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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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Libya's coast guard detains almost 600 African migrants

TRIPOLI - Libya's coast guard detained on Wednesday almost 600 illegal African migrants, among them pregnant women and 18 children, who had tried to sail to Europe on a fishing boat, a security official said. | Video

Libya, Africa 9:18am EDT

Russian report blames Kiev for downing of MH17 airliner: newspaper

MOSCOW - An independent Russian newspaper on Wednesday published what it said was a report by Russian military engineers suggesting a Malaysian airliner shot down in Ukraine was hit by a Russian-made surface-to-air missile fired by Ukrainian forces.

Russia 11:02am EDT

Lithuania stages 'little green man' war games, with eye on Moscow

VILNIUS - Lithuania launched a military exercise on Wednesday to simulate an attack on its new gas terminal, a move its strongly anti-Moscow president said was intended to show the Kremlin that the tiny country would defend itself.

11:06am EDT

Assad says army to reinforce besieged troops in northwest Syria

BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Wednesday that troops would head to an insurgent-held town to help besieged soldiers holed up on its outskirts and said army setbacks were part of normal warfare.

Syria 10:01am EDT

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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