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Texas governor makes little progress on Cuba business trip
HAVANA (AP) -- Gov. Greg Abbott enjoyed dinner and a private concert in Havana but made little progress in finding opportunities for Texas businesses on the second day of a three-day trip to Cuba.... 12/1/2015 9:59 PM

Brazil's economic downturn deepens with further GDP drop
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Latin America's largest economy has shrunk even more than expected, increasing fears about the well-being of a nation hammered by falling commodity prices and a massive corruption scandal.... 12/1/2015 9:57 PM

Mexico experts: passageway may lead to Aztec ruler's tomb
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexican archaeologist said his team has found a tunnel-like passageway that apparently leads to two sealed chambers, the latest chapter in the search for the as-yet undiscovered tomb of an Aztec ruler.... 12/1/2015 9:55 PM

In massive stranding, 337 whales beached on Chilean coast
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- The coast of southern Chile has become a grave for 337 sei whales that were found beached in what scientists say is one of the biggest whale strandings ever recorded.... 12/1/2015 9:54 PM

El Nino helps Mexico duck a potentially bad hurricane season
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico weathered a record eastern Pacific hurricane season with almost no deaths and relatively few damages given the intensity of the storms.... 12/1/2015 9:51 PM

Burkina Faso celebrates newly elected president
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Burkina Faso took a step toward strengthening its democracy with the election on Tuesday of Roch Marc Christian Kabore, who will become the West African country's second elected civilian president since it became independent from France in 1960.... 12/1/2015 9:46 PM

Argentine group IDs 119th person taken as baby
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- An Argentine human rights group says DNA tests have determined the identity of another person taken as a baby from a victim of the country's dictatorship, bringing the number of such cases to 119. The man has been reunited with his mother after 38 years.... 12/1/2015 9:21 PM

Morrissey wins annual 'Literary Review Bad Sex' award
LONDON (AP) -- Maybe he should have stuck to writing songs - former Smiths frontman and lyricist Morrissey has won the annual award for the poorest quality writing about sex.... 12/1/2015 8:26 PM

Argentina's ex-president Menem sentenced for embezzlement
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- An Argentine court sentenced former President Carlos Menem on Tuesday to four and half years in prison for embezzlement.... 12/1/2015 8:25 PM

Deal reached in Syria's Homs for fighters to leave
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A deal has been reached for thousands of insurgents to leave the last opposition-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs and for state institutions to return to the area, an opposition monitoring group and a Syrian official said Tuesday.... 12/1/2015 8:23 PM

Italy urges quicker refugee relocations across Europe
ROME (AP) -- The latest news as tens of thousands of people slip into Europe and head to wealthy European Union countries in search of a better life. All times local.... 12/1/2015 8:20 PM

Polish government to pay families to have more children
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's new government has approved a program of family bonuses that is intended to reverse the declining birth rate.... 12/1/2015 8:18 PM

Israel to begin enlisting HIV-positive soldiers
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military said Tuesday it will begin enlisting soldiers who are HIV-positive, in a policy shift putting the country at the forefront of military inclusivity toward people with the virus that causes AIDS.... 12/1/2015 8:15 PM

Trial for ranking French IS fighter in recruiting network
PARIS (AP) -- Accused of running a network to recruit French extremists to fight in Syria, designated a terrorist by the United States and a fugitive by his homeland, Salim Benghalem promised to only return to France to carry out an attack "with a maximum of damage."... 12/1/2015 8:10 PM

Tunisian security minister fired after IS-claimed attacks
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid has dismissed the country's security minister after an Islamic State-claimed suicide bombing killed 12 members of the presidential guard last week.... 12/1/2015 8:09 PM

UN experts: Up to 3,000 Islamic State fighters in Libya
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. experts say the Islamic State group has between 2,000 and 3,000 fighters in Libya and intends to control more territory in the strategically located North African country.... 12/1/2015 7:59 PM

Puerto Rico makes debt payment, warns of dwindling funds
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico narrowly avoided a multimillion-dollar default on Tuesday by announcing a last-minute bond payment while warning that a deepening financial crisis has forced the government to divert money slated for future debt payments to avoid a shutdown of basic services.... 12/1/2015 7:47 PM

Syria's al-Qaida branch releases captive Lebanese soldiers
BEIRUT (AP) -- Al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria released more than a dozen Lebanese soldiers and police it has held for more than a year on Tuesday as part of a Qatar-brokered deal in which Lebanon freed at least 11 prisoners, including a former wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.... 12/1/2015 7:23 PM

Pipe bomb explodes in Istanbul, wounding 5 at rush hour
ISTANBUL (AP) -- A pipe bomb left on a highway overpass near an Istanbul subway station exploded Tuesday, wounding five people, a local official said. The blast caused some panic in the city, which is on edge following a spate of deadly bombings in Turkey.... 12/1/2015 7:20 PM

European Space Agency delays launch of gravity probe
BERLIN (AP) -- The European Space Agency is postponing the launch of probe that will test technology for a future mission to measure gravitational waves.... 12/1/2015 7:05 PM

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