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Greek prosecutors seek ultra-rightist's release from jail
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek prosecutors are recommending the head of the Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn party - the country's third-largest - be freed from prison pending trial for alleged participation in a criminal group.... 3/3/2015 3:35 PM

Automakers vow not to give up on weak-selling electrics
GENEVA (AP) -- Top automakers are vowing not to give up on weak-selling electric vehicles - even as they unveil an array of powerful luxury cars with conventional engines aimed at a growing global market.... 3/3/2015 3:34 PM

Church: Canadian pastor missing in North Korea
TORONTO (AP) -- A Canadian church says its senior pastor has been missing in North Korea since late January.... 3/3/2015 3:33 PM

Villarrica volcano erupts in southern Chile, thousands flee
PUCON, Chile (AP) -- One of South America's most active volcanoes erupted early Tuesday in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people.... 3/3/2015 3:30 PM

Hundreds killed as Chad forces seize northeast Nigerian town
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Chadian troops have seized a strategically located northeast Nigerian town from Boko Haram, but not before the defeated Islamic extremists killed hundreds of civilians, Chad's military said.... 3/3/2015 3:30 PM

Croatian president: We will help Bosnia get into the EU
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarevic says her country will help neighboring Bosnia walk the "long and difficult path" toward European Union membership.... 3/3/2015 3:20 PM

Turkish president fined for 'insulting' Armenia peace statue
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has ordered President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to pay 10,000 Turkish Lira (US$ 4,000) in compensation to an artist for calling his sculpture - meant to promote reconciliation between Turkey and Armenia - a "monstrosity."... 3/3/2015 3:10 PM

DNA study backs theory of massive steppe migration to Europe
BERLIN (AP) -- A wave of migrants from the eastern fringes of Europe some 4,500 years ago left their trace in the DNA - and possibly the languages - of modern Europeans, according to a new study.... 3/3/2015 3:08 PM

Pope names history scholar as new San Diego bishop
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has selected a native Californian and history scholar to serve as bishop of San Diego.... 3/3/2015 3:07 PM

Police: Italian business leader arrested for taking payoff
ROME (AP) -- Italian police have arrested an anti-corruption crusader for allegedly pocketing 100,000 euros ($110,000) he demanded to allow a pastry shop to operate at Palermo's airport.... 3/3/2015 3:07 PM

Al-Jazeera journalist fined $1,120 over Paris drone flight
PARIS (AP) -- A Paris court has fined a journalist for broadcaster Al-Jazeera 1,000 euros ($1,120) for flying a drone without authorization over the French capital while the city was under a high security alert.... 3/3/2015 3:03 PM

Hunger-striking Ukrainian pilot's health stable, Russia says
MOSCOW (AP) -- A top Russian prison official says the jailed Ukrainian military pilot who has been on a hunger strike for nearly three months is in a stable condition.... 3/3/2015 2:54 PM

Portugal's PM says he's 'not perfect' amid tax controversy
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Red-faced Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho has admitted he is "not perfect" after it was revealed he failed to pay his social security contributions during five years, before he came to office.... 3/3/2015 2:54 PM

MH17 next of kin allowed to view wreckage of downed flight
GILZE-RIJEN AIR BASE, Netherlands (AP) -- Relatives of people killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed over eastern Ukraine last year have visited a Dutch air base to view wreckage of the plane.... 3/3/2015 2:54 PM

Kerry working on Iran nuke deal, Netanyahu to criticize it
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) -- Senior U.S. and Iranian officials kicked off the second day of the latest round of nuclear negotiations here on Tuesday as Israel's leader prepared to deliver a speech to Congress denouncing a potential deal as dangerous to the Jewish state and the world.... 3/3/2015 2:53 PM

Ukraine hikes benchmark interest rate to 30 percent
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's central bank has sharply hiked its benchmark rate to 30 percent, from 19.5 percent, as financial authorities seek to reverse the rapid devaluation of the national currency.... 3/3/2015 2:52 PM

Lawyer: Phone hacking 'rife' at Britain's Mirror tabloids
LONDON (AP) -- A lawyer for phone-hacking victims says the illegal practice was "rife" at tabloids owned by Britain's Trinity Mirror PLC.... 3/3/2015 2:41 PM

New Delhi gang-rapist: She shouldn't have fought back
NEW DELHI (AP) -- One of the men sentenced to death for raping and killing a woman in a brutal 2012 gang attack on a New Delhi bus said in a documentary that if their victim had not fought back she would not have been killed.... 3/3/2015 2:40 PM

Prominent lawyer fatally shot in Mozambique
MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) -- Assailants in Mozambique on Tuesday killed a prominent academic and expert in constitutional law by firing on the car he was riding in along a central thoroughfare in Maputo, the capital, authorities said.... 3/3/2015 2:39 PM

South African firefighters battle wildfire for a third day
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A wildfire burned for a third day around Cape Town's Table Mountain on Tuesday, injuring a firefighter as it caused an explosion at a lodge, an emergency services spokeswoman said.... 3/3/2015 2:36 PM

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