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March 27, 2015

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UNITED STATES-MIDEAST

WASHINGTON — U.S. and Iranian diplomats gather at a Baroque palace in Europe, a historic nuclear agreement within reach. Over Iraq’s deserts, their militaries fight a common foe. Leaders in Washington and Tehran, capitals once a million miles from each other in ideological terms, wrestle for the first time in decades with the notion of a rapprochement. By Bradley Klapper.

FRANCE-PLANE CRASH-MENTAL HEALTH

WASHINGTON — Despite U.S. and international regulations requiring that airline pilots be screened for mental health problems, little effective, real-world checking takes place, pilots and safety experts say. By Joan Lowy.

UNITED STATES-ASIAN BANK BLUES

WASHINGTON — U.S. resistance to a Chinese-led Asian regional bank has left it isolated among its Asian and European allies and given some heft to China’s frequent complaints that Washington wants to contain its rise as a world power. By Matthew Pennington.

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BUILDING COLLAPSE-MANHATTAN

NEW YORK — An apartment building collapsed in a fiery burst of rubble and flames spread to nearby buildings in what officials said appeared to be a gas-related explosion, injuring 19 people and scattering debris across surrounding streets in the heart of Manhattan’s fashionable East Village. By Jonathan Lemire and Colleen Long.

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ARGENTINA-PROSECUTOR KILLED

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — An appeals court throws out a case accusing President Cristina Fernandez and other officials of a major cover-up deal with Iran, giving a victory of sorts to an administration rocked by the mysterious death of the prosecutor who made the allegation. By Peter Prengaman.

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CUBA-HUMAN RIGHTS

HAVANA — Cuba and the United States will debate human rights at a meeting in Washington on Tuesday in another sign of the thaw between the countries as they try to re-establish normal diplomatic relations after a 50-year freeze. By Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez.

MEXICO-VIOLENCE

MEXICO CITY —Parents of 43 missing students mark the six-month anniversary of their disappearance with a march of a few thousand supporters, urging Mexico not to abandon them but drawing far smaller numbers than rallies last year. By E. Eduardo Castillo.

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CHILE-FLOODS

SANTIAGO, Chile — Communities in a desert region of northern Chile struggle to cope with rain-provoked flooding that has claimed the lives of at least seven people, knocked out power and cut off roadways. By Luis Andres Henao.

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MEXICO-TRANSPLANT VISA

MEXICO CITY — A young Mexican man who is urgently trying to travel to the Mayo Clinic for a double-organ transplant has filed a third application for entry into the United States after twice being denied a visa. By Alberto Arce.

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BUSINESS:

ARCTIC OIL DRILLING

WASHINGTON — The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study to be released Friday. By Jonathan Fahey.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

TV-DOWNTON ABBEY

NEW YORK — A grand manor will close its doors to millions of weekly guests after “Downton Abbey” concludes next year. Producers of the popular British period drama confirm it will end after its sixth season, scheduled to air in the United States in early 2016. By Frazier Moore.

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FEATURES:

ANTARCTICA-EXTREME LIFE

DECEPTION ISLAND, Antarctica — Deep below the ice, far from Antarctica’s playful penguins, is a cold and barren world that by all indications should be completely void of life. But scientists have discovered creatures even in places that haven’t been exposed to sunlight for 15 million years. Things simultaneously normal and weird thrive in this extreme environment. By Luis Andres Henao and Seth Borenstein.

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