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In Tikrit, Iraqi forces claim much, but not all of city

The Iraqi military, with help from the U.S. and Iran, now holds most of Tikrit after a month of heavy fighting with the Islamic State. NPR's Alice Fordham visited and says the city is still volatile.

Israeli leader says world needs 'better deal' with Iran

Republicans share Benjamin Netanyahu's concerns and have pushed for tougher sanctions on Iran, which the White House says would scuttle the talks.

To avoid surprise insurance bills, tell exchange plan when you move

Consumers can face unexpected costs if they don't cancel their insurance plan before they relocate to another state.

Obama releases frozen military aid to Egypt

Delivery of the F-16s, Harpoon missiles and M1A1 Abrams tank kits was suspended in 2013 after a military-backed coup. The White House cited national security as the reason for Tuesday's decision.

Iran nuclear talks drag past deadline

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said enough progress had been made to warrant an extension, although there still were "several difficult issues" to bridge.

Nigeria's president has conceded defeat, opposition says

Celebrations have erupted all over Buhari's strongholds in northern Nigeria but the streets of Abuja the capital are deserted amid fears of violence from Jonathan's supporters in the south.

Germanwings: Co-pilot told flight school of depressive episode, Lufthansa says

The airline said Lubitz subsequently passed all medical checks and that it has provided the documents to prosecutors. It declined to make any further comment.

The ascent of Afghan women

Mountain climbing is virtually nonexistent among women in Afghanistan. An American is now preparing young Afghan women to scale the country's highest peak.

Iran nuclear talks near deadline; differences remain

Iran's deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araghchi, told Iranian state television that the talks were not likely to reach any conclusion until "tomorrow or the day after tomorrow."

1 dead after car rams police vehicle at Fort Meade, NSA says

Local television showed two damaged vehicles near a gate and emergency workers loading an injured uniformed man into an ambulance.

Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot treated for suicidal tendencies, prosecutors say

Duesseldorf prosecutors say that Andreas Lubitz received psychotherapy "with a note about suicidal tendencies" for several years before becoming a pilot.

Police: 2nd body found 3 days after NYC blast

Emergency workers found a second body Sunday in the mass of rubble left behind by an apparent gas explosion three days earlier in Manhattan, police said.

Iran, West said to be closing gap on nuke deal

The two sides are reportedly close to a deal ahead of a Tuesday deadline, but diplomatic sources caution that an agreement could still fall apart.

Arab League approves idea of ground forces for regional security

The 22-member body agreed in principle to the military force that could be rapidly deployed to regional trouble spots.

Struggle to explain what motivated co-pilot in doomed flight

As prosecutors search for what might have motivated co-pilot Andreas Lubitz to deliberately crasha plane into the French Alps, many caution against speculating on a diagnosis.

How Singapore became one of the richest places on Earth

The founder of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, used both free-market principles and strong central planning to transform the tiny former British colony into an economic powerhouse.