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Cuba to legalize small and medium-sized private businesses
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba announced Tuesday that it will legalize small and medium-sized private businesses, a move that could significantly expand the space allowed for private enterprise in one of the world's last communist countries.... 5/24/2016 3:47 PM

Friends, Romans: help restore Rome's ruins, monuments
ROME (AP) -- Friends, Romans, countrymen! Oh yes, and countrywomen. And people in far-flung nations. Everyone, basically. Rome is seeking all the sponsors it can find to fund the monumental job of restoring and maintaining its hundreds of fountains, statues, archaeological sites and historic palazzos.... 5/24/2016 3:44 PM

Brussels police chief injured during anti-austerity clashes
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The Brussels police chief was injured during clashes at the end of Tuesday's major anti-austerity demonstration attended by around 50,000 people in the center of the Belgian capital.... 5/24/2016 3:21 PM

Fatal firefight in Congo park highlights threats to rangers
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Shot by elephant poachers, the manager of Congo's Garamba National Park asked a ranger for help to bind his leg with a tourniquet to slow blood loss.... 5/24/2016 3:21 PM

Colombia says 2 more journalists missing in rough area
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Two more journalists have gone missing in a lawless region in Colombia where security forces are already carrying out a massive search for a prominent Spanish journalist, President Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday.... 5/24/2016 3:20 PM

Romanian Senate speaker charged with making false statements
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanian prosecutors have charged the Senate speaker with making false statements to protect people standing trial in a real estate case involving a prince.... 5/24/2016 3:13 PM

Cats or Cops? Spain police seek fine for lettering on bag
MADRID (AP) -- A woman in Spain may be fined under the country's public security law for carrying a bag bearing the initials A.C.A.B., which police interpreted to stand for "All Cops Are Bastards" and not "All Cats Are Beautiful," as was written on the bag.... 5/24/2016 3:11 PM

Paris attack victims' families meet investigators
PARIS (AP) -- Survivors and families of the 130 victims of last November's Islamic extremist attacks in Paris have met for the first time with six magistrates investigating what happened that horrifying night.... 5/24/2016 3:10 PM

Turkey's president approves new government led by ally
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's president on Tuesday approved a new government formed by one of his most trusted allies, who immediately asserted the intention to institute constitutional reforms that would expand the powers of the presidency.... 5/24/2016 3:06 PM

State TV: 14 Russian athletes positive in Olympics retests
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian state TV says 14 of the country's athletes from the 2008 Olympics failed retests of their doping samples, including 2012 Olympic high jump champion Anna Chicherova.... 5/24/2016 3:05 PM

AP Interview: Qatar energy minister wants 'fair' oil price
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- The oil market is slowly recovering from its steep drop over the past two years but crude is still not trading at a "fair price" to encourage necessary investment, Qatar's energy and industry minister said Tuesday, ahead of next week's meeting of OPEC producers.... 5/24/2016 3:02 PM

Israeli watchdog report slams Netanyahu over travel expenses
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's official government watchdog released a lengthy report Tuesday into Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's travel expenses before he took office, raising a "fear of criminality" over an alleged double-billing scheme.... 5/24/2016 3:00 PM

Swiss bank to be shut over Malaysia embezzlement scandal
GENEVA (AP) -- A Swiss private bank accused of turning a blind eye to shady money transfers and willful defiance of regulators will face criminal proceedings and be liquidated for its alleged role in the suspected embezzlement of $4 billion from a Malaysian state fund.... 5/24/2016 2:59 PM

Defeated right-wing Austrian president hopeful urges unity
VIENNA (AP) -- The right-wing candidate who narrowly lost to a left leaning rival in the Austrian presidential election urged his supporters Tuesday to respect the result and show tolerance to those with different political views.... 5/24/2016 2:59 PM

French premier pushes Mideast initiative with Palestinians
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- France's prime minister said Tuesday that peace between Israelis and the Palestinians is also important for security in Europe.... 5/24/2016 2:55 PM

UN: Worsening humanitarian, security situation in Niger
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The United Nations Refugee Agency says humanitarian conditions are worsening and insecurity is increasing in Niger's southeast Diffa region as thousands displaced by violence are forced to resettle.... 5/24/2016 2:54 PM

Obama pushes for better rights in Vietnam after arms deal
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday pressed Vietnam to allow greater freedoms for its citizens, arguing that better human rights would improve the communist country's economy, stability and regional power.... 5/24/2016 2:52 PM

EU leader pledges help in ending Poland's crisis soon
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A senior European Union leader has pledged support in finding a solution soon to Poland's political crisis that has strained the country's ties with Brussels.... 5/24/2016 2:52 PM

1 of 3 deaths in EU avoidable if optimal care was available
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's statistical agency says that one out of three deaths in the 28-nation bloc would be avoidable if optimal health care was available.... 5/24/2016 2:45 PM

Senior Taliban figure says death of leader could unify group
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The death of the leader of the Afghan Taliban in a U.S. drone strike last week could make the insurgent movement stronger by bringing back dissident commanders and unifying the movement's ranks, a senior Afghan Taliban figure said on Tuesday.... 5/24/2016 2:42 PM

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