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EU chief: Spain not running 'diabolical' anti-Greece plan
MADRID (AP) -- The European Commission's leader says he does not believe Spain and Portugal have a "diabolical" plot to oust Greece's new far left government as they pressure Greece to comply with bailout terms they both had to endure.... 3/4/2015 8:29 PM

Kerry pushes back on Israeli criticism of Iran nuke talks
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) -- U.S. officials sought Wednesday to tamp down expectations of a substantial preliminary nuclear deal with Iran by the March deadline while working to move past the political dust kicked up by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's criticism of an emerging agreement's contours.... 3/4/2015 8:23 PM

Brazil police say woman helped US sect leader avoid arrest
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A Minnesota religious leader sought by the U.S. on sex charges was able to elude a manhunt because of the support of a local woman, a longtime friend who travelled with him and supported him, the Brazilian lead investigator in the case said Wednesday.... 3/4/2015 8:22 PM

Coal mine blast kills at least 24 in war-torn east Ukraine
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- A rebel-held city scarred by months of conflict in eastern Ukraine suffered more tragedy Wednesday when a methane gas explosion in a coal mine killed at least 24 workers and left nine missing.... 3/4/2015 8:22 PM

3 sought over deadly 1982 attack in Paris' Jewish quarter
PARIS (AP) -- More than 32 years after a deadly terror attack in Paris' old Jewish quarter, French authorities have at last identified three suspects and are seeking their arrest.... 3/4/2015 8:12 PM

Appeal of case returns focus to Argentine president
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- An Argentine prosecutor on Wednesday appealed a judge's decision to throw out an investigation that accused President Cristina Fernandez of a cover-up deal with Iran, the latest twist in a case that has rocked the South American country in an election year.... 3/4/2015 8:12 PM

Regional governor in Russia arrested on corruption charges
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Moscow court has ordered the governor of the Russian Pacific Island of Sakhalin to be held in custody on charges of accepting a $5.6-million bribe.... 3/4/2015 8:01 PM

Snoop Dogg 'drips' it like it's hot at Etam Paris pool show
PARIS (AP) -- Snoop Dogg raised the pulse at Paris Fashion Week by performing a surprise concert at the bikini-themed Etam's Lingerie's pool show that went on into the early hours of Wednesday - and gave the celebrity-filled Victoria's Secret shows a run for their money.... 3/4/2015 7:47 PM

Official says China to boost military budget by 10 percent
BEIJING (AP) -- China's official military budget will grow by about 10 percent in the coming year, a legislative spokeswoman said Wednesday, amid unease among Beijing's neighbors about its growing might and territorial ambitions.... 3/4/2015 7:43 PM

AP Interview: Artist Vilks says Denmark attack changed all
MALMO, Sweden (AP) -- Lars Vilks was used to tight security even before, with round-the-clock police protection at his home in southern Sweden. But after the deadly Feb. 14 attack against a free-speech seminar in Copenhagen, he lives under security measures that seem almost absurd in peaceful Sweden, with heavily armed bodyguards moving him from one secret location to another.... 3/4/2015 7:28 PM

US says Iran far off from a working nuke, others differ
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) -- One burning question in the global effort to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power is this: How long would it take for the Islamic Republic to build a bomb?... 3/4/2015 7:26 PM

Libya makes urgent appeal to UN to lift embargo on weapons
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Libya made an urgent appeal Wednesday to the U.N. Security Council to either lift an arms embargo completely or allow exemptions so that its army can fight the rising threat of the Islamic State and other militant groups. Diplomats said Libya has made a sizeable request in the past few days for fighter jets and other supplies.... 3/4/2015 7:26 PM

5 stunners from the Geneva car show
GENEVA (AP) -- Forget driverless cars, electric power or even green technology. There is no doubt what visitors are coming to see at the glamorous Geneva motor show: supercars.... 3/4/2015 7:25 PM

Report: Killings continue in Colombia city at alarming rate
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Criminal gangs continue to operate freely in the port city of Buenaventura, carrying out murders and dismembering victims at an alarming rate one year after Colombia created a special task force to curb violence there, Human Rights Watch says in a new report released Wednesday.... 3/4/2015 7:16 PM

Italy rescues more than 1,000 migrants at sea; 10 perish
ROME (AP) -- In dramatic sea rescues north of Libya, a flotilla of ships saved more than 1,000 migrants and refugees, while 10 migrants perished in the southern Mediterranean, Italian officials said Wednesday.... 3/4/2015 7:00 PM

Netanyahu says he gave 'practical alternative' to Iran deal
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday his speech to the U.S. Congress offered a "practical alternative" to a possible Iranian nuclear deal, while opinion polls showed his party received a slight bump following his address ahead of the country's March 17 election.... 3/4/2015 6:34 PM

Al-Qaida, others attack Syrian intelligence office in Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate and other radical Islamic factions launched an assault Wednesday on a government intelligence building in the northern city of Aleppo, blowing up part of it before trying to storm the facility amid heavy fighting, activists said.... 3/4/2015 6:33 PM

Russian court keeps hunger-striking Ukrainian pilot in jail
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Moscow court refused Wednesday to release a Ukrainian military officer who has been on hunger strike in a Russian prison since mid-December and has become a national hero in Ukraine.... 3/4/2015 6:32 PM

Israel to double water supplies to Gaza Strip amid tensions
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel will double the amount of water provided to the Gaza Strip, despite a bloody war last summer against the territory's Hamas rulers, defense officials said Wednesday.... 3/4/2015 6:06 PM

Rise of pragmatic Arab politician shakes up Israeli politics
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A charismatic Arab politician, who confidently jousts with Jewish rivals on TV and wants to build a broad Arab-Jewish "alliance of the disadvantaged," has emerged as one of the biggest surprises of Israel's election campaign.... 3/4/2015 6:00 PM



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