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March 28, 2015 - 6:01am
2 days 16 hours 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
1 day 19 hours ago

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Witnesses and officials say Boko Haram extremists killed 39 people, including a legislator, in northeastern Nigeria, disrupting the country's presidential election.

All the attacks took place in the northeast where the military Friday announced it had cleared the Islamic extremists from all major centers.

Residents of the town of Miringa say Boko Haram militants torched people's homes early Saturday and then shot them as...

March 28, 2015 - 4:35am
2 days 16 hours 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
2 days 16 hours 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
1 day 23 hours ago

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Saudi Arabia says that multiple groups of Yemeni Shiite rebels are moving toward the two countries' shared border.

The Gulf kingdom is leading a coalition of countries conducting airstrikes against the rebels, known as Houthis. Speaking from the Saudi capital, Riyadh, Ahmed Asiri, a spokesman of the coalition campaign, told reporters that the coalition was tracking at least two rebel groups.

Asiri promises that Saudi...

March 28, 2015 - 12:50am
2 days 16 hours 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
2 days 17 hours 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
2 days 17 hours 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...

March 27, 2015 - 6:37pm
2 days 17 hours ago

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan authorities have arrested an alleged gang member as the suspected mastermind in the killing of a journalist.

Prosecutors say a wiretap captured suspect Antonio Televario Navichoc saying he ordered the slaying of Guido Villatoro.

Villatoro was a reporter and cameraman for local channel Servicable in the Suchitepequez department of southwestern Guatemala. He was gunned down March 13 as he was entering the office where...

March 27, 2015 - 6:08pm
2 days 17 hours ago

KOUROU, French Guiana (AP) — A rocket fired from French Guiana has launched two Galileo satellites for the European Space Agency as the European Union continues to expand its global navigation system.

Arianespace says the seventh and eighth Galileo spacecraft were placed into orbit Friday evening.

The European Union has said its 30-satellite Galileo navigation system will be fully operational by 2020. Two more Galileo missions are scheduled this year...

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