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March 2, 2015 - 11:47am
1 day 17 hours ago

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The head of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Caracas is having a rare meeting with Venezuela's foreign minister days after the socialist South American country announced it had detained American spies and would be taking steps to shrink the U.S Embassy staff.

U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Lee McClenny posed for photographs with Foreign Relations Minister Delcy Rodriguez before heading into a closed-door meeting Monday morning.

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March 2, 2015 - 11:40am
1 day 17 hours ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli human rights group has criticized the military's use of dogs at protests, citing the case of a Palestinian teenager who was bitten after he threw rocks at troops in the West Bank.

Sarit Michaeli of Btselem says the footage, broadcast Monday on Israeli media, was filmed in December. She says troops set the dog on a crowd of Palestinians throwing rocks and the animal bit the 16-year-old.

Michaeli says the youth was taken to...

March 2, 2015 - 11:36am
1 day 17 hours ago

MADRID (AP) — Spain's economy minister says eurozone nations are negotiating a third bailout for financially strapped Greece that would give the country as much as 50 billion euros ($56 billion).

Luis de Guindos also says that "Greece will not leave the eurozone" because that would not be good for the country or the other 18 countries that also use the common euro currency.

De Guindos says that the bailout would provide between 30 billion euros and...

March 2, 2015 - 11:36am
1 day 17 hours ago

PARIS (AP) — France is ordering manufacturers to inform consumers how long they can expect their TV, cell phone or other appliance to last — before they buy it.

A new French government decree that came into effect this week aims at fighting so-called planned obsolescence. That is when companies design strategies to limit the life span of appliances, so that consumers will have to replace them.

The measure requires manufacturers to inform vendors how...

March 2, 2015 - 11:36am
1 day 17 hours ago

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi dreamed of freedom every day during the 12½ years he was imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay as a suspected al-Qaida operative.

But since his release along with five other detainees in December, the 50-year-old Tunisian has struggled to cope with freedom as he never dreamed. He's been resettled in a foreign land, surrounded by a language he doesn't understand and he finds the challenges of everyday life to be daunting....

March 2, 2015 - 11:20am
1 day 20 hours ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Senate speaker says Russia's authorities have denied him entry into the country for the funeral of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov.

Former Solidarity activist Bogdan Borusewicz was to lead a delegation of Poland's politicians and lawmakers for Nemtsov's funeral Tuesday. Nemtsov was shot dead Friday night near the Kremlin.

Borusewicz told reporters Monday he was told he will not get a Russian visa. It was not...

March 2, 2015 - 11:18am
1 day 20 hours ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a journalist has been arrested pending trial for his alleged role in a conspiracy against military officers who were convicted in 2012 of plotting to overthrow the government.

Anadolu Agency says a court on Monday ordered Mehmet Baransu jailed as part of an investigation into allegations that the military officers were framed by followers of a U.S.-based Muslim cleric — a former ally of President Recep Tayyip...

March 2, 2015 - 11:17am
1 day 20 hours ago

HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban socialite who emptied her bank account and sold her diamond jewelry to support Fidel Castro when he was a little-known insurgent, has died. Natalia Revuelta Clews was 89.

Revuelta first caught the eye of the young revolutionary in 1952 and opened her home for Castro to plot a barracks assault the following year that is considered the start of the revolution. They later had an affair that produced a daughter, Alina, who as an adult became a harsh...

March 2, 2015 - 11:11am
1 day 23 hours ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish media reports say police have detained 10 suspected Islamic State militants in raids.

The Dogan news agency said Monday that the suspects were detained for questioning following simultaneous early morning raids to homes in the northwestern province of Sakarya on Sunday.

There was no immediate official confirmation of the raids, which were also reported in the pro-government Sabah newspaper.

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March 2, 2015 - 11:03am
1 day 23 hours ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon has banned basketball fans from attending games after a fist fight broke out between players from rival teams.

Sports and Youth Minister Abdul-Muttaleb Hinnawi told the local Al-Jadeed TV on Monday that the decision was taken by the interior minister.

The decision came after a Sunday night game between Lebanon's most popular teams, the Christian-backed Sagesse club and Sunni Muslim-supported Riyadi. During the match a fist fight...

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