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Fleeing violence in Yemen, refugees arrive in Somalia

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 09:13 AM

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somali officials and the U.N. say dozens of Yemeni refugees fleeing the Saudi-led airstrikes and fighting in Yemen have arrived in the northern parts of Somalia.

The U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday that at least 32 Yemenis arrived by sea in the northern breakaway region of Somaliland and the semiautonomous Puntland region on Saturday.


Wild rhino chased into forest after deadly rampage in Nepal

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 09:07 AM

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Forest officers and tamed elephants have chased a wild rhino back to the forest after it killed a woman and injured seven people in a rampage through a city in southern Nepal.

The Makwanpur District Administration office said Tuesday that the rhino was chased into the forest during the night, hours after it terrorized residents in Hetauda, a city of about 135,000 people.

The animal charged into the city from the jungle Monday morning and chased people around a downtown market and bus station, even entering a hospital.


Votes in Poland presidential elections to be hand-counted

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 08:48 AM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's electoral authorities say that the votes in the May presidential election will be counted by hand and calculator because of a lack of a reliable electronic system.

The decision by the State Electoral Commission follows a major computer malfunction that largely delayed the vote count in the local government elections last fall. The scandal led to the resignations of most of the commission members.


Probe finds 1 suspect painting in Dutch royals' collection

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 08:11 AM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An investigation into the Dutch royal family's extensive art collection has uncovered one painting that was likely looted during Nazi Germany's World War II occupation of the Netherlands.

The government announced Tuesday that of the tens of thousands of art works in the House of Orange's collection, only the Joris van der Haagen painting "The Hague Woods with a view of the Huis ten Bosch Palace" appeared to have been stolen by Nazi occupiers.


South African children's reading project wins Lindgren Prize

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 08:06 AM

HELSINKI (AP) — The South African alternative education project PRAESA has been awarded this year's Astrid Lindgren Prize for children's literature for innovative ways of encouraging reading and literature among children and youth.

Announcing the award on Tuesday, the prize jury cites the organization for opening "new routes into the world of books and literature for young readers" with the joy of reading as a compass point.


Greece: current phase of reform talks wrap up in Brussels

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 08:05 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Talks between Greece and its creditors over budget reforms the country is proposing to unlock remaining bailout funds have wrapped up for now in Brussels.

A Greek government official said Tuesday that technical teams of the 19-nation eurozone's finance ministries, known as the EuroWorking Group, are to hold further discussions via teleconference Wednesday.

The official said both sides agreed to intensify a fact-finding mission on the proposed Greek reforms.


Transportation strike in Argentina shuts down country

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 07:39 AM

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Many businesses are shuttered and the streets are mostly empty in Argentina amid a strike called by transportation unions to protest income tax rates and high inflation.

While transportation workers represent only a small part of the workforce, the Tuesday shutdown of subways, trains and buses created a domino effect. Many Argentines have no other way to get to work or get children to school.


Reports: Banned group takes prosecutor hostage in Turkey

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 07:32 AM

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish news agencies say that members of a banned leftist group have taken a chief prosecutor hostage in his office inside a court house in Istanbul.

Private Dogan news agency says some shots were fired inside.

State-run Anadolu Agency and state television, TRT, identified the prosecutor as Mehmet Selim Kiraz. He is the prosecutor investigating the death of a teenager who was hit by a police gas canister fired during nationwide anti-government protests in 2013.


Turkey: Training, arming Syrian rebels could start in May

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 07:29 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's defense minister says a joint Turkish-U.S. program to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State group could begin in May.

Ismet Yilmaz, however, told reporters Tuesday that the sides were still holding talks on the soldiers to be chosen for the program.

Turkey and the U.S. reached a deal on training and arming the rebels in February after several months of negotiations. Turkish officials had previously said training would start in March.


EU dairy farmers rally to protest removal of milk quotas

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 07:17 AM

BRUSSELS (AP) — Dairy farmers have hit the streets of Brussels to protest the lifting of European Union milk quotas amid concerns the move will flood the market with cheap surplus milk.

Belgian milk farmer Yvan Deknudt said Tuesday that "with quotas being lifted, we're really scared that production is going to explode and we won't be able to pay our costs anymore."

The quotas were introduced more than 30 years ago to try to halt massive overproduction that had resulted in so-called milk lakes and butter mountains in the EU.


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