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July 3, 2015 - 6:09pm
6 min 37 sec ago

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor has signed a bill that allows certain public agencies to buy up to $400 million in tax and revenue anticipation notes.

Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Friday that the bill aims to help boost the liquidity of the U.S. territory's Treasury Department amid an economic crisis. Such notes are usually repaid with upcoming tax collections.

Puerto Rico's Government Development Bank will oversee a fund for...

July 3, 2015 - 5:38pm
6 min 37 sec ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. children's agency says children are suffering as a result of instability and election-related violence in Burundi including three killed in the last five days and dozens forced to flee from school.

UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac said one child died as a result of a grenade explosion in Muyinga province, becoming the first child victim outside the capital Bujumbura.

Burundi has been hit by violence since the April...

July 3, 2015 - 5:09pm
6 min 37 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say they are near to freeing Jose Manuel Mireles, a founder of the self-defense movement that rose up to fight an entrenched drug cartel in the western state of Michoacan.

The Attorney General's office says it is withdrawing an appeal to a petition filed by Mireles' lawyer to free him, essentially allowing his release.

Mireles, who became the face of the vigilante movement, has been held for a year after being...

July 3, 2015 - 4:36pm
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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The month of June saw 677 murders in El Salvador, more than in any other single month since the end of the country's civil war.

Miguel Fortin Magana, director of the country's Legal Medicine Institute, said Friday that June's total surpassed May's total of 641 murders.

The first six months of this year have produced 2,965 murders compared with 1,840 murders during the same period last year. Violence has surged as the...

July 3, 2015 - 4:01pm
6 min 37 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say they've recovered nearly 10,000 stolen border crossing cards meant to permit entry into the U.S. from Mexico.

Tamaulipas state Attorney General Ismael Quintanilla said in an interview with Milenio TV on Friday that most of the stolen visas were recovered a day earlier in the border city of Reynosa. A package of 260 was found in a garbage dump and more than 9,000 others were found in an abandoned truck at a shopping center....

July 3, 2015 - 4:01pm
6 min 37 sec ago

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — French President Francois Hollande has promised intensified military cooperation with Cameroon in the fight against Boko Haram during a visit to the West African country.

Hollande on Friday also called for international support to stop the Nigerian-based Islamic extremist group whose violence has crossed into neighboring countries, including Cameroon.

He said France will provide training, research and information from its...

July 3, 2015 - 3:46pm
6 min 37 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City is proposing regulations that would allow Uber and other smartphone-based ride-sharing apps to operate, while requiring drivers and cars to be registered.

The proposed regulation also calls for such companies to pay into a fund for transportation infrastructure. The city also would create an app for licensed taxis and help pay for their GPS technology.

The regulation previewed Friday by the city's Office of Legal and...

July 3, 2015 - 2:58pm
6 min 37 sec ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has appealed to faithful to put divisions aside amid persecution and slaying of Christians in parts of the world.

Francis told some 30,000 people in St. Peter's Square Friday: "The blood of today's martyrs makes us one."

He cited the slaying of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by Islamic militants in Libya in February and said "those who hate Jesus Christ ....kill without asking" if the person is Catholic or belongs to...

July 3, 2015 - 2:38pm
16 min 38 sec ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic militants and rebels in Syria have launched a coordinated offensive on government-held neighborhoods in Aleppo, setting off some of the heaviest fighting there in months.

Al-Qaeda's branch in Syria, the Nusra Front, and the ultra-conservative Ahrar al-Sham group, have formed a coalition called Ansar al-Sharia, which they say aims to "liberate" the northern city.

Activists say the attacks started early yesterday and the...

July 3, 2015 - 2:16pm
16 min 38 sec ago

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — A woman has been sent to a hospital with serious injuries after a bomb exploded at a law firm in Winnipeg.

Police said Friday that they were called to the Petersen King law office mid-morning.

Constable Eric Hofley says the woman triggered the explosive device inadvertently and the injuries were to her upper body.

He did not know how the device ended up in the law firm, whether it was sent through the...

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