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July 7, 2015 - 7:33pm
30 min 57 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government's human rights agency is urging the army not to use ambiguous terms in orders, after activists revealed the army had essentially issued a directive to troops to kill suspected criminals.

The National Human Rights Commission said Tuesday it made a formal request to the Defense Department asking that it review and correct the language it uses to avoid "imprecise or ambiguous" language.

Last week, activists for...

July 7, 2015 - 7:27pm
30 min 57 sec ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — Greece's prime minister says his country will present a detailed proposal on how the country will respond to a financial crisis that has it teetering.

There was anger and frustration at an emergency meeting Tuesday in Brussels because participants said Alexis Tsipras (TSEE'-prahs) showed up empty handed.

After a later meeting he told reporters he had presented proposals. But's it's not clear if those proposals were formal or detailed...

July 7, 2015 - 5:51pm
2 hours 10 min ago

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A five-day movie festival has begun in Jamaica with the goal of strengthening the island's small filmmaking community.

Producers, actors and writers will share their craft with audiences at the inaugural Jamaica Film Festival. The event with screenings, workshops and networking is hosted by the Caribbean country's promotions corporation.

There will be roughly 40 films shown in five venues across the capital of Kingston,...

July 7, 2015 - 3:44pm
3 hours 20 min ago

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Government-backed experts say former Guatemalan dictator Jose Efrain Rios Montt is mentally incompetent, potentially derailing a trial on human rights charges.

The July 1 opinion by the National Institute of Forensic Sciences determined the 89-year-old is incapable of understanding the charges against him and of participating in his own defense. It's up to a three-judge panel to decide if a trial set for July 23 goes forward.

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July 7, 2015 - 2:54pm
4 hours 50 min ago

MADRID (AP) — The director of the board of trustees of Spain's Alhambra palace has resigned amid an investigation for alleged embezzlement of public funds at the nation's top tourist site.

Alhambra director Maria del Mar Villafranca told reporters Tuesday she is innocent but felt she needed to step down two weeks after being detained and questioned by authorities.

Spain's Interior Ministry has said Villafranca and four other Alhambra board officials...

July 7, 2015 - 2:47pm
4 hours 50 min ago

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Provisional results from Burundi's parliamentary elections, that were boycotted by most of the opposition groups, show the ruling party has won a majority of the seats.

Electoral Commission chairman Claver Ndayicariye said Tuesday the ruling party CNDD-FDD has won 77 of 100 seats that were being contested.

Burundi has been rocked by protests ahead of the elections this year because of President Pierre Nkurunziza's push for a...

July 7, 2015 - 2:44pm
4 hours 50 min ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president has presented the U.S. ambassador with a prestigious honor for his service to the country.

President Bronislaw Komorowski on Tuesday bestowed the award on Stephen Mull, an unusually popular ambassador thanks to his close engagement with Poles and his fluent Polish.

Mull, who leaves his post later this year, also served in Poland in the 1980s, when the country was still under communist rule, and in the 1990s,...

July 7, 2015 - 2:33pm
4 hours 50 min ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's intelligence service says the second-highest figure among militants loyal to the Islamic State group in the country was killed in an airstrike.

Abdul Hassib Sediqi , spokesman for the National Security Directorate, said Tuesday that Gul Zaman and six other militants were killed in a strike the day earlier in the Achin district of the eastern province of Nangarhar. He would not say who carried out the strike.

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July 7, 2015 - 2:00pm
4 hours 50 min ago

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's Defense Ministry says that 102 extremists have been killed, arrested or have turned themselves in during the first half of the year.

In a summary of action against terrorism, the official APS news agency quoted the ministry Tuesday as saying that large quantities of arms and munitions were seized.

Most of the terrorists, 66, were neutralized on the outskirts of the capital, Algiers, and the Kabylie region to the east...

July 7, 2015 - 1:38pm
4 hours 50 min ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is criticizing a looming decision on Jerusalem by the U.N.'s cultural agency, saying it ignores Jewish and Christian ties to the biblical city.

Several Arab states submitted a draft resolution to UNESCO that condemns Israel for archaeological digs in Jerusalem's Old City and for building a light rail line nearby that it says caused damage and ruined its "visual integrity."

A UNESCO official says a resolution is due to be...

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