Germanwings pilot rehearsed crash on outbound flight

PARIS - The Germanwings co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a jet in the French Alps rehearsed the fatal maneuver on the morning of the disaster, and had twice been refused medical papers needed to fly, investigators said on Wednesday.

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Obama expected to push for Gulf missile defense at U.S. summit

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is expected to make a renewed U.S. push next week to help Gulf allies create a region-wide defense system to guard against Iranian missiles as he seeks to allay their anxieties over any nuclear deal with Tehran, according to U.S. sources.

Over 120 die in Yemen as Houthis take key Aden district

ADEN/CAIRO - Yemen's Houthi militia battled its way into Aden's Tawahi district on Wednesday despite Saudi-led air strikes, strengthening its hold on the city whose fate is seen as crucial to determining the country's civil war.

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Britain's closest election in a generation goes down to the wire

LONDON - Campaigning in Britain's most unpredictable election in a generation entered its final day with the two main parties level in most polls and neither on track to command a majority in the parliament of the world's fifth largest economy.

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At Greek port, migrants dream and despair in abandoned factories

PATRAS, Greece - Rapper Mahdi Babika Mohamed's journey to a better life in Europe started in his native Sudan and passed through Libya and Turkey before abruptly ending in a squalid abandoned factory at Greece's western port of Patras.

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Boston bomber 'would always go along' with older brother, friend says

BOSTON - A longtime friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's family on Wednesday told jurors deciding his sentence that he was a studious youth and adored his older brother, who cultivated a deep interest in Islam, politics and conspiracy theories before the 2013 attack.

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Day 16 of jury deliberations in 1979 New York missing boy murder trial

NEW YORK - A New York jury began its 16th day of deliberations on Wednesday in the murder trial of a former deli worker accused in the 1979 killing of Etan Patz, the 6-year-old boy whose disappearance changed the way the United States responds to reports of missing children.


King's changes make Saudi policy less predictable

RIYADH - Changes in Saudi Arabia's leadership have concentrated power in an inner circle of the Al Saud dynasty, removing constraints on the monarch and making the conservative kingdom's strategic positions less predictable.