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A police officer stand guards as people cast their votes during Presidential and National assembly election in Yola, Nigeria Saturday, March 28, 2015. Nigerians went to the polls Saturday in presidential elections which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa's richest nation and its largest democracy. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Boko Haram kills 41, prevents hundreds voting in Nigeria

- Associated Press

Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations but millions voted across Nigeria Saturday in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation’s history.

Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, wearing an army uniform, ride on an armed truck to patrol the Sanaa International Airport in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, March 28, 2015. Yemen's President Abed Raboo Mansour Hadi, speaking at the opening session of an Arab summit in Egypt on Saturday, called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "stooges of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Yemen’s president blasts ‘stooges of Iran’ for chaos

Associated Press

Yemen’s embattled president on Saturday called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country “stooges of Iran,” directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender.

FILE- In this  Friday, March 1, 2013 file photo, anti-Syrian President Bashar Assad protesters hold the Jabhat al-Nusra flag, as they shout slogans during a demonstration, at Kafranbel town, in Idlib province, northern Syria. The Nusra Front, Syria's al-Qaida affiliate, is consolidating power in territory stretching from the Turkish border to central and southern Syria, crushing moderate opponents and forcibly converting minorities using tactics akin to its ultraconservative rival, the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Al Qaeda in Syria seizes large parts of northern city

- Associated Press

Al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, seized control of large parts of the northwestern city of Idlib from government forces Saturday, sweeping into neighborhoods close to the city center, opposition activists and the group said.

Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, frets that the Obama administration is willing to negotiate the release of spies or terrorists. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Ed Royce: Stakes are high in Nigeria vote Saturday

- The Washington Times

The top House Republican on foreign policy says the stakes are high in this weekend’s presidential election in Nigeria — the largest economy in Africa — where the contest between incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari stands to impact the future of democracy across the continent.

Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, hold up their weapons to protest against Saudi-led airstrikes, as they chant slogans during a rally in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Saudi Arabia bombed key military installations in Yemen on Thursday, leading a regional coalition in a campaign against Shiite rebels who have taken over much of the country and drove out the president. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Saudi airstrikes in Yemen target rebel stronghold in north

- Associated Press

Saudi Arabia bombed the northern stronghold of Yemen’s Shiite rebels and other key military installations on Friday as a coalition led by the Gulf kingdom carried out airstrikes for a second day.

A police car waits in front of the house of the family of Andreas Lubitz in Montabaur, Germany, Friday, March 27, 2015. Lubitz was the co-pilot on the  Germanwings plane  that crashed with 150 people on board on Tuesday in the French Alps. (AP Photo Frank Augstein)

Co-pilot may have hidden illness, German prosecutors say

- Associated Press

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, center, leaves a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other U.S. officials at a hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, in this March 26, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

Iran may run centrifuges at fortified site

- Associated Press

The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press.

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