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AP ANALYSIS: US on sidelines of key Iraqi battle against IS
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Sunni tribes have joined Iraq's military in a major operation to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State group, while the U.S.-led coalition has remained on the sidelines.... 3/3/2015 10:40 PM

Central America proposes security initiatives on Biden trip
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Central American leaders are proposing security and other reforms during a visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.... 3/3/2015 10:39 PM

US pushes back on Venezuela's order to slash embassy staff
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The United States on Tuesday pushed back against Venezuela's demand for a dramatic cut in the American diplomatic mission in Caracas.... 3/3/2015 10:37 PM

Brazil judge orders deportation of Cesare Battisti
SAO PAULO (AP) -- A Brazilian judge Tuesday ordered the deportation of former Italian militant Cesare Battisti, reversing a 2010 ruling granting him asylum in Latin America's biggest country.... 3/3/2015 10:04 PM

Obama, EU leaders discuss new Russia sanctions over Ukraine
BRUSSELS (AP) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and European leaders agreed Tuesday to weigh further sanctions against Russia if the cease-fire agreement in Ukraine is violated, EU officials said.... 3/3/2015 9:55 PM

Questions raised by presidential appointments for key posts
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- President Enrique Pena faced new pressure Tuesday, this time on his choices for attorney general and Mexico's highest court.... 3/3/2015 9:41 PM

New Greek government to spend $234M on poverty relief
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's new left-wing government is promising to spend 200 million euros ($234 million) this year on assistance programs for people pushed into "extreme poverty" by the financial crisis.... 3/3/2015 9:26 PM

Slovenian lawmakers approve same-sex marriage, adoption
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) -- Slovenian lawmakers have approved same-sex marriage and child adoption by gay couples amid opposition from conservative groups and the Catholic Church.... 3/3/2015 9:18 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 9:10 PM

Wife of arrested Caracas mayor seeks international support
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The wife of imprisoned Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma is asking the Organization of American States to intervene on the opposition leader's behalf.... 3/3/2015 9:00 PM

Lawyer: NSA leaker Edward Snowden wants to return home
MOSCOW (AP) -- NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden wants to return to the United States from Russia if he's guaranteed a fair trial, his Russian lawyer said Tuesday.... 3/3/2015 8:47 PM

As Nemtsov buried, Russian opposition faces gloomy future
MOSCOW (AP) -- After paying their final tributes Tuesday to slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, many members of Russia's beleaguered opposition are looking into the future with gloom.... 3/3/2015 8:45 PM

Canadians 'Spocking" the image of ex-PM on $5 bill
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- The death of actor Leonard Nimoy last week has inspired people to post photos on social media of marked-up five-dollar Canadian banknotes that show former prime minister Wilfrid Laurier transformed to resemble Spock, Nimoy's famous "Star Trek" character.... 3/3/2015 8:45 PM

US commander: Arming Ukraine increases pressure on Putin
BERLIN (AP) -- There's no expectation Ukraine could defeat Russia militarily if given American weapons, but they could add "muscle" to diplomatic efforts, the commander of U.S. Army Europe said Tuesday.... 3/3/2015 8:43 PM

Portuguese jets will head to Romania for NATO mission in May
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Four Portuguese F-16 fighter jets and 150 Portuguese troops and civilians will be sent to Ukraine neighbor Romania in May and June to participate in NATO aerial policing missions, Romania's top defense body said Tuesday.... 3/3/2015 8:38 PM

War crimes prosecutors indict 5 in Bosnia 1993 train killing
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Serbia's war crimes prosecutors have charged five people with abducting 20 people from a train in eastern Bosnia in 1993 and brutally killing them - a wartime massacre that traumatized the Balkans.... 3/3/2015 8:07 PM

Argentina top court rejects president's criticism
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's Supreme Court is rejecting President Cristina Fernandez's recent criticism and demands for answers in the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires.... 3/3/2015 8:03 PM

India orders TV stations not to give rapist a platform
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Indian authorities ordered television stations Tuesday not to broadcast a documentary about a gang rape on a New Delhi bus in which one of the attackers blames the victim and says she could have avoided being killed if she had not fought back, a government official said.... 3/3/2015 7:49 PM

Russia troubles hinder Ford, GM efforts to recover in Europe
GENEVA (AP) -- Russia's sinking economy is putting up a major hurdle for Ford Motor Co. and General Motors as the U.S. automakers fight to return to profitability in Europe after years of losses.... 3/3/2015 7:37 PM

Norway's Nobel Peace Prize committee replaces chairman
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) -- The Nobel Peace Prize awarding Norwegian Nobel Committee on Tuesday elected a new chairman to replace Thorbjoern Jagland, whose six-year tenure has been lined with controversies.... 3/3/2015 7:08 PM

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