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Two decades after ‘Black Hawk Down,’ Kerry visits Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Two decades after dead American soldiers were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, John Kerry on Tuesday became the first secretary of state to set foot in Somalia, a symbolic visit to show support for the African nation's fledgling government and the United States' readiness to move past a dark chapter...

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Nigerian troops who fled Boko Haram now have them on the run

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — A year ago, a dozen Nigerian troops fighting about 200 Boko Haram militants in the town of Chibok exhausted their ammunition and ran, leaving the road open for the abduction of nearly 300 girls. Today, Nigerian soldiers are rescuing hundreds of kidnapped girls and women from the last forest stronghold of...

Nigerian troops save 25 more kids, women from Boko Haram

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian troops rescued 25 more children and women from Boko Haram early Wednesday as the soldiers destroyed seven more of the extremists' camps in a northeastern forest stronghold, the army spokesman said. Many militants were killed in "a fierce encounter" that cost the life of one soldier and wounded five, Col....

Australian leader brushes off snub to diplomat’s gay partner

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Wednesday brushed off controversy over his office's treatment of the gay partner of the Australian ambassador to France. Ambassador Stephen Brady offered to resign after a disagreement involving Prime Minister Tony Abbott's reception at Le Bourget Airport in Paris last month, Fairfax Media reported. Abbott's traveling party...

Syrian president acknowledges recent ‘setbacks’ in war

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad acknowledged on Wednesday what he said were recent "setbacks" in the war against rebels trying to topple him, promising a comeback by his troops entangled in heavy fighting with rebels in northern Syria. The rare admission of defeat follows a string of opposition advances in northern and southern...

Report: Germanwings crash co-pilot tried slow descent before

PARIS (AP) — The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 appeared to have practiced a controlled descent on his flight into Barcelona just two hours before he intentionally crashed the A320 jet into a mountainside on the return flight to Duesseldorf, air accident investigators said Wednesday. Authorities are still puzzling over why co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who...

Israel’s Netanyahu races to form narrow coalition government

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was racing against the clock Wednesday to put together a governing coalition or else face an almost unimaginable scenario by which he would be forced out of office. Netanyahu was holding furious consultations with the hawkish Jewish Home Party in order to secure a narrow 61-seat majority...

Kerry says he’ll discuss pause in Yemen war with Saudis

DJIBOUTI (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he'll discuss with Saudi Arabian officials how to implement a "humanitarian pause" in Yemen's civil war, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that has already caused thousands of people to flee to neighboring countries. At a...

Bollywood star Salman Khan sentenced to 5 years in 2002 case

MUMBAI, India (AP) — One of India's biggest and most popular movie stars, Salman Khan, was sentenced to five years in jail Wednesday on charges of driving a vehicle over five men sleeping on a sidewalk and killing one in a hit-and-run case that has dragged for more than 12 years. Judge D. W. Deshpande...

Canada’s most conservative province elects leftist party

TORONTO (AP) — Alberta, Canada's most conservative province, elected a left-of-center government, ending a 44-year-old conservative party dynasty, Voters in the western oil-rich province chose a New Democratic Party government in Tuesday's election. Few had predicted such a result just 28 days ago when the election was called by Progressive Conservative Alberta Premier Jim Prentice,...

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. The rebels, known as the Houthis, continue to have a strong grip on the capital, Sanaa, and much of the north....