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Days before referendum, Greek voters perplexed and undecided
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Costas Christoforidis hasn't decided how to vote in Sunday's referendum on a bailout deal for Greece's troubled economy. The problem is, the 37-year-old farmer isn't sure what he's voting for.... 7/2/2015 9:45 PM

UN observers say Burundi elections were not free
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A U.N. observer mission concluded Thursday that this week's parliamentary elections in Burundi were not "free, credible and inclusive."... 7/2/2015 8:59 PM

The case for Greece: when it forgave Germany's debt
LONDON (AP) -- Forgiving debt, if done right, can get an economy back on its feet.... 7/2/2015 8:51 PM

'Cartel Land' shows good and bad of vigilantes in Mexico, US
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The documentary "Cartel Land" opens with chilling night scenes of large-scale methamphetamine cooking in rural Mexico. What viewers later learn is how such drug production became deeply intertwined with the vigilante movement that emerged in 2013 and 2014 to oust the region's main drug cartel.... 7/2/2015 8:49 PM

Egypt's warplanes strike back at militants in troubled Sinai
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian warplanes launched new airstrikes and troops went house-to-house Thursday in the troubled Sinai Peninsula, a day after Islamic State-linked militants set off the area's bloodiest fighting in decades in an unprecedented, coordinated attack.... 7/2/2015 8:35 PM

Sex performance at university causes scandal in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- A sex performance at a university in Argentina's capital is causing an uproar.... 7/2/2015 8:19 PM

US senator ends visit to Venezuela, urges moderation
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee wrapped up a trip to crisis-plagued Venezuela by warning the country is on a "destructive path" that could result in more suffering unless the socialist government adopts more moderate policies before congressional elections.... 7/2/2015 8:17 PM

Iran takes hard line on inspections, sanctions at nuke talks
VIENNA (AP) -- Iran took a hard line Thursday on two of the biggest demands of world powers in a final nuclear accord, rejecting any extraordinary inspection rules and threatening to ramp up enrichment of bomb-making material if the United States and other countries re-impose sanctions after the deal is in place.... 7/2/2015 8:04 PM

The Latest: Greek premier wants biggest 'no' vote possible
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):... 7/2/2015 7:50 PM

Cuba launches 1st public Wi-Fi hotspots on Havana avenue
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuban authorities have launched public Wi-Fi hotspots along a main avenue that is the heart of Havana's cultural and social life, the first step in government promises to gradually roll out such connectivity options on an island that the Internet revolution has largely passed by.... 7/2/2015 7:41 PM

Saudi-led strikes target Yemen rebel camps, kill 8 in Sanaa
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni security officials say the Saudi-led coalition has targeted encampments of Shiite rebels and their allies in the country's capital, Sanaa, and that eight people were killed in the airstrikes.... 7/2/2015 7:13 PM

Egypt passes new budget for fiscal year 2015-2016
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's president has approved a new budget for fiscal year 2015-2016, slashing the projected budget deficit to 8.9 percent of gross domestic product, the country's finance ministry said Thursday, in a move likely to please international creditors.... 7/2/2015 7:11 PM

Documents: Mexican army ordered troops to 'kill criminals'
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexican human rights group said Thursday that military documents show high-ranking officers had given soldiers standing orders to kill criminals ahead of an army mass slaying of suspected drug cartel members after they surrendered.... 7/2/2015 6:50 PM

Boko Haram guns down 97 people praying in mosques in Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Boko Haram extremists gunned down nearly 100 Muslims praying in mosques in a northeast Nigerian town during the holy month of Ramadan, a government official and a self-defense fighter said Thursday.... 7/2/2015 6:38 PM

Kuwait promotes unity in wake of bombing designed to divide
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- An Islamic State sympathizer's deadly bombing in a packed Kuwaiti mosque last week was designed to fit an all-too-familiar pattern: extremists attack Shiites to stoke sectarian hatred and then proclaim themselves the defenders of Sunnis against those they denounce as heretics.... 7/2/2015 6:36 PM

French mother gets 9 years in prison for killing 8 newborns
PARIS (AP) -- A Frenchwoman accused of killing eight of her newborns over more than a decade has been sentenced to nine years in prison after a dramatic murder trial.... 7/2/2015 6:21 PM

Leopard mauls guide's arm in attack in South African park
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A leopard mauled a guide in an attack on an open tourist safari vehicle in South Africa's flagship wildlife park Thursday, authorities said.... 7/2/2015 6:12 PM

UN says coca production jumped 44 percent in Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Cultivation of the leaf used to make cocaine skyrocketed last year in Colombia, according to a new study by the United Nations that is likely to raise questions about the government's decision to abandon a US-backed aerial eradication campaign.... 7/2/2015 6:07 PM

Attack on UN convoy in Mali kills 6 peacekeepers, wounds 5
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- An attack Thursday on a convoy in northern Mali killed six United Nations peacekeepers and wounded five others, the U.N. said. All of the victims were from Burkina Faso.... 7/2/2015 6:02 PM

Top US diplomat in Cuba on short list for new embassy
HAVANA (AP) -- From his office high above Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis has a sweeping view of the cerulean Florida Straits and the blood-red letters declaring Cuba's defiance of the United States.... 7/2/2015 5:52 PM



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