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Brazil top court approves graft investigation of politicians
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The Supreme Court late Friday approved an investigation of dozens of top politicians, including a former president and leaders of congress, for alleged connections to what they call the biggest graft scheme ever uncovered in Brazil.... 3/7/2015 12:56 AM

AP PHOTOS: India celebrates spring with festival of colors
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Holi, India's joyful and colorful celebration of the arrival of spring combined with several religious legends, has long ceased to be only a Hindu festival.... 3/7/2015 12:32 AM

Sierra Leone's ruling party expels vice president
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone's Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana has been expelled from the ruling party, the national broadcaster reported late Friday.... 3/7/2015 12:01 AM

Paraguayan journalist shot to death along Brazil border
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) -- A Paraguayan radio journalist has been shot to death in a Brazilian city bordering a crime-ridden area that is a hotbed for drugs and arms smuggling, officials said Friday.... 3/6/2015 11:44 PM

Russian priest feels closer to God in serenity of Antarctica
KING GEORGE ISLAND, Antarctica (AP) -- Sophrony Kirilov pulls hard on the strings of the heavy Russian bells from inside the world's southernmost Eastern Orthodox church, calling to anyone wanting to pray on this remote Antarctic island.... 3/6/2015 11:09 PM

Mexican circus owners say ban means animals may die
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The head of Mexico's circus owners' association says his group's animals may die or be put down because of a ban on animal acts in circuses.... 3/6/2015 11:05 PM

Myanmar police chase down students in 3rd protest crackdown
LETPADAN, Myanmar (AP) -- Police chased down student protesters and dragged them onto trucks Friday in Myanmar's third such crackdown on public demonstrations in as many days, drawing criticism from the United States.... 3/6/2015 11:01 PM

ExxonMobil subsidiary searches for oil, gas near Guyana
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) -- A subsidiary of U.S.-based ExxonMobil Corp. has begun exploratory drilling for oil and gas off Guyana's coast in South America.... 3/6/2015 10:56 PM

Puerto Rico police official sentenced in fatal beating case
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A former Puerto Rico police sergeant has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty in the fatal beating case of a 19-year-old man.... 3/6/2015 10:45 PM

South American bloc urges help for getting food to Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- An association of South American countries on Friday urged the region to help Venezuela keep basic goods on the shelves.... 3/6/2015 10:42 PM

Mexico's central bank auctions off $200M amid peso's slide
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's central bank auctioned off $200 million in dollars Friday to shore up the peso as it neared a historic low against the U.S. currency.... 3/6/2015 10:08 PM

South Sudan rivals fail to reach deal, frustrating mediators
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- South Sudan's warring parties failed to reach a breakthrough in peace talks in Ethiopia, mediators said Friday, expressing disappointment following months of discussions attempting to stop violence in the world's newest country.... 3/6/2015 9:35 PM

UN approves resolution condemning use of chlorine in Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council on Friday approved a United States-drafted resolution that condemns the use of toxic chemicals such as chlorine in Syria, while threatening militarily enforced action in the case of further violations.... 3/6/2015 9:33 PM

Outrage: Extremists take ancient statues, damage Iraqi site
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Islamic State extremists trucked away statues as they damaged the irreplaceable remains of an ancient Assyrian capital, a local resident and a top UN official told The Associated Press Friday.... 3/6/2015 9:20 PM

Rich businessmen probed in Chile campaign finance scandal
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Prosecutors are asking a judge to charge the owners of a prominent Chilean financial company with bribery, tax evasion and illegally financing the campaign of right-wing politicians.... 3/6/2015 9:16 PM

Former Israeli spy chief rejects parts of Netanyahu speech
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A former chief of Israel's Mossad spy agency on Friday rejected claims made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his contentious address to Congress about Iran's nuclear program.... 3/6/2015 9:00 PM

UNESCO calls destruction of ancient Iraq site 'war crime'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Islamic State group's rampage through the ancient city of Nimrud in northern Iraq is an act of "cultural cleansing" that amounts to a war crime, and some of the site's large statues have already been trucked away for possible illicit trafficking, the head of the U.N.'s cultural agency said Friday.... 3/6/2015 8:51 PM

UN Libya envoy says airstrikes threaten peace talks
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- The U.N. special envoy to Libya on Friday warned the warring parties in the North African country against carrying out attacks while sensitive negotiations are taking place in Morocco.... 3/6/2015 8:36 PM

US backs Tunisia's efforts to improve investment appeal
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's new government gave an inaugural performance this week by hosting a U.S.-sponsored conference on investment and entrepreneurship designed to boost international confidence in the struggling new democracy.... 3/6/2015 8:22 PM

Kanye West and Lorde make unlikely musical duo at Dior
PARIS (AP) -- Kanye West swapped the newly-blond Kim Kardashian for a brunette at Dior on Friday, confusing some photographers into thinking momentarily that his wife had dyed her hair back to its natural color.... 3/6/2015 7:57 PM

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