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Pakistan PM to intensify diplomatic efforts to solve Yemen conflict

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan is to intensify diplomatic efforts to try to resolve the crisis in Yemen, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Monday, days after his Gulf allies criticized Pakistan for not joining a Saudi-led coalition conducting air strikes there.

More than 5,600 migrants rescued

ROME — At least nine people died when an overcrowded migrant boat capsized off the coast of Libya and 144 more were rescued, the Italian coast guard said on Monday, after another heavy weekend for maritime rescue services operating off North Africa.

North Korea fires missiles during U.S. defense chief visit

OSAN, South Korea - North Korea has fired two surface-to-air missiles off its west coast, South Korea said on Thursday, with the latest in a string of short-range firings by the North coming shortly before the U.S. defense secretary arrived in the region.

At least 147 at Kenyan university killed; siege ends

GARISSA, Kenya — Gunmen from the Islamist militant group al Shabaab stormed a university in Kenya and killed at least 147 people on Thursday, in the worst attack on Kenyan soil since the U.S. embassy was bombed in 1998.

Prosecutors: Co-pilot studied suicide methods online

BERLIN — Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot alleged to have intentionally downed Germanwings flight 4U9525 killing himself and 149 others on board, researched suicide methods and cockpit door security mechanism on the internet, German prosecutors said Thursday.

Initial deal reached on nuclear program

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Iran and world powers reached a framework agreement on Thursday on curbing Iran's nuclear program for at least a decade, a step towards a final pact that could end 12 years of brinkmanship, threats and confrontation.

Northern Nigeria celebrates Buhari win

KADUNA, Nigeria - Nigerians streamed down the streets of flashpoint northern cities on Tuesday, waving flags and chanting in celebration of a stunning election victory by opposition candidate, northerner Muhammadu Buhari.

Prosecutor dies of wounds after hostage shootout

ISTANBUL - An Istanbul prosecutor died from his wounds after security forces stormed the office where members of a far-left Turkish group took him hostage on Thursday, killing his two captors.

Modern treaties smooth growth for Canadian aboriginals

PORT ALBERNI, British Columbia — In Sarita Bay, a remote cove on Canada’s Vancouver Island, aboriginal-owned land used for decades by loggers is slowly being reimagined as a multibillion-dollar export terminal to ship liquefied natural gas to Asia.

Poland seeking assurances over Guantanamo inmate

WARSAW — Poland’s government has sent an official note to U.S. authorities seeking diplomatic assurances that an inmate at the U.S. military jail in Guantanamo Bay will not be subject to the death penalty, the Polish Foreign Ministry said today.
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Iran, powers push for nuclear deal as deadline nears

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — With a deadline hours away, Iran and six world powers stepped up the pace today in negotiations over a preliminary deal on curbing Tehran’s nuclear program while officials cautioned that any agreement would likely be fragile and incomplete.

Pilot’s torn-up sick notes found

DUESSELDORF, Germany - German authorities 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, which he apparently hid from the airline.