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March 28, 2015 - 8:02pm
22 min 57 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — They were the best of lines, they were the worst of lines — and the desk where Charles Dickens wrote them has been saved for the British public.

London's Dickens Museum has received a 780,000 pound ($1.2 million) grant from a government-backed heritage fund to buy the desk at which the 19th-century novelist wrote books including "Great Expectations."

The desk remained in the Dickens family until it was sold for charity in 2004....

March 28, 2015 - 6:51pm
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has announced that it will join negotiations to establish a new a Chinese-led Asian regional bank.

The U.S. has expressed concern the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, or AIIB, will allow looser lending standards for the environment, labor rights and financial transparency. The U.S. also worries the new bank will undercut the World Bank, where the U.S. has the most clout, and the Asian Development Bank, where it is the second-...

March 28, 2015 - 4:41pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say four people have died and 26 others are injured because a fire ignited as they tried to recover gasoline that from a tank truck that had crashed.

Tabasco state Civil Defense official Jorge Mendez Landeros says two of the victims died Saturday and two others at the moment of the fire. State health officials say two of the dead are children.

The Civil Defense agency says in a statement that the 15,800-gallon (60...

March 28, 2015 - 4:30pm
22 min 57 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower has gone dark briefly, with lights going out to mark Earth Hour, the campaign to raise awareness about climate change.

The five-minute dark-out on Saturday night was a symbolic gesture in the City of Light.

France has been preparing for months to host an international climate conference in Paris at the end of the year, pressing nations to set attainable goals for reducing greenhouse gases and mobilizing international...

March 28, 2015 - 4:24pm
22 min 57 sec ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's highest court has ruled that a police officer convicted of murdering Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding an AP correspondent almost one year ago should serve 20 years in prison.

Documents sent to the country's attorney general on Saturday reduce the final sentence for former Afghan police unit commander Naqibullah — who was originally sentenced to death last year.

Naqibullah, who uses...

March 28, 2015 - 3:18pm
22 min 57 sec ago

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program have taken on a frantic tone amid signs of discord in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The French and German foreign ministers have joined Secretary of State John Kerry in talks with Tehran's top diplomat ahead of an end-of-March deadline for a preliminary deal.

Negotiators have been meeting multiple times in various formats to produce what they hope will be an outline of an agreement that...

March 28, 2015 - 2:43pm
22 min 57 sec ago

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Guinea has deployed security forces to the country's southwest in response to reports that people from Sierra Leone are crossing the border to flee an Ebola lockdown intended to stamp out the deadly disease.

Officials in Guinea say residents reported tension resulting from a large influx of Sierra Leoneans in recent days. The lockdown went into effect Friday and ends Sunday.

One Guinean resident says those fleeing Sierra...

March 28, 2015 - 2:33pm
22 min 57 sec ago

SISTERON, France (AP) — The father of one of the victims of this week's plane crash in the French Alps is calling for airlines to take greater care over pilots' welfare.

French prosecutors have said they believe German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed the Germanwings flight. Authorities have since said Lubitz hid evidence of an illness from his employers — including a sick note for the day of the crash.

Speaking near the site of the crash...

March 28, 2015 - 2:29pm
22 min 57 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — The French president's office says that a fourth French citizen, seriously injured in the March 18 attack on Tunisia's National Bardo Museum, has died, bringing the total number of victims to 22.

The announcement on Saturday identified the woman only as Madame Dupeu.

Police killed two gunmen in the attack in the most renowned museum in the North African country.

News of the death came a day before President Francois...

March 28, 2015 - 12:24pm
8 hours 2 min ago

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's president has suspended four cabinet secretaries and 17 other senior officials to facilitate investigations into allegations of corruption.

A statement read by President Uhuru Kenyatta's spokesman Manoah Esipisu said Saturday the officers have been named in a confidential report by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

The suspensions have been met with skepticism by members of the public as senior officials...

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