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US official: Iran nuke talks could continue beyond deadline
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers could be extended past Tuesday's deadline for the outline of an agreement if enough progress is made to justify it, a senior U.S. official said....

Iraq premier: Troops in center of Islamic State-held Tikrit
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants Tuesday holed up in downtown Tikrit as the country's prime minister announced security forces had reached the city's center....

IS militants kill over 40 in attack on Syrian village
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State fighters on Tuesday killed over 40 people, mostly civilians, in an attack on a central Syrian village, opposition activists and Syrian state TV said....

French eye cockpit entry, psychological screening rules
PARIS (AP) -- French aviation investigators are examining "systemic weaknesses" like cockpit entry rules and psychological screening procedures that could have led to the Germanwings plane crash - issues that could eventually change worldwide aviation practices....

Despondent Gazans return to destroyed homes
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Despondent over the slow pace of post-war reconstruction, displaced Gazans have begun to return to their damaged homes, patching up the structures with cinder blocks and plastic sheets and living in the unstable and unsafe buildings while they wait for promised aid to arrive....

AP PHOTOS: For Israeli teens, military is rite of passage
YAKUM, Israel (AP) -- Israeli high school seniors have more on their minds than prom and final exams....

UN, Red Cross alarmed over Yemen casualties in airstrikes
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Saudi-led airstrikes pounded Yemen's Shiite rebels for the sixth day Tuesday, destroying missiles and weapons depots controlled by the rebels as international aid organizations expressed alarm over the high civilian casualties from the strikes and the violence roiling the country....

Heavy winds sweep Europe, knock people to their knees
BERLIN (AP) -- Heavy winds swept across Britain, Germany and the Netherlands on Tuesday, killing one man, knocking other pedestrians to their knees and forcing numerous flight and train delays and cancelations....

Spokesman: Nigeria opposition candidate won, fears 'tricks'
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari's spokesman told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Buhari has won Nigeria's presidential election but fears his victory could be stolen by "tricks" from the government....

AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa
LONDON (AP) -- The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into the French Alps shocked the world last week - especially after prosecutors announced that the co-pilot had deliberately locked his captain out of the cockpit and flown the plane into a mountain....

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Africa
Morocco investigative journalist gets 10 months for adultery

Asia
Myanmar government, rebel groups sign draft cease-fire deal

Europe
Heavy winds sweep Europe, knock people to their knees

Latin America/Caribbean
Transportation strike in Argentina shuts down country

Middle East
Donors pledge $3.8B in Syria aid, far short of what's needed


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