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Germanwings pilot rehearsed crash on outbound flight-investigators

PARIS - The Germanwings co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a jet in the Alps in March practiced entering the fatal descent settings on the previous, outbound flight, investigators said.

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Netanyahu's efforts to form Israeli government go down to wire

JERUSALEM - Benjamin Netanyahu, locked in down-to-the-wire coalition talks, faces a midnight deadline to form a government or risk being denied a fourth term as Israel's prime minister.

Israel 6:27am EDT

Syria's Assad: army to reinforce besieged troops in northwest

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

7:01am 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.

7:19am EDT

Philippines, Japan coast guards hold anti-piracy drills

ABOARD BRP BATANGAS, Philippines - Philippine and Japanese coast guard teams staged an anti-piracy drill on Wednesday, featuring the storming of a cargo vessel after a mock hijack, in a show of maritime cooperation between the two nations amid rising tension in Asian waters.

Japan 6:30am EDT

Hamas-Fatah face-off leaves hard road ahead for Palestinians

GAZA/JERUSALEM - In recent weeks, a flurry of envoys has beaten a path to Gaza's door: representatives from Qatar, Turkey, the United Nations, the European Union and former U.S. president Jimmy Carter have all visited or tried to visit.

United Nations, Turkey 6:31am EDT

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