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AP Top International News At 6 p.m. EDT

Yemen's president calls Shiite rebels 'puppets of Iran'
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) -- Yemen's embattled president on Saturday called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "puppets of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender....

Official: Al-Shabab siege at Somali hotel ends, 24 dead
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Blood spattered utensils, bullet-pocked walls and overturned chairs mark the reception area of a prominent hotel in the Somali capital following an attack by Islamic extremists that killed at least 24, including six attackers....

Crash victim's father calls for more focus on pilot welfare
SISTERON, France (AP) -- The father of one of the victims of this week's plane crash in the French Alps called Saturday for airlines to take greater care over pilots' welfare....

Boko Haram kills 39, legislator, disrupting Nigeria election
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Witnesses and officials say Boko Haram extremists killed 39 people, including a legislator, in northeastern Nigeria, disrupting the country's presidential election....

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....

Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida's branch in Syria seized almost full control of the northwestern city of Idlib on Saturday, taking over major roundabouts and government buildings in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad whose forces rapidly collapsed after four days of heavy fighting, opposition activists and the extremist group said....

US State Dept: Difficult work remains on Iran nuke talks
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program grew frantic on Saturday amid signs of discord, 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....

Afghan court sentences AP journalist's killer to 20 years
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's highest court has ruled that the police officer convicted of murdering Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding AP correspondent Kathy Gannon almost one year ago should serve 20 years in prison, according to documents sent to the country's attorney general on Saturday....

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....

For African migrants, trek to Europe brings risk, heartbreak
VELES, Macedonia (AP) -- This is the moment when Sandrine Koffi's dream of a new life in Europe ended - and her nightmare of an infant lost in the Macedonian night began....

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Boko Haram kills 39, legislator, disrupting Nigeria election

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Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city


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