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Venezuela sets deadline to US to slash embassy staff
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's government has given the U.S. two weeks to slash the size of its mission here to 17 diplomats as tensions between the two nations rise.... 3/2/2015 9:37 PM

Woman with slain Putin critic says she didn't see his killer
MOSCOW (AP) -- The 23-year-old Ukrainian model who was with slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov tearfully recounted Monday their last dinner in a chic Red Square restaurant and their walk onto a nearby bridge - but said she did not see the gunman who pulled the trigger.... 3/2/2015 9:27 PM

Joe Biden in Guatemala to talk Central America funding
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Guatemala for a two-day visit with Central American presidents to discuss funding priorities aimed at slowing migration.... 3/2/2015 9:12 PM

Toronto Police: men built mystery tunnel to use as man cave
TORONTO (AP) -- Two young men who built a mysterious tunnel in Toronto had no criminal intent, police said Monday. They just wanted a man cave.... 3/2/2015 9:12 PM

New attack in disputed region claimed by Sudan, South Sudan
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations reported another deadly attack Monday in the oil-rich region of Abyei that's claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan.... 3/2/2015 9:08 PM

Singer John Legend talks about justice at Bahrain concert
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Award-winning American singer and songwriter John Legend took to the stage in Bahrain on Monday night, performing to a sold-out crowd of more than 2,000 people despite calls by some activists to cancel the concert due to concerns over human rights abuses in the Gulf Arab nation.... 3/2/2015 8:59 PM

Spain reveals 3rd Greek bailout, then says it's hypothetical
MADRID (AP) -- Spain created hours of confusion over the future of Greece's troubled finances Monday by announcing that eurozone nations were negotiating a third Greek bailout of up to 50 billion euros ($56 billion), then backtracking by saying the prospect of such a bailout is merely hypothetical.... 3/2/2015 8:55 PM

Syria's opposition, rebels reject UN envoy's plan for Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syria's main opposition and rebel factions in the northern city of Aleppo have rejected a proposal by the U.N. envoy to freeze fighting in parts of the city as the United Nations said Monday it will not stop seeking a peaceful solution to the conflict.... 3/2/2015 8:46 PM

Iraq launches operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Backed by Iranian-supported Shiite militias, Iraqi forces launched a large-scale offensive Monday to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State group, the first in a series of campaigns to try to reclaim large parts of northern Iraq from the Sunni extremists.... 3/2/2015 8:33 PM

UN warns against complacency as Ebola fight enters new phase
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The United Nations is urging donors, organizations and countries fighting Ebola in West Africa not to give in to complacency as the death toll from the virus climbs toward 10,000.... 3/2/2015 8:28 PM

AP EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Guantanamo detainees struggle in Uruguay
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- Every day during the 12 1/2 years he was imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay as a suspected al-Qaida operative, Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi dreamed of freedom.... 3/2/2015 8:27 PM

Labor disputes disrupt SAS, Norwegian flights in Scandinavia
HELSINKI (AP) -- Scandinavian Airlines canceled some 50 flights to and from Denmark on Monday after a four-day protest strike by 1,300 cabin crew members in Denmark, but most had returned to work by the evening, the airline said.... 3/2/2015 8:18 PM

Reporter jailed in Iran gets lawyer after more than 7 months
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- After more than seven months behind bars in an Iranian prison, detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian has for the first time been allowed to hire a defense lawyer, according to his family.... 3/2/2015 8:00 PM

Egypt names Cuper from Argentina to lead its soccer team
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian Football Association has appointed Hector Cuper, from Argentina, as the new manager of its national team.... 3/2/2015 7:33 PM

Saudi diplomat taken by al-Qaida in Yemen free after 3 years
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A Saudi diplomat abducted by suspected al-Qaida militants in Yemen has been freed after nearly three years in captivity and has returned home to Riyadh, the kingdom said Monday.... 3/2/2015 7:28 PM

Bomb blast in downtown Cairo kills 1, wounds 10 people
CAIRO (AP) -- A midday bomb blast in a boulevard in downtown Cairo killed one person and wounded 10 on Monday, the health ministry said. Shortly afterward, a little-known group claimed responsibility for the attack.... 3/2/2015 7:00 PM

Iran's Guard monitored 8 million Facebook users
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's official IRNA news agency says the powerful Revolutionary Guard has massively monitored activities on Facebook accounts of Iranian members of the social network.... 3/2/2015 6:46 PM

New coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II unveiled in UK
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Royal Mint has unveiled a new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that will soon appear on coins.... 3/2/2015 6:39 PM

Romanian parliament approves new spy chief
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- The Romanian parliament has approved a new spy chief who has named the fight against corruption and cyber security in Ukraine as his priorities.... 3/2/2015 6:36 PM

Boko Haram video shows 2 beheaded men accused of spying
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- The latest video from Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamic extremist group shows the bodies of two beheaded men accused of spying, and copies some of the hallmarks of propaganda from the Islamic State group.... 3/2/2015 6:03 PM

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