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Chemical fire at Vancouver's port prompts evacuation
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Vancouver health officials are warning people near the city's port to stay indoors due to a fire in a shipping container holding an industrial disinfectant and bleaching agent.... 3/5/2015 12:44 AM

US ambassador to SKorea slashed on face and wrist in attack
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed on the face and wrist by a man wielding a weapon with a 10-inch blade and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police said Thursday.... 3/5/2015 12:39 AM

China sets growth target of about 7 percent for coming year
BEIJING (AP) -- China has set an official economic growth target of about 7 percent for this year, according to a work report to be delivered Thursday by the country's premier.... 3/5/2015 12:32 AM

Mexican police grab latest Zetas leader in wealthy suburb
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican police and soldiers on Wednesday captured Omar Trevino Morales, widely considered to be the most important leader of the Zetas drug cartel that once carved a path of brutal bloodshed along the country's northern border with the U.S.... 3/5/2015 12:18 AM

Jane Fonda says male domination of world has been `wounded'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Actress and women's rights activist Jane Fonda says the male power structure that has dominated the world for centuries has been wounded - "but there's nothing more dangerous than a wounded beast."... 3/5/2015 12:16 AM

Merkel dampen talk of 3rd Greek bailout
BRUSSELS (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the president of the European Union's executive branch cautioned Wednesday against speculation that Greece will need a third financial bailout.... 3/4/2015 11:25 PM

Libya makes urgent appeal to UN to lift embargo on weapons
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Libya made an urgent appeal Wednesday to the U.N. Security Council to either lift an arms embargo completely or allow exemptions so that its army can fight the rising threat of the Islamic State and other militant groups. Diplomats said Libya has made a sizeable request in the past few days for dozens of fighter jets, tanks, helicopters and grenade launchers.... 3/4/2015 11:19 PM

Australia offers Indonesia prisoner swap to stop executions
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia has offered Indonesia a prison swap deal in an 11th hour bid to save the lives of two Australian drug smugglers who have been transferred to an island prison where they are to be killed by firing squad within days.... 3/4/2015 10:55 PM

Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia to consult on Iran nuke talks
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Fresh from the latest round of Iran nuclear negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging deal and discuss ways to calm instability in troubled Yemen and other Mideast nations.... 3/4/2015 10:19 PM

Former chief of Bolivia drug police under investigation
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- The retired police general who reorganized Bolivia's counter-narcotics force after President Evo Morales expelled U.S. drug agents is under investigation for illicit enrichment and drug trafficking ties.... 3/4/2015 10:14 PM

UK fraud office probes central bank auctions
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Serious Fraud Office says it is investigating Bank of England auctions in 2007 and 2008 that were designed to inject cash into the banking system during the financial crisis.... 3/4/2015 9:46 PM

Kerry pushes back on Israeli criticism of Iran nuke talks
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) -- U.S. officials sought Wednesday to tamp down expectations of a substantial preliminary nuclear deal with Iran by the March deadline while working to move past the political dust kicked up by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's criticism of an emerging agreement's contours.... 3/4/2015 9:35 PM

Coal mine blast kills at least 24 in war-torn east Ukraine
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- A rebel-held city scarred by months of conflict in eastern Ukraine suffered more tragedy Wednesday when a methane gas explosion in a coal mine killed at least 24 workers and left nine missing.... 3/4/2015 9:24 PM

Turkey seeks EU help to stop migrant 'ghost ships'
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Turkey is appealing to the European Union to help it combat the phenomenon of ghost ships used by smugglers to send hundreds of migrants at a time toward European shores.... 3/4/2015 9:04 PM

UN: World eating too much sugar; cut to 5-10 percent of diet
LONDON (AP) -- New guidelines from the World Health Organization are enough to kill anyone's sugar high. The U.N. health agency says the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their intake to just six to 12 teaspoons per day - an amount that could be exceeded with a single can of soda.... 3/4/2015 8:47 PM

Snoop Dogg 'drips' it like it's hot at Etam Paris pool show
PARIS (AP) -- Snoop Dogg raised the pulse at Paris Fashion Week with a surprise concert and DJ set at Etam's bikini-themed lingerie pool collection that went on into the early hours of Wednesday - heralding competition for the famed, celebrity-filled Victoria's Secret shows.... 3/4/2015 8:39 PM

EU chief: Spain not running 'diabolical' anti-Greece plan
MADRID (AP) -- The European Commission's leader says he does not believe Spain and Portugal have a "diabolical" plot to oust Greece's new far left government as they pressure Greece to comply with bailout terms they both had to endure.... 3/4/2015 8:29 PM

Brazil police say woman helped US sect leader avoid arrest
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A Minnesota religious leader sought by the U.S. on sex charges was able to elude a manhunt because of the support of a local woman, a longtime friend who travelled with him and supported him, the Brazilian lead investigator in the case said Wednesday.... 3/4/2015 8:22 PM

3 sought over deadly 1982 attack in Paris' Jewish quarter
PARIS (AP) -- More than 32 years after a deadly terror attack in Paris' old Jewish quarter, French authorities have at last identified three suspects and are seeking their arrest.... 3/4/2015 8:12 PM

Appeal of case returns focus to Argentine president
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- An Argentine prosecutor on Wednesday appealed a judge's decision to throw out an investigation that accused President Cristina Fernandez of a cover-up deal with Iran, the latest twist in a case that has rocked the South American country in an election year.... 3/4/2015 8:12 PM

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