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Uzbekistan to vote to extend veteran leader's rule
MOSCOW (AP) -- Uzbekistan is going through the motions of a presidential election this weekend, with a crushing win for its longtime leader a foregone conclusion, but the long-term future of the Central Asian nation is still far from certain.... 3/28/2015 11:47 AM

Police on trial: Tears, anger resurge over 2005 French riots
RENNES, France (AP) -- One October afternoon, two teenage boys were kicking around a football in their desolate housing project northeast of Paris. Two hours later, they lay lifeless, electrocuted in a power substation as they hid from police.... 3/28/2015 11:44 AM

Yemen's president calls Shiite rebels 'stooges of Iran'
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) -- Yemen's embattled president on Saturday called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "stooges of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender.... 3/28/2015 11:28 AM

Nigerians turn out en masse to vote in presidential election
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerians turned out en masse to vote in a presidential election Saturday that analysts say is too close to call between President Goodluck Jonathan and former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari.... 3/28/2015 11:26 AM

Iran nuke talks expand as deadline for deal looms
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program picked up pace on Saturday with the foreign ministers of France and Germany joining U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in talks with Iran's top diplomat ahead of a looming end-of-March deadline for a preliminary deal.... 3/28/2015 11:00 AM

Official: Al-Shabab siege at Somali hotel ends, 17 dead
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somali troops on Saturday took full control of a hotel that extremist gunmen stormed and occupied for more than 12 hours following a suicide bombing. At least 17 people died and dozens were wounded.... 3/28/2015 10:44 AM

German pilot visited glider field near crash site as a child
SISTERON, France (AP) -- The German co-pilot accused of crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps frequented a gliding club near the crash site as a child with his parents, according to a member of the club.... 3/28/2015 10:42 AM

In Thailand, a mercurial junta leader known for sharp tongue
BANGKOK (AP) -- Ear tugs. A flying banana peel. Sarcastic remarks about getting smacked, or punched - or even executed. Such is life for the press corps covering Thailand's notoriously testy military ruler.... 3/28/2015 10:33 AM

Al-Qaida in Syria seizes large parts of northern city
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian opposition activists say al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, has seized large parts of the northwestern city of Idlib from government forces.... 3/28/2015 10:27 AM

2 Czechs kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 freed
PRAGUE (AP) -- Two Czech tourists who were abducted by gunmen two years ago as they were traveling on a bus through southwestern Pakistan have been released, the Czech government said on Saturday.... 3/28/2015 10:26 AM

Italy sees record asylum requests as migrant centers fill
SIRACUSA, Sicily (AP) -- As Italy copes with record number of migrants making the risky trip across the Mediterranean to reach European shores, it is also registering a record number of political asylum requests, filling migrant holding centers with would-be refugees hoping that their cases are accepted.... 3/28/2015 10:12 AM

Pakistan says soldiers kill 15 militants near Afghan border
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's military says its soldiers have killed at least 15 militants in a northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan.... 3/28/2015 6:50 AM

Chinese president promotes regional vision at Boao Forum
BOAO, China (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping argued Saturday for strong China-led efforts to promote Asian economic and political cooperation while opening a major regional economic conference.... 3/28/2015 6:11 AM

Astronauts board space station for 1-year mission
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- Two Russians and an American floated into the International Space Station on Saturday, beginning what is to be a year away from Earth for two of them.... 3/28/2015 4:48 AM

AP PHOTOS: Antarctica both alluring and forbidding
DECEPTION ISLAND, Antarctica (AP) -- Their beady little eyes, squarish torsos and adorable waddling make penguins one of the main attractions for tourists who come to Antarctica. But far from the surface waters where they swim with seals and whales, deep in the oceans and across thousands of miles of frozen continent is another side of Antarctica that is both forbidding and mysterious.... 3/28/2015 4:46 AM

Italian court throws out Knox conviction once and for all
ROME (AP) -- Amanda Knox, who maintained that she and her former Italian boyfriend were innocent in her British roommate's murder through multiple trials and nearly four years in jail, was vindicated Friday when Italy's highest court threw out their convictions once and for all.... 3/28/2015 4:33 AM

About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved.... 3/28/2015 4:14 AM

France says will propose UN Security Council draft on Israel
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- France's foreign minister said Friday his country will propose a U.N. Security Council resolution in the coming weeks that could present a framework for negotiations toward resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.... 3/28/2015 12:47 AM

Sierra Leoneans to stay home in final push to stop Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days beginning Friday, except for religious services, as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola.... 3/28/2015 12:03 AM

Venezuela to present anti-US petition at summit with Obama
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is readying a gift for President Barack Obama when the two leaders cross paths at a regional summit next month: a petition containing millions of signatures denouncing U.S. aggression.... 3/27/2015 11:33 PM

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