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February 24, 2015 - 1:26pm
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ROME (AP) — Italy's top organized-crime fighter has warned of a danger that international terrorism could help finance itself through migrant trafficking.

National Anti-mafia Prosecutor Franco Roberti, presenting an annual report on organized crime, told lawmakers in Rome Tuesday that "clandestine immigration and trafficking can feed international terrorism."

He says that scarce cooperation from transit countries and migrants' homelands meant...

February 24, 2015 - 12:10pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican political parties are desperate to convince voters their candidates aren't tied to drug gangs, violence or corruption. So one has gone to extreme lengths to pick candidates in an open, transparent way: It held a lottery.

The National Regeneration Movement party had some 3,000 vetted hopefuls put their names in a drum on Sunday and the names of 200 people who will run as candidates were pulled out at random.

People linked to...

February 24, 2015 - 12:10pm
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BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security official has met with Jewish leaders, reassuring them their safety is a top priority.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Tuesday that even though the threat level for the Jewish community in Germany remains high, authorities are doing everything to provide the utmost protection.

His remarks came after talks with the head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster, about the Jews' security...

February 24, 2015 - 11:47am
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has extended sanctions on Yemen's former president and two leaders of the powerful Shiite Houthi rebels who control the capital and much of northern Yemen.

A resolution adopted unanimously by the council on Tuesday renewed the sanctions it authorized last year until Feb. 26, 2016. That means the asset freeze and travel ban remain in place against ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh and Houthi leaders Abd al-Khaliq al-Huthi and...

February 24, 2015 - 11:44am
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PARIS (AP) — Italy's prime minister says a U.N. peacekeeping operation in Libya isn't on the agenda yet and has called for a new diplomatic effort in the international community as the security situation rapidly deteriorates in the country.

Matteo Renzi, speaking at a news conference during a trip to Paris, says conditions haven't been met for a U.N. peacekeeping operation.

French President Francois Hollande says Paris is supporting Italian efforts...

February 24, 2015 - 11:39am
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TORONTO (AP) — Police are asking for the public's help in trying to determine who built a mysterious underground tunnel near York University in Toronto.

Deputy Chief Mark Saunders said Tuesday the tunnel is 10 meters (10 yards) long and two meters (two yards) high. He says it isn't near any infrastructure and doesn't appear to lead anywhere.

The chamber was discovered Jan. 14 in a wooded area by a conservation officer. Saunders says more than one...

February 24, 2015 - 11:18am
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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's opposition leader says the upcoming speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the U.S. Congress on Iran is "spin" ahead of March elections.

Issac Herzog said "no Israeli leader will ever accept a nuclear Iran" but the way Netanyahu voices his concerns is for "his political interest."

Herzog is competing against Netanyahu in the March 17 election. He told reporters Tuesday that Israel should work closely with the U.S to...

February 24, 2015 - 11:00am
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's environmental agency says it's detained a land-grabber thought to be the Amazon's single biggest deforester.

The Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources says Ezequiel Antonio Castanha was detained Saturday in the state of Para.

He's accused of operating a network that illegally seized federal lands, clear-cut them and sold them to cattle grazers.

The agency blames the...

February 24, 2015 - 11:00am
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general says the U.N. mission in Libya should be cut substantially because of the new and more dangerous situation there.

Ban Ki-moon's report circulated Tuesday says the mission should be limited to 15 to 20 people inside the north African country while keeping a temporary base in Tunisia.

He stresses this "does not mean that the United Nations is disengaging from Libya."

Libya'...

February 24, 2015 - 10:44am
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STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius' lawyers will challenge a judge's decision to allow an appeal against his negligent killing conviction by prosecutors, who want the Olympic runner convicted of murder.

Lawyer Brian Webber said Tuesday in a statement that Pistorius' defense team has applied for permission to argue against Judge Thokozile Masipa's approval of the prosecution appeal.

Masipa ruled in December that prosecutors could go to...

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