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Some Cubans see US thaw as a boon, others pessimistic
HAVANA (AP) -- As Havana and Washington move to restore full ties, Cubans are watching closely. Some hope rapprochement will help them make a small business prosper or keep in touch with relatives in Florida, while others doubt it will do anything to improve their lives.... 7/1/2015 10:18 PM

Puerto Rico power company forced to sell bonds amid crisis
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's troubled power company has been forced to sell bonds again to obtain capital and avoid defaulting on a $415 million debt payment due Wednesday amid a worsening economic crisis in the U.S. territory.... 7/1/2015 10:16 PM

Greece proceeds with vote plan as creditors rebuff overture
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The Greek government vowed Wednesday to go ahead with plans to have the people decide whether they want more austerity measures in exchange for a rescue deal. Greece offered more concessions to its creditors, but was rebuffed - Eurozone finance ministers refused to negotiate any more aid until the referendum clears up what the country wants.... 7/1/2015 10:11 PM

WikiLeaks claims NSA targeted German ministers beyond Merkel
BERLIN (AP) -- WikiLeaks published a list of German phone numbers Wednesday that it claimed showed the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on senior German officials beyond Chancellor Angela Merkel.... 7/1/2015 10:11 PM

Libya's internationally accepted PM 'aspires' to peace deal
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) -- The internationally recognized prime minister of Libya says he is "aspiring" to sign a peace agreement with representatives of the rival Islamist-led Tripoli government in Morocco on Thursday.... 7/1/2015 10:04 PM

Scores killed as militants attack Egyptian troops in Sinai
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Islamic State-linked militants struck Egyptian army outposts in the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday in a coordinated wave of suicide bombings and battles that underlined the government's failure to stem an insurgency despite a two-year crackdown. Security officials said dozens of troops were killed, along with nearly 100 attackers.... 7/1/2015 9:57 PM

Chad forces arrest Boko Haram leader, hold 74 others
N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) -- Chad's chief prosecutor says that security forces have arrested one of the leaders of the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram.... 7/1/2015 9:42 PM

Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant in Germany
BERLIN (AP) -- A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen's production plants in Germany, the automaker said Wednesday.... 7/1/2015 9:38 PM

The Latest: Moody's downgrades Greece to Caa3
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):... 7/1/2015 9:28 PM

UN sanctions 6 generals for fueling South Sudan conflict
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council decided Wednesday to impose sanctions on six generals for fueling an 18-month conflict in South Sudan that has killed thousands, forced over two million people to flee their homes and created a humanitarian emergency.... 7/1/2015 9:23 PM

Argentina recalls its financial crisis, advises Greece
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- As Argentines closely watch the financial turmoil in Greece recalling their own worst crisis 14 years ago, the architect of the South American country's recovery has a message for the European nation: Renegotiate your debt.... 7/1/2015 9:17 PM

Burundi: 6 die in clashes between police and protesters
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Six people have been killed as protesters clashed with security forces in a neighborhood southeast of the capital, Bujumbura, police said.... 7/1/2015 9:08 PM

Jamaica officials, creative types hold reggae conference
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Jamaican government officials, lawyers and creative types have held a reggae conference to hash over ways of securing a competitive advantage with the homegrown music that long ago went global.... 7/1/2015 9:05 PM

The Latest: Muslim Brotherhood calls for Egypt 'rebellion'
CAIRO (AP) -- The latest news on the nine Muslim Brotherhood leaders killed in a Cairo apartment raid (all times local):... 7/1/2015 9:01 PM

Confidential UN report positive on Iran nuclear commitments
VIENNA (AP) -- Iran has met a key commitment under a preliminary nuclear deal setting up the current talks on a final agreement, leaving it with several tons less of the material it could use to make weapons, according to a U.N. report issued Wednesday.... 7/1/2015 8:29 PM

Gunmen kill 6 at bar in working class district of Sao Paulo
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazilian police say six men were shot to death in a low-income working class district on the outskirts of Sao Paulo.... 7/1/2015 8:26 PM

Police find car loaded with explosives in Mexico border city
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Police in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez say they have detained three men who were pushing a car laden with explosives.... 7/1/2015 8:21 PM

Pioneering 16-year-old breaking baseball barriers for women
PARIS (AP) -- Simply by playing ball, Melissa Mayeux is busting through barriers.... 7/1/2015 8:20 PM

Mexican judge releases son of Jalisco cartel leader
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A judge in Mexico ordered the release of the alleged second-in-command of Mexico's most violent drug cartel, judicial officials said Wednesday.... 7/1/2015 7:57 PM

Jailed Venezuelan politician gaining weight after strike
MADRID (AP) -- The wife of jailed Venezuelan politician Leopoldo Lopez says he has gained four kilograms (nine pounds) since he ended a 30-day hunger strike a week ago.... 7/1/2015 7:36 PM

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