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Research group: Afghan pro-government militias running amok
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan is increasingly relying on a "cheap but dangerous" national militia of some 30,000 fighters, some of whom have committed serious abuses in the communities they are supposed to protect, an international research group said Thursday.... 6/3/2015 10:11 PM

Lawyer for former Guatemalan dictator shot dead in capital
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- The lawyer representing former dictator Efrain Rios Montt against genocide charges was shot to death Wednesday in the capital, Guatemalan authorities said.... 6/3/2015 10:04 PM

Puerto Rico governor supports privatizing power production
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's governor says he supports privatizing electricity production in the U.S. territory as officials seek to restructure the island's troubled public power company.... 6/3/2015 10:00 PM

Former assistant accuses Salazar of encouraging doping
LONDON (AP) -- Long-distance running coach Alberto Salazar's former assistant is among those accusing the American of violating anti-doping rules and encouraging doping by one of his top runners, Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp.... 6/3/2015 9:57 PM

2nd Argentine judge who cut child abuser's sentence resigns
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- A judge in Argentina criticized for reducing the sentence of a convicted child abuser because the 6-year-old victim supposedly showed signs of being gay has resigned, two days after the other judge linked to the case stepped down.... 6/3/2015 9:53 PM

A tumultuous week ends as Blatter gets standing ovation
ZURICH (AP) -- In one tumultuous week, world soccer's governing body was plunged into a corruption scandal, top officials were arrested, new investigations were launched, and Sepp Blatter was re-elected as president, only to stun everyone by saying he was quitting.... 6/3/2015 9:46 PM

Bomb rocks city as Nigeria takes command of Boko Haram fight
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- An explosion that thundered across the city killed at least 11 people in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri on Wednesday, as a Nigerian general took command of a multinational force fighting the extremist group Boko Haram.... 6/3/2015 9:19 PM

AP Interview: Top Yemen Shiite rebel welcomes UN peace talks
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The second-in-command of Yemen's Shiite rebels said Wednesday that the Iranian-backed group was ready to go to Geneva for U.N.-mediated peace talks on ending the country's civil war, and accused the internationally-recognized government in exile of "obstructing" dialogue.... 6/3/2015 9:06 PM

Gaza militants fire rockets at Israel, no injuries
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military says two rockets fired from Gaza have exploded in the country's south causing no injuries.... 6/3/2015 8:57 PM

Brazil prosecutors charge pair in killing of 8 soccer fans
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Authorities in Brazil say a policeman and a former police officer have been charged with killing eight people at a fan club of a popular soccer team.... 6/3/2015 8:52 PM

Ali Smith wins Baileys Prize for fiction by women
LONDON (AP) -- Scottish writer Ali Smith has won the Baileys Prize for fiction with her double-narrative novel "How To Be Both."... 6/3/2015 8:49 PM

Brazil court convicts 2 firefighters in nightclub fire
SAO PAULO (AP) -- A court on Wednesday convicted and sentenced two firefighters to a year behind bars in connection with a 2013 nightclub fire that killed more than 200 people in southern Brazil.... 6/3/2015 8:26 PM

UN chief orders external probe into child sex abuse claims
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. chief on Wednesday ordered an external investigation into how it handled allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic, saying the world body hopes to ensure it "does not fail the victims of sexual abuse, especially when committed by those who are meant to protect them."... 6/3/2015 8:14 PM

Orange would cut Israel link if not for risk of penalties
CAIRO (AP) -- French telecoms giant Orange SA would end its relationship with an Israeli operator that pays to use its name "tomorrow" if it could, but to do so would be a "huge risk" in terms of penalties, its CEO said Wednesday.... 6/3/2015 7:46 PM

Report: Canada ill-prepared to prevent terror attacks
TORONTO (AP) -- A shooting rampage by a lone gunman at Parliament last October proved to be a "grim reminder that Canada is ill-prepared" to stop terrorist attacks in the capital, a new police report released Wednesday has found.... 6/3/2015 7:45 PM

Yemen ambassador: UN-led Geneva talks to start June 14
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Yemen's ambassador to the United Nations said Wednesday that U.N.-led talks aimed at ending the conflict in the Middle East's poorest nation will begin June 14 in Geneva.... 6/3/2015 7:43 PM

Washington Post reporter detained in Iran has hearing Monday
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian will face the second day of his closed-door espionage trial on Monday, Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency reported Wednesday.... 6/3/2015 7:35 PM

Mexico polls: ruling party ahead despite dissatisfaction
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party appears poised to retain its leading position in Congress, but may lose some governor seats in Sunday's elections.... 6/3/2015 7:21 PM

Greek leader defends bailout plan in talks with creditors
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Greece's prime minister entered a showdown with creditors on Wednesday in Brussels, where each side would present proposals in the hope of reaching a deal to unlock bailout loans and save the country from financial disaster.... 6/3/2015 7:15 PM

Rights groups says Syrian refugees stranded at Jordan border
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordanian border restrictions have left hundreds of Syrians refugees stranded in a remote desert area, a leading international rights group said Wednesday, urging Jordan to let them enter the country.... 6/3/2015 6:51 PM



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