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September 4, 2015 - 4:27pm
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SAO PAULO (AP) — Prosecutors say they have filed charges against Brazil's former presidential chief of staff for his alleged involvement in the massive corruption scheme at state-owned oil company Petrobras.

Corruption, racketeering and money laundering charges against Jose Dirceu were filed on Friday.

Sixteen other people were charged, including Joao Vaccari Neto, the former treasurer of Brazil's governing Workers' Party and Renato de Souza Duque,...

September 4, 2015 - 3:27pm
1 hour 52 min ago

MOSCOW (AP) — A top official of Russia's only non-state elections monitoring organization says the group is considering liquidating after being declared a foreign agent.

The Russian Justice Ministry announced Friday it was adding the Golos organization to its list of foreign agents. A controversial Russian law says any non-governmental organization involved in politics that receives foreign funding must register as a foreign agent.

The term carries a...

September 4, 2015 - 2:41pm
2 hours 22 min ago

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's counter-intelligence agency says the number of Russian spies remains high and they are particularly interested in the country's nuclear program.

The agency, also known as BIS, says in its annual report published Friday: "Russia does not consider a fight over the Czech nuclear energy sector a lost battle."

BIS says the Russian spies focus on a recently approved government plan to build at least one more reactor at...

September 4, 2015 - 2:41pm
2 hours 22 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host a ministerial meeting of key global players trying to end the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Sept. 30 during the annual high-level session of the General Assembly.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Friday that in addition to foreign ministers from the Quartet of Mideast mediators — the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia — the secretary-general is inviting...

September 4, 2015 - 2:36pm
2 hours 22 min ago

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations' Libya envoy says there has been progress in two days of talks with Libya's rival factions and he's hopeful of a deal soon on a national unity government.

Envoy Bernardino Leon wants a deal by Sept. 20. He said Friday in Geneva "we really have a chance to reach a final agreement in the coming days" but cautioned that "the last mile is the most difficult one."

Libya is divided between an Islamist-backed government in...

September 4, 2015 - 1:58pm
2 hours 42 min ago

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden's royal palace says Crown Princess Victoria and her husband, Prince Daniel, are expecting their second child in March.

Victoria, 38, married Daniel, a commoner and her former personal trainer, in June 2010. In February 2012, she gave birth to the couple's first child, Princess Estelle.

The palace said Friday no changes in the couple's public schedule were planned for the rest of the year.

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September 4, 2015 - 1:55pm
2 hours 42 min ago

TORONTO (AP) — The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an attempt by oil giant Chevron to block Ecuadorian villagers from using an Ontario court to collect billions in damages over rainforest pollution.

The 7-0 ruling Friday allows the case to proceed in Canada.

Lawyers have fought for years in several countries over who's responsible for pollution in the Ecuadorian rain forest. They have argued that the case should be heard in Canada because U.S.-...

September 4, 2015 - 1:46pm
3 hours 32 min ago

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's cabinet chief says his nation is willing to welcome more Syrian refugees fleeing their country's civil war.

Anibal Fernandez said Friday that the government eased the entrance of Syrians through a program begun last year. He said the refugees will be welcomed as part of the country's tradition of helping out during humanitarian crises.

Since civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, more than 4 million Syrians...

September 4, 2015 - 1:15pm
3 hours 32 min ago

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities say emergency workers called to a conference center in northern Germany found some 30 people staggering and suffering from cramps, apparently as a result of amphetamine poisoning.

The local government said 15 ambulances and a helicopter were sent to the scene Friday in the small town of Handeloh, south of Hamburg, the dpa news agency reported.

Fire service spokesman Matthias Koehlbrandt told broadcaster NDR the group was...

September 4, 2015 - 12:55pm
2 hours 22 min ago

BONN, Germany (AP) — U.N. climate talks are plodding ahead toward a worldwide deal to fight global warming, with negotiators agreeing to start work on a draft agreement.

A weeklong session in Bonn finished Friday with the two officials leading the talks getting the green light to turn a sprawling negotiating text into a coherent draft by the next round of talks in October. The deal is expected to be signed in Paris in December.

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