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Greece hits new low as bailout to expire, default looms
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss on Tuesday as the bailout program it has relied on for five years was set to expire and eurozone finance chiefs decided not to extend it a new financial lifeline.... 6/30/2015 9:19 PM

US senator on visit to Venezuela amid diplomatic detente
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee is making a surprise visit to Venezuela amid a U.S. effort to reduce tensions with the South American nation.... 6/30/2015 9:00 PM

Police replace soldiers on security duty in big Rio slum
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Police in Rio de Janeiro have finished replacing more than 2,000 soldiers who have been stationed in the Mare complex of shantytowns to improve security and drive out the drug gangs that ruled the slum for decades.... 6/30/2015 8:50 PM

Russia fails to clinch deal on gas supplies to Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- Talks on Russian gas supplies to Ukraine have failed to reach an agreement on future supplies.... 6/30/2015 8:44 PM

1 year after Mexico army slayings, calls for justice mount
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A year later, many people say justice still has not been done in the case of soldiers killing as many as 15 suspected gang members after a confrontation at a grain warehouse in southern Mexico.... 6/30/2015 8:43 PM

Spain: 'Gag Law' greeted with protests from critics
MADRID (AP) -- Thousands of protesters rallied Tuesday against a new Spanish public security law nicknamed the "gag law" before it went into effect at midnight, slamming it as legalized muzzling of free expression and the media.... 6/30/2015 8:39 PM

The Latest: Fitch downgrades Greece further into junk status
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):... 6/30/2015 8:31 PM

Yemen fighting allows 1,200 prisoners to flee
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Some 1,200 inmates fled a prison in Yemen on Tuesday after guards deserted their posts amid fierce fighting between Shiite rebels and their opponents, officials said.... 6/30/2015 8:23 PM

Romania Parliament approves new spy chief in blow to premier
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romania's Parliament approved a new spy chief opposed by the prime minister on Tuesday, dealing a blow to the leader who faces increasing pressure to resign amid a corruption investigation.... 6/30/2015 8:20 PM

China announces climate target for Paris deal
PARIS (AP) -- Top carbon polluter China confirmed it will try to cap its rising emissions before 2030 while the U.S. and Brazil pledged to boost renewable energy sources in a series of announcements Tuesday in anticipation of a global climate pact in Paris.... 6/30/2015 8:18 PM

Economists say Puerto Rico needs right to bankruptcy option
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's financial future hung in limbo Tuesday as economists and officials warned that the U.S. territory could head down Greece's path if it is not allowed to declare bankruptcy as it struggles with $72 billion in public debt.... 6/30/2015 8:16 PM

IS fighters stage surprise attack on key Syrian border town
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State fighters on Tuesday launched a surprise attack on a Syrian border town recently seized by U.S.-backed Kurdish forces, taking positions in the eastern part of the town and waging fierce gun battles with its defenders, activists said.... 6/30/2015 8:03 PM

Liberia quarantines an area where new Ebola case appeared
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberian authorities on Tuesday quarantined two households after the corpse of a 17-year-old boy was found with Ebola, sparking fears the West African country could face another outbreak of the disease nearly two months after being declared Ebola-free.... 6/30/2015 7:53 PM

Egypt's president vows 'swift justice' after assassination
CAIRO (AP) -- President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi vowed Tuesday to accelerate a crackdown on extremists and bring "swift justice" after the assassination of Egypt's chief prosecutor, raising the prospect of carrying out executions of senior Muslim Brotherhood figures, including the former president.... 6/30/2015 7:52 PM

US opening market to Argentina, Brazil beef imports
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina and Brazil are greeting news that they will soon be able to export fresh beef into the United States after a longtime ban.... 6/30/2015 7:44 PM

Greeks struggle with daily grind as foreigners head to beach
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Gamal Takaway has turned up the hustle, to no avail. The popular waiter who goes by the nickname Jimmy often steps out into the pedestrian street in front of the Taverna Plaka restaurant to cajole strollers into taking a table. But even his epic charm has failed since the Greek government shut the nation's banks and imposed strict capital controls over the weekend.... 6/30/2015 7:11 PM

Pope to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants in US
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. He'll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty - a major issue for U.S. bishops in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.... 6/30/2015 7:09 PM

Suspect handed preliminary charges over beheading in France
PARIS (AP) -- French investigators on Tuesday handed preliminary murder and terrorism charges to a man accused of beheading his boss at a French gas factory and suspected of ties to Islamic State extremists.... 6/30/2015 7:02 PM

Israel deports Gaza flotilla activists
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has deported a group of pro-Palestinian activists, including a former Tunisian president, who tried to breach its naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.... 6/30/2015 6:53 PM

France's Orange prepares possible split from Israeli partner
PARIS (AP) -- French telecommunications group Orange has reached a deal with its Israeli partner that could lead the way to their split, amid controversy and growing calls for companies to boycott Israel.... 6/30/2015 6:50 PM



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