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Fighting and air strikes across Yemen; dialogue remains distant

ADEN - Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with Iranian-allied Houthi fighters on Sunday in Aden, the absent leader's last major foothold in the country.

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Two missing men likely found amid NYC gas explosion rubble: fire official

NEW YORK - Two bodies found on Sunday at the site of a gas explosion that destroyed three New York City apartment buildings last week, injuring 22 people, were believed to be those of two unaccounted for men, the city's top fire official said. | Video

29 Mar 2015

Syria's Assad says Islamic State has expanded since start of U.S. air strikes

WASHINGTON - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a U.S. television interview that Islamic State, which has seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, has been gaining recruits since the start of U.S.-led air strikes against the militant group. | Video

World, Syria, Iraq 29 Mar 2015

Western banks axed 59,000 jobs last year, more cuts to come in Europe

LONDON - Top European and U.S. banks axed 59,000 jobs last year as they restructured and cut costs, with headcount expected to shrink further in Europe as bosses strive to improve profitability that has been hit hard by tougher regulation.

29 Mar 2015

Sarkozy wins French local elections; far right makes limited gains

PARIS - The far-right National Front made only limited gains in French local elections won by a wide margin on Sunday by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's conservatives and their centrist allies. | Video

29 Mar 2015

Nigeria vote runs into second day after glitches, killings

ABUJA - Voting in Nigeria's tensest election since the end of military rule in 1999 spilled into a second day on Sunday after technical glitches hit voter ID machines and Islamist Boko Haram militants killed more than a dozen people in drive-by shootings. | Video

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New York state lawmakers reach budget deal

NEW YORK - New York state lawmakers agreed a budget plan late on Sunday night that includes much-debated reforms to the education system and ethics standards for lawmakers, state governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders said in statement.