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Residents: Boko Haram fighters gather in mass in NE Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Residents and an intelligence officer say Boko Haram fighters are massing at their headquarters in the northeast Nigerian town of Gwoza in preparation for a showdown with multinational forces.... 3/6/2015 12:35 PM

Stoltenberg says Merkel asked him to become NATO chief
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says it was German Chancellor Angela Merkel who convinced him to accept the alliance's top job.... 3/6/2015 12:33 PM

Iraqi forces push on to Tikrit as IS destroys ancient site
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi forces pressed their offensive against the Islamic State group Friday, expecting to reach the outskirts of the militant-held city of Tikrit, a day after the extremists reportedly "bulldozed" a famed archaeological site in the area.... 3/6/2015 12:16 PM

EU slaps new sanctions on Syria regime backers
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union has stepped up its sanctions against Syria in response to the crackdown by President Bashar Assad's regime.... 3/6/2015 12:11 PM

Pope meets with Chilean bishop amid outcry over appointment
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has met with the bishop running a Chilean diocese where there has been unprecedented opposition to the nomination of his successor, accused of covering up for Chile's most notorious pedophile.... 3/6/2015 12:08 PM

EU chief speaks out against arms supplies for Kiev
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- The European Union's foreign policy chief is speaking out against bipartisan calls in the U.S. to provide lethal, defensive weapons to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists.... 3/6/2015 12:02 PM

11-year-old sent home from school for Christian Grey costume
LONDON (AP) -- Thousands of British students mark World Book Day by going to school in costume as their favorite fictional characters. But one 11-year-old found himself in a bind when he dressed as Christian Grey, the S&M-loving billionaire hero of erotic thriller "50 Shades of Grey."... 3/6/2015 11:59 AM

Bach: IOC doesn't always agree with host country politics
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- IOC President Thomas Bach says the Olympic body does not necessarily condone the political or legal systems in countries it selects to host the games.... 3/6/2015 11:54 AM

UN calls on Indonesia to halt execution of drug smugglers
BERLIN (AP) -- The U.N. human rights office has called on Indonesia to refrain from executing convicted drug smugglers, saying that the death penalty won't stop narcotics trafficking.... 3/6/2015 11:52 AM

Nepal's airport to remain closed at least another day
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal's only international airport will remain closed at least another day as workers attempt to remove a Turkish Airlines jet that skidded after landing, blocking the single runway, aviation officials said Friday.... 3/6/2015 11:45 AM

Ukraine declares heavy weapons pullback from front line
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian military officials say government forces are withdrawing heavy rocket launchers from the front line with Russian-backed separatists in accordance with last month's cease-fire accord.... 3/6/2015 11:45 AM

Portugal's leader admits tax lapses, refuses to resign
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Portugal's prime minister gave the taxman extra muscle as part of a crackdown on fraud and evasion after the country needed a 78-billion-euro ($86 billion) bailout in 2011. Now, Pedro Passos Coelho is admitting he was one of those who did not always comply with his tax obligations.... 3/6/2015 11:36 AM

Bank of Greece: need progress in talks with creditors
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's central bank governor says it is "very important" for next week's meeting of eurozone finance ministers, set for Monday in Brussels, to go well for Greece.... 3/6/2015 11:33 AM

German Parliament approves quota for female directors
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's Parliament on Friday approved a quota system that will require leading companies in Europe's biggest economy to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards starting next year.... 3/6/2015 11:30 AM

Items Flight 370 missing left behind full of meaning for kin
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Lee Khim Fatt doesn't sleep in his bed anymore. Instead, he sleeps on the floor next to it. "It doesn't feel the same, doesn't feel right sleeping on the mattress without her beside me," he said.... 3/6/2015 11:21 AM

Road accident east of Egyptian capital kills 15 people
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian police official says a road accident on a highway east of Cairo has killed 15 people.... 3/6/2015 11:15 AM

UK authorities arrest suspect in US DoD cyber attack
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's National Crime Agency says a suspected hacker has been arrested in connection with a cyber attack on the U.S. Department of Defense.... 3/6/2015 11:14 AM

Palestinian assailant injures 5 Israelis in car attack
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian assailant rammed his car into a group of Israeli pedestrians near an Israeli police station in east Jerusalem on Friday, injuring four officers and a bystander, and lunged at security guards with a knife before being shot and wounded, the police said.... 3/6/2015 11:07 AM

Austrian panel recommends no return of Klimt masterpiece
VIENNA (AP) -- An Austrian panel has ruled against returning one of the country's most stunning works of art to heirs of the original Jewish owner.... 3/6/2015 11:03 AM

England migrant population up by half million since 2011
LONDON (AP) -- An Oxford University study say the number of foreign-born residents in England has increased by more than half a million in three years- a finding that will fuel debate about immigration ahead of the upcoming election.... 3/6/2015 11:01 AM

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