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  • Kane scores 80 seconds into England debut in qualifying win

    LONDON (AP) — Harry Kane scored 80 seconds into his England debut on Friday, providing another astonishing moment in his breakthrough season in a 4-0 victory over Lithuania in European Championship qualifying.

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  • Pygmies demand end to discrimination in DR Congo

    Pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo used the forum offered by a festival of indigenous peoples Friday to demand protection against discrimination by other Congolese who they claim treat them like "savages". Pygmies are hunter-gatherers who live in DR Congo, the Central African Republic,…

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  • US economic growth may be mild, but it's also really durable

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy's tepid performance last quarter — a 2.2 percent annual growth rate — was typical of the economic rebound that began in the summer of 2009. Yet the sluggish pace of the recovery has a silver lining: This growth spurt has proved to be one of the most durable since…

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  • Germanwings offers families initial aid of 50,000 euros

    Germanwings has offered the families of the victims of the French Alps air disaster "up to 50,000 euros ($54,806) per passenger" towards their immediate costs, a spokesman said Friday. The assistance, which the families would not be required to pay back, was separate from the compensation that the…

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  • Warships move in key strait as airstrikes widen in Yemen

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — As airstrikes in Yemen intensified on their second day Friday, Egypt and Saudi Arabia were considering an intervention on the ground, aimed at giving the president a secure foothold to return to the country, while backing Sunni tribesmen to fight against Shiite rebels and their…

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  • Ryder Cup director: Italy 2022 bid has 'pretty special' view

    ROME (AP) — Italy's bid for the 2022 Ryder Cup will require overhauling some holes on the Marco Simone club outside Rome.

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  • Ahead of poll, aging Uzbek leader puts regime before family

    Lambasted in the West over his human rights record, Uzbekistan's strongman Islam Karimov looks certain to extend his 25-year grip on power at a poll Sunday despite a bitter feud inside his own family. "Without a strong government there will be chaos in society," Karimov told a small group of…

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  • Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer dies at 83

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish poet and Nobel Literature Prize winner Tomas Transtromer has died at age 83, Swedish publisher Bonniers said Friday.

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  • European air authority recommends 2 crew in cockpit

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The European Union's aviation safety agency recommended Friday that airlines always have two people in the cockpit of a flying aircraft after it emerged that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 had apparently locked himself in alone to crash the plane.

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  • Bernie Ecclestone casts doubt on German, Italian GPs

    SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — The German Grand Prix could remain off the sport's calendar after this year's cancellation, and the iconic Italian GP may be next to go, Formula One commercial head Bernie Ecclestone said Friday.

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  • US experts see little vetting of pilots for mental health

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite U.S. and international regulations requiring that airline pilots be screened for mental health problems, little effective, real-world checking takes place, pilots and safety experts say.

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  • Complex US-Iran ties at heart of complicated Mideast policy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and Iranian diplomats gather at a Baroque palace in Europe, a historic nuclear agreement within reach. Over Iraq's deserts, their militaries fight a common foe. Leaders in Washington and Tehran, capitals once a million miles from each other in ideological terms, wrestle for…

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  • Stocks recover their poise ahead of US economic data

    LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets on Friday recovered their poise after the previous day's losses when investors were spooked by the escalating conflict in Yemen. However, oil prices slipped back from Thursday's sizeable advance when traders worried about the conflict's impact on oil supplies.

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  • French pilots suing over leaks in German jet crash probe

    PARIS (AP) — France's leading pilots union said Friday it is filing a lawsuit over leaks about the investigation into the crash of a German jet into the French Alps.

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  • Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps; families ask why

    PARIS (AP) — Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.

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  • Airlines scramble for new cockpit rules after crash

    Airlines and policy makers rushed to mandate two crew members be in the cockpit at all times following revelations that the co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight deliberately crashed the plane when left alone at the controls. British low-cost carrier easyJet was the largest company to announce…

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