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Saudi diplomat taken by al-Qaida in Yemen free after 3 years
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry says that its diplomat who was abducted by alleged al-Qaida militants in Yemen has been released after nearly three years in captivity.... 3/2/2015 11:36 AM

Video reports conflict in probe of Putin critic's slaying
MOSCOW (AP) -- The investigation into the killing of Boris Nemtsov, a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin who was gunned down not far from the Kremlin, faced conflicting reports Monday about possible surveillance footage of his slaying.... 3/2/2015 11:32 AM

Roadside bombs kill 8 civilians in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says two roadside bombings have killed at least eight civilians, including women and children, in the country's east.... 3/2/2015 11:28 AM

Israel says it foiled Gaza smuggling ring helping Hamas
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli-Palestinian smuggling ring funneled iron, electronic equipment and other prohibited materials to Gaza, bypassing Israel's stringent border security to help Hamas rebuild its militant infrastructure following last year's war, Israel said Monday.... 3/2/2015 11:09 AM

Afghan army takes on Taliban in first solo offensive
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan army is waging its largest-ever solo offensive against the Taliban, hoping to strike a decisive blow ahead of the spring fighting season and prove it can rout the insurgents without the aid of U.S. and NATO combat troops.... 3/2/2015 11:08 AM

Namibian president wins African leadership prize
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba has won the 2014 Ibrahim Prize for African leadership, the first African leader deemed worthy of the honor since 2011.... 3/2/2015 11:08 AM

Bangladesh arrests suspect in killing of American blogger
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Bangladeshi security officials arrested a suspect Monday in the killing of an American writer who was a prominent critic of extremist Islam and was hacked to death last week as he walked with his wife in Dhaka, a government spokesman said.... 3/2/2015 10:48 AM

Russia's FM: Killing of Nemtsov 'heinous,' will be probed
GENEVA (AP) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the killing of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was a "heinous crime which will be fully investigated."... 3/2/2015 10:45 AM

Myanmar prevents student protesters from marching to Yangon
LETPADAN, Myanmar (AP) -- Truckloads of police on Monday prevented hundreds of students from continuing their march to Myanmar's biggest city to protest a new law that they say curbs academic freedom.... 3/2/2015 10:41 AM

Ukraine's leader urges peacekeeping mission for the east
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's president has a signed a decree opening the way to a formal request for international peacekeepers to be stationed in eastern regions where government forces are battling Russian-backed separatists.... 3/2/2015 10:37 AM

Child porn court case closed against German ex-lawmaker
BERLIN (AP) -- A German court has closed a child porn case against a prominent former German lawmaker in exchange for a 5,000-euro ($5,600) payment.... 3/2/2015 10:36 AM

US Army head warns of defense cutbacks in Britain
LONDON (AP) -- The U.S. Army chief of staff says cuts in British defense spending may undermine the nation's ability to be an effective ally in future military operations.... 3/2/2015 10:25 AM

Fighting in eastern Ukraine displaces Donetsk's soccer team
LVIV, Ukraine (AP) -- The sleek stadium, built six years ago and host to some of Europe's biggest soccer matches, is silent. It sits in the middle of the city of Donetsk, a war zone controlled by pro-Russian separatists battling Ukrainian troops.... 3/2/2015 10:20 AM

Iraq state TV: Operation to retake Tikrit begins
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters, Iraqi security forces on Monday began a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State extremist group, state TV said, a major step in a campaign to reclaim a large swath of territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants.... 3/2/2015 10:13 AM

World stock markets mostly higher following China rate cut
TOKYO (AP) -- World stock markets were mostly higher Monday as a weekend interest rate cut by the Chinese central bank lifted sentiment following a lower estimate of U.S. economic growth last quarter.... 3/2/2015 9:47 AM

Small SUVs, pricey sports cars to dominate Geneva auto show
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Small SUVs for families and powerful sports cars for the rich are the big things at this year's Geneva International Motor Show. Environmentally correct electrics and hybrids, not so much - thanks to cheaper gas and limits on battery life.... 3/2/2015 9:46 AM

Former school principal: 'Jihadi John' hardworking student
LONDON (AP) -- The former school principal of the man who became "Jihadi John" says he was a relatively hardworking student who showed no signs of radicalization.... 3/2/2015 9:42 AM

Kerry, Russian FM meet in Geneva as Ukraine tensions simmer
GENEVA (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Monday with his Russian counterpart in what appeared to be less than amicable talks amid continuing tensions over Ukraine and American calls for a full probe into the murder of a prominent opposition figure in Moscow.... 3/2/2015 9:40 AM

French foreign minister wants probe into Nemtsov killing
PARIS (AP) -- France's foreign minister is calling for an investigation into the killing of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, calling it an "assassination that was revolting."... 3/2/2015 9:36 AM

Britain's Prince William takes on diplomatic role in China
BEIJING (AP) -- Prince William presented China's president with an invitation from the queen for him to visit Britain this year, as the prince on Monday began the first official trip to mainland China by a senior British royal in a generation.... 3/2/2015 9:16 AM

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