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May 3, 2016 - 9:00pm
43 min 27 sec ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees says he hopes Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait will come up with $80 million to ensure 500,000 boys and girls can start the next school term on time in August.

Pierre Krahenbuhl told a news conference Tuesday that the three Gulf countries came to the rescue last year, when the agency had a $101 million shortfall, and he hopes they will "renew the generosity this year."...

May 3, 2016 - 8:57pm
43 min 26 sec ago

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister says the nation will have an early election on July 2.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Wednesday that he would go to the governor general before the constitutional deadline of Wednesday next week to call a July 2 election.

Turnbull told Seven Network television: "I can assure you there will be an election on the 2nd of July."

He said he was likely to go the governor...

May 3, 2016 - 8:28pm
43 min 26 sec ago

HAVANA (AP) — Wealthy fashionistas and celebrities from around the world flocked beneath klieg lights Wednesday night on a grand Havana colonial avenue transformed into a private runway for French fashion house Chanel.

With hundreds of security agents holding ordinary Cubans behind police lines blocks away, actors Tilda Swinton and Vin Diesel, supermodel Gisele Bundchen and Cuban music stars Gente de Zona and Omara Portuondo watched slender models sashay down Prado...

May 3, 2016 - 7:05pm
43 min 26 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City has extended into Wednesday a pollution alert that requires 40 percent of cars and trucks to keep off the streets.

Under a rule in effect through June, one-fifth of the city's cars normally must stay at home on a weekday, with the day determined by license plate numbers. But on Tuesday, smog stayed above 1½ times acceptable limits for the second straight day, meaning an additional 20 percent of vehicles can't be used Wednesday....

May 3, 2016 - 6:18pm
43 min 26 sec ago

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities say they have rescued three American citizens who were kidnapped in the northern state of Tamaulipas, which borders Texas.

The Tamaulipas state government says the victims were freed from captivity Monday from a criminal band's camp along the highway between Ciudad Victoria and Zaragoza. It says the alleged leader of the band was killed in the operation and two suspects were detained.

The Tamaulipas...

May 3, 2016 - 5:51pm
43 min 26 sec ago

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan officials say the country's most wanted gang leader has been killed in a shootout with police.

The Interior Ministry reported the death of Jose Tovar Colina, also known as "El Picure."

Interior Minister Gustavo Gonzalez Lopez identified Colina as the leader of a gang that dominates several states in the center of Venezuela. The gang is known for brutal killings, frequent confrontations with police and involvement...

May 3, 2016 - 5:01pm
43 min 26 sec ago

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's Supreme Court said Tuesday that Attorney General Rodrigo Janot has asked for authorization to investigate former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva over alleged involvement in corruption at state-owned oil company Petrobras.

The court's press office said the attorney general also wants to investigate Social Communications Minister Edinho Silva, Political Affairs Minister Ricardo Berzoini and Jaques Wagner, who heads the office of President...

May 3, 2016 - 4:19pm
43 min 26 sec ago

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean fishermen have staged a protest demanding the government compensate them better after toxic algae blooms killed their catch.

The fishermen blocked roads and set up flaming barricades in several cities in Chile's south Tuesday to pressure President Michelle Bachelet to increase the $150 that they say the government has offered for compensation. They say that is not enough to cover the basic needs of their families after their livelihoods...

May 3, 2016 - 3:21pm
43 min 26 sec ago

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Three employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross have been abducted in eastern Congo.

The organization's Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart said Tuesday on Twitter it is doing everything it can to bring its staff back safely.

The Congo-based Center of Study for the Promotion of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights said the three were working as drivers for the Red Cross. It said they were abducted Tuesday...

May 3, 2016 - 3:16pm
43 min 26 sec ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Muslim militants have threatened to kill three more hostages in their jungle base in the southern Philippines more than a week after beheading a Canadian man after they failed to get a huge ransom demand by a deadline.

In a video circulated Tuesday by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi websites, the captives from Canada, Norway and the Philippines pleaded for the Canadian and Philippine governments to heed the Abu Sayyaf...

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