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May 3, 2016 - 1:03am
13 min 43 sec ago

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia's central bank has cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low 1.75 percent, citing lower-than-expected inflationary pressures.

The Reserve Bank of Australia's board decided Tuesday to cut the cash rate by a quarter percentage point from its previous low of 2 percent. The board last cut rates about one year ago.

Bank Governor Glenn Stevens said in a statement the country's terms-of-trade remained much...

May 2, 2016 - 11:41pm
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A federal prosecutor in Argentina is asking that former President Cristina Fernandez and her son be investigated in a money laundering and tax evasion probe.

Federal prosecutor Carlos Rivolo made the formal request Monday to Judge Claudio Bonadi. The judge is overseeing an investigation involving two businessmen with ties to a real estate company owned by Fernandez and her son Maximo Kirchner.

Under Argentine law, such...

May 2, 2016 - 11:00pm
13 min 43 sec ago

BEIJING (AP) — A survey says Chinese manufacturing activity weakened in April and factories cut employment despite government stimulus efforts.

Caixin magazine said Tuesday its purchasing managers' index declined to 49.4 from March's 49.7 on a 100-point scale on which numbers below 50 show activity contracting. It said conditions have worsened in each of the past 14 months.

Beijing has tried to shore up slowing economic growth by boosting spending on...

May 2, 2016 - 9:02pm
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Officials say a Somali refugee was critically injured when she set fire to herself at an Australian immigration camp on the pacific island nation of Nauru three days after an Iranian refugee died of injuries sustained in a similar apparent protest.

The Nauru government and refugee advocate Ian Rintoul say the 21-year-old woman was flown to the Australian city of Brisbane on Tuesday after setting fire to herself on Monday.

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May 2, 2016 - 7:13pm
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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The United States and Senegal say they have signed an agreement easing access for U.S. troops should they need to deploy to the West African nation in the case of a humanitarian or security crisis.

U.S. Ambassador to Senegal James Zumwalt said Monday the agreement better prepares the countries to respond together to risks to shared interests, including another disease outbreak, natural disaster or extremist threat.

Senegal's...

May 2, 2016 - 6:12pm
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine judge who had investigated thousands of drug trafficking cases has been arrested on accusations he helped drug dealers in exchange for money.

The official judicial news agency says federal judge Raul Reynoso was detained Monday in the northeastern city of Salta. Reynoso denies any wrongdoing.

He had been under investigation by a local judge since late 2015, but had not been detained because he enjoyed...

May 2, 2016 - 6:01pm
13 min 43 sec ago

MADRID (AP) — Spain has missed the deadline for its politicians to form a new government following inconclusive elections held Dec. 20 so King Felipe VI must now dissolve parliament before a new election on June 26.

Since no political party had enough support to form a government and all parties failed to reach coalition agreements by midnight Monday — the deadline — the stage is set for an unprecedented repeat of general elections, six months after the previous ballot...

May 2, 2016 - 5:39pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City authorities have declared a new pollution alert and will require 40 percent of cars to keep off the streets Tuesday.

Under a rule in effect through June, one-fifth of the city's cars normally must stay at home on a weekday, with the day determined by license plate numbers. But on Monday smog rose above 1½ times acceptable limits, meaning another fifth of cars are ordered off the streets.

The alert marks the second time...

May 2, 2016 - 5:00pm
13 min 43 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — Leicester secured an incredible first Premier League title without playing on Monday after second-place Tottenham drew 2-2 at Chelsea.

Leicester was playing in the second tier only two years ago, came close to be relegated again last year and started this season as 5,000-1 outsiders for the title.

Now for the first time in their 132-year history Leicester is champion of England after establishing an insurmountable seven-point lead over...

May 2, 2016 - 4:50pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's anti-monopoly commission has approved a plan for a joint venture between U.S. carrier Delta Airlines and Mexico's Aeromexico, with conditions.

Mexico's federal commission on economic competition says the two companies can carry on with a new joint venture on flights between their nations. However, they must give up landing slots at Mexico City's highly congested airport.

The two airlines would have to give up slots...

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