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July 28, 2015 - 2:14pm
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SAO PAULO (AP) — Standard & Poor's Ratings Services says it is revising the outlook for Brazil's foreign-currency debt from stable to negative.

The ratings agency says in a statement emailed on Tuesday that it has kept Brazil's BBB- long-term foreign-currency sovereign credit rating and the country's BBB+ long-term local-currency sovereign credit rating

However, the ratings outlook was lowered to negative because of political and economic risks...

July 28, 2015 - 1:53pm
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PRAGUE (AP) — One of the last five northern white rhinoceros left in the world has died.

The Czech zoo in Dvur Kralove says the 31-year-old female Nabire died Monday evening due to a ruptured cyst.

Nabire was born in the zoo on Nov. 15, 1983 — a rare case of the species being born in captivity.

The zoo's director Premysl Rabas called the death "a loss hard to describe."

He said "Nabire's death has brought...

July 28, 2015 - 1:43pm
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MOSCOW (AP) — Local news reports say Ukraine has banned actor Gerard Depardieu from entering the country for five years.

Depardieu in 2013 took Russian citizenship in a bid to escape high taxes in his native France. He has recently attracted the anger of Ukrainian authorities by supporting Russia's annexation of Crimea last year.

The news website Apostrof on Tuesday published what it said was a letter from Ukraine's national security service, the SBU...

July 28, 2015 - 1:22pm
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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A government official says Jordan's state security court sentenced 12 defendants to prison terms ranging from one to 15 years in what local media described as a plot by the Islamic militant Hamas group to carry out attacks in the West Bank.

The official says eight defendants received terms from one to five years Tuesday and four others were sentenced in absentia to 15 years each. He says charges included conspiring against state security, but did not...

July 28, 2015 - 1:21pm
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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — South African retired archbishop Desmond Tutu has returned for hospital treatment, a week after he left a Cape Town hospital following an intensive antibiotics course for an infection.

A South African foundation named after Tutu and his wife Leah said Tuesday that the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was readmitted to the hospital after expressing renewed discomfort.

A foundation statement quotes Tutu's daughter, Mpho, as saying the...

July 28, 2015 - 1:05pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — A complaint lodged with the Pentagon has prompted the U.S. Navy to look into the possible presence of something causing cancer at the base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Base spokeswoman Kelly Wirfel says a complaint to the Department of Defense Inspector General raised concerns about the possibility of carcinogens at the site used for proceedings for prisoners charged by military commission.

Wirfel said Tuesday that officials are taking...

July 28, 2015 - 12:42pm
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LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's prime minister says his government has appointed the head of the International Court of Justice, Ronny Abraham, as the country's representative in arbitration over a border dispute with Croatia.

Premier Miro Cerar said Tuesday that the appointment of the French law expert was designed to ensure that the panel dealing with the longtime land and sea dispute between two neighbors will be able to continue its work.

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July 28, 2015 - 12:28pm
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STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden says a submarine wreck found last week in its territorial waters was most likely Russian World War I submarine the Som, which sank after colliding with a Swedish ship in 1916.

Swedish Armed Forces spokesman Jesper Tengroth says investigators on Tuesday analyzed video footage provided by the diving company that found the wreck.

Tengroth told The Associated Press they had reported the results of their investigation to the...

July 28, 2015 - 12:17pm
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BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say insurgents have captured strategic hills and a power station in northwestern Syria, bringing them closer to strongholds of President Bashar Assad.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Aleppo Media Center said militants were advancing Tuesday in the Sahl al-Ghab region north of the central province of Hama.

Syria's state news agency SANA says troops repelled the attack, killing and wounding dozens...

July 28, 2015 - 12:12pm
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SAO PAULO (AP) — One of the organizers of a birthday party that brought the father of the late Michael Jackson to Brazil says he's in stable condition in a Sao Paulo hospital after suffering a stroke.

Paulo Andre Silva is a partner at Nexxing, the company that invited Joe Jackson to Brazil. He says the 87-year-old Jackson remains in the intensive care unit of the Albert Einstein Hospital, where he was admitted on Sunday. The hospital was not immediately available for...

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