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Canadian citizenship oath to Queen to remain law
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Immigrants to Canada will have to keep taking an oath to the Queen Elizabeth II after the Supreme Court of Canada refused Thursday to hear a challenge to the citizenship requirement.... 2/27/2015 12:25 AM

Imprisoned Mexican drug suspects complain of poor conditions
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's National Human Rights Commission says it has received a complaint from inmates at a maximum-security prison complaining of poor food and bad conditions.... 2/27/2015 12:16 AM

Costa Rica says Romanian hanged himself on airline flight
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- Authorities in Costa Rica say an autopsy has confirmed that a Romanian man hanged himself in an airliner's bathroom on a flight arriving from Bogota, Colombia.... 2/27/2015 12:12 AM

Victory for Argentine leader as judge rejects cover-up case
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- A federal judge on Thursday firmly dismissed allegations that Argentine President Cristina Fernandez tried to cover up the involvement of Iranian officials in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center, easing a crisis for her government fed by the death of the prosecutor who brought the case.... 2/27/2015 12:06 AM

Lawyer for Al-Jazeera journalist blasts Canadian government
TORONTO (AP) -- The lawyer for a Canadian Al-Jazeera journalist criticized the Canadian government Thursday for not doing enough to secure his release from Egypt.... 2/27/2015 12:06 AM

UN envoy heads to Damascus to pursue Aleppo truce plan
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. says its special envoy to Syria is heading to Damascus on Saturday to meet with senior government officials on key details of a proposed six-week suspension of government airstrikes and artillery shelling in the country's largest city, Aleppo.... 2/27/2015 12:05 AM

Puerto Rico seeks protection of federal bankruptcy code
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rican officials sought Thursday to convince U.S. legislators that the island's financially struggling public corporations should be allowed to restructure their debt under the federal bankruptcy code.... 2/26/2015 11:31 PM

Migrants in Puerto Rico illegally can now open bank accounts
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's governor has signed a bill that allows migrants living without legal permission in the U.S. territory to open bank accounts and order checks.... 2/26/2015 11:29 PM

'Jihadi John' identified as London-raised college grad
LONDON (AP) -- The world knows him as "Jihadi John," the masked, knife-wielding militant in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group. On Thursday he was identified as a London-raised university graduate known to British intelligence for more than five years.... 2/26/2015 10:57 PM

Pope's finance czar under scrutiny over spending expose
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis' finance czar is coming under intense scrutiny after ruffling feathers at the Vatican as he seeks to impose order on its unruly finances.... 2/26/2015 10:18 PM

Kendall Jenner struts for Fendi, Kate Mara cozy in Max Mara
MILAN (AP) -- Shape and color engaged designers on the second day of Milan Fashion Week of womenswear previews for next autumn and winter, featuring shows by Fendi, Max Mara, Just Cavalli and Prada.... 2/26/2015 9:29 PM

Ukraine, rebels start pulling back heavy weapons in the east
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Warring parties in Ukraine took a major stride toward quelling unrest in the country's east Thursday with the declared start of a supervised withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front line.... 2/26/2015 9:02 PM

Mexico president in crisis is losing support of big business
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The full-page ad in Mexico's national newspapers was unusual, if not unprecedented: 20 powerful business groups and think tanks publicly scolding the government for not doing its job.... 2/26/2015 8:59 PM

Explosions in Nigerian towns in north kill at least 34
JOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Explosions in Nigeria's north central city of Jos and the northeastern town of Biu over the past two days have killed at least 34 people, witnesses said Thursday.... 2/26/2015 8:51 PM

Paintings stolen from Bolivian church await return from NY
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- The discovery that two paintings held by a New York couple had been stolen from a Bolivian church in 2002 has ignited a search for 10 other colonial-era paintings that were taken in the theft, one the largest such crimes in the country's history.... 2/26/2015 8:48 PM

Chile government rejects 14 year-old's plea for euthanasia
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chile's government on Thursday rejected an ailing 14-year-old girl's plea to let her "sleep forever."... 2/26/2015 8:44 PM

Judge orders suspension of WhatsApp in Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) -- A judge says he has ordered the suspension of the globally popular instant messaging system WhatsApp across Brazil because it has allegedly failed to help in an investigation.... 2/26/2015 8:33 PM

Militants abduct more Christians, smash ancient artifacts
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State militants seized more Christians from their homes in northeastern Syria in the past three days, bringing the total number abducted by the extremist group to over 220, activists said Thursday.... 2/26/2015 8:04 PM

Life sentence for German nurse who killed patients
BERLIN (AP) -- A German court sentenced a male nurse to life in prison on Thursday for killing patients with overdoses of heart medication that he confessed to administering because he enjoyed trying to revive them.... 2/26/2015 8:04 PM

NATO ready to advise Libya on security, eyes more drones
ROME (AP) -- NATO's chief said Thursday the alliance was ready to advise Libya's government on defense and security issues, saying the deteriorating situation in the country is posing new security threats for Europe that require a more robust defense.... 2/26/2015 8:02 PM



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