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March 2, 2015 - 3:13pm
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BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's main opposition and rebel factions in the northern city of Aleppo have rejected a proposal by the U.N. envoy to freeze fighting in parts of the city.

Despite the rejection, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Monday the U.N. will continue to pursue a peaceful solution for Syria, where a four-year conflict has killed more than 220,000 people.

The U.N. envoy, Staffan de Mistura, left Syria after talks with officials to try to...

March 2, 2015 - 3:03pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is reporting another deadly attack in the disputed region of Abyei area that's claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan.

It's the fourth fatal attack in two months in the oil-rich area, signally a deterioration of security.

According to U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric, the U.N. force there reported that some 100 armed Misseriya nomads allied with Sudan attacked the village of Marialachak on Monday. The attackers...

March 2, 2015 - 3:03pm
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BRUSSELS (AP) — The United Nations is urging donors, organizations and countries fighting Ebola in West Africa not to give in to complacency as the death toll from the virus climbs toward 10,000.

U.N. experts said Monday that the spread of the disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has dropped to almost 10 percent of what it was in September.

But U.N. Special Envoy on Ebola David Nabarro said the fight has reached a "second phase, getting to...

March 2, 2015 - 1:49pm
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CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian Football Association has appointed Hector Cuper, from Argentina, as the new manager of its national team.

The 59-year old previously led the Emirati al-Wasl club, and the Spanish Racing de Santander. The appointment was announced on Monday.

Cuper takes over a squad that won the African Nations' Cup a record seven times but failed to qualify for the last three editions of the biannual tournament.

Egypt's team...

March 2, 2015 - 1:46pm
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency says the powerful Revolutionary Guard has massively monitored activities on Facebook accounts of Iranian members of the social network.

Monday's report quotes a statement by the Guard's cyber security division as saying it has tracked "likes" by 8 million Facebook users.

It accuses Facebook of trying to attract users to "immoral pages" with "obscene content" through its suggestion system. It says...

March 2, 2015 - 1:39pm
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LONDON (AP) — Britain's Royal Mint has unveiled a new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that will soon appear on coins.

The portrait — a side profile of the 88-year-old monarch wearing a crown and drop earrings — is only the fifth to have been created during the queen's reign over six decades.

Gordon Summers, the chief engraver at the Royal Mint, said the task was "probably one of the most difficult things for any artist or sculptor to do."...

March 2, 2015 - 1:36pm
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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Romanian parliament has approved a new spy chief who has named the fight against corruption and cyber security in Ukraine as his priorities.

Lawmakers voted 498-15 in favor of installing Eduard Hellvig to the post. The previous chief resigned after criticizing the country's top court for rejecting security laws that allowed the government to collect data on people without court approval.

Hellvig, 40, on Monday spoke of "...

March 2, 2015 - 1:02pm
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The family of a Washington Post correspondent detained in Iran says authorities there have allowed him to hire a lawyer after more than seven months behind bars, though it is not the attorney they had hoped for.

Jason Rezaian's brother and mother said in a statement issued on Sunday that attorney Leila Ahsan will represent the journalist. She is also the lawyer for Rezaian's wife, Yeganeh Salehi, a reporter for the Abu Dhabi-based...

March 2, 2015 - 12:59pm
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BAGHDAD (AP) — The battle for the Iraqi city of Tikrit may just be starting.

Iraqi security forces, with the help of Shiite, Sunni and Iranian fighters, today launched a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State extremist group.

It would be a major step in a campaign to reclaim territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants.

But hours into the operation, Iraq's military...

March 2, 2015 - 12:55pm
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece says Turkey has withdrawn a recent notice seeking to reserve a large swathe of airspace over the Aegean Sea for military maneuvers until the end of the year.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Constantinos Koutras said Monday that Turkey has withdrawn the Notice to Airmen, or NOTAM, which it had issued to reserve extensive airspace over the Aegean Sea for military use from March 2 to Dec. 31.

Greece had complained about the...

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