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Israel indicts Druse on suspicion of spying for Syria

posted: 03/27/2015 10:05 a.m. Discuss

JERUSALEM — An Israeli district court has indicted an Arab Druse from the Golan Heights on suspicion of spying for Syria.

Gunfire, blast as militants attack hotel in Somali capital

posted: 03/27/2015 9:50 a.m. Discuss

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A Somali police official said a suicide bomber has detonated his explosives-laden car at the gate of a hotel popular with government officials in Mogadishu.

Evidence Germanwings co-pilot hid illness, prosecutors say

posted: 03/27/2015 7:12 a.m. Discuss

MONTABAUR, Germany — Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday.

Alps crash now said intentional

updated: 03/27/2015 12:19 a.m. Discuss

PARIS -- The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 deliberately crashed the aircraft, French officials said Thursday, pointing to voice recorder evidence that he had locked the captain out of the cockpit, ignored his pleas for re-entry and steered down into the French Alps as passengers were heard screaming.

Saudis target key sites in Yemen

updated: 03/27/2015 2:42 a.m. Discuss

Saudi Arabia bombed key military installations Thursday in Yemen, leading a regional coalition in a campaign against Shiite rebels who have taken over much of the country and driven out the president.

Mideast envoy implores U.N. council to act

posted: 03/27/2015 2:39 a.m. Discuss

The United Nations' top Mideast envoy challenged the Security Council on Thursday to lead the way to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, suggesting it should present a framework for negotiations that "may be the only way to preserve the goal of a two-state solution."

Iraqi troops begin final push into city

updated: 03/27/2015 2:37 a.m. Discuss

Iraqi troops started the final phase of an offensive to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit on Thursday, a military official said, just hours after the U.S. launched airstrikes on the Islamic State-held city.

Trade-off said to let Iran keep fortified nuclear site

updated: 03/27/2015 2:36 a.m. Discuss

The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits at other sites on centrifuge work and research and development , officials said.

The World in Brief

updated: 03/27/2015 2:35 a.m. Discuss

Syrian arms said to kill 18 in south BEIRUT -- Syrian government airstrikes and shelling in the country's south killed at least 18 people Thursday, including three children, opposition activists said.

Saudi Arabia, allies open air campaign against Yemen rebels

posted: 03/26/2015 10:56 a.m. Discuss

SANAA, Yemen — Saudi Arabia bombed key military installations in Yemen on Thursday, leading a regional coalition in a campaign against Shiite rebels who have taken over much of the country and drove out the president. The dramatic military assault turns impoverished, fragmented Yemen into a new front in the conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

2 leading candidates in Nigeria elections commit to peace

posted: 03/26/2015 9:30 a.m. Discuss

ABUJA, Nigeria — The two leading candidates in this weekend's presidential elections pledged Thursday to accept the outcome as a new report showed that Boko Haram Islamic extremists, who are threatening to disrupt the vote, have killed more than 1,000 civilians this year.

Troops launch final phase of Tikrit offensive, Iraq official says

posted: 03/26/2015 7:45 a.m. Discuss

TIKRIT, Iraq — The commander of Iraq's military operations in Salahuddin province said government forces have launched the final phase of an offensive to recapture the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit.

Alone at controls, co-pilot sought to 'destroy' the plane

updated: 03/26/2015 10:30 a.m. Comments 10

PARIS — The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and "intentionally" sent the plane full speed into a mountain in the French Alps, ignoring the pilot's frantic pounding on the door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday.

U.S. sends jets against group in Tikrit fight

updated: 03/26/2015 4:29 a.m. Comment 1

At Iraq's request, the U.S. began airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive to retake the city from Islamic State fighters, the Pentagon said.

In U.S., Ghani vows Afghan self-reliance

posted: 03/26/2015 4:19 a.m. Discuss

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani thanked Congress on Wednesday for billions of American tax dollars and vowed his war-torn country will be self-reliant within this decade.

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