry into the United States after twice being denied a visa.... 3/26/2015 10:30 PM

2 US funds to invest $900 million in Mexican gas pipeline
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's state-owned petroleum company Pemex has signed an agreement giving two investment funds a 45 percent stake in a natural gas pipeline in exchange for $900 million.... 3/26/2015 10:20 PM

UN more than doubles its count of besieged in Syria: 440,000
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations has more than doubled its estimate of Syrians who are living in besieged areas - and risk death by starvation, dehydration and the lack of medical care - to roughly 440,000.... 3/26/2015 9:57 PM

AP Exclusive: Iran may run centrifuges at fortified site
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press.... 3/26/2015 9:30 PM

Lawyer: Fugitive Colombian millionaire arrested in Spain
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A lawyer for a fugitive Colombian millionaire at the center of the South American nation's biggest financial scandal says his client has been arrested in Spain.... 3/26/2015 9:26 PM

Maldives jails ex-defense minister for 11 years
MALE, Maldives (AP) -- A court in Maldives on Thursday sentenced a former defense minister to 11 years in prison for importing and possessing a firearm.... 3/26/2015 9:22 PM

Pope welcomes homeless to Sistine Chapel in surprise visit
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis made a surprise appearance Thursday in the Sistine Chapel to welcome a group of 150 homeless people who got a private guided tour, followed by dinner, as part of the pope's ramped-up charity efforts.... 3/26/2015 8:39 PM

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