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March 5, 2015 - 11:24am
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BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is concerned that Russia might want to enforce its old gas contract with Ukraine once their current arrangement runs out, saying it could contravene Moscow's peace obligations.

EU energy chief Maros Sefcovic said Thursday that any return to the previous contract between Russia's Gazprom and Ukraine's Naftogaz "would be quite difficult, complicated."

Russia and Ukraine agreed a truce this week in their latest natural...

March 5, 2015 - 11:08am
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AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Dutch charity has granted a terminally ill woman's dying wish, wheeling her into Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum on a special bed for a private viewing of an immensely popular exhibition of Rembrandt paintings.

The 78-year-old woman, who suffers from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, was among three terminally ill patients taken to the museum this week by the Ambulance Wish Foundation.

Kees Veldboer, a former ambulance driver,...

March 5, 2015 - 11:06am
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African government says it is investigating allegations, posted on a website, that the state ombudsman and opposition figures spied for the U.S.

The site, which is titled Africa Intelligence Leaks and contains no contact information, accused Public Protector Thuli Madonsela of being a CIA spy. She has previously denied the allegations.

An opposition leader and a former opposition politician were also accused of working...

March 5, 2015 - 11:03am
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RIGA, Latvia (AP) — NATO and Russia are exchanging heated language reminiscent of Cold War days with accusations of sinister geopolitical plotting and human rights abuses flying across an increasingly deep divide.

NATO's top U.S. civilian official said Thursday says that "an angry, revisionist Russia" was stopping at little to re-establish its clout in Europe, including redrawing "borders by force to achieve its goals."

NATO Deputy Secretary-General...

March 5, 2015 - 11:00am
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican court has ordered alleged drug lord Servando Gomez to stand trial on drug and organized-crime charges.

The national Judiciary Council said late Wednesday the court had found enough evidence to warrant a trial of the alleged leader of the Knights Templar cartel on charges of trafficking in cocaine and marijuana.

Gomez was captured early Friday by federal police in western Michoacan state.


March 5, 2015 - 10:48am
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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has eased its restrictions on Gaza vegetable exports, a move that could help both Palestinian farmers and pious Jews.

Cogat, the military agency that deals with Gaza civilian affairs, said Thursday that farmers can begin marketing vegetables to Israel next week for the first time since 2007, when Israel and Egypt imposed a blockade after the Islamic militant group Hamas seized power.

The move coincides with "shmita," when...

March 5, 2015 - 10:40am
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BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has extended for a year an asset freeze on former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and others in his administration linked to the misuse of state funds.

The EU said in a statement Thursday that its measures target "persons subject to initial investigations on the embezzlement of Ukrainian state funds."

Yanukovych fled to Russia in February 2014 after protests in which more than 100 people died....

March 5, 2015 - 10:36am
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BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations' human rights chief is advocating an effort to discredit the Islamic State group and encourage peaceful Muslims to take a stand against extremist violence.

Zeid Raad al-Hussein told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday that many IS recruits "may genuinely feel they are signing up to protect the abused" because of propaganda.

Zeid says the fact the majority of the group's victims are Muslims has received...

March 5, 2015 - 10:33am
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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Rooms at Hungary's village-for-rent are going fast.

More than 300 inquiries and reservations for 280 guests have been made since Mayor Kristof Pajer last week began advertising the village of Megyer, available for 210,000 forints ($760) a day.

Pajer said Thursday that tourists are coming from as far away as Australia, South Africa, Sweden and the U.S. and the village "is booked solid in August and most of April and May."...

March 5, 2015 - 10:30am
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States has circulated a draft resolution in the U.N. Security Council that condemns the use of toxic chemicals such as chlorine in Syria without outright assigning blame.

The draft obtained Thursday by The Associated Press follows this month's condemnation by the world's chemical weapons watchdog of the use of chlorine in Syria as a breach of international law.

While its fact-finding mission concluded "with a high...

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