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March 3, 2015 - 7:01pm
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's attorney general has requested that investigations be opened against 54 top political figures in connection to a sprawling kickback scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras.

The office of Attorney General Rodrigo Janot said Tuesday that he has formally asked the Supreme Court for permission to investigate the politicians — whose names were not revealed.

Under Brazilian law, the top court must approve investigations...

March 3, 2015 - 6:10pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities staged 153 raids over the last year on a train known as "La Bestia" that once rolled toward the U.S. border crowded with Central American migrants.

Following a big surge in child migrants reaching the U.S. border last year, Mexico's government cracked down on routes commonly used by migrants to travel from Guatemala to the U.S. border.

The head of the National Immigration Institute said Tuesday that the 153...

March 3, 2015 - 5:39pm
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GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Central American leaders are proposing security and other reforms during a visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez is promising an overhaul this year of the country's national police, an institution that has been accused of corruption and human rights abuses.

Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador is proposing a law criminalizing the transport of large quantities of money....

March 3, 2015 - 4:26pm
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's new left-wing government is promising to spend 200 million euros ($234 million) this year on assistance programs for people pushed into "extreme poverty" by the financial crisis.

In its first bill to parliament Tuesday, the government said it would spend the money on programs to distribute food stamps and provide housing and energy bill assistance.

Greece is struggling to emerge from a six-year recession that saw a...

March 3, 2015 - 4:21pm
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United States is pushing back after Venezuelan officials demanded a dramatic cut to the American diplomatic mission in Caracas.

On Monday, Venezuela gave the U.S. two weeks to come up with a plan to slash the size of its embassy from around 100 diplomats to 17.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro had said over the weekend that he would seek parity between the number of U.S. functionaries in his country and the 17...

March 3, 2015 - 4:18pm
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LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenian lawmakers have approved same-sex marriage and child adoption by gay couples amid opposition from conservative groups and the Catholic Church.

Parliament voted 51:28 Tuesday to pass changes to the family law allowing homosexual couples to marry and adopt children. Slovenia in the past allowed same-sex partnership union, but without the right to child adoption.

Earlier Tuesday, a few thousand people protested at a...

March 3, 2015 - 3:59pm
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The wife of imprisoned Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma is asking the Organization of American States to intervene on the opposition leader's behalf.

Mitzy Ledezma met with officials Tuesday at the regional organization's Caracas headquarters.

Venezuela's socialist administration has opened cases against 33 of the country's 50 opposition mayors, according to the Venezuelan Mayors Association. Ledezma's arrest last month on...

March 3, 2015 - 3:29pm
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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The death of actor Leonard Nimoy last week has inspired people to post photos on social media of marked-up five-dollar Canadian banknotes that show former prime minister Wilfrid Laurier transformed to resemble Spock, Nimoy's famous "Star Trek" character.

For years, Canadians have been wielding pens to draw Spock's pointy Vulcan ears, sharp eyebrows and signature bowl haircut on the fiver's image of Laurier, Canada's first Francophone prime minister...

March 3, 2015 - 3:09pm
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MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian lawyer for former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden says he wants to return to the United States if he's guaranteed a fair trial.

Anatoly Kucherena said at a news conference Tuesday that he has teamed up with U.S. and German lawyers to work on the issue, but gave no further details.

Snowden was stranded in a Moscow airport in 2013 on his way from Hong Kong to Cuba, shortly after he released extensive documentation about the...

March 3, 2015 - 3:07pm
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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's war crimes prosecutors have charged five people with abducting 20 people from a train in eastern Bosnia in 1993 and brutally killing them — a wartime massacre that traumatized the Balkans.

The War Crimes Prosecutor's office said in a statement Tuesday that the indictment presents the first step in reaching truth and justice for the victims and their families.

It says ten more people are being investigated in Bosnia....

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