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US officials called 'terrorists' mock Venezuela travel ban
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Conservative U.S. politicians banned from traveling to Venezuela by socialist President Nicolas Maduro are taking the restriction as a badge of honor.... 3/1/2015 7:04 PM

Elegant Vazquez replaces folksy Mujica as Uruguay president
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- One leftist leader replaced another in Uruguay on Sunday, a change seemingly marked more by style than differences in policy as the elegant Tabare Vazquez took over from the famously casual Jose Mujica, who formally left office in rubber-soled brown shoes.... 3/1/2015 7:00 PM

Russia detains Ukrainian parliament member over Odessa fire
MOSCOW (AP) -- Moscow police have detained a member of Ukraine's parliament as he was taking part in a march mourning a slain Russian opposition figure. Ukraine's parliament has protested the detention.... 3/1/2015 6:54 PM

Popular Peru ex-minister charged in killing of journalist
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- A Peruvian prosecutor has formally accused a popular former interior minister of murdering a journalist who covered the country's brutal internal conflict.... 3/1/2015 6:25 PM

Activists say Islamic State releases 19 Syrian Christians
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group released at least 19 Christians on Sunday who were among the more than 220 people the militants took captive in northeastern Syria last week, activists and a local leader said.... 3/1/2015 6:15 PM

Egypt court declares part of election law unconstitutional
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court on Sunday ruled as unconstitutional a clause in the election law that draws voting districts, a verdict that is almost certain to delay parliamentary elections scheduled to start later this month.... 3/1/2015 6:04 PM

Coalition balks at signing peace accord for northern Mali
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- A coalition of armed opposition groups says it's not ready to sign a peace accord for restive northern Mali.... 3/1/2015 6:03 PM

Sierra Leone's vice president in quarantine for Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone's vice president has put himself in quarantine following the death from Ebola of one of his security guards.... 3/1/2015 5:54 PM

Rival Yemeni camps entrench as Iran flights arrive
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- An Iranian airplane delivered supplies to Yemen's Shiite rebel-held capital on Sunday, while the president gained support from influential tribal and provincial leaders in signs that the rival camps seeking to rule the rapidly unravelling country are entrenching their positions.... 3/1/2015 5:47 PM

Italy resumes Navy exercise amid new tensions over Libya
ROME (AP) -- The Italian Navy is resuming exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, including near the coast of Libya, amid concerns about rapidly deteriorating security in the North African nation.... 3/1/2015 5:45 PM

Gaza fears isolation as Egypt calls Hamas 'terrorist' group
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza residents said Sunday they fear growing isolation and more hardships after an Egyptian court declared the territory's ruling Hamas a terrorist organization. Some blamed the Islamic militant Hamas while others said Egypt is being unreasonable.... 3/1/2015 5:44 PM

Thousands march in Russia to mourn Putin critic Nemtsov
MOSCOW (AP) -- Carrying flowers, portraits and signs that said "I am not afraid," tens of thousands of people somberly marched Sunday in Moscow to mourn opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, whose slaying on the streets of the capital has shaken Russia's beleaguered opposition.... 3/1/2015 5:38 PM

Party of Lesotho's prime minister ahead in election results
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The party of Lesotho's prime minister on Sunday led in initial results from an election in the mountain kingdom, which held an early vote in an attempt to overcome tension among political factions.... 3/1/2015 5:37 PM

New plane tracking to be tested after Malaysia jet mystery
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial of an enhanced method of tracking aircraft over remote oceans to allow planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia's transport minister said Sunday.... 3/1/2015 5:33 PM

Syria agrees to UN fact-finding mission in Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- The United Nations envoy to Syria is sending a mission to the contested city of Aleppo to determine the situation on the ground and help ensure that humanitarian aid can reach civilians in need if a local truce is reached, the U.N. said Sunday.... 3/1/2015 5:27 PM

AP Essay: 'Jihadi John' won't have the same impact unmasked
LONDON (AP) -- As "Jihadi John," he was a terrifying figure, his identity concealed by a black mask, his threatening tone backed up by his oversize, serrated knife and his willingness to use it in the name of Islamic State and its self-declared caliphate.... 3/1/2015 5:16 PM

Palestinian city plan to move forward after water deal
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- The builder of the first planned Palestinian city in the West Bank says Israel has agreed to connect Rawabi to its water grid, ending months of costly delays.... 3/1/2015 5:14 PM

Disabled punk rockers to compete in Eurovision Song Contest
HELSINKI (AP) -- Four punk rockers with learning disabilities will compete for Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest semifinal after winning the Nordic country's national qualifying contest.... 3/1/2015 5:09 PM

15 artworks stolen from Chinese museum south of Paris
PARIS (AP) -- French cultural officials say 15 pieces of art have been stolen from a Chinese museum south of Paris, including a replica crown of the King of Siam given to France's emperor in the mid-19th century.... 3/1/2015 5:07 PM

Germany trusts Greece to fulfill bailout terms
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's finance minister said Sunday that he trusts Greece's current government to fulfill the conditions for the bailout deal, but also made clear the country would not receive any further money if it didn't.... 3/1/2015 4:46 PM



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