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Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for March 24, 2015.

 Plane carrying 150 crashes in French Alps; 'apparently no survivors'

A Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf carrying 144 passengers and six crew members mysteriously crashed in a remote area of the French Alps Tuesday. No one is believed to have survived. Investigators are treating it as an accident for the time being; the White House says it doesn't appear to be terrorism.

[Read more from BBC News]

U.S. will slow pullout of troops from Afghanistan

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he'll slow the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, delaying bringing 9,800 troops home until the end of the year, rather than reducing the number of troops to 5,500 in the coming months.

[Read more from the New York Times]

Even though there are more female nurses, the pay gap exists

There are very few male nurses, but a new study shows that men in the profession earn higher salaries and that pay gap has remained constant over the past quarter century. Even after adjusting for experience, education and work hours, the pay gap is about $5,000, the study in the journal of the American Medical Association found.

 [Read more from Reuters]

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