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Dominican Republic temporarily closes consulates in Haiti
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- The Dominican Republic has announced the temporary closure of five of its consulates in neighboring Haiti because of security concerns.... 3/5/2015 2:36 AM

Effort set to recover body found on Mexico's highest peak
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican officials say they will mount an effort to recover a body found buried in snow and ice high on Mexico's tallest peak.... 3/5/2015 2:34 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 knife with a 10-inch blade and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police said Thursday.... 3/5/2015 2:22 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 1:54 AM

China plans to boost military budget by 10.1 percent in 2015
BEIJING (AP) -- China announced Thursday that its official military budget will grow by 10.1 percent in the coming year, amid unease among Beijing's neighbors about its growing might and territorial ambitions.... 3/5/2015 1:51 AM

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 1:46 AM

Jane Fonda says male domination of world has been `wounded'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Jane Fonda said Wednesday 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 1:33 AM

China lowers growth target, promises to open industries
BEIJING (AP) -- China announced a lower economic growth target for this year and promised to open more industries to foreign investors as part of efforts to make its slowing, state-dominated economy more productive.... 3/5/2015 1:26 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



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