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Brazil: Investigation sought for 54 pols in kickback scandal
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil's attorney general on Tuesday asked the nation's Supreme Court for permission to investigate 54 top political figures for alleged involvement in what prosecutors say is the country's largest corruption scandal yet uncovered.... 3/4/2015 12:12 AM

Mexican president's appointments to posts raise questions
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- President Enrique Pena faced new pressure Tuesday, this time for his choices for attorney general and to fill a vacant seat on Mexico's highest court.... 3/3/2015 11:39 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 11:37 PM

Yemeni leader proposes Riyadh as venue for talks with rebels
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's president on Tuesday proposed the Saudi capital of Riyadh as a possible venue for the resumption of U.N.-sponsored talks with Shiite rebels who have seized Yemen's own capital, Sanaa.... 3/3/2015 11:17 PM

Wife of arrested Caracas mayor seeks international support
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The wife of imprisoned Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma asked the Organization of American States on Tuesday to intervene on the opposition leader's behalf.... 3/3/2015 11:15 PM

Indonesia nearly ready to execute 9 foreign drug smugglers
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia on Wednesday transferred two Australians early Wednesday in preparation for the execution by firing squad of nine foreigners and an Indonesian condemned for drug smuggling, as diplomatic squabbles persist over the executions.... 3/3/2015 11:13 PM

Mexico raided migrant train 153 times in last year
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican authorities staged 153 raids over the last year on a train known as "La Bestia" that once rolled toward the U.S. border crowded with Central American migrants.... 3/3/2015 11:10 PM

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

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

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

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

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