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March 28, 2015 - 6:50am
11 min 32 sec ago

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Government troops in Somalia say all the attackers of a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, are dead.

It's still unclear how many of the 17 people reported killed were extremist gunmen who had stormed and occupied for more than 12 hours following a suicide bombing.

The al-Qaida linked Al-Shabab organization claimed responsibility. The hotel is popular with Somali government officials and foreigners.


March 28, 2015 - 6:26am
11 min 32 sec ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists say al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, has seized large parts of the northwestern city of Idlib from government forces.

They say the advances were made in fierce fighting Saturday, with the militants sweeping into neighborhoods close to the city center.

The Nusra Front is leading a major offensive that began earlier this week to take Idlib. If the city falls, it would be the second provincial...

March 28, 2015 - 6:01am
11 min 32 sec ago

SISTERON, France (AP) — A member of a gliding club in the French Alps says the German co-pilot accused of crashing a passenger plane nearby frequented the club as a child with his parents.

Francis Kefer, a member of the club in the town of Sisteron, said on i-Tele television that Andreas Lubitz' family and other members of the gliding club in his home town of Montabaur, Germany, came to the region regularly between 1996 and 2003.

French prosecutors...

March 28, 2015 - 4:49am
11 min 32 sec ago

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Police say a car bomb exploded at a polling station in Nigeria's south-central Enugu state but did not hurt people gathering to vote in a presidential election that analysts say is too close to call.

State Police Commissioner Dan Bature says an anti-bomb squad detonated two other cars filled with improvised explosive devises at the scene at a primary school.

There was no claim of responsibility. The explosions occurred far from...

March 28, 2015 - 4:35am
11 min 32 sec ago

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government says two Czech tourists who were abducted by gunmen two years ago as they were traveling on a bus through southwestern Pakistan have been released.

Government spokesman Martin Ayer says the two women arrived in the Czech Republic Saturday morning. Ayer says a Turkish humanitarian organization helped negotiate their release.

He didn't immediately give further details.

The women — Hana Humpalova...

March 28, 2015 - 2:49am
11 min 32 sec ago

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military says its soldiers have killed at least 15 militants in a northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

An army statement says three soldiers were wounded in Saturday's battle in the Tirrah valley of the Khyber region. It says ground forces launched the attack after spotting a group of militants there.

The information could not be immediately corroborated. Pakistan bars journalists from working in its tribal...

March 28, 2015 - 1:56am
11 min 32 sec ago

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said negotiations are the only way to prevent a long-term conflict in Yemen.

The U.N. chief made the comments Saturday at the opening session of an Arab summit held in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

There's an ongoing campaign of airstrikes led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen targeting the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, and their allies.

Ki-moon also said...

March 28, 2015 - 12:50am
11 min 32 sec ago

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Officials in Somalia say gunmen who stormed a hotel frequented by government officials and dignitaries killing at least nine people are exchanging fire with government troops more than 12 hours later.

Capt. Mohammed Hussein said Saturday that the government troops had managed to take up the ground floor of the Maka Al-Mukarramah hotel in the Somali capital, in Mogadishu, and the gunmen are believed to be on the fourth and fifth floor. The...

March 27, 2015 - 11:21pm
1 hour 1 min ago

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is arguing for strong China-led efforts to promote Asian economic and political cooperation while speaking a major regional economic conference.

Xi delivered the keynote address at the Boao Forum held Saturday on Hainan island in the country's south, at which he lauded the promise of the Chinese economy despite slowing growth.

The Chinese president also celebrated what he said was a multipolar world in...

March 27, 2015 - 6:55pm
1 hour 1 min ago

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is readying a gift for President Barack Obama when the two leaders cross paths at a regional summit next month: a petition containing millions of signatures denouncing U.S. aggression.

For the past week, Venezuelans have been lining up in plazas, government offices and even prisons to add their signatures to a manifesto against the Obama administration's recent decision to sanction seven Venezuelan officials...

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