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IMF chief warns Ukraine over slow pace of reform
MOSCOW (AP) -- The head of the International Monetary Fund warned Ukraine on Wednesday that the organization would be unable to keep supporting the country financially if it doesn't step up its reform efforts.... 2/10/2016 7:47 PM

APNewsBreak: Kenya athletes allege doping bribery
EMBU, Kenya (AP) -- Two Kenyan athletes serving four-year bans for doping at the 2015 world championships say the chief executive of Athletics Kenya, the country's governing body for track and field, asked them each for a $24,000 bribe to reduce their suspensions.... 2/10/2016 7:46 PM

Pope on Ash Wednesday: charity's not to please ourselves
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis rubbed ashes on the bowed heads of prelates, nuns and ordinary Catholics Wednesday, and had them smudged on his own head, too, to usher in the Lenten season of prayer and sacrifice he said must be done out of authentic love, not to satisfy one's conscience.... 2/10/2016 7:40 PM

NATO ministers approve new force for eastern Europe
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO defense ministers on Wednesday approved a new multinational force to beef up defenses of frontline alliance members most at risk from Russia, the alliance's secretary-general announced.... 2/10/2016 7:33 PM

Ex-employee of Israeli PM wins abuse case
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife mistreated and abused a former member of her housekeeping staff, a court ruled Wednesday, awarding the man $42,000 in damages in a decision that dealt an embarrassing blow to the country's first family.... 2/10/2016 7:25 PM

Pope visit to Mexico basilica highlights Guadalupe influence
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A weathered pastel image of the Virgin of Guadalupe hangs from German Herrera Hernandez's dashboard, watching over his passengers from her perch next to his cigarettes, gum and the handful of coins he uses to make change.... 2/10/2016 7:25 PM

EU and Britain have big differences over 'ever closer union'
LONDON (AP) -- For Britain and the European Union, they are three little words that expose big philosophical differences: "Ever closer union."... 2/10/2016 7:24 PM

Tax fraud trial postponed for French ex-minister
PARIS (AP) -- A French court on Wednesday postponed the trial of a former French budget minister accused of tax fraud and money laundering until September, to give higher courts time to decide a legal issue raised by his lawyers.... 2/10/2016 7:19 PM

Kurds attack Syrian air base held by insurgents
BEIRUT (AP) -- Kurdish fighters helped by Russian airstrikes launched an attack in northern Syria on Wednesday in an attempt to capture a military air base held by Syrian insurgents, while an international aid group warned that the health system in parts of the north is close to collapse.... 2/10/2016 6:55 PM

Italians arrest Argentine prelate in swindle scheme
ROME (AP) -- An Argentine monsignor suspected of being behind a Ponzi scheme swindling investors out of 30 million euros ($34 million) has been put under house arrest in Genoa, Italian financial police said Wednesday.... 2/10/2016 6:53 PM

2 female bombers kill 56 in northeast Nigerian refugee camp
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeast Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 56 people, health and rescue officials said Wednesday.... 2/10/2016 6:51 PM

Officials: 2 female suicide bombers kill at least 56 people in a northeast Nigerian refuge...
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Officials: 2 female suicide bombers kill at least 56 people in a northeast Nigerian refugee camp.... 2/10/2016 6:30 PM

The Latest: Britain calls on Russia to stop bombing Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest developments on the war in Syria and the tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence (all times local):... 2/10/2016 6:25 PM

Chechen leader threatens foes in bid to gain Putin's support
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Kremlin-backed strongman of Chechnya has issued a stream of threats against Russia's liberal opposition, but his primary audience appears to be the Russian president himself.... 2/10/2016 6:07 PM

Rwanda hopes to use drones to deliver medical supplies
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- Rwanda's government has signed an agreement with a U.S.-based robotics company to build infrastructure for drones that would deliver medical supplies to health facilities across the country.... 2/10/2016 5:53 PM

UK jury finds 3 men guilty of helping friend join IS
LONDON (AP) -- Three young British men who helped a teenage friend travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group were sentenced Wednesday to several years in prison.... 2/10/2016 5:49 PM

Pope on Ash Wednesday: Let's share, be more sensitive
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has smudged ashes on the bowed heads of prelates, nuns and ordinary Catholics during Ash Wednesday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. The ritual marks the start of Lent, a period of penitence, prayer and self-sacrifice as the faithful prepare for Easter.... 2/10/2016 5:33 PM

Spain: Puppeteers in terror case released from jail
MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish court on Wednesday released two puppeteers jailed since last week for allegedly praising terrorism in a controversial Carnival show funded with public money.... 2/10/2016 5:30 PM

UK's Cameron blasts UN panel's ruling on WikiLeaks' Assange
LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron told Parliament on Wednesday that a U.N. panel's finding that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been wrongfully detained is "ridiculous." Assange responded quickly by accusing Cameron of libel.... 2/10/2016 5:26 PM

UK to end ancient practice of printing laws on animal skin
LONDON (AP) -- It's often said some laws aren't worth the paper they're printed on. Not in Britain, where for centuries laws have been printed not on paper but on calfskin parchment known as vellum.... 2/10/2016 5:24 PM



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