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Monaco latest to ink accord with Italy to end bank secrecy
ROME (AP) -- The principality of Monaco has signed an accord with Italy aimed at ending banking secrecy, days after Switzerland and Liechtenstein inked similar pledges to exchange financial information with Rome.... 3/2/2015 3:10 PM

Pakistan police arrest parents refusing kids' polio vaccine
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani officials say hundreds of parents have been arrested in recent days because they refused to allow vaccinators to give their children the polio vaccine.... 3/2/2015 2:54 PM

British police charge 10 people in child sex exploitation
LONDON (AP) -- Prosecutors have charged 10 men with sexual offenses against girls as young as 13 in a case that has stirred racial tensions in northwestern England.... 3/2/2015 2:53 PM

Bomb blast in downtown Cairo wounds 9 people
CAIRO (AP) -- A midday bomb blast in one of the busiest boulevards in downtown Cairo wounded nine people on Monday, the police said. Shortly after the explosion, a little-known group claimed responsibility for the attack.... 3/2/2015 2:52 PM

Volkswagen Passat wins car of the year award
GENEVA (AP) -- The large family car Volkswagen Passat has been voted car of the year by European automotive editors at the Geneva International Motor Show.... 3/2/2015 2:49 PM

Namibian president wins African leadership prize
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba has won the 2014 Ibrahim Prize for African leadership, the first African leader deemed worthy of the honor since 2011.... 3/2/2015 2:45 PM

EU gives member states right block GM crops
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union is giving member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the bloc's food safety authority.... 3/2/2015 2:43 PM

Labor disputes disrupt SAS, Norwegian flights in Scandinavia
HELSINKI (AP) -- Scandinavian Airlines says some 50 flights have been canceled Monday to and from Denmark after members of a Danish cabin crew union walked out to protest the carrier's plan to transfer employees to a domestic airline acquired by SAS.... 3/2/2015 2:42 PM

US ambassador's Cyprus-Russia tweet upsets Cypriot president
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Cyprus' president on Monday sharply rebuked the U.S. ambassador on the Mediterranean island for a tweet he claims linked his visit to Russia to the assassination of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov.... 3/2/2015 2:33 PM

'Jihadi John' born into 'stateless' family in Kuwait
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Two members of Kuwait's so-called "stateless" community say the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" was born to an undocumented family in an impoverished corner of the oil-rich nation.... 3/2/2015 2:30 PM

Germany's Merkel: want good future in eurozone for Greece
BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel says she's hoping for a good future for Greece in the eurozone as Germany pushes Athens to comply fully with the terms of its financial bailout.... 3/2/2015 2:29 PM

Spain asks US for help on extraditions from Cuba
MADRID (AP) -- Spain said Monday it has asked the United States to use its talks on taking Cuba off the blacklist of nations sponsoring terrorism to help obtain the extradition of two members of the armed Basque group ETA from the communist country.... 3/2/2015 2:23 PM

Estonian PM aims for coalition talks to create new govt
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) -- Estonia's prime minister is preparing to form a new government after his ruling Reform Party won the parliamentary election. The country's president is suggesting that he create a broad coalition.... 3/2/2015 2:11 PM

EU moves to reduce use of flimsy plastic bags by 80 percent
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union has approved new rules that clamps down on the use of flimsy plastic bags that are hazardous for the environment.... 3/2/2015 2:11 PM

China state media seen stepping-up anti-Western rhetoric
BEIJING (AP) -- Western values are a "ticket to hell," a newspaper published by China's Communist Party said in a recent editorial that held up Ukraine and some Arab countries as examples of outside ideas causing turmoil.... 3/2/2015 2:01 PM

Toronto police say no criminal intent with tunnel
TORONTO (AP) -- Police said Monday that two men built a mysterious tunnel discovered in Toronto and there was no criminal intent.... 3/2/2015 1:57 PM

Iraq launches operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Backed by allied Shiite, Sunni and Iranian fighters, Iraqi security forces launched a large-scale military operation Monday to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State extremist group, a major step in a campaign to reclaim territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants.... 3/2/2015 1:48 PM

Israel says it busted Gaza smuggling ring helping Hamas
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel said on Monday it has busted an Israeli-Palestinian smuggling ring that funneled iron, electronic equipment and other prohibited materials to Gaza, bypassing Israel's stringent border security to help Hamas rebuild its militant infrastructure following last year's war.... 3/2/2015 1:42 PM

US ambassador to Yemen meets country's embattled president
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The U.S. ambassador to Yemen visited the country's embattled president Monday in the southern port city of Aden, where Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has set up base after fleeing house arrest at the hands of Shiite rebels in the capital, Sanaa.... 3/2/2015 1:38 PM

Kerry warns against revealing details of Iran nuke talks
GENEVA (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is warning that public discussion of details of the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran will make it more difficult to reach a deal that prevents the country from developing atomic weapons.... 3/2/2015 1:24 PM

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