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France's far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen gestures as she speaks during a political rally as part of the campaign for the second round in the French local elections in Henin-Beaumont, northern France, March 25, 2015.  REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

French local election runoff to test far-right strength

29 March 2015

PARIS (Reuters) - French voters elect thousands of local councillors on Sunday in a test of the far-right National Front's growing hold on grassroots politics.

A girl waits with her family for their flight at the Sanaa Airport March 28, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Diplomats and U.N. staff flee Yemen as Houthis target Aden

29 March 2015

ADEN (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's navy evacuated dozens of diplomats from Yemen on Saturday and the United Nations pulled out international staff after a third night of Saudi-led air strikes trying to stem advances by Iranian-allied Houthi fighters.

Tunisian forces kill nine militants in south before solidarity march

29 March 2015

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian forces killed nine militants during a raid in a southern region as part of crackdown following the attack on the Tunis Bardo museum that targeted foreign tourists, an interior ministry official said on Sunday.

Pakistan sends 747 jumbo jets to evacuate distraught nationals from Yemen

29 March 2015

PESHAWAR (Reuters) - Pakistan, which has yet to decide whether to offer military support to a Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, is flying jumbo jets to the Middle Eastern country to evacuate hundreds of nationals, a Defence Ministry official said on Sunday.

Air Canada plane skids off runway

29 March 2015

PETALING JAYA: An airplane has skidded off the runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Novia Scotia, Canada.

A French Gendarmerie rescue helicopter flies over the debris of the Airbus A320 at the site of the crash, near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps March 27, 2015. REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot

Crash pilot was psychiatric patient, planned big gesture - paper

29 March 2015

BERLIN (Reuters) - The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing an airliner, killing 150 people, had told his girlfriend he was planning a spectacular gesture so "everyone will know my name", a German daily said on Saturday.

People queue up to pay their respects to the late first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at the Padang grounds outside the Parliament House in Singapore March 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Edgar Su

Singaporeans bid final farewell to founding father Lee

29 March 2015

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people braved heavy rain and lined the streets of Singapore on Sunday to catch a last glimpse of founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew as his funeral procession wound through the country he helped build.

A farmer stands in his wheat field, which was damaged by unseasonal rains, at Vaidi village in Uttar Pradesh, March 25, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Insight - Modi's popularity in rural India punctured by discontent, suicides

29 March 2015

VAIDI, India (Reuters) - Over a dozen debt-laden farmers have committed suicide in recent weeks in India, and discontent in many rural areas against government policies is turning into anger against Prime Minister Narendra Modi less than a year after he swept into office.

Death threats made to BBC chief after Clarkson axe

29 March 2015

LONDON - British police were on Sunday investigating death threats against BBC director-general Tony Hall following his decision to drop popular “Top Gear” presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

Brazil's Finance Minister Joaquim Levy (L) talks with Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff during the launch ceremony of the Program Well Simplest Brazil (Bem Mais Simples Brasil) and the National System of Low Business Integrated, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Brazil minister Levy privately criticized Rousseff - report

29 March 2015

SAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian Finance Minister Joaquim Levy mildly criticized President Dilma Rousseff, saying she does not always act in "the most effective way," in remarks at a time when investors are watching for signs of tension between the two philosophically different leaders.

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