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Claim of 'dirty money' in politics provokes uproar in Iran
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Ahead of crucial parliamentary elections, Iranian lawmakers are in an uproar after the country's interior minister alleged some of the millions of dollars made by drug smugglers in the Islamic Republic fund politicians' campaigns.... 3/4/2015 4:50 PM

Rights body scolds France, saying spanking kids is a no-no
PARIS (AP) -- Scolding France like a wayward child, Europe's top human rights body says French laws aren't clear enough that spanking is a big no-no.... 3/4/2015 4:49 PM

AP PHOTOS: A walk through the glitz of the Geneva car show
GENEVA (AP) -- Carmakers have found their swagger against after years of worrying about making cars cheaper and more fuel efficient.... 3/4/2015 4:49 PM

Rights groups criticize Azerbaijan ahead of European Games
GENEVA (AP) -- With the opening of the inaugural European Games in Baku 100 days away, human rights groups on Wednesday called on host nation Azerbaijan to release political prisoners held on "trumped up" charges.... 3/4/2015 4:45 PM

Egypt court upholds verdict for police over activist killing
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's highest appeals court has upheld the sentencing of two police officers to 10 years in prison each for the 2010 killing of a political activist in the port city of Alexandria.... 3/4/2015 4:41 PM

Libya makes urgent appeal to UN to lift embargo on weapons
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Libya is making an urgent appeal 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 group and other militant groups.... 3/4/2015 4:38 PM

UN extends expert panel monitoring sanctions on North Korea
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council is extending the work of the panel of experts monitoring sanctions against North Korea.... 3/4/2015 4:35 PM

Coal mine blast in eastern Ukraine kills at least 10
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- A methane explosion ripped through a coal mine before dawn Wednesday in war-torn eastern Ukraine, killing at least 10 workers, officials said.... 3/4/2015 4:32 PM

UN envoy to Yemen disappointed by Shiites rebels' stance
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The U.N. envoy to Yemen on Wednesday expressed "disappointment" over the refusal by the country's Shiite rebels to withdraw their fighters from state institutions and release the prime minister from house arrest.... 3/4/2015 4:32 PM

Coalition forms in Lesotho after no clear election winner
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- With no majority winner of Lesotho's Feb. 28 election, one leader of the main opposition group tried to form a coalition on Wednesday.... 3/4/2015 4:28 PM

Russian court keeps hunger-striker Ukrainian pilot in jail
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian court on Wednesday rejected an appeal to release a Ukrainian military officer who has been on hunger strike since mid-December in a Russian prison.... 3/4/2015 4:18 PM

UN: World eating too much sugar; cut to 5-10 percent of diet
LONDON (AP) -- Put down the doughnut. And while you're at it, skip the breakfast cereal, fruit juice, beer and ketchup.... 3/4/2015 4:16 PM

Official: Mexico arrests Zetas leader Omar Trevino Morales
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican police and soldiers on Wednesday arrested the man widely considered to be the most important leader of the Zetas drug cartel, Omar Trevino Morales, a federal official said.... 3/4/2015 4:15 PM

AP Analysis: Speech fallout could determine Netanyahu's fate
JERUSALEM (AP) -- With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing a tough re-election fight in two weeks, the U.S. Congress has handed him an unprecedented boost with its effusive welcome to a message that resonates at home: Iran cannot be trusted as a threshold nuclear state.... 3/4/2015 4:15 PM

Romania begins shipping gas to Moldova
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romania has begun transporting natural gas to Moldova, as the former Soviet republic moves toward the European Union and becomes less dependent on Russia.... 3/4/2015 4:09 PM

Kerry heads to Saudi Arabia to consult on Iran nuke talks
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) -- Fresh from the latest round of Iran nuclear negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry headed to Saudi Arabia Wednesday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging deal and discuss ways to calm instability in troubled Yemen and other Mideast nations.... 3/4/2015 4:07 PM

Report: 6 Saudis behind al-Qaida abduction of diplomat
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A newspaper says six Saudi nationals were behind al-Qaida's abduction of the kingdom's diplomat in Yemen, who was released this week after three years in captivity.... 3/4/2015 4:05 PM

Merkel seeks to dampen talk of 3rd Greek bailout
BRUSSELS (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the president of the European Union's executive branch cautioned Wednesday against speculation that Greece will need a third financial bailout.... 3/4/2015 4:04 PM

Kerry pushes back on Israeli criticism of Iran nuke talks
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry challenged critics of a nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran to come up with a better alternative Wednesday, in a spirited rebuke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claims that the emerging pact would leave Tehran just a step away from making atomic arms.... 3/4/2015 4:00 PM

Russian opposition figure Navalny's brother moved from jail
MOSCOW (AP) -- The brother of a prominent Russian opposition activist has been transferred from jail to prison.... 3/4/2015 4:00 PM

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