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  • Iraqi minister says Tikrit to be recaptured within ‘hours’

    TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi security forces battled the last remaining pockets of Islamic State militants in Tikrit early Wednesday and were expected to gain full control of the city “within the coming hours,” the…

  • Emirates, Etihad planes involved in air traffic scare

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Jetliners from the United Arab Emirates’ two main airlines apparently got too close to each other over the Indian Ocean this week. One of the carriers involved, Dubai-based Emirates,…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT

    Iran nuclear negotiators resume talks after crashing through March deadline for deal LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran nuclear negotiators resumed talks here Wednesday, just hours after abandoning a March 31 deadline to reach the outline…

  • Lufthansa execs visit French Alps crash site where 150 died

    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) — Lufthansa’s chief executive said Wednesday it will take “a long, long time” to understand what led to a deadly crash in the Alps last week — but refused to say what…

  • Police detain armed man in office of Turkey’s ruling party

    ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish official says police have overpowered an armed man who stormed the ruling party’s local branch in Istanbul, broke a top-floor window and shouted slogans. Wednesday’s incident occurred a day after…

  • Gloomy China, Japan data add to pressure for stimulus

    BEIJING (AP) — China and Japan reported gloomy industrial data Wednesday, adding to pressure on leaders of the world’s second- and third-largest economies to launch new stimulus. Two surveys showed Chinese manufacturing was weak in…

  • Crimea’s only Tatar TV station goes off air

    MOSCOW (AP) — Crimea’s independent television station ATR went off air at midnight on Tuesday after Russian authorities repeatedly refused to give it a broadcasting license. ATR was established as the first channel dedicated to…

  • Yemen officials: 23 dead after airstrikes hit factory

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials say Saudi-led warplanes bombed Shiite rebel positions in a western city, setting off explosions and drawing return fire from anti-aircraft guns. Airstrikes also hit a factory in the city…

  • A new test could provide answers for those with food allergies

    WASHINGTON — Parents of kids with food allergies live with a lot of uncertainty, but a new test might just give them some much-needed answers. Current testing can only determine whether someone is allergic to…

  • Buhari: Nigeria embraces democracy, 1-party state behind us

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari said Wednesday it was time “to heal wounds,” a day after Nigeria’s president conceded defeat in a bitterly fought election. Calling for conciliation across the political…

  • A day after missing deal deadline, Iran nuclear talks resume

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran nuclear negotiators resumed talks here Wednesday, just hours after abandoning a March 31 deadline to reach the outline of a deal and agreeing to press on. However, as the discussions…

  • UN rights chief: Boko Haram fighters murdered captive women

    BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.’s human rights chief said Wednesday his office has received reports that Boko Haram fighters retreating from advancing military forces in Nigeria murdered women and girls they had taken as “wives,”…

  • Albanian authorities evacuate village after oil well blast

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian authorities are evacuating residents of a village following an explosion at a Canadian-owned oil well. No injuries were reported. A statement from the Calgary-based Bankers Petroleum Ltd. said an “uncontrolled…

  • American farmer among the winners in sanctions-hit Russia

    MOSCOW (AP) — Kansas-born farmer Justus Walker is prospering in Russia — one year after the U.S. and European Union began imposing sanctions against his adopted country over its aggression in Ukraine. Walker, sporting a…

  • Data Doctors: Chip-and-PIN is coming, but it’s not here yet

    WASHINGTON – A reader asks about chip-and-PIN credit cards: Q: Is there a way for me to make a chip-and-PIN credit card usable only in a chip-and-PIN reader by disabling the magnetic stripe? A: Chip and PIN refers…