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Strong quakes strike off South Pacific nation of Tonga
SYDNEY (AP) -- A pair of strong earthquakes has struck off the South Pacific nation of Tonga, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning was issued.... 3/30/2015 9:54 AM

Iran nuclear talks at crunch time
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program entered a critical phase on Monday with differences still remaining less than two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement.... 3/30/2015 9:48 AM

World stocks gain after Yellen signals gradual rise in rates
HONG KONG (AP) -- World stock markets were buoyant Monday as investors cheered Fed chief Janet Yellen's comments signaling that U.S. interest rates would rise only gradually. Chinese stocks soared on hopes for more economic stimulus measures.... 3/30/2015 9:41 AM

Iraq: Twin car bombings in Baghdad kill at least 11
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A pair of car bombings in a Baghdad suburb on Monday killed at least 11 people and wounded dozens, officials said, hours after the arrival of the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, for talks with the Iraqi officials.... 3/30/2015 9:40 AM

Philippines ends major offensive it says killed 139 rebels
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines military chief says a monthlong offensive against hard-line Muslim rebels in the south has ended after 139 insurgents were killed, 12 others were captured and their bomb-making strongholds were seized by troops.... 3/30/2015 9:32 AM

Former Israeli Premier Olmert convicted in corruption case
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted Monday of unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter in a retrial on corruption charges, the latest chapter in the downfall of a man who only years earlier hoped to lead the country to a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians.... 3/30/2015 9:30 AM

Airstrikes shake Yemen's capital as Shiite rebels push south
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A series of airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition have shaken Yemen's capital into the early morning amid the group's campaign against Shiite rebels and their allies.... 3/30/2015 9:20 AM

South Korean firm named sole bidder for big fighter jet deal
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea chose a state-run aircraft maker on Monday as the sole preferred bidder for a contract to develop a midlevel fighter jet with the help of Lockheed Martin Corp. in the country's biggest-ever weapons development project.... 3/30/2015 9:16 AM

Flood alerts issued in Kashmir as rivers cross danger mark
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Hundreds of Kashmiris in both India and Pakistan moved to higher ground Monday as rain-swollen rivers swamped parts of the disputed Himalayan region placed under an emergency flood alert just six months after some 600 people died in flooding that left the region in shambles.... 3/30/2015 9:13 AM

Wild rhino enters Nepal city, killing 1 and injuring several
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- A wild rhino has entered a city in southern Nepal, killing a woman and injuring several other people.... 3/30/2015 9:09 AM

With Lee's passing, Mahathir is last of SE Asia's old guards
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Two of Asia's best-known strongmen, Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew and Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad, had much in common - a streak of authoritarianism, little tolerance for dissent and vision that changed the face of their countries.... 3/30/2015 9:09 AM

Campaign begins for most unpredictable election in decades
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's prime minister David Cameron is paying a farewell visit to Queen Elizabeth II as the country begins formal campaigning for an election seen as the most unpredictable in decades.... 3/30/2015 9:03 AM

Investigators focus on German co-pilot's mental state
MARSEILLE, France (AP) -- A French police official says European investigators are focusing on the psychological state of the 27-year-old German co-pilot who deliberately smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.... 3/30/2015 9:00 AM

A look at former Israeli Premier Ehud Olmert's career
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli court has found former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert guilty on charges of fraud and breach of trust in a case involving allegations he accepted cash-stuffed envelopes from an American supporter.... 3/30/2015 8:52 AM

Bangladesh police say blogger hacked to death in capital
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A blogger was hacked to death by three men in Bangladesh's capital on Monday, with two of the suspected attackers caught near the scene, police said.... 3/30/2015 8:45 AM

US treasury secretary presses Beijing on technology curbs
BEIJING (AP) -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday he pressed Chinese leaders over proposed curbs on the use of foreign security products by banks and other restrictions on access to China's technology market.... 3/30/2015 8:41 AM

Hope, fear as Nigerians await results of presidential vote
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerians are waiting in hope and fear for results of the tightest and most bitterly contested presidential election in the nation's turbulent history. Collation of results starts at noon (1100 GMT) and winner could be named later Monday or Tuesday, electoral officials say.... 3/30/2015 8:41 AM

11 killed when bus falls into gorge in eastern India
PATNA, India (AP) -- A bus driver lost control of his vehicle on a sharp curve on a mountain road in eastern India and plunged into a gorge, killing at least 11 people, police said Monday.... 3/30/2015 8:40 AM

Syrian president says IS is expanding despite airstrikes
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad says the Islamic State group has been expanding since a U.S.-led coalition began its airstrikes on the group in Iraq and Syria last year.... 3/30/2015 8:35 AM

AP chief: Killing of journalists should be a war crime
HONG KONG (AP) -- The president and CEO of The Associated Press called Monday for changes to international laws that would make it a war crime to kill journalists or take them hostage.... 3/30/2015 8:26 AM

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