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Donors pledge $3.8B in Syria aid as thousands more displaced
BEIRUT (AP) -- International donors at a conference in Kuwait pledged $3.8 billion Tuesday to help Syrians affected by the civil war, as U.N. officials warned of a fresh wave of mass displacement after Islamic groups took over a major city in northwestern Syria.... 3/31/2015 6:33 PM

Cabinet minister: Nigerian president concedes to Buhari
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's aviation minister says President Goodluck Jonathan has called challenger Muhammadu Buhari to concede and congratulate him on his electoral victory. This paves the way for a peaceful transfer of power in Africa's richest and most populous nation.... 3/31/2015 6:18 PM

Banned leftist group in Turkey takes prosecutor hostage
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Members of a banned leftist group took a prosecutor hostage in his office Tuesday inside a courthouse in Istanbul, authorities said. Police said negotiators were speaking to two militants in attempts to end the standoff.... 3/31/2015 6:08 PM

Morocco investigative journalist gets 10 months for adultery
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- A Moroccan court has convicted an investigative journalist of adultery and starting a brothel, sentencing him to 10 months in prison in a verdict that the head of a local media freedom organization said Tuesday is meant to intimidate him.... 3/31/2015 5:51 PM

Lufthansa: Co-pilot told flight school of depressive episode
BERLIN (AP) -- Lufthansa knew six years ago that the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps last week had suffered from a "serious depressive episode," the German airline said Tuesday.... 3/31/2015 5:50 PM

Congo military leaders sign pledge to combat rape in war
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Congolese army commanders have signed a declaration to combat rape in war, a move the United Nations welcomed as an important step in the fight against sexual violence during conflicts.... 3/31/2015 5:44 PM

Transportation strike in Argentina shuts down country
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Transportation unions brought Argentina to a standstill on Tuesday with a one-day national strike to protest income tax rates and high inflation they say is eroding their earnings.... 3/31/2015 5:38 PM

White House: Iran nuke talks could continue beyond deadline
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers could be extended past Tuesday's deadline for the outline of an agreement if enough progress is made to justify it, the White House said.... 3/31/2015 5:38 PM

Donors pledge $3.8B in Syria aid, far short of what's needed
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- International donors committed $3.8 billion in aid for Syrians affected by the grinding civil war at a donors' conference in Kuwait on Tuesday, less than half of what the U.N. requested for this year to cope with the growing humanitarian crisis.... 3/31/2015 5:30 PM

Iraq premier: Troops in center of Islamic State-held Tikrit
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants holed up in downtown Tikrit, going house to house Tuesday in search of snipers and booby traps, and the prime minister announced security forces had reached the city's center.... 3/31/2015 5:16 PM

UN says remaining international staffers leave chaotic Yemen
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations said Tuesday that the last of its international staffers have now left Yemen as the U.N. human rights chief warns of a "total collapse" in the Arab world's poorest country.... 3/31/2015 5:12 PM

Greece disagrees with sanctions against Russia, Tsipras says
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's new government disagrees with sanctions against Russia, and wants to boost trade ties with the country, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said before a visit to Moscow next week.... 3/31/2015 5:11 PM

APNewsBreak: France seizes moment to push for Mideast talks
PARIS (AP) -- France sees a window of opportunity after Israel's elections to get the United States on board with a new push for Mideast peace, and is preparing a draft U.N Security Council resolution in about 12 days, according to French diplomatic officials.... 3/31/2015 5:01 PM

Vatican hopes to avoid financial scandal during Jubilee year
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican finance minister has said he hopes to avoid any financial scandals with the upcoming Jubilee year, saying the plans will be subject to new Vatican procedures to ensure they follow international standards for transparency and accountability.... 3/31/2015 4:57 PM

Officials: Typhoon kills 5 on western Pacific island
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) -- A typhoon killed at least five people on a western Pacific Ocean island ahead of strong winds that are expected to bear down on a neighboring island in Micronesia on Wednesday, officials said.... 3/31/2015 4:56 PM

Myanmar government, rebel groups sign draft cease-fire deal
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's government and 16 ethnic armed groups agreed Tuesday on the wording of a draft nationwide cease-fire agreement aimed at ending decades of civil unrest.... 3/31/2015 4:39 PM

Canada police charge man in deaths of boys killed by python
CAMPBELLTON, New Brunswick (AP) -- Canadian police have charged a man in the death of two young brothers who were asphyxiated by a python at his home.... 3/31/2015 4:38 PM

Heavy winds sweep Europe, knock people to their knees
BERLIN (AP) -- Heavy winds swept across Britain, Germany and the Netherlands on Tuesday, killing one man, knocking other pedestrians to their knees and forcing numerous flight and train delays and cancelations.... 3/31/2015 4:31 PM

Former Putin allies question his political course
MOSCOW (AP) -- As Russian President Vladimir Putin marks 15 years since he was first elected, his former long-term allies are questioning his political course and warning of the economic consequences of his aggressive foreign policy.... 3/31/2015 4:25 PM

Qatar ambassador returns to Egypt after rift over Libya
CAIRO (AP) -- Qatar returned its ambassador to Cairo on Tuesday, almost a month after recalling him in response to an Egyptian official accusing the tiny Gulf nation of supporting terrorism.... 3/31/2015 4:04 PM

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