• Torn-up sick notes show crash pilot should have been grounded

    By Tom Käckenhoff DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - German authorities said on Friday they had found torn-up sick notes showing that the pilot who crashed a plane into the French Alps was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy. French prosecutors believe…

  • Four Iraqi soldiers killed fighting with Islamic State in Tikrit

    Four Iraqi soldiers were killed in street fighting with Islamic State militants in Tikrit overnight as they advanced slowly into the city, a Sunni jihadist bastion, in the wake of coalition air strikes, a security official said. The troops entered Tikrit's southern Shishin and northern al-Qadisiya…

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  • German eurosceptic leader says infighting won't rip party apart

    By Michelle Martin and Hans-Edzard Busemann BERLIN (Reuters) - The founder of the Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) has dismissed reports that an identity struggle between economic liberals and right-wingers is tearing the party apart. In recent weeks, German media have been full of…

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  • NCAA tournament 2015 TV schedule: Who to watch in Saturday's 'Elite 8'

    First up, in the West region final, No. 1 seed Wisconsin will take on second seed Arizona in a rematch of last year's West region final in Anaheim, Calif. Wisconsin, then seeded second, nipped top seed Arizona in overtime, 64-63, to go back to the Final Four for the first time since 2000. The…

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  • Have crises put US-Israel relations on new, more honest, course?

    Mounting and unusually public tensions between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have exposed fault lines in the US-Israel relationship that portend a rocky and perhaps uncharted course ahead for the two allies. Differences over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how…

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  • Texas judge blocks family, medical leave benefits for same-sex couples in four states

    A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked federal rules that would have provided Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) benefits to same sex couples in Texas. US District Judge Reed O’Connor granted a preliminary injunction on Thursday to stay the expansion of the definition of “spouse” under…

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  • For families of missing Mexican students, answers remain elusive

    Six months after the grisly disappearance of 43 teachers' college students in the troubled Mexican state of Guerrero, friends and family of the missing spread out across the United States and Mexico to remind the world that the search isn’t over. Marches took place throughout Mexico, and three…

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  • Hamilton on pole, Vettel 2nd in qualifying at Malaysian GP

    SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel believes he can end Mercedes' dominant run in Formula One by winning Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix after qualifying second on Saturday and ending the Silver Arrows' long run of front-row lockouts.

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  • 2 Czechs kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 freed

    PRAGUE (AP) — Two Czech tourists who were abducted by gunmen two years ago as they were traveling on a bus through southwestern Pakistan have been released, the Czech government said on Saturday.

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  • Top Asian News at 12:00 p.m. GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Ear tugs. A flying banana peel. Sarcastic remarks about getting smacked, or punched — or even executed. Such is life for the press corps covering Thailand's notoriously testy military ruler. Since leading a putsch that ousted Thailand's elected government last May,…

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  • Al-Qaida in Syria seizes large parts of northern city

    BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, seized control of large parts of the northwestern city of Idlib from government forces Saturday, sweeping into neighborhoods close to the city center, opposition activists and the group said.

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  • Azerbaijan insists European Games safe despite violence

    MOSCOW (AP) — Azerbaijan insists its hosting of the European Games in June will be safe despite clashes over the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region last week which left at least three dead.

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  • Uzbekistan to vote to extend veteran leader's rule

    MOSCOW (AP) — Uzbekistan is going through the motions of a presidential election this weekend, with a crushing win for its longtime leader a foregone conclusion, but the long-term future of the Central Asian nation is still far from certain.

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  • 3 dead as rebels attack government convoy in northeast India

    GAUHATI, India (AP) — Three policemen were killed and six others injured when militants attacked a convoy of lawmakers in India's remote northeast on Saturday, an official said.

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  • 54 dead in 3 days of clashes in Yemen's Aden: health official

    Aden (AFP) - At least 54 people have been killed in three days of fighting between Shiite rebels and rival militia in Yemen's main southern city Aden, a senior health official said Saturday.

  • Yemen's president calls Shiite rebels 'stooges of Iran'

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Yemen's embattled president on Saturday called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "stooges of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender.

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  • Kenyans sweep races at world cross country championships

    GUIYANG, China (AP) — Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor outsprinted teammate Bedan Karoki to capture the men's title at the world cross country championships on Saturday, while 19-year-old Agnes Tirop of Kenya became the youngest winner in the women's race in 30 years.

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