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Mexico's central bank auctions off $200M amid peso's slide
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's central bank auctioned off $200 million in dollars Friday to shore up the peso as it neared a historic low against the U.S. currency.... 3/6/2015 10:08 PM

South Sudan rivals fail to reach deal, frustrating mediators
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- South Sudan's warring parties failed to reach a breakthrough in peace talks in Ethiopia, mediators said Friday, expressing disappointment following months of discussions attempting to stop violence in the world's newest country.... 3/6/2015 9:35 PM

UN approves resolution condemning use of chlorine in Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council on Friday approved a United States-drafted resolution that condemns the use of toxic chemicals such as chlorine in Syria, while threatening militarily enforced action in the case of further violations.... 3/6/2015 9:33 PM

Outrage: Extremists take ancient statues, damage Iraqi site
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Islamic State extremists trucked away statues as they damaged the irreplaceable remains of an ancient Assyrian capital, a local resident and a top UN official told The Associated Press Friday.... 3/6/2015 9:20 PM

Rich businessmen probed in Chile campaign finance scandal
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Prosecutors are asking a judge to charge the owners of a prominent Chilean financial company with bribery, tax evasion and illegally financing the campaign of right-wing politicians.... 3/6/2015 9:16 PM

Former Israeli spy chief rejects parts of Netanyahu speech
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A former chief of Israel's Mossad spy agency on Friday rejected claims made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his contentious address to Congress about Iran's nuclear program.... 3/6/2015 9:00 PM

UNESCO calls destruction of ancient Iraq site 'war crime'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Islamic State group's rampage through the ancient city of Nimrud in northern Iraq is an act of "cultural cleansing" that amounts to a war crime, and some of the site's large statues have already been trucked away for possible illicit trafficking, the head of the U.N.'s cultural agency said Friday.... 3/6/2015 8:51 PM

Myanmar police chase down students in 3rd protest crackdown
LETPADAN, Myanmar (AP) -- Police chased down student protesters and dragged them onto trucks Friday in Myanmar's third such crackdown on public demonstrations in as many days, drawing criticism from the United States.... 3/6/2015 8:42 PM

UN Libya envoy says airstrikes threaten peace talks
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- The U.N. special envoy to Libya on Friday warned the warring parties in the North African country against carrying out attacks while sensitive negotiations are taking place in Morocco.... 3/6/2015 8:36 PM

US backs Tunisia's efforts to improve investment appeal
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's new government gave an inaugural performance this week by hosting a U.S.-sponsored conference on investment and entrepreneurship designed to boost international confidence in the struggling new democracy.... 3/6/2015 8:22 PM

Mexican circus owners say ban means animals may die
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The head of Mexico's circus owners' association says his group's animals may die or be put down because of a ban on animal acts in circuses.... 3/6/2015 8:20 PM

Embattled Venezuelan president seeks international support
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- South American foreign ministers met with Venezuelan officials in Caracas Friday in hopes of encouraging dialogue between opposition leaders and the socialist administration to head off a political crisis.... 3/6/2015 8:19 PM

Security questioned in probe of attack on US envoy to Seoul
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Police on Friday investigated the motive of the anti-U.S. activist they say slashed the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, as questions turned to whether security was neglected.... 3/6/2015 8:07 PM

Kanye West and Lorde make unlikely musical duo at Dior
PARIS (AP) -- Kanye West swapped the newly-blond Kim Kardashian for a brunette at Dior on Friday, confusing some photographers into thinking momentarily that his wife had dyed her hair back to its natural color.... 3/6/2015 7:57 PM

12 die, thousands evacuated in Argentine flooding
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Flooding from heavy rains has left 12 people dead in Argentina, officials said on Friday... 3/6/2015 7:56 PM

Police release video made by gunman before Ottawa attack
TORONTO (AP) -- In a video recorded before his death, the gunman who killed a Canadian soldier and then stormed Parliament said he did it because of Canada's military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq.... 3/6/2015 7:47 PM

Palestinian assailant wounds 5 Israelis in car attack
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian rammed his car into a group of Israeli pedestrians near a border police station in east Jerusalem on Friday, injuring four officers and a bystander, police said.... 3/6/2015 7:41 PM

Macedonia government accused of election fraud
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Macedonia's opposition leader has released audio recordings allegedly showing conservative government officials discussing ways to manipulate voting registration records and pressure voters to back them in last year's general elections.... 3/6/2015 7:26 PM

Dutch investigating old soap for traces of Holocaust victims
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch police have sent two pieces of soap purportedly dating back to World War II for forensic tests to establish if they contain remains of Jews murdered in the Holocaust - reacting to rumors that scholars largely dismiss as myth.... 3/6/2015 6:56 PM

EU chief optimistic about finding Iran nuclear deal
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says she is optimistic the world powers and Iran are closing in on a nuclear deal that will have sufficient guarantees Tehran will not be able to build an atomic bomb.... 3/6/2015 6:52 PM



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