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US, Venezuelan officials meet amid rising diplomatic tension
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The head of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Caracas had a rare meeting Monday with Venezuela's foreign minister amid rising tensions between the two countries.... 3/2/2015 5:26 PM

Polish top senator: Russia banned me from Nemtsov's funeral
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's Senate speaker said Monday that Russia's authorities have denied him entry into the country for the funeral of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov.... 3/2/2015 5:23 PM

Estonian premier aims for coalition talks to create new govt
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) -- Estonia's prime minister was preparing to form a new government Monday, a day after his ruling Reform Party won parliamentary elections.... 3/2/2015 5:20 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 5:09 PM

Turkish journalist arrested for 'framing' military officers
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A Turkish court on Monday ordered a journalist arrested pending trial as part of an investigation into an alleged conspiracy against hundreds of military officers who were convicted in 2012 of plotting to overthrow the government, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.... 3/2/2015 5:05 PM

Iran nuke talks resume amid contentious US-Israel debate
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) -- As U.S. and Israeli officials sparred in Washington over the wisdom of a nuclear deal with Iran, negotiations on a potential agreement resumed Monday, with Secretary of State John Kerry saying the sides are still far apart and warning Israel's leader that leaks about the talks will hurt their chances for success.... 3/2/2015 5:00 PM

Spain: 3rd bailout for Greece being mulled for up to $56B
MADRID (AP) -- Eurozone nations are negotiating a third bailout for financially strapped Greece that would give the country as much as 50 billion euros ($56 billion), Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said Monday.... 3/2/2015 5:00 PM

Pakistan police arrest parents refusing kids' polio vaccine
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Hundreds of parents in northwest Pakistan were arrested and jailed on charges of endangering public security after refusing to give their children polio vaccinations, officials said Monday.... 3/2/2015 4:56 PM

Fidel Castro meets with 5 Cuban agents once held by US
HAVANA (AP) -- Former president and revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has met with five Cuban agents who were the focus of a years-long political battle for their return to the island from imprisonment in the U.S.... 3/2/2015 4:55 PM

How Islamic is Islamic State group? Not very, experts say
CAIRO (AP) -- Three British schoolgirls believed to have gone to Syria to become "jihadi" brides. Three young men charged in New York with plotting to join the Islamic State group and carry out attacks on American soil. A masked, knife-wielding militant from London who is the face of terror in videos showing Western hostages beheaded.... 3/2/2015 4:54 PM

South Africa: Wildfire destroys 5 homes in Cape Town
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain was engulfed by an orange blaze Monday, blowing thick smoke to the city below, as a wildfire burned across the city's southern peninsula, destroying at least five homes and thousands of acres of rare plants.... 3/2/2015 4:52 PM

Israel rights group criticizes army's use of dogs at rallies
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli human rights group has criticized the military's use of dogs at protests, citing the case of a Palestinian teenager who was bitten after he threw rocks at troops in the West Bank.... 3/2/2015 4:41 PM

France wants companies to make appliances that last longer
PARIS (AP) -- France is ordering manufacturers to inform consumers how long they can expect their TV, cell phone or other appliance to last - before they buy it.... 3/2/2015 4:36 PM

Putin critic Nemtsov's date says she did not see his killer
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Ukrainian woman with Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov when he was gunned down told Russia media on Monday that she did not see his killer, as conflicting reports emerged about the availability of surveillance footage showing the slaying.... 3/2/2015 4:32 PM

'Naty' Revuelta, who had daughter with Fidel Castro, dies
HAVANA (AP) -- Natalia Revuelta Clews, the Cuban socialite who emptied her bank account and sold her diamond jewelry to support Fidel Castro when he was a little-known insurgent, has died. She was 89.... 3/2/2015 4:27 PM

Volkswagen Passat wins car of the year award
GENEVA (AP) -- The large family car Volkswagen Passat has been voted car of the year by European automotive editors at the Geneva International Motor Show.... 3/2/2015 4:26 PM

New Saudi king meets Turkey leader amid thaw in relations
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- The official Saudi Press Agency says King Salman met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the capital, Riyadh, where discussion centered on the ongoing war in Syria, Iran nuclear talks and the turmoil in Yemen.... 3/2/2015 4:17 PM

Toronto police say no criminal intent with tunnel
TORONTO (AP) -- Two men built a mysterious tunnel discovered near a Pan Am Games venue in Toronto and there was no criminal intent, police said Monday.... 3/2/2015 4:17 PM

Reports: Turkey detains 10 IS militants
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish media reports say police have detained 10 suspected Islamic State militants in raids.... 3/2/2015 4:11 PM

Google to offer own cellular network plan
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Google will soon be offering cellular network plans in a bid to bridge the gap between the realms of Internet services and mobile device software it dominates.... 3/2/2015 4:04 PM



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