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Google, Facebook update contrasting plans to connect world
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Sci-fi solutions or making friends one at a time? Google and Facebook are taking different routes to expanding Internet use and access among the unconnected in developing countries.... 3/2/2015 9:45 PM

Venezuela sets deadline to US to slash embassy staff
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's government has given the U.S. two weeks to slash the size of its mission here to 17 diplomats as tensions between the two nations rise.... 3/2/2015 9:37 PM

Woman with slain Putin critic says she didn't see his killer
MOSCOW (AP) -- The 23-year-old Ukrainian model who was with slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov tearfully recounted Monday their last dinner in a chic Red Square restaurant and their walk onto a nearby bridge - but said she did not see the gunman who pulled the trigger.... 3/2/2015 9:27 PM

Joe Biden in Guatemala to talk Central America funding
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Guatemala for a two-day visit with Central American presidents to discuss funding priorities aimed at slowing migration.... 3/2/2015 9:12 PM

Toronto Police: men built mystery tunnel to use as man cave
TORONTO (AP) -- Two young men who built a mysterious tunnel in Toronto had no criminal intent, police said Monday. They just wanted a man cave.... 3/2/2015 9:12 PM

New attack in disputed region claimed by Sudan, South Sudan
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations reported another deadly attack Monday in the oil-rich region of Abyei that's claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan.... 3/2/2015 9:08 PM

Singer John Legend talks about justice at Bahrain concert
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Award-winning American singer and songwriter John Legend took to the stage in Bahrain on Monday night, performing to a sold-out crowd of more than 2,000 people despite calls by some activists to cancel the concert due to concerns over human rights abuses in the Gulf Arab nation.... 3/2/2015 8:59 PM

Spain reveals 3rd Greek bailout, then says it's hypothetical
MADRID (AP) -- Spain created hours of confusion over the future of Greece's troubled finances Monday by announcing that eurozone nations were negotiating a third Greek bailout of up to 50 billion euros ($56 billion), then backtracking by saying the prospect of such a bailout is merely hypothetical.... 3/2/2015 8:55 PM

Syria's opposition, rebels reject UN envoy's plan for Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syria's main opposition and rebel factions in the northern city of Aleppo have rejected a proposal by the U.N. envoy to freeze fighting in parts of the city as the United Nations said Monday it will not stop seeking a peaceful solution to the conflict.... 3/2/2015 8:46 PM

Iraq launches operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Backed by Iranian-supported Shiite militias, Iraqi forces launched a large-scale offensive Monday to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State group, the first in a series of campaigns to try to reclaim large parts of northern Iraq from the Sunni extremists.... 3/2/2015 8:33 PM

UN warns against complacency as Ebola fight enters new phase
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The United Nations is urging donors, organizations and countries fighting Ebola in West Africa not to give in to complacency as the death toll from the virus climbs toward 10,000.... 3/2/2015 8:28 PM

AP EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Guantanamo detainees struggle in Uruguay
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- Every day during the 12 1/2 years he was imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay as a suspected al-Qaida operative, Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi dreamed of freedom.... 3/2/2015 8:27 PM

Labor disputes disrupt SAS, Norwegian flights in Scandinavia
HELSINKI (AP) -- Scandinavian Airlines canceled some 50 flights to and from Denmark on Monday after a four-day protest strike by 1,300 cabin crew members in Denmark, but most had returned to work by the evening, the airline said.... 3/2/2015 8:18 PM

Reporter jailed in Iran gets lawyer after more than 7 months
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- After more than seven months behind bars in an Iranian prison, detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian has for the first time been allowed to hire a defense lawyer, according to his family.... 3/2/2015 8:00 PM

Egypt names Cuper from Argentina to lead its soccer team
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian Football Association has appointed Hector Cuper, from Argentina, as the new manager of its national team.... 3/2/2015 7:33 PM

Saudi diplomat taken by al-Qaida in Yemen free after 3 years
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A Saudi diplomat abducted by suspected al-Qaida militants in Yemen has been freed after nearly three years in captivity and has returned home to Riyadh, the kingdom said Monday.... 3/2/2015 7:28 PM

Bomb blast in downtown Cairo kills 1, wounds 10 people
CAIRO (AP) -- A midday bomb blast in a boulevard in downtown Cairo killed one person and wounded 10 on Monday, the health ministry said. Shortly afterward, a little-known group claimed responsibility for the attack.... 3/2/2015 7:00 PM

Iran's Guard monitored 8 million Facebook users
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's official IRNA news agency says the powerful Revolutionary Guard has massively monitored activities on Facebook accounts of Iranian members of the social network.... 3/2/2015 6:46 PM

New coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II unveiled in UK
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Royal Mint has unveiled a new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that will soon appear on coins.... 3/2/2015 6:39 PM

Romanian parliament approves new spy chief
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- The Romanian parliament has approved a new spy chief who has named the fight against corruption and cyber security in Ukraine as his priorities.... 3/2/2015 6:36 PM

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