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Brazil court convicts 2 firefighters in nightclub fire
SAO PAULO (AP) -- A court on Wednesday convicted and sentenced two firefighters to a year behind bars in connection with a 2013 nightclub fire that killed more than 200 people in southern Brazil.... 6/3/2015 8:26 PM

UN chief orders external probe into child sex abuse claims
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. chief on Wednesday ordered an external investigation into how it handled allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic, saying the world body hopes to ensure it "does not fail the victims of sexual abuse, especially when committed by those who are meant to protect them."... 6/3/2015 8:14 PM

Orange would cut Israel link if not for risk of penalties
CAIRO (AP) -- French telecoms giant Orange SA would end its relationship with an Israeli operator that pays to use its name "tomorrow" if it could, but to do so would be a "huge risk" in terms of penalties, its CEO said Wednesday.... 6/3/2015 7:46 PM

Report: Canada ill-prepared to prevent terror attacks
TORONTO (AP) -- A shooting rampage by a lone gunman at Parliament last October proved to be a "grim reminder that Canada is ill-prepared" to stop terrorist attacks in the capital, a new police report released Wednesday has found.... 6/3/2015 7:45 PM

Yemen ambassador: UN-led Geneva talks to start June 14
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Yemen's ambassador to the United Nations said Wednesday that U.N.-led talks aimed at ending the conflict in the Middle East's poorest nation will begin June 14 in Geneva.... 6/3/2015 7:43 PM

Washington Post reporter detained in Iran has hearing Monday
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian will face the second day of his closed-door espionage trial on Monday, Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency reported Wednesday.... 6/3/2015 7:35 PM

Mexico polls: ruling party ahead despite dissatisfaction
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party appears poised to retain its leading position in Congress, but may lose some governor seats in Sunday's elections.... 6/3/2015 7:21 PM

Greek leader defends bailout plan in talks with creditors
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Greece's prime minister entered a showdown with creditors on Wednesday in Brussels, where each side would present proposals in the hope of reaching a deal to unlock bailout loans and save the country from financial disaster.... 6/3/2015 7:15 PM

AP Interview: Top Yemen Shiite rebel welcomes UN peace talks
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The second-in-command of Yemen's Shiite rebels on Wednesday assailed the Saudi-led airstrikes pounding his group's positions and allied forces, insisting they are ready to travel to Geneva for U.N.-mediated peace talks on ending the country's civil war.... 6/3/2015 6:54 PM

Rights groups says Syrian refugees stranded at Jordan border
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordanian border restrictions have left hundreds of Syrians refugees stranded in a remote desert area, a leading international rights group said Wednesday, urging Jordan to let them enter the country.... 6/3/2015 6:51 PM

Office of rights activists in Chechnya attacked by mob
MOSCOW (AP) -- Masked men bashed their way into the office of a human rights group in Chechnya on Wednesday, smashing furniture and sending the occupants fleeing through the windows, their colleagues said.... 6/3/2015 6:29 PM

Key questions: Why did Blatter resign and what now for FIFA?
LONDON (AP) -- Sepp Blatter and his mentor Joao Havelange have run global soccer's governing body since 1974, handing out power to national federations and regional chiefs who rewarded the men with loyalty.... 6/3/2015 6:24 PM

What next for Greece? A look at its options in coming days
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's bailout talks are going down to the wire.... 6/3/2015 6:22 PM

Wind damages wing of solar plane sidelined in Japan
NAGOYA, Japan (AP) -- A solar-powered plane forced to land in Japan when it hit bad weather during its trip around the globe has encountered more challenges after wind gusts damaged a wing on the grounded aircraft.... 6/3/2015 6:09 PM

Nigerian to lead multinational force fighting Boko Haram
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria on Wednesday named one of its generals to take over the multinational force fighting Boko Haram, suggesting a desire by the country's newly elected president to take the lead in the war against the Islamic extremists.... 6/3/2015 6:07 PM

Maggi noodles ordered off India's shelves due to lead level
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Indian shopkeepers withdrew a popular brand of Nestle instant noodles from their shelves Wednesday after tests revealed the snack contained unsafe levels of lead.... 6/3/2015 6:05 PM

Ukraine battle tests cease-fire to breaking point
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A major battle erupted Wednesday on the western edge of the main separatist rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine, leaving more than a dozen dead and threatening to tip the country back into full-blown war.... 6/3/2015 6:01 PM

Palace confirms Queen Elizabeth II's medical appointment
LONDON (AP) -- Buckingham Palace took the unusual step Wednesday of confirming that Queen Elizabeth II went to a hospital for her annual medical checkup after social media comments touched off speculation on her health.... 6/3/2015 5:58 PM

US, India move forward on joint military research projects
NEW DELHI (AP) -- After several years of bureaucratic delays, the U.S. and India are moving ahead with two joint research projects for the military that officials hope will set the stage for greater defense cooperation in the years ahead.... 6/3/2015 5:50 PM

US official: Airstrikes killed 10,000 Islamic State fighters
BEIRUT (AP) -- A U.S. official said Wednesday that more than 10,000 Islamic State fighters have been killed by American-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in nine months, offering a body count for a campaign that has yet to blunt their advance.... 6/3/2015 5:40 PM



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