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Swiss unveil new solar plane for global flight

PAYERNE, Switzerland (AP) -- The Swiss-made airplane built for the first round-the-world solar flight has wings longer than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet yet weighs only about as much as a large car....

Judge slaps State Department over Blackwater

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge is calling for an investigation of the State Department over years of delays in prosecuting Blackwater security guards in the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens in 2007....

Judge slaps State Department over Blackwater

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge is calling for an investigation of the State Department's conduct following the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens in 2007, allegedly at the hands of security guards from the firm Blackwater Worldwide....

Feds say oil trains should have two-man crews

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Responding to a series of fiery train derailments, federal regulators said Wednesday they will propose that trains transporting crude oil have at least two-man crews as part of new requirements aimed at preventing parked train cars from coming loose and causing an accident like one in July that killed 47 people....

UK Culture Secretary resigns after expenses row

LONDON (AP) -- British Culture Secretary Maria Miller, who was in charge of legislation on press regulation and gay marriage, resigned Wednesday after an embarrassing row over her parliamentary expense account....

Doctors Without Borders blasts UN in South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) -- In a blistering criticism of the United Nations mission in South Sudan, Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday that the mission is refusing to quickly move 21,000 displaced people from a U.N. base to safer grounds before the rainy season....

Pope denounces slaying of Dutch Jesuit in Syria

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has denounced the "brutal slaying" of an elderly Jesuit priest in Syria and called for an end to the violence....

Vienna Philharmonic wins Birgit Nilsson Prize

VIENNA (AP) -- The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is the winner of this year's $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize, officials of the prestigious classical musical award announced Wednesday....

Physicist wins $1.3M tech prize for data storage

HELSINKI (AP) -- British-American physicist Stuart Parkin has won the 1 million-euro ($1.3 million) Millennium Technology Prize for discoveries leading to a thousand-fold increase in digital data storage on magnetic disks....

Modi touts record on economy in bid to lead India

AHMEDABAD, India (AP) -- To some, the man in pole position to be India's next prime minister is a visionary reformer, while to others he's an autocrat in bed with big business cronies. Perhaps nowhere are opinions of Narendra Modi more polarized than in Gujarat, the western state he's led for more than decade and that is now touted as a model of prosperity for all of India to emulate....

Spring surge: Africans risk lives to reach Europe

MELILLA, Spain (AP) -- They perched atop a barbed-wire laced fence for more than seven hours, hands and feet bloodied, buffeted by chill winds whipping the cliffs of Africa's Mediterranean coast....

Dozens leave offices seized by Ukraine separatists

LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's Security Service said Wednesday morning that 56 people held inside an agency's local headquarters in the eastern city of Luhansk occupied by pro-Russian separatists have been allowed to leave the premises....

South Koreans crave Asia's smelliest fish

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- The aroma of one of South Korea's most popular delicacies is regularly compared to rotting garbage and filthy bathrooms. And that's by fans....

Indonesia opposition leads, but less than expected

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia's biggest opposition party came out ahead in early election tallies Thursday, but the showing was far less than expected given the popularity of its pick for president, viewed as the favorite in this summer's presidential race....

Century of clashes, compromise between UK, Ireland

DUBLIN (AP) -- Relations between Britain and Ireland have experienced a century of rebellion, terror and treaties, culminating in this week's first-ever state visit by Ireland's president. A look at key flashpoints:...

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