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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 is having a rare meeting with Venezuela's foreign minister days after the socialist South American country announced it had detained American spies and would be taking steps to shrink the U.S Embassy staff.... 3/2/2015 4:47 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

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 4:39 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 4:38 PM

Spain: 3rd bailout for Greece being mulled for up to $56B
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's economy minister says eurozone nations are negotiating a third bailout for financially strapped Greece that would give the country as much as 50 billion euros ($56 billion).... 3/2/2015 4:36 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

Polish top senator: Russia banned me from Nemtsov's funeral
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's Senate speaker says Russia's authorities have denied him entry into the country for the funeral of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov.... 3/2/2015 4:20 PM

Turkish journalist arrested for 'framing' military officers
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's state-run news agency says a journalist has been arrested pending trial for his alleged role in a conspiracy against military officers who were convicted in 2012 of plotting to overthrow the government.... 3/2/2015 4:18 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

Lebanon bans basketball fans from games after brawl
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon has banned basketball fans from attending games after a fist fight broke out between players from rival teams.... 3/2/2015 4:03 PM

Women to make up half the winners in local French elections
PARIS (AP) -- In France's upcoming local elections, one thing is certain: Women will win half the seats.... 3/2/2015 3:48 PM

Bomb blast in downtown Cairo wounds 9 people
CAIRO (AP) -- A midday bomb blast in one of the busiest boulevards in downtown Cairo wounded nine people on Monday, the police said. Shortly after the explosion, a little-known group claimed responsibility for the attack.... 3/2/2015 3:38 PM

Russia, Ukraine hold emergency gas talks as cutoff looms
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Russia and Ukraine's energy ministers are holding emergency talks after the Russian gas supplier said it would cut off deliveries to the war-torn country as soon as Tuesday if it does not get new payments.... 3/2/2015 3:34 PM

EU nations get power to ban genetically-modified crops
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union is giving member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically-modified crops even if they have been approved by the bloc's food safety authority.... 3/2/2015 3:22 PM



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