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October 6, 2015 - 5:16pm
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GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A judge in Guatemala has ordered the alleged leader of a customs corruption scandal to be held in protective isolation at a maximum security prison amid fears for his life.

Juan Carlos Monzon Rojas appeared in court Tuesday wearing a bullet-proof vest and a military helmet.

Monzon Rojas has said former President Otto Perez Molina and former Vice-President Roxana Baldetti directed the corruption scheme.


October 6, 2015 - 4:01pm
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ROME (AP) — Sounding like he's nearly made up his mind about opening all combat jobs to women, Defense Secretary Ash Carter tells U.S. troops in Sicily that limiting his search for qualified military candidates to just half the population would be "crazy."

Carter has given the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff until the end of October to recommend which jobs — if any — should remain closed to women, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press....

October 6, 2015 - 3:28pm
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ROME (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the Defense Department "deeply regrets the loss of innocent lives" from a U.S. military airstrike on a hospital in Afghanistan.

Responding to what officials said was an Afghan request, a U.S. gunship on Saturday fired on a medical clinic run by Doctors Without Borders in Kunduz (KUHN'-dooz). Afghans are battling to recapture the city from the Taliban. More than 20 people have died from the airstrike and dozens were wounded....

October 6, 2015 - 3:10pm
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis is planning to visit Mexico next year.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, confirmed Tuesday that plans are underway for the trip and said it would include a visit to the Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine. No dates were announced.

Francis has said previously that he wanted to have entered the U.S. from Mexico in a sign of solidarity with migrants during his recent U.S. trip but that the...

October 6, 2015 - 2:58pm
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LONDON (AP) — Time Out magazine has defended its use of a slogan including the word slave on a T-shirt worn by Meryl Streep to promote the movie "Suffragette," arguing that critics have taken the quote out of context.

The magazine's London edition last week published a story including photos of Streep and her co-stars wearing T-shirts reading "I'd rather be a rebel than a slave," a 1913 quote from suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst. The photos triggered controversy, as...

October 6, 2015 - 2:45pm
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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A spokesman for Somalia's Islamic extremists says their rebels will fight the British troops that are to be deployed to the country as peacekeepers.

Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, a spokesman for al-Shabab, said on the the group's radio Tuesday that their fighters would welcome the British troops with bullets and drag beheaded British soldiers through the streets.

His comments were in response to British prime minister David Cameron's...

October 6, 2015 - 1:17pm
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CAIRO (AP) — Mohamed Fahmy, a journalist who was released from prison in Egypt last month, has posted on social media that he has left the country.

Fahmy posted a photo on his Twitter account Tuesday of the Canadian ambassador escorting him to the gate at Cairo airport, calling it "a glorious end to our battle for freedom."

He had posted a day earlier that his name had been removed from a no-fly list.

Fahmy was arrested in...

October 6, 2015 - 1:10pm
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MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko says his nation doesn't want to host a Russian military air base, a statement highlighting a strain between the two neighbors and allies.

Lukashenko said Tuesday that he knows nothing about plans to set up a Russian air base in Belarus and added that his nation doesn't need it, according to state news agency Belta.

Lukashenko's statement follows Russian President Vladimir Putin's order...

October 6, 2015 - 12:53pm
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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi police say two people have been killed and another two wounded by a gunman inside a bank in the southern city of Jizan, near the kingdom's border with Yemen.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency, quoting an unnamed Saudi spokesman, reports that security forces arrested the male suspect after surrounding the bank on Tuesday and forcing him to surrender outside.

The statement did not reveal the nationality of the suspect...

October 6, 2015 - 12:27pm
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PARIS (AP) — Paris police say they are getting a handle on crime against tourists.

In a briefing Tuesday, police said special units of officers have ramped up patrols of major tourist areas, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, and major department stores, where pickpockets have targeted tourists getting off buses.

Philippe Prunier, the police official in charge of protecting tourists, said thefts were down 17 percent this summer compared...

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