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German pilot visited glider field near crash site as a child

SISTERON, France (AP) — The German co-pilot accused of crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps frequented a gliding club near the crash site as a child with his parents, according to a member of the club.

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Spanish police officers pay tribute next to a stele and flowers laid in memory of the victims in the area where the Germanwings jetliner crashed in Le Vernet, France, Friday, March 27, 2015. 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 on Tuesday, the day authorities say he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)SISTERON, France (AP) — The German co-pilot accused of crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps frequented a gliding club near the crash site as a child with his parents, according to a member of the club.


Lights out as Earth Hour kicks off

Hong Kong's iconic skyline dimmed and the sails on Sydney's Opera House went dark Saturday, as lights on landmarks across Asia were switched off for the global climate change awareness campaign Earth Hour.

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Lights out as Earth Hour kicks off

Fireworks go off at the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House to signal the start of Earth HourHong Kong's iconic skyline dimmed and the sails on Sydney's Opera House went dark Saturday, as lights on landmarks across Asia were switched off for the global climate change awareness campaign Earth Hour. Millions are expected to take part around the world in the annual event organised by conservation group WWF, with hundreds of well-known sights including the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Seattle Space Needle set to plunge into darkness. "It's almost like the thing vanished," said Tony Jennings from Earth Hour after standing under the Sydney Harbour Bridge as the lights went off at 8:30pm (0930 GMT).


Al-Qaida in Syria seizes large parts of northern city

BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, captured most of the northwestern city of Idlib from government forces Saturday, sweeping into neighborhoods in the center of the city in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad's government, opposition activists and the group said.

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Al-Qaida in Syria seizes large parts of northern city

BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, captured most of the northwestern city of Idlib from government forces Saturday, sweeping into neighborhoods in the center of the city in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad's government, opposition activists and the group said.

UN staff flee Yemen as Hadi urges decisive campaign

UN staff were evacuated from Yemen's capital Saturday after a third night of Saudi-led air strikes, as President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi urged his Arab allies to bomb Iranian-backed rebels into submission. An Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and other Sunni-ruled Gulf monarchies, is battling to avoid having a pro-Iran regime on its doorstep, as Shiite Huthi rebels tighten the noose around Hadi's southern stronghold. "I call for this operation to continue until this gang surrenders and withdraws from all locations it has occupied in every province," Hadi told a regional summit in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh

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UN staff flee Yemen as Hadi urges decisive campaign

Shiite Huthi militiamen sit on a pick-up truck mounted with a heavy machine-gun in the Yememi capital Sanaa on March 26, 2015UN staff were evacuated from Yemen's capital Saturday after a third night of Saudi-led air strikes, as President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi urged his Arab allies to bomb Iranian-backed rebels into submission. An Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and other Sunni-ruled Gulf monarchies, is battling to avoid having a pro-Iran regime on its doorstep, as Shiite Huthi rebels tighten the noose around Hadi's southern stronghold. "I call for this operation to continue until this gang surrenders and withdraws from all locations it has occupied in every province," Hadi told a regional summit in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. "I say to Iran's puppet and whoever is with him, you are the one who destroyed Yemen with your political immaturity," Hadi said.


Sierra Leone lockdown aims for ‘total control’ over Ebola

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — An official in Sierra Leone says high compliance with a nationwide lockdown could give the West African nation "total control" over the Ebola outbreak.

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Sierra Leone lockdown aims for 'total control' over Ebola

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — An official in Sierra Leone says high compliance with a nationwide lockdown could give the West African nation "total control" over the Ebola outbreak.

Yemen’s Hadi will not return to Aden ‘for now’: FM

Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi left an Arab summit in Egypt for Saudi Arabia on Saturday, but will not return to his country "for now," his foreign minister told AFP. Foreign Minister Riyadh Yassin said Hadi had flown back to Riyadh with Saudi King Salman.

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Yemen's Hadi will not return to Aden 'for now': FM

A handout picture made available on March 27, 2015 by the Egyptian presidency shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) meeting with Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi in Red Sea resort of Sharm El-SheikhYemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi left an Arab summit in Egypt for Saudi Arabia on Saturday, but will not return to his country "for now," his foreign minister told AFP. Foreign Minister Riyadh Yassin said Hadi had flown back to Riyadh with Saudi King Salman. "Not for now, when the situation settles first," he said when asked if Hadi would return to the battle-torn southern city of Aden, which had been his base until earlier this week.


Crash co-pilot’s personality ‘serious lead’ but not only one

"We have a certain number of elements which allow us to make progress on this lead, which is a serious lead but which can't be the only one," police chief Jean-Pierre Michel told AFP in the western German city of Duesseldorf.

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Crash co-pilot's personality 'serious lead' but not only one

The co-pilot of Germanwings flight 4U9525 Andreas Lubitz taking part in the Airport Hamburg 10-mile run on September 13, 2009 in Hamburg"We have a certain number of elements which allow us to make progress on this lead, which is a serious lead but which can't be the only one," police chief Jean-Pierre Michel told AFP in the western German city of Duesseldorf.


Decorated Boston cop in coma after being shot in face

BOSTON (AP) — A police officer who was honored for his role in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing was in an induced coma fighting for his life early Saturday after being shot in the face during a traffic stop, authorities said.

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Decorated Boston cop in coma after being shot in face

BOSTON (AP) — A police officer who was honored for his role in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing was in an induced coma fighting for his life early Saturday after being shot in the face during a traffic stop, authorities said.

Iran nuke talks expand as deadline for deal looms

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program picked up pace on Saturday with the French and German foreign ministers joining U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in talks with Tehran's top diplomat ahead of an end-of-March deadline for a preliminary deal.

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Iran nuke talks expand as deadline for deal looms

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, center, takes a walk prior to meetings at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Saturday March 28, 2015. Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program picked up pace on Saturday with the foreign ministers of France and Germany joining U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in talks with Iran's top diplomat ahead of a looming end-of-March deadline for a preliminary deal. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program picked up pace on Saturday with the French and German foreign ministers joining U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in talks with Tehran's top diplomat ahead of an end-of-March deadline for a preliminary deal.


Your Questions Answered About Mobile Marketing

In the world of mobile marketing , there are plenty of great resources available to both new and experienced marketing alike.

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Your Questions Answered About Mobile Marketing

In the world of mobile marketing, there are plenty of great resources available to both new and experienced marketing alike. There are many websites, programs, e-guides, books, videos, and other resources available. This set of tips contains some of the best advice for helping a good marketer become a great marketer.

You should begin your mobile marketing efforts by constructing a database. Do not just add loads of numbers to your database. It is advisable to attain permission from involved parties before you incorporate such tactics. This can often be achieved by having individuals fill out online forms, or even using advanced text features to relay consent.

Do what your customers want you to do. Understanding the basic needs of your consumers is key to making mobile marketing work. Not knowing what customers want, means never being able to give it to them. You should compile as much information on your target audience as possible to ensure success.

Qr Codes

Don’t forget to use QR codes on your printed advertisements to appeal to smartphone users. This easily allows smartphone users to access your coupons and website. Put these codes everywhere, including fliers, catalogs, and even your own business card. Customers can use the QR codes to gain quick and convenient information about your brand and products.

Paying an expert to do the job is the best thing to do if you want your site properly optimized for mobile use. Making an appealing and attractive mobile website can be difficult. If possible, this job should be handed over to qualified, experienced professionals.

Examine what techniques your competitors are using via mobile marketing. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Ideally, you should find positive ways that you can stand out from the competition.

A standalone platform for mobile devices needs to have a home base. You should use your mobile abilities to communicate with new and existing customers to entice them to come to your home base. Do not focus your business on your mobile marketing endeavors solely.

A business’ customer base usually stays the same unless it’s market changes. However, you must always realize that customers may leave due to things occurring outside the range of your market. New technology can lure your customers away. If you are going to remain competitive in mobile marketing, you need to be vigilant about staying on top of the trends.

Using mobile marketing is a good way to get profits to soar. Many people use phones to download various apps, or they use them for social networking sites. This is an area with great potential for you to market your products and services. You need to target your customers where they are congregating online.

After reading these tips, you can begin to understand what it takes to become a great mobile marketer. There is different information to learn, but you also need the knowledge on how to use it. If you focus on properly applying what you’ve learned, you will be able to successfully mobile market your business.

Uzbekistan to vote to extend veteran leader’s rule

MOSCOW (AP) — Uzbekistan is going through the motions of a presidential election this weekend, with a crushing win for its longtime leader a foregone conclusion, but the long-term future of the Central Asian nation is still far from certain.

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FILE - In this Saturday March 21, 2015 file photo, Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov greets people during the festivities marking the Navruz holiday, or a sping MOSCOW (AP) — Uzbekistan is going through the motions of a presidential election this weekend, with a crushing win for its longtime leader a foregone conclusion, but the long-term future of the Central Asian nation is still far from certain.


Police on trial: Tears, anger resurge over 2005 French riots

RENNES, France (AP) — One October afternoon, two teenage boys were kicking around a football in their desolate housing project northeast of Paris. Two hours later, they lay lifeless, electrocuted in a power substation as they hid from police

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Police on trial: Tears, anger resurge over 2005 French riots

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2005 file photo, firefighters work to extinguish burning cars set on fire by rioters in Gentilly, south of Paris, France. Two young boys were electrocuted in a power substation in Clichy-sous-Bois, while hiding from police on Oct. 27, 2005. The boys’ deaths led to three weeks of nationwide riots by those who see police not as protectors but as predators. Ten years after the boys’ deaths an emotional trial has exposed a still-divided France. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)RENNES, France (AP) — One October afternoon, two teenage boys were kicking around a football in their desolate housing project northeast of Paris. Two hours later, they lay lifeless, electrocuted in a power substation as they hid from police.


Russia ‘to join China-led development bank’

Russia is to sign up to the Chinese-led development bank AIIB, first deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov said Saturday at an international forum in China, cited by Russian news agencies. "I'd like to inform you that Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken the decision that Russia will participate in the capital of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)," Shuvalov said at China's Boao Forum, quoted by RIA Novosti state news agency.

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Russia 'to join China-led development bank'

Construction of a Disney amusement park in Shanghai, pictured on February 2, 2015Russia is to sign up to the Chinese-led development bank AIIB, first deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov said Saturday at an international forum in China, cited by Russian news agencies. "I'd like to inform you that Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken the decision that Russia will participate in the capital of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)," Shuvalov said at China's Boao Forum, quoted by RIA Novosti state news agency.


UN chief says he’s angry, shamed by failure to end Syria’s war; vows to step up diplomacy

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — UN chief says he's angry, shamed by failure to end Syria's war; vows to step up diplomacy.

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SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — UN chief says he's angry, shamed by failure to end Syria's war; vows to step up diplomacy.

Yemen’s president calls Shiite rebels ‘stooges of Iran,’ directly blaming country for chaos

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Yemen's president calls Shiite rebels 'stooges of Iran,' directly blaming country for chaos.

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Yemen's president calls Shiite rebels 'stooges of Iran,' directly blaming country for chaos

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Yemen's president calls Shiite rebels 'stooges of Iran,' directly blaming country for chaos.