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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

Mexico authorities arrest Zetas leader Omar Trevino Morales
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., a federal official said.... 3/4/2015 10:54 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 and tanks, among other weapons.... 3/4/2015 10:36 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

Brazil police say woman helped US sect leader avoid arrest
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A Minnesota religious leader sought by the U.S. on sex charges was able to elude a manhunt because of the support of a local woman, a longtime friend who travelled with him and supported him, the Brazilian lead investigator in the case said Wednesday.... 3/4/2015 8:22 PM

3 sought over deadly 1982 attack in Paris' Jewish quarter
PARIS (AP) -- More than 32 years after a deadly terror attack in Paris' old Jewish quarter, French authorities have at last identified three suspects and are seeking their arrest.... 3/4/2015 8:12 PM

Appeal of case returns focus to Argentine president
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- An Argentine prosecutor on Wednesday appealed a judge's decision to throw out an investigation that accused President Cristina Fernandez of a cover-up deal with Iran, the latest twist in a case that has rocked the South American country in an election year.... 3/4/2015 8:12 PM

Regional governor in Russia arrested on corruption charges
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Moscow court has ordered the governor of the Russian Pacific Island of Sakhalin to be held in custody on charges of accepting a $5.6-million bribe.... 3/4/2015 8:01 PM

Official says China to boost military budget by 10 percent
BEIJING (AP) -- China's official military budget will grow by about 10 percent in the coming year, a legislative spokeswoman said Wednesday, amid unease among Beijing's neighbors about its growing might and territorial ambitions.... 3/4/2015 7:43 PM

AP Interview: Artist Vilks says Denmark attack changed all
MALMO, Sweden (AP) -- Lars Vilks was used to tight security even before, with round-the-clock police protection at his home in southern Sweden. But after the deadly Feb. 14 attack against a free-speech seminar in Copenhagen, he lives under security measures that seem almost absurd in peaceful Sweden, with heavily armed bodyguards moving him from one secret location to another.... 3/4/2015 7:28 PM

US says Iran far off from a working nuke, others differ
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) -- One burning question in the global effort to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power is this: How long would it take for the Islamic Republic to build a bomb?... 3/4/2015 7:26 PM

5 stunners from the Geneva car show
GENEVA (AP) -- Forget driverless cars, electric power or even green technology. There is no doubt what visitors are coming to see at the glamorous Geneva motor show: supercars.... 3/4/2015 7:25 PM

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