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Cameron accused of 'running scared' for refusing TV debate
LONDON (AP) -- Britain is counting down to its general election in just over two months - and the name-calling has begun in earnest.... 3/5/2015 4:01 PM

Mexico court orders trial for alleged Knights Templar leader
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexican court has ordered alleged drug lord Servando Gomez to stand trial on drug and organized-crime charges.... 3/5/2015 4:00 PM

Cyprus group claims responsibility for 2 referee bombings
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- A new group has emerged in Cyprus to claim responsibility for two of five bomb attacks targeting soccer referees in the past year, police said Thursday.... 3/5/2015 3:59 PM

Ex-crew recognizes photos of sunken Japanese battleship
TOKYO (AP) -- A former crewmember on a Japanese battleship that sank during World War II said Thursday he recognized photos of wreckage discovered this week off the Philippines by a team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.... 3/5/2015 3:57 PM

Thai court sentences 'Red Shirts' to jail for 2009 rioting
BANGKOK (AP) -- A Thai court sentenced 15 members of the "Red Shirt" political movement to four years in prison on Thursday for inciting rioting that disrupted an important regional conference in 2009, news reports said.... 3/5/2015 3:50 PM

Israel eases restrictions on Gaza vegetable exports
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has eased its restrictions on Gaza vegetable exports, a move that could help both Palestinian farmers and pious Jews.... 3/5/2015 3:48 PM

Family: Canadian pastor has been detained in North Korea
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada's government has confirmed that a Canadian pastor has been detained in North Korea, the man's family said Thursday.... 3/5/2015 3:43 PM

EU extends asset freeze on ex-Ukraine leader for a year
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union has extended for a year an asset freeze on former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and others in his administration linked to the misuse of state funds.... 3/5/2015 3:40 PM

UN rights chief: discredit IS, give peaceful Muslims courage
BERLIN (AP) -- The United Nations' human rights chief is advocating an effort to discredit the Islamic State group and encourage peaceful Muslims to take a stand against extremist violence.... 3/5/2015 3:36 PM

Rooms going fast at Hungary's village for rent
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Rooms at Hungary's village-for-rent are going fast.... 3/5/2015 3:33 PM

Last Ebola patient is released in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year old teacher, from a treatment center in the capital on Thursday, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola free.... 3/5/2015 3:30 PM

US draft urges UN to condemn use of chlorine in Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States has circulated a draft resolution in the U.N. Security Council that condemns the use of toxic chemicals such as chlorine in Syria without outright assigning blame.... 3/5/2015 3:30 PM

Italian prime minister in Moscow to discuss Russia-EU ties
MOSCOW (AP) -- Italy's prime minister visited Moscow on Thursday in a bid to repair ties that have been hurt by Russia-West tensions over Ukraine.... 3/5/2015 3:29 PM

Myanmar cracks down on education protest at Yangon pagoda
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Police cracked down on students and other activists opposing Myanmar's new education law on Thursday, charging protesters with batons and dragging them into trucks at a well-known pagoda in the heart of the old capital.... 3/5/2015 3:27 PM

Egypt's el-Sissi replaces interior minister in reshuffle
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi reshuffled his Cabinet on Thursday, replacing the powerful minister in charge of the nation's police along with six other ministers, state television reported.... 3/5/2015 3:27 PM

European Central Bank: Recovery is strengthening
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- The struggling eurozone economy is picking up momentum ahead of the launch next week of a 1.1 trillion euro ($1.2 trillion) stimulus program, European Central Bank head Mario Draghi said Thursday.... 3/5/2015 3:26 PM

Kerry seeks to ease Arab concerns of Iran deal
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought Thursday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging nuclear deal with Iran and vowed that any agreement reached would not reduce America's commitment to combating Tehran's destabilizing actions in the Middle East and beyond.... 3/5/2015 3:21 PM

Netanyahu's Iran speech gains tacit support in Saudi Arabia
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's fiery speech this week before the U.S. Congress, in which he argued against an emerging nuclear deal with Iran, has received tacit support from an unlikely quarter -- Saudi Arabia.... 3/5/2015 3:20 PM

Amid crisis, Venezuelans commemorate Chavez
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Early morning fireworks burst over Venezuela's capital on Thursday for a commemoration of Hugo Chavez on the second anniversary of his death, even as an economic crisis threatens to undo the former president's legacy of lifting many out of poverty.... 3/5/2015 3:11 PM

AP PHOTOS: Murals keep late Venezuela leader ever-present
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Thursday marks the two-year anniversary of the death of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, but his presence remains everywhere in Venezuela.... 3/5/2015 2:48 PM

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