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Depp's war of words with Australian deputy leader continues
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's deputy prime minister boasted on Wednesday that he had got into Johnny Depp's head like fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter after the Hollywood actor quipped that the ruddy-faced lawmaker appeared to be "inbred with a tomato."... 5/25/2016 3:01 AM

Mexico City issues 6th smog alert but lifts it after rain
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico City officials issued their sixth pollution alert of the year Tuesday, but lifted it a few hours later after thunderstorms reduced pollution in the skies above the capital.... 5/25/2016 2:22 AM

China's Wanda prepares for battle with 'old brand' Disney
BEIJING (AP) -- Mickey Mouse has a new and deep-pocketed challenger: China's shopping mall king.... 5/25/2016 2:09 AM

2 more journalists go missing in lawless area of Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Two more journalists were reported missing Tuesday in a lawless region where Colombian security forces were already carrying out an extensive search for a prominent Spanish journalist who disappeared over the weekend.... 5/25/2016 1:28 AM

Greece gets new funds approved by eurozone creditors
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Greece has won an essential batch of bailout funds from international creditors following agreement among the 19 eurozone finance ministers and can start looking forward to debt relief in the future.... 5/25/2016 1:21 AM

Pro-squatter protesters clash 2nd time with Barcelona police
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Protesters supporting squatters in Barcelona clashed with police again Tuesday, less than 24 hours after demonstrators set trash containers and vehicles ablaze in confrontations that left at least 15 people injured.... 5/25/2016 12:43 AM

Rights group urges halt of arms deals to Egypt over abuses
CAIRO (AP) -- Britain-based Amnesty International is calling on European Union member states to halt arms sales to Egypt over human rights abuses it characterizes as "fueling killings and torture."... 5/25/2016 12:04 AM

Belt-tightening in Brazil aimed at fighting economic crisis
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil's acting president announced austerity measures Tuesday aimed at pulling Latin America's largest economy from its worst crisis in decades, warning that a failure to act will mean "extraordinary hardship" for future generations.... 5/24/2016 11:03 PM

UN happy Africa's rapid reaction force about to be reality
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. peacekeeping chief said Tuesday that the United Nations - which has 80 percent of its peacekeepers deployed in Africa - is very happy that the African Union's long-awaited rapid reaction force will become a reality in July.... 5/24/2016 10:23 PM

Italy, Netherlands and Sweden vie for Security Council seat
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden all made their cases on Tuesday for why they should be elected to a non-permanent seat on the United Nations' most powerful body.... 5/24/2016 10:22 PM

Sartorius to expand pharmaceutical plant in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's governor says pharmaceutical supplier Sartorius is investing $50 million to expand its plant in the U.S. territory and convert it to its main logistical hub for the Americas.... 5/24/2016 9:51 PM

Lawyer denies ex-rebel leader tied to attack on Haiti police
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- The lawyer for a Senate candidate and ex-rebel leader said Tuesday that his client had nothing to do with a deadly attack on a police station in southern Haiti this month.... 5/24/2016 9:46 PM

Buses and Bulldozers: Refugees are removed from Greek camp
IDOMENI, Greece (AP) -- It grew to the size of a small town, becoming a symbol of Europe's closed border policy for migrants and refugees. On Tuesday, Greek authorities began to dismantle it.... 5/24/2016 9:16 PM

Police find 5 hacked-up bodies in Mexican Gulf coast state
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Authorities in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz found the hacked-up bodies of what appear to be five men along with a sign attributing the killings to a dispute between drug cartels, prosecutors said Tuesday.... 5/24/2016 9:02 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 8:49 PM

Brussels police chief injured during anti-austerity clashes
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The Brussels police chief was injured Tuesday during clashes at the end of a major anti-austerity demonstration attended by around 50,000 people in the center of the Belgian capital.... 5/24/2016 8:24 PM

Sailors' nightmare in Rio Olympics: plastic bags, trash
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- If you're the head of world sailing, this is your worst Olympic nightmare.... 5/24/2016 8:18 PM

Puerto Rico seeks power bill increase, sparking outrage
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's heavily indebted electric company announced Tuesday that it is seeking a more than 20 percent increase in the island's already high power bills, sparking outrage among many who note the agency faces numerous corruption allegations.... 5/24/2016 7:56 PM

Shock, fear in Syrian government bastions after bombings
BEIRUT (AP) -- Convoys of coffins streamed through the streets and mourners fired guns in the air Tuesday as two Syrian coastal towns - government strongholds that had gone relatively untouched throughout the civil war - reeled from coordinated bombings that killed more than 160 people.... 5/24/2016 7:47 PM

Ecuador vows to privatize airline to help rebuild from quake
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said he will partially privatize a state-run airline as damage from last month's earthquake compounds hardships facing the oil-dependent economy.... 5/24/2016 7:42 PM

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