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March 26, 2015 - 2:22pm
2 days 15 hours ago

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Thousands of Islamists were in an hours-long standoff in Morocco's capital with hundreds of riot police when they were prevented from burying the widow of their spiritual leader.

The Islamist Al Adl wal Ihsan (Justice and Charity) movement — the most powerful opposition movement in the country — staged a sit-in outside the seaside cemetery Thursday after police prevented the burial of Khadija al-Maliki.

It was a rare standoff...

March 26, 2015 - 2:14pm
2 days 15 hours ago

SKHIRAT, Morocco (AP) — The U.N. envoy to Libya has sounded a positive note as peace talks between the country's rival governments take another break with a firm deal remaining elusive.

Bernardino Leon said Thursday after another round of talks that two sides would return by next week to continue discussing proposals for a unity government and security arrangements.

During the talks, held near the Moroccan capital, the U.N. presented a detailed...

March 26, 2015 - 1:39pm
2 days 15 hours ago

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Beefed up by new weapons from China, Russia and the Czech Republic, and strengthened by training from foreign advisers, Nigeria's military is forcing Boko Haram extremists from a string of northeastern towns as the country's prepares for elections the insurgents are threatening to disrupt.

The military offensive caused a six-week postponement of critical presidential elections now being held Saturday, a delay that should allow voting by some of the...

March 26, 2015 - 1:04pm
3 days 1 hour ago

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's president has apologized to the Kenyan people for past wrongs committed both by his government and past regimes.

President Uhuru Kenyatta told parliament during his state of the nation address Thursday that time has come to bring closure to the country's painful past. He mentioned the 2007-08 postelection violence, the 1984 massacre of hundreds of Kenyan-Somalis and unsolved murders among other historical injustices.

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March 26, 2015 - 1:00pm
3 days 2 hours ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's armed forces say that four U.S. Thunderbolt II attack planes are training for the first time in Poland as part of a security reassurance mission.

U.S. land and air forces are training in eastern Europe as part of NATO's Atlantic Resolve operation, which aims to confirm the alliance's readiness to defend its members should their security be threatened by the conflict in Ukraine.

The spokesman for Polish Army command, Lt...

March 26, 2015 - 12:31pm
3 days 4 hours ago

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has rejected a relative's challenge against the late collector Cornelius Gurlitt's decision to bequeath his vast art trove to a Swiss museum.

Gurlitt died in May, months after German authorities said they had seized more than 1,000 works at his apartment, and designated Switzerland's Kunstmuseum Bern as his heir. In November, shortly before the museum accepted the bequest, Gurlitt's cousin Uta Werner challenged his will.

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March 26, 2015 - 12:27pm
3 days 2 hours ago

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — With radical Islamic insurgents on its doorstep, Cameroon is trying to head off unrest at home by quelling any signs of the extremism that has roiled neighboring Nigeria.

In recent months, Cameroon has arrested dozens of imams and their followers accused of promoting radical ideology and collaborating with Nigeria's Boko Haram militants.

But the country is also mobilizing soft power. The government sponsored a conference this...

March 26, 2015 - 12:08pm
3 days 4 hours ago

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — As nuclear talks with Iran approach a critical deadline, the United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work at other sites, officials tell The Associated Press.

The trade-off would allow Iran to run several hundred centrifuges at its Fordo facility, although they would not be allowed to enrich uranium and would be subject to...

March 26, 2015 - 12:05pm
3 days 5 hours ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Several members of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board are expressing concern and incredulity over his decision to appoint a Chilean bishop to a diocese despite allegations that he covered up for Chile's most notorious pedophile.

In interviews and emails with The Associated Press, the experts have questioned Francis' pledge to hold bishops accountable and keep children safe, given the record of Bishop Juan Barros in the case of the Rev. Fernando...

March 26, 2015 - 11:53am
3 days 5 hours ago

PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande's office says he spoke by telephone with Iran's president and urged progress toward a "lasting, robust and verifiable" deal ensuring that Iran does not have access to nuclear weapons.

Hollande's office said in a statement that the two talked Thursday, at Iranian President Hassan Rohani's request.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif are meeting soon in...

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