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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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  • Little vetting of pilots for mental health, US experts say

    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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  • 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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  • Former Germany coach Berti Vogts joins Klinsmann's US staff

    Berti Vogts has been pals with Jurgen Klinsmann for a long time, and now the German national team coach will work alongside his former player in a long-term role.

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  • Co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing Germanwings jet

    They offered no motive for why Andreas Lubitz, 27, would take the controls of the Airbus A320, lock the captain out of the cockpit and deliberately set it veering down from cruising altitude at 3,000 feet per minute. German police searched his home for evidence that might offer some explanation…

    Reuters
  • Yemeni leader Hadi leaves country as Saudi Arabia keeps up air strikes

    By Khaled Abdallah and Sami Aboudi SANAA/ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi left his refuge in Aden for Saudi Arabia on Thursday as Houthi rebels battled with his forces on the outskirts of the southern port city. Throughout the day, warplanes from Saudi Arabia and…

    Reuters
  • Yemen war clouds raise dangers for top oil shipping route

    By Jonathan Saul LONDON (Reuters) - Conflict in Yemen risks spilling out into the busy sea lanes that pass it and potentially disrupt the narrow Bab el-Mandeb passage through which nearly 4 million barrels of oil are shipped daily to Europe, the United States and Asia. Oil prices rose as much as…

    Reuters
  • Shock in Europe after 'deliberate' Germanwings crash

    The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight appears to have "deliberately" crashed the plane after locking his captain out of the cockpit, French officials said Thursday, in revelations that sparked global shock and prompted some airlines to review their cockpit policies. In a chilling account…

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  • MIT expert: US rules make chances of cockpit takeover slim

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — U.S. flight regulations make it unlikely that a single jetliner pilot could barricade himself or herself inside the cockpit like French prosecutors say the Germanwings co-pilot did before crashing his airliner into the French Alps, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology…

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  • Metta World Peace says he can still make an impact

    MILAN (AP) — Metta World Peace had barely landed in Italy when the former NBA All-Star was soon singing with fans of his new team and thinking of a second season.

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  • Airlines to require 2 crew members in cockpit at all times

    LONDON (AP) — Airlines and officials around the world on Thursday began requiring two crew members to always be present in the cockpit, after details emerged that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 had apparently locked himself in the cockpit and deliberated crashed the plane into the…

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  • Canada issues immediate order mandating 2 in the cockpit

    TORONTO (AP) — Canada's transport minister issued an immediate order requiring two crew members to be in the flight deck at all times in the wake of news that a co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and intentionally rammed the plane into the French Alps.

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  • Pope's sex abuse commission alarmed by bishop appointment

    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 from victims that he covered up for Chile's most notorious pedophile.

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  • Safety experts: Air crash in Alps raises need for 3rd pilot

    WASHINGTON (AP) — French prosecutors' assertion that this week's air crash of a German airliner into a rugged mountainside was a deliberate act of the co-pilot points to the possible need for a third pilot in airline cockpits, several aviation safety experts said Thursday.

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  • Factbox: Middle East oil, gas shipping risks; alternative routes

    Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck Shi'ite Muslim rebels fighting to oust Yemen's president on Thursday, in a push by the world's top oil exporter to check Iranian influence in its backyard. Most of the crude exported from Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait…

    Reuters
  • Pressure rises on Greece as savers drain bank deposits

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek bank deposits dropped by more than 7.5 billion euros ($8.2 billion) in February, ramping up pressure on the country's teetering financial system as its government scrambles to reach a deal with creditors within days.

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  • US Thunderbolt II attack planes on training in Poland

    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.

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