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US says Iran far off from a working nuke, others differ
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) -- One burning question in the global effort to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power is this: How long would it take for the Islamic Republic to build a bomb?... 3/4/2015 7:26 PM

Libya makes urgent appeal to UN to lift embargo on weapons
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Libya made an urgent appeal Wednesday to the U.N. Security Council to either lift an arms embargo completely or allow exemptions so that its army can fight the rising threat of the Islamic State and other militant groups. Diplomats said Libya has made a sizeable request in the past few days for fighter jets and other supplies.... 3/4/2015 7:26 PM

5 stunners from the Geneva car show
GENEVA (AP) -- Forget driverless cars, electric power or even green technology. There is no doubt what visitors are coming to see at the glamorous Geneva motor show: supercars.... 3/4/2015 7:25 PM

Report: Killings continue in Colombia city at alarming rate
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Criminal gangs continue to operate freely in the port city of Buenaventura, carrying out murders and dismembering victims at an alarming rate one year after Colombia created a special task force to curb violence there, Human Rights Watch says in a new report released Wednesday.... 3/4/2015 7:16 PM

Italy rescues more than 1,000 migrants at sea; 10 perish
ROME (AP) -- In dramatic sea rescues north of Libya, a flotilla of ships saved more than 1,000 migrants and refugees, while 10 migrants perished in the southern Mediterranean, Italian officials said Wednesday.... 3/4/2015 7:00 PM

US tamps down expectations for Iran nuke talks
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) -- U.S. officials sought Wednesday to tamp down expectations of a substantial preliminary nuclear deal with Iran by the March deadline while working to move past the political dust kicked up by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's criticism of an emerging nuclear deal with Iran.... 3/4/2015 6:58 PM

Netanyahu says he gave 'practical alternative' to Iran deal
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday his speech to the U.S. Congress offered a "practical alternative" to a possible Iranian nuclear deal, while opinion polls showed his party received a slight bump following his address ahead of the country's March 17 election.... 3/4/2015 6:34 PM

Al-Qaida, others attack Syrian intelligence office in Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate and other radical Islamic factions launched an assault Wednesday on a government intelligence building in the northern city of Aleppo, blowing up part of it before trying to storm the facility amid heavy fighting, activists said.... 3/4/2015 6:33 PM

Russian court keeps hunger-striking Ukrainian pilot in jail
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Moscow court refused Wednesday to release a Ukrainian military officer who has been on hunger strike in a Russian prison since mid-December and has become a national hero in Ukraine.... 3/4/2015 6:32 PM

Appeal of decision to toss case against Argentine president
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- An Argentine prosecutor on Wednesday appealed a judge's decision to throw out an investigation that accused President Cristina Fernandez of a cover-up deal with Iran, the latest twist in a case that has rocked the South American country in an election year.... 3/4/2015 6:14 PM

Israel to double water supplies to Gaza Strip amid tensions
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel will double the amount of water provided to the Gaza Strip, despite a bloody war last summer against the territory's Hamas rulers, defense officials said Wednesday.... 3/4/2015 6:06 PM

Death toll mounts in Ukraine coal mine blast; 17 dead
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- A methane explosion ripped through a coal mine before dawn Wednesday in war-torn eastern Ukraine, killing at least 17 workers, officials said.... 3/4/2015 6:05 PM

Rise of pragmatic Arab politician shakes up Israeli politics
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A charismatic Arab politician, who confidently jousts with Jewish rivals on TV and wants to build a broad Arab-Jewish "alliance of the disadvantaged," has emerged as one of the biggest surprises of Israel's election campaign.... 3/4/2015 6:00 PM

Brazil police say woman helped US sect leader avoid arrest
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The Brazilian lead investigator in the case of a religious sect leader sought on sex charges by the U.S. government says the support of a Brazilian woman described as a longtime friend helped him elude authorities in the middle of a manhunt.... 3/4/2015 5:42 PM

Poor Pompeii, plagued by collapses, now funding is probed
ROME (AP) -- Poor Pompeii.... 3/4/2015 5:37 PM

Putin calls opposition politician's slaying a 'disgrace'
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called the slaying of his top critic a "disgrace" to Russia, while the opposition promised to complete Boris Nemtsov's work on a report documenting evidence of Russian troops' involvement in fighting in eastern Ukraine.... 3/4/2015 5:33 PM

Mexico authorities arrest Zetas leader Omar Trevino Morales
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican police and soldiers on Wednesday captured Omar Trevino Morales, widely considered to be the most important leader of the Zetas drug cartel that once carved a path of brutal bloodshed along the country's northern border with the U.S., a federal official said.... 3/4/2015 5:31 PM

Column: John Terry, the last of England's football legends?
PARIS (AP) -- England is running short of legends.... 3/4/2015 5:23 PM

AP PHOTOS: A walk through the glitz of the Geneva car show
GENEVA (AP) -- Automakers have found their swagger again after years of worrying about making cars cheaper and more fuel efficient.... 3/4/2015 5:17 PM

Merkel seeks to dampen talk of 3rd Greek bailout
BRUSSELS (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the president of the European Union's executive branch cautioned Wednesday against speculation that Greece will need a third financial bailout.... 3/4/2015 5:01 PM

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