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March 4, 2015 - 2:09pm
49 min 31 sec ago

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A new report by Human Rights Watch says gangs still operate freely in the crime-plagued port city of Buenaventura, with criminals carrying out murders and dismembering victims at an alarming rate a year after Colombia created a special task force to curb violence there.

President Juan Manuel Santos a year ago sent additional police and prosecutors to boost security in what has long been one of Colombia's most-violent cities and a haven for...

March 4, 2015 - 12:37pm
49 min 31 sec ago

ROME (AP) — Poor Pompeii.

Collapses of some of the ruins in the ancient city near Naples have plagued the popular tourist site for the last several years. Now finance investigators say they suspect perhaps millions of euros were improperly spent by officials who were supposed to save Pompeii from further deterioration.

Naples-based finance police seized, as a precautionary measure, nearly 5.8 million euros ($6.4 million) in assets from a former...

March 4, 2015 - 12:18pm
49 min 31 sec ago

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — An Argentine prosecutor is appealing a judge's decision to throw out a case that accused President Cristina Fernandez of reaching a cover-up deal with Iran in the bombing of a Jewish community center.

Prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita on Wednesday appealed the ruling of federal Judge Daniel Rafecas, who last week said the case wasn't strong enough to open an investigation. The appeal now goes to the Federal Chamber, which can uphold or reject Rafecas's...

March 4, 2015 - 12:00pm
49 min 31 sec ago

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Officials in Ukraine say at least 10 workers are dead after a methane explosion ripped through a coal mine before dawn today.

The blast took place in eastern Ukraine, which has been the scene of battles between government troops and pro-Russia separatists. But rebel authorities say the explosion wasn't caused by shelling. It took place in a city under the control of separatists.

Efforts to rescue more than 20 workers trapped...

March 4, 2015 - 11:41am
49 min 31 sec ago

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's highest appeals court has upheld the sentencing of two police officers to 10 years in prison each for the 2010 killing of a political activist in the port city of Alexandria.

Wednesday's ruling cannot be appealed. The officers were convicted in a retrial last year in a landmark case over the beating death of 28-year-old Khaled Said.

His slaying was one of the sparks that ignited the January 2011 uprising that toppled Egypt's long...

March 4, 2015 - 11:38am
49 min 31 sec ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Libya is making an urgent appeal 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 group and other militant groups.

The appeal Wednesday came a day before talks between the country's rival factions resume in Morocco. A U.N. envoy says the dialogue will continue next week with meetings in Algeria and Brussels.

Libya is...

March 4, 2015 - 11:35am
49 min 31 sec ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is extending the work of the panel of experts monitoring sanctions against North Korea.

The council is also urging all countries and "interested parties" to supply information about alleged violations and cooperate with the panel's investigations.

The panel reported last month that a North Korean shipping company that tried to hide fighter jets under a cargo of sugar later sought to evade U.N. sanctions...

March 4, 2015 - 11:09am
49 min 31 sec ago

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania has begun transporting natural gas to Moldova, as the former Soviet republic moves toward the European Union and becomes less dependent on Russia.

"It is the first time that gas goes from West to East," said Moldova Foreign Minister Natalia Gherman during a visit to Bucharest.

Moldova gets most of its gas from Russia but wants to import more from Romania. The joint pipeline began pumping a small amount of Romanian...

March 4, 2015 - 11:05am
49 min 31 sec ago

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A newspaper says six Saudi nationals were behind al-Qaida's abduction of the kingdom's diplomat in Yemen, who was released this week after three years in captivity.

The state-linked Saudi Okaz newspaper reports Wednesday that the six militants are on the kingdom's most-wanted terrorist list but did not give their names. The newspaper, quoting unnamed security officials, says the abduction was carried out under direct orders from al-Qaida's...

March 4, 2015 - 11:00am
49 min 31 sec ago

MOSCOW (AP) — The brother of a prominent Russian opposition activist has been transferred from jail to prison.

Alexei Navalny's brother, Oleg, was convicted in December of defrauding a French cosmetics company and handed a 3 ½ year-sentence. Oleg Navalny's lawyer Kirill Polozov said Wednesday he was transferred from a Moscow jail to a prison elsewhere in Russia to serve his sentence.

Alexei Navalny, the key driving force behind the 2011-2012 mass...

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