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March 30, 2015 - 5:54am
3 min 30 sec ago

SYDNEY (AP) — A pair of strong earthquakes has struck off the South Pacific nation of Tonga, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the first quake had a magnitude of 6.4 and a depth of 11.5 kilometers (7 miles), striking 109 kilometers (68 miles) northeast of Tonga's Hihifo district Monday evening. The second had a magnitude of 6.8 and a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles) and struck 99...

March 30, 2015 - 5:32am
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines military chief says a monthlong offensive against hard-line Muslim rebels in the south has ended after 139 insurgents were killed, 12 others were captured and their bomb-making strongholds were seized by troops.

Military chief of staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang told a news conference on Monday that 10 soldiers were killed and 30 others were wounded in the offensive in the marshy boundary of Maguindanao and North Cotabato...

March 30, 2015 - 5:20am
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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A series of airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition have shaken Yemen's capital into the early morning amid the group's campaign against Shiite rebels and their allies.

The strikes Monday in Sanaa come as the rebels, also known as Houthis, pushed south toward the port city of Aden, Yemen's economic hub and the latest seat of power for those allied with embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Hadi fled Yemen last week, sparking the airstrike campaign...

March 30, 2015 - 5:09am
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KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A wild rhino has entered a city in southern Nepal, killing a woman and injuring several other people.

Government administrator Ram Prasad Thapaliya says the rhino entered Hetauda on Monday, terrorizing residents. Teams with tranquilizer guns and elephants were on the way to the city to help out.

Thapaliya says the rhino killed a 61-year-old woman on the outskirts of Hetauda, a city of about 135,000 people that borders forested...

March 30, 2015 - 5:03am
3 min 30 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — Britain's prime minister David Cameron is paying a farewell visit to Queen Elizabeth II as the country begins formal campaigning for an election seen as the most unpredictable in decades.

The audience comes as Britain's Parliament was dissolved ahead of the May 7 vote.

Voters failed to produce a majority for the Conservative Party or the Labour Party in the House of Commons in 2010, and the electoral landscape is fractured again. Minor...

March 30, 2015 - 5:00am
3 min 30 sec ago

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — A French police official says European investigators are focusing on the psychological state of the 27-year-old German co-pilot who deliberately smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.

Returning Monday from a meeting with counterparts in Germany, judicial police investigator Jean-Pierre Michel told The Associated Press that authorities want to find out "what could have destabilized Andreas Lubitz, or driven him to such...

March 30, 2015 - 4:35am
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BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad says the Islamic State group has been expanding since a U.S.-led coalition began its airstrikes on the group in Iraq and Syria last year.

In an interview with CBS News aired Sunday night, Assad said IS has been gaining more recruits with some estimates showing "1,000 recruits every month in Syria."

Assad, using an alternative acronym for the IS group, said in the interview: "If you want to talk in terms of...

March 30, 2015 - 4:17am
3 min 29 sec ago

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerians are waiting in hope and fear for results of the most tightly contested presidential election in the nation's turbulent history. Collation of results starts at noon (1100 GMT). Results are expected later Monday.

One radio station played the song written by entertainment star 2Face Idibia: "Vote not fight; Election no be war!"

In relative peace, millions voted on Saturday and tens of thousands Sunday despite technical...

March 30, 2015 - 4:15am
3 min 29 sec ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has chosen a state-run aircraft maker as the sole preferred bidder for a contract to develop a midlevel fighter jet for about $7.8 billion with the help of Lockheed Martin Corp.

Officials say it's South Korea's biggest-ever weapons development project.

Seoul's Defense Acquisition Program Administration said Monday it'll negotiate with Korea Aerospace Industries about detailed terms for the contract....

March 30, 2015 - 4:13am
3 min 29 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — France's far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen says she was satisfied with her party's performance in local council elections, though it won just 62 of the 4,108 seats at stake.

Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative party and allies took control of 66 of the 98 councils at the expense of the left, according to the Interior ministry.

In an interview Monday with radio RTL, Le Pen noted that her party won just a single seat in 2011. She...

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