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Lufthansa executives visit Alpine crash site where 150 died
SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) -- The heads of Lufthansa and its low-cost airline Germanwings are visiting the site of the crash that killed 150 people amid mounting questions about the co-pilot and how much his employers knew about his mental health.... 4/1/2015 8:24 AM

Buhari: Nigeria embraces democracy, 1-party state behind us
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari said Wednesday it was time "to heal wounds," a day after Nigeria's president conceded defeat in a bitterly fought election.... 4/1/2015 8:19 AM

A day after missing deal deadline, Iran nuclear talks resume
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers are resuming, hours after negotiators abandoned a March 31 deadline to produce the outline of an agreement.... 4/1/2015 8:08 AM

The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, dies at 117
TOKYO (AP) -- The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, died Wednesday, a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday.... 4/1/2015 8:07 AM

Palestinians want leverage on Israel in international court
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- The Palestinians formally joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, as part of a broader effort to put international pressure on Israel and exact a higher price for its occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian state.... 4/1/2015 7:54 AM

French ex-president appears before financial investigators
PARIS (AP) -- Three days after a resounding electoral victory for his conservative party, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is appearing before investigators probing financing of his failed 2012 re-election bid.... 4/1/2015 7:54 AM

Gaza artist gobbles up valuable Banksy mural on war debris
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A 33-year-old Gaza man says he has been duped into selling a valuable work by British graffiti artist Banksy for less than $200 to a local artist.... 4/1/2015 7:50 AM

International court welcomes Palestinians as 123rd member
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Palestinian Authority has become a member of the International Criminal Court and is marking the momentous occasion with a low-key ceremony at the court's headquarters.... 4/1/2015 7:24 AM

South Korean man charged in knife attack on US envoy
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday indicted a man who slashed the U.S. ambassador in Seoul last month on charges of attempted murder.... 4/1/2015 6:43 AM

Asian stocks lackluster as Japan, China data show weakness
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stock markets mostly sagged Wednesday as China's manufacturing remained weak in February and a Japanese central bank survey showed businesses are wary about the economic outlook.... 4/1/2015 6:42 AM

American farmer among the winners in sanctions-hit Russia
MOSCOW (AP) -- Kansas-born farmer Justus Walker is prospering in Russia - one year after U.S. and European Union sanctions against his adopted country over its aggression in Ukraine.... 4/1/2015 6:34 AM

Thousands strike at Nike, Adidas shoe factory in Vietnam
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Thousands of Vietnamese workers at a major footwear factory were on strike for a sixth day Wednesday over a social insurance law in a rare challenge to government policy.... 4/1/2015 6:20 AM

Better lives sought for larimar miners in Dominican Republic
BAHORUCO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- The men in ragged clothes, many barefoot and covered in grime, scramble deep into the earth, searching for veins of a blue-green stone believed to exist only in the southwestern mountains of the Dominican Republic.... 4/1/2015 5:29 AM

On Cuban isle once home to Americans, a look back and ahead
ISLA DE LA JUVENTUD, Cuba (AP) -- Fidelia Rodriguez looks at photos of the Smith family, the Americans who once owned the home she has lived in all her life. She lives behind the big house where the Smiths raised their children, a property now owned by the Cuban state. Her home was the servants' quarters.... 4/1/2015 5:27 AM

Nepal says climbers returning to climb Mount Everest
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Climbers are returning to Mount Everest as the climbing industry recovers from last year's deadly disaster on the world's highest peak, a Nepalese mountaineering official said Wednesday.... 4/1/2015 4:49 AM

Leftist Colombian jurist Carlos Gaviria dies at 77
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Carlos Gaviria, a former Colombian presidential candidate who became an icon of the country's democratic left while presiding over its constitutional court, died Tuesday night. He was 77.... 4/1/2015 4:45 AM

Surveys show China manufacturing weak in February
BEIJING (AP) -- China's manufacturing was lackluster in February and industrial employers shed more jobs, two surveys showed Wednesday, adding to pressure on Beijing to shore up weakening growth in the world's second-largest economy.... 4/1/2015 3:34 AM

Some parents of missing Mexico youths ask help of gang boss
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Some parents of 43 Mexican college students who disappeared six months ago are turning to the purported leader of a drug gang and asking for his help in learning more about what happened to their sons.... 4/1/2015 2:03 AM

Japan tankan survey: businesses wary, spending plans flat
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese businesses remain wary over the outlook for the world's No. 3 economy and generally plan to reduce capital investment, according to a central bank survey released Wednesday.... 4/1/2015 1:18 AM

Report: Egypt, Nigeria led world in death sentences in 2014
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Egypt and Nigeria accounted for well over 1,000 of the death sentences announced last year, more than a third of the world's total, Amnesty International says in its latest annual report on the death penalty.... 4/1/2015 12:55 AM

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