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Hollande: No survivors in passenger jet crash in French Alps

PARIS — French President Francois Hollande says no survivors are likely in the Alpine crash of a passenger jet carrying 148 people. The Germanwings passenger jet crashed Tuesday in the French Alps region as it traveled from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, French officials. Eric Ciotti, the head of the regional council, said search-and-rescue teams were headed …

Lee Kuan Yew’s sharp words on the world, himself

View image | gettyimages.com Lee Kuan Yew, the autocratic founder of modern Singapore who died Monday, never shrank from expressing his views bluntly. He was known as much for his tough talk as a pithy turn of phrase in campaign speeches, press interviews and parliamentary debates. Here are some of his oft-quoted comments: — Everybody …

Lee Kuan Yew, founder of modern Singapore, dies at 91

SINGAPORE — Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore who was both feared for his authoritarian tactics and admired worldwide for turning the city-state into one of the world’s richest nations while in power for 31 years, died Monday. He was 91. Lee was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on Feb. 5 for severe …

Islamic State group claims Tunisia museum attack

TUNIS, Tunisia — The Islamic State group has issued a statement claiming responsibility for the deadly attack on Tunisia’s national museum that killed 23 people, mostly tourists. Thursday’s statement described the attack as a “blessed invasion of one of the dens of infidels and vice in Muslim Tunisia,” and appeared on a forum that carries …

Israeli election results show victory for Netanyahu

View image | gettyimages.com JERUSALEM — The final results from Israel’s hard-fought election show a resounding victory for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party and place him in the best position to form the next government. With nearly all the votes counted, Likud earned 29 out of parliament’s 120 seats and should be able …

Study: Euthanasia cases more than double in northern Belgium

BRUSSELS — Almost one in 20 people in northern Belgium died using euthanasia in 2013, more than doubling the numbers in six years, a study released Tuesday showed. The universities of Ghent and Brussels found that since euthanasia was legalized in 2002, the acceptance of ending a life at the patient’s request has greatly increased. …

Food fight: US brings case against Indonesia for blocking imports of fruit, produce and meat

WASHINGTON — The United States is escalating a food fight with Indonesia, charging that the Southeast Asian country violates world trade rules by blocking imports of fruit, produce and meat. U.S. trade and agriculture officials announced Wednesday that the U.S. is bringing a case against Indonesia at the World Trade Organization in Geneva. The United …

Solar-powered plane lands in Myanmar on 3rd leg of journey

YANGON, Myanmar — A solar-powered plane landed in Myanmar on Thursday night, the third leg of a round-the-world trip aimed at highlighting clean energy. Dozens of trees had to be cleared ahead of the Solar Impulse 2’s arrival at the Mandalay International Airport for its giant mobile hangar and exhibition tent, said Taik Aung, the …

Former Canadian astronaut Julie Payette says one way mission to Mars going nowhere

MONTREAL — Former Canadian astronaut Julie Payette says the controversial one-way mission to send people to live on Mars is going nowhere. Dutch-based Mars One wants to establish a colony on the red planet by 2025 and six Canadians are among the 100 finalists still in the running. But Payette says they are not going …

PHL submits 3,000-page, 12-volume documents to tribunal to bolster case against China

MANILA — The Philippines has conveyed on Monday additional volumes of maps, legal arguments and charts to the Netherlands-based tribunal to further bolster its arbitration case against China. Manila’s “supplemental submission” was in compliance with the tribunal’s Dec. 16, 2014 requirement for the Philippines to reply to 26 questions seeking additional argument and information on …

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