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Grieving father calls on airlines to look after pilots

updated: 03/29/2015 3:11 a.m. Comment 1

The father of one of the victims of last week's plane crash in the French Alps called Saturday for airlines to take greater care over pilots' welfare.

Nuke talks near close, envoys say gaps wide

updated: 03/29/2015 3:09 a.m. Comment 1

Foreign ministers from nations negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran joined talks on Saturday as negotiators suggested they are still far from bridging their differences.

Iran letter stirs debate on meaning of 'sent'

updated: 03/28/2015 3:05 a.m. Comments 8

A letter to Iranian leaders by Arkansas' U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton earlier this month has unleashed a debate on the meaning of "correspondence" in the digital age and whether the letter violated a 216-year-old federal law banning citizens from communicating with foreign officials.

Money calls Russians to fight in Ukraine

updated: 03/29/2015 3:04 a.m. Discuss

When Alexander Zhitinev left in November to fight with the pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine, winter had just begun unleashing its fury on the wind-lashed steppe of this impoverished 18th-century frontier town.

Turmoil hits Nigerian elections

updated: 03/29/2015 3:01 a.m. Comment 1

LAGOS, Nigeria -- Voting in Nigeria's presidential and legislative elections was marred by chaos as officials arrived late to register voters, equipment malfunctioned and attacks that killed dozens of people, including a legislator, were staged in towns in the north and south.

U.K.’s Cameron: High stakes in vote

posted: 03/29/2015 3:01 a.m. Discuss

Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday that Britain’s election campaign is on a knife edge, as he rallied the Conservative Party with a personal attack on his main rival.

Al-Qaida rebels take Syrian city

posted: 03/29/2015 3 a.m. Discuss

Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida's branch in Syria seized almost full control of the northwestern city of Idlib on Saturday, taking over major roundabouts and government buildings in a blow to President Bashar Assad, whose forces rapidly collapsed after four days of heavy fighting, opposition activists and the extremist group said.

Somali hotel battle ends with 24 dead

updated: 03/29/2015 2:58 a.m. Discuss

Somali troops on Saturday took full control of a hotel that extremist gunmen stormed and occupied for more than 12 hours after a suicide bombing. At least 24 people died, and dozens were wounded.

Yemen once deemed 'Egypt's Vietnam'

updated: 03/28/2015 8:41 p.m. Discuss

On Friday, Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi arrived at the Egyptian seaside town of Sharm el-Sheikh on a plane from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Iraqi forces in Tikrit slow to move in after U.S. airstrikes

posted: 03/29/2015 2:57 a.m. Discuss

TIKRIT, Iraq -- At the headquarters of Iraqi ground forces in Tikrit, after three days of U.S. airstrikes that at times witnesses described as "carpet bombing," Iraq's military seemed in no great hurry Saturday to press its advantage.

The World in Brief

updated: 03/28/2015 9:28 p.m. Discuss

Woman 22nd to die in Tunisia attack

Official: Al-Shabab siege at Somali hotel ends, 24 dead

posted: 03/28/2015 4:21 p.m. Discuss

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Blood spattered utensils, bullet-pocked walls and overturned chairs mark the reception area of a prominent hotel in the Somali capital following an attack by Islamic extremists that killed at least 24, including six attackers.

Afghan court sentences AP journalist's killer to 20 years

posted: 03/28/2015 4:04 p.m. Discuss

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan's highest court has ruled that the police officer convicted of murdering Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding AP correspondent Kathy Gannon almost one year ago should serve 20 years in prison, according to documents sent to the country's attorney general on Saturday.

Nigeria's voting extended as millions choose new president

posted: 03/28/2015 12:36 p.m. Discuss

ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigeria has extended voting to Sunday after problems occurred as millions turned out Saturday to vote in a presidential election that analysts say is too close to call between President Goodluck Jonathan and former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari.

Millions of Nigerians turn out to vote in presidential poll

posted: 03/28/2015 9:38 a.m. Discuss

ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigerians turned out in their millions Saturday to vote in a presidential election that analysts say is too close to call between President Goodluck Jonathan and former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari.

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