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Teen survivor tells of panic during deadly migrant rescue
NICOLOSI, Sicily (AP) -- Calloused and stained, Baboucar Lowe's hands tell the story of a difficult life, one that nearly ended at 17 when the rubber dinghy he was on deflated within sight of a rescue ship, drowning dozens of migrants trying to reach Europe....

Germanwings co-pilot tested descents hours before crash
PARIS (AP) -- A co-pilot who purposely crashed a Germanwings A320 plane into the French Alps appeared to have rehearsed sending the jet into a deadly descent on another flight just two hours earlier, investigators said Wednesday....

Analysis: Despite Saudi strikes, Yemen rebels remain dug in
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- More than a month of relentless airstrikes by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia has inflicted painful damage on Shiite rebels in Yemen, but they show little sign of collapse....

Kerry seeks pause in Yemen war as he arrives in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought to secure a pause in Yemen's war as he arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday for meeting with top officials, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that already has neighboring countries bracing for a mass exodus of refugees. He was to hold further talks Thursday, too....

Israel's Netanyahu reportedly close to forming coalition
JERUSALEM (AP) -- With the clock ticking toward a midnight deadline, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday inched closer toward a deal to form a new government as he rushed to work out the details of an emerging agreement with his final coalition partner....

Report: 2.2 million Iraqis displaced by Islamic State group
BEIRUT (AP) -- Conflicts and violence worldwide displaced a record 38 million people in 2014, with 2.2 million Iraqis alone forced to flee the Islamic State group, a Norwegian humanitarian group report released Wednesday revealed....

Migrants rescued after 12 days at sea; EU eyes seizing boats
CATANIA, Sicily (AP) -- Nearly 100 migrants who reported being at sea for 12 days arrived in Sicily on Wednesday as diplomats mulled a draft U.N. resolution authorizing an EU mission to seize the smugglers' boats that are fueling the Mediterranean migrant crisis....

As Ukraine erects defenses, critics fear expensive failure
HOPTIVKA, Ukraine (AP) -- The flimsy, razor wire-topped fences popping up along bare expanses of Ukraine's eastern frontier are the first line of defense against a much-feared Russian invasion. Trenches fortified by timber have been hollowed out for soldiers to take up positions. And bulky, metallic obstacles looped together with more barbed wire are laid across the fields to halt advancing tanks and infantry....

4 Afghan men sentenced to death over horrifying mob killing
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Four Afghan men were sentenced Wednesday to death by hanging over the filmed mob killing in downtown Kabul of a young woman falsely accused of burning the Quran, a case that horrified the country and showed the dangers women face in the conservative society....

Kenya Red Cross: 54 killed in cattle raid attacks
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Fifty-four people have been killed in Kenya's northern region in tribal fighting that police say was started by a cattle raid, the Kenya Red Cross said Wednesday....

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Africa
Burundian opposition leader arrested as protests continue

Asia
Australian leader brushes off snub to diplomat's gay partner

Europe
Migrants rescued after 12 days at sea; EU eyes seizing boats

Latin America/Caribbean
Obama administration approves first ferry service to Cuba

Middle East
Yemen Shiite rebels take neighborhood in Aden, occupy palace