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July 3, 2015 - 1:28pm
3 days 5 hours ago

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A 79-year old man suffering from incurable throat cancer has become the first Colombian to die of euthanasia with the full backing of the government.

Ovidio Gonzalez died Friday in the western city of Pereira. He'd spent weeks fighting doctors and hospital administrators to carry out a Health Ministry decree mandating clinics to perform the procedure when requested by terminally ill patients.

A Constitutional Court ruling 17...

July 3, 2015 - 1:26pm
3 days 5 hours ago

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is confirming that two baseball players have defected while in the United States for a series of games against U.S. collegians.

Official sports website Jit said Friday that third baseman Luis Yander La O left the team in North Carolina, where the Cuban team has been playing tuneups ahead of the Pan American Games in Toronto.

An earlier report from Jit said outfielder Yadiel Hernandez also defected.

The 25-year-...

July 3, 2015 - 1:17pm
3 days 5 hours ago

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says the West has sought to split Russian society with economic sanctions but has failed to reach its goal.

Speaking at Friday's meeting of his presidential Security Council, Putin said the West wants to punish Russia for its independent course.

The United States and the European Union have responded to Moscow's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and its support for pro-Russian insurgents in eastern...

July 3, 2015 - 1:09pm
3 days 5 hours ago

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A Portuguese actor says he was detained on suspicion of terrorism after meditating and chanting Buddhist texts aboard a plane at Paris Orly airport.

Heitor Lourenco, 47, says he was reciting texts in Tibetan from his smartphone screen on the Lisbon-bound Transavia plane when police ordered everybody off the plane and led him away for questioning.

He said they told him a neighboring passenger thought he was reading aloud from...

July 3, 2015 - 1:08pm
3 days 5 hours ago

PARIS (AP) — Having spent this week coaching her, two-time All-Star Steve Finley says the French 16-year-old making history as the first woman on Major League Baseball's international registration list is "very coachable" and has "good baseball I.Q."

Speaking to The Associated Press, Finley wouldn't hazard a guess at whether Melissa Mayeux will one day make it to the big league, as she hopes. He says it's unfair to ask whether a player so young is the real deal and that...

July 3, 2015 - 12:07pm
3 days 7 hours ago

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court says the trial of former Congo militia leader Bosco Ntaganda has been postponed until September to give defense lawyers more time to prepare.

The trial on charges including murder, rape and using child soldiers had been due to start July 7.

Ntaganda is charged with involvement in atrocities in the eastern Congolese province of Ituri from 2002-2003. His denies the charges. He will formally...

July 3, 2015 - 11:50am
3 days 8 hours ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish Foreign Ministry has advised its citizens against traveling to Egypt, and at least one major travel agency has responded by canceling package holidays to the country for the rest of the summer season.

The ministry advised Poles on Thursday against booking trips to Egypt, including to popular Red Sea resorts. It cited the deteriorating security situation and the possible increase in terror activity.

The travel agency...

July 3, 2015 - 11:36am
3 days 8 hours ago

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambicans reacted cautiously to the government's decision to do away with a colonial-era anti-gay law.

In a statement on Friday LAMBDA, a Mozambican LGBT rights group, said the southern African nation was now "on the right side of the history of humanity."

Earlier this week, Mozambique scrapped a colonial Portuguese law demanding "security measures to be taken against anyone practicing vices against nature." The move is...

July 3, 2015 - 11:22am
3 days 8 hours ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military says a rocket fired from neighboring Sinai, where Egyptian troops are battling Islamic State militants, has struck southern Israel. There was no damage and no one was hurt.

The military says the rocket hit open field in southern Israel Friday afternoon. Sirens were heard in parts of southern Israel, warning of incoming fire.

Sinai borders both Israel and the Gaza Strip. The fighting there started on Tuesday, when...

July 3, 2015 - 11:13am
3 days 8 hours ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A pair of lion cubs are stuck at a Gaza-Israel border crossing en route to a Jordan animal sanctuary, after being kept for a year by a family in crowded Gaza.

Saduldin al-Jamal had bought the cubs from the Gaza zoo, hit during last summer's Israel-Hamas war. His family would take them to parks or the beach and children — those brave enough — would come up to pet them.

Al-Jamal was crying on Friday as he gave the cubs up...

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