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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....

Italian court throws out Knox conviction once and for all
ROME (AP) -- Amanda Knox, who maintained that she and her former Italian boyfriend were innocent in her British roommate's murder through multiple trials and nearly four years in jail, was vindicated Friday when Italy's highest court threw out their convictions once and for all....

Marriage plans and writing occupy Amanda Knox
SEATTLE (AP) -- Despite the murder case hanging over her head, Amanda Knox tried to lead a normal life in the more than three years since she was freed from an Italian prison: She recently got engaged and has started writing theater reviews and other articles for a weekly paper in her hometown....

Painstaking recovery mission at treacherous Alps crash site
SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) -- The ravine echoes with helicopter rotors, the scrape of metal on stone, the rumble of sliding scree as the remnants of Germanwings Flight 9525 dislodge from the mountainside....

About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved....

German pilot visited glider field near crash site as a child
SISTERON, France (AP) -- The German co-pilot accused of crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps frequented a gliding club near the crash site as a child with his parents, according to a member of the club....

Iran nuke talks expand as deadline for deal looms
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program picked up pace on Saturday with the French and German foreign ministers joining U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in talks with Tehran's top diplomat ahead of an end-of-March deadline for a preliminary deal....

In Thailand, a mercurial junta leader known for sharp tongue
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....

Police on trial: Tears, anger resurge over 2005 French riots
RENNES, France (AP) -- One October afternoon, two teenage boys were kicking around a football in their desolate housing project northeast of Paris. Two hours later, they lay lifeless, electrocuted in a power substation as they hid from police....

Official: Al-Shabab siege at Somali hotel ends, 17 dead
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somali troops on Saturday took full control of a hotel that extremist gunmen stormed and occupied for more than 12 hours following a suicide bombing. At least 17 people died and dozens were wounded....

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Asia
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Europe
UK's Cameron rallies party ahead of 'knife edge' election

Latin America/Caribbean
Venezuela to present anti-US petition at summit with Obama

Middle East
Yemen's president calls Shiite rebels 'stooges of Iran'