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June 30, 2015 - 7:06pm
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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's army says troops have arrested a businessman accused of "participating actively" in Boko Haram's mass abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls from the northeastern town of Chibok that drew international outrage.

Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade says Babuji Ya'ari headed a "terrorists' intelligence cell" for the Islamic extremists while masquerading as a member of the self-defense Youth Vigilante Group.

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June 30, 2015 - 6:19pm
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PARIS (AP) — Two French soldiers serving in the African country of Burkina Faso are being suspended over accusations of sexual abuse of minors, authorities said Tuesday.

It is the second case of alleged sexual abuse of minors by French soldiers in Africa to surface in recent months. French officials insisted Tuesday that the Burkina Faso case was unrelated to the earlier one, in Central African Republic, involving different soldiers.

French military...

June 30, 2015 - 4:59pm
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee is making a surprise visit to Venezuela amid a U.S. effort to reduce tensions with the South American nation.

Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee is meeting Tuesday with members of Venezuela's opposition, according to Maria Corina Machado, who said on Twitter she expects to meet with the lawmaker in the coming hours.

Corker's office and the U.S. Embassy in...

June 30, 2015 - 4:50pm
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police in Rio de Janeiro have finished replacing more than 2,000 soldiers who have been stationed in the Mare complex of shantytowns to improve security and drive out the drug gangs that ruled the slum for decades.

The replacement process started in April and the last troops withdrew Wednesday from the nearly 4 square miles (10 square kilometers) covered by shanties of Mare. About 130,000 people live there.

Soldiers moved into...

June 30, 2015 - 4:44pm
1 hour 1 min ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Talks on Russian gas supplies to Ukraine have failed to reach an agreement on future supplies.

The two countries have fought several gas price wars in past years, and gas disputes exacerbated after Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Demchyshyn said after Tuesday's talks in Vienna that...

June 30, 2015 - 3:03pm
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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Yemeni security official says some 1,200 inmates fled a prison in a southwestern city after guards deserted their posts amid fierce fighting between Shiite rebels and their opponents.

The official says the Tuesday jailbreak in Taiz came after the city's main prison was caught in crossfire between southerners fighting for autonomy or outright independence and the rebels, known as Houthis, who are backed by army units loyal to a former president. He...

June 30, 2015 - 2:52pm
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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has deported a group of pro-Palestinian activists, including a former Tunisian president, who tried to breach its naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Haddad said among those sent home Tuesday was former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki. Another 14 people on board the activist boat, which was peacefully intercepted early Monday, will be deported in the coming days.

Gaza has been under an...

June 30, 2015 - 2:50pm
3 hours 11 min ago

PARIS (AP) — French telecommunications group Orange has reached a deal with its Israeli partner that could lead the way to their split, amid controversy and growing calls for companies to boycott Israel.

An Orange spokesman insisted Tuesday that the company is not pulling out of Israel but rethinking its brand agreement with Israeli company Partner Communications.

Orange said that the two companies reached an agreement that allows either of them to...

June 30, 2015 - 2:45pm
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina is greeting news that it will soon be able to export fresh beef into the United States after a longtime ban.

Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said Tuesday that Mexico and Canada will also reopen their markets.

The US has banned imports of Argentine beef since 2001 to avoid a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak from Argentina's cattle herd.

Timmerman says the ban was due to "poor...

June 30, 2015 - 1:49pm
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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The head of the U.N. refugee agency in Jordan has called for jobs programs for Syrian refugees to deal with the fallout from the protracted Syria crisis and dwindling funding for aid programs.

Andrew Harper spoke Tuesday, as the aid agency CARE International released findings showing that refugees in Jordan are slipping deeper into poverty amid cuts in international food and cash assistance.

Harper says that "we can no longer...

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