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Co-pilot may have hidden illness, German prosecutors say

By The Associated Press
MONTABAUR, Germany — Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor ...

Saudi-led attacks seen as escalating violence in Yemen

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — Saudi Arabia-led attacks on Iran-backed Yemeni rebels will escalate a long-running war between competing regional spheres of influence, experts say. But it could ...

Prince Charles’ private letters to reveal views

By The Washington Post
LONDON — Britain’s highest court cleared the way for private letters written by Prince Charles to government ministers to be made public, the contents of which could prove deeply embarrassing for the royal family and prompt a debate over the ...

Proposed deal would allow Iran to run centrifuges, prohibit building bomb

By The Associated Press
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials said. The trade-off would allow Iran ...

Putin’s sure Russia wins tug-of-war with West

By The Associated Press
MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday voiced confidence that Russia will come out as a winner in its standoff with the West if it firmly stands its ground. Speaking before senior officials of the Federal Security Service, the main successor ...

Militias pull out of battle for Tikrit

By Tribune News Service
IRBIL, Iraq — Iraqi Shiite Muslim militias, angry that the government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has asked for American help in ejecting Islamic State fighters from the central Iraqi city of Tikrit, began Thursday withdrawing their forces from the ...

Controversial bishop’s appointment in Chile riles pope’s panel

By The Associated Press
VATICAN CITY — 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 ...

Copilot’s friends doubt Germanwings crash intentional

By The Associated Press
MONTABAUR, Germany — Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot’s job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in the forested hills of western Germany. ...

Alone at controls, Germanwings co-pilot sought to ‘destroy’ the plane

By The Associated Press
PARIS — 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 ...

Manager of Pittsburgh Fringe Festival among Americans killed in Alps crash

By Megan Guza
Emily Selke spent more than a year in Pittsburgh leading up to May 2014 helping to bring the Steel City its own Fringe Festival — ...

Iran poses top threat to Mideast stability, Israeli consul general says

By Mike Wereschagin
Iran, whose nuclear ambitions have led to a rift in U.S.-Israel relations, poses a greater threat to Israel and the surrounding region than the jihadists ...

Afghan president vows self-reliance for nation

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani thanked Congress on Wednesday for billions of American tax dollars and vowed his war-wracked country will be self-reliant within this decade. “We’re not going to be the lazy Uncle Joe,” he said. In a speech to ...

U.S. planes enter air battle over Iraqi city

By Reuters
BAGHDAD — U.S.-led coalition warplanes launched their first airstrikes against Islamic State targets Wednesday in Tikrit, officials said, coming off the sidelines to aid Iraqi forces fighting alongside Iran-backed Shiite militia on the ground. The decision to give air support to ...

Saudis start airstrikes against Yemen

By The Los Angeles Times
The Saudi ambassador to the United States said his country has begun airstrikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, who drove out the U.S.-backed Yemeni president. Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir said the Houthis, widely believed to be backed by Iran, “have always ...

Strategic, historic Syrian town falls to rebels aided by al-Qaida fighters

By The Associated Press
Syrian rebels Wednesday seized an ancient town that is a key government stronghold near the Jordanian border, ousting Syrian soldiers and allied militiamen from the region after four days of intense battles, opposition activists and rebels said. There was no immediate ...

Terrorists strike Libya officials in retaliation

By The Associated Press
TRIPOLI — The Islamic State group’s affiliate in Libya said it was involved in a string of suicide car bombings that killed 12 people Wednesday in the eastern city of Benghazi. Meanwhile, its terrorists carried out an attack on a ...

Delivery of biggest warship since WWII another sign of expanding Japanese military

By Reuters
YOKOHAMA — Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force on Wednesday took delivery of the biggest Japanese warship since World War II, the Izumo, a helicopter carrier ...

Seafood on U.S. shelves linked to slaves in Indonesia

By The Associated Press
BENJINA, Indonesia — The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. Just a few yards away, other workers loaded cargo ...

France opens black box, hoping to unlock jet crash mystery

By The Associated Press
SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France — French investigators cracked open the mangled black box of a German jet on Wednesday, hoping the cockpit recordings inside would help unlock ...