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Whale appears alongside yachts in luxury Argentine area
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- A whale appeared in the marina of one of Buenos Aires' most exclusive neighborhoods Monday, periodically surfacing alongside luxury yachts while hundreds of onlookers tried to capture the moment with smartphones.... 8/3/2015 10:51 PM

Dominican truckers block border crossings into Haiti
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- The main truckers union in the Dominican Republic on Monday blocked transport of all freight through border crossings into neighboring Haiti, citing concerns about their safety.... 8/3/2015 10:23 PM

Misery deepens for those in Puerto Rico who can't leave
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Most tables are empty at Walter Martin's coffee shop in San Juan's colonial district. His brow is furrowed with concern and glistens with sweat in the sweltering Caribbean morning.... 8/3/2015 10:05 PM

Brazilian universities to help with dirty water cleanup
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Rio de Janeiro Governor Luiz Fernando Pezao signed a deal Monday with several Brazilian universities and research institutes to develop a plan for cleaning up the polluted waters of the city's sewage-strewn Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailing events will be held.... 8/3/2015 9:49 PM

Puerto Rico confirms it failed to make $58M debt payment
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The government of Puerto Rico confirmed Monday that it failed to make a $58 million debt payment in a significant escalation of the debt crisis facing the U.S. island territory.... 8/3/2015 9:41 PM

Creators of destroyed hitchhiking robot mull rebuild
TORONTO (AP) -- The Canadian talking and tweeting hitchhiking robot that met its untimely end in the United States over the weekend might be given another chance at life.... 8/3/2015 9:40 PM

Hunters in Africa say they have a role in conservation
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- In 1909-10, Theodore Roosevelt headed a Smithsonian hunting and trapping expedition in Africa that included colleagues who prepared the wildlife he killed for shipment back to America. The former U.S. president and his son, Kermit, shot hundreds of animals.... 8/3/2015 9:29 PM

Amnesty report blasts police killings in Rio de Janeiro
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Rio de Janeiro's police force operates with "total impunity," targeting mostly young, mostly black and mostly poor people in the Olympic city's violent slums for extrajudicial executions, Amnesty International alleged in a report Monday.... 8/3/2015 9:14 PM

UN states set goal to end poverty, hunger in next 15 years
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The 193 member states of the United Nations have reached agreement on a new development agenda for the next 15 years that calls for eradicating poverty and hunger, achieving gender equality, improving living standards and taking urgent action to combat climate change.... 8/3/2015 9:08 PM

Mexico City mayor vows full probe of journalist slaying
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico City's mayor said Monday that no expense will be spared and no line of investigation ignored in the hunt for the killers of four women and a photojournalist, who had fled the state where he worked fearing for his safety.... 8/3/2015 8:48 PM

Report: US-led strikes in Iraq, Syria killed 459 civilians
BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday.... 8/3/2015 8:43 PM

Chile poll: Bachelet's approval rating at new low
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- The approval rating of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is at its lowest level since she returned to the office last year, a poll said Monday.... 8/3/2015 8:18 PM

Here are the 17 new UN development goals for 2030
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The 193 member states of the United Nations have agreed on 17 new development goals to be achieved by 2030.... 8/3/2015 7:52 PM

Greek stock market bloodbath as exchange reopens
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece suffered its worst stock market bloodbath in decades on Monday, when it opened after a forced five-week closure, and new data showed a dismal outlook for the bailout-dependent country's shrinking economy.... 8/3/2015 7:37 PM

Ethiopia jails 18 Muslims over alleged terror
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- A court in Ethiopia has handed jail terms ranging from seven to 22 years against 18 Muslims who were convicted on terror charges, including allegedly attempting to establish a religious government.... 8/3/2015 7:12 PM

Venezuela prevents opposition leader from running
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan election officials rejected a high-profile opposition leader's attempt to register as a candidate Monday for upcoming congressional elections.... 8/3/2015 7:04 PM

Cranes fall on houses in Netherlands, 1 man rescued
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Rescuers pulled a survivor from under the wreckage of apartments and shops flattened on Monday shortly after two cranes being used in the restoration of a bridge in a central Dutch city toppled onto a row of buildings, a fire department spokesman said.... 8/3/2015 7:01 PM

Gulf Arabs welcome Iran nuke deal but seek further assurance
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Gulf Arab states on Monday welcomed the nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and world powers but said they would like further assurances that the U.S. would help them counter increasing Iranian assertiveness in the region.... 8/3/2015 6:58 PM

Iran's Ahmadinejad seeks political comeback
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has launched a political campaign ahead of February's parliamentary elections in what could prove a challenge to the moderates behind a landmark nuclear agreement reached last month.... 8/3/2015 6:54 PM

Lukoil managers charged for money $1.95 bln laundering
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanian authorities have charged Russian oil producer Lukoil with complicity in money laundering worth 1.77 billion euros ($1.95 billion).... 8/3/2015 6:51 PM

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