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February 16, 2015 - 10:04am
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HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's official newspaper Granma says two men have been sentenced to life imprisonment in a migrant trafficking scheme that left four people dead.

The daily reported Monday that another five people have received prison sentences ranging from eight to 25 years in the unsuccessful plan. Granma says the trial was held in recent days in a provincial court in Artemisa, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) west of the capital.

Details about the...

February 16, 2015 - 9:36am
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YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The Armenian president says he has asked the country's parliament speaker to withdraw his signature from a groundbreaking 2009 agreement with Turkey meant to restore ties between the two nations.

President Serge Sarkisian said in a statement on Monday that Armenia would not ratify the agreement because of the "preconditions" that Turkey is putting in place before it ratifies its part of the deal.

The agreement aims to restore...

February 16, 2015 - 9:29am
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general is condemning "in the strongest terms" the beheading of a group of Egyptian Christian hostages in Libya and is blaming the Islamic State group.

The statement issued Monday by the spokesman for Ban Ki-moon says the secretary-general "deplores the targeting of people on account of their religious affiliation."

The U.N. Security Council late Sunday strongly condemned what it called the "heinous and...

February 16, 2015 - 9:24am
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ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The U.N. representative to Mali has expressed hope over the latest round of peace talks set to begin Monday between the warring factions in the country.

The talks which began in Algiers in September are between Mali's government, a series of separatist rebel groups based in the north and government-allied militias.

The talks have resumed despite the fact that in recent weeks fighting has re-ignited between the rival groups and...

February 16, 2015 - 9:18am
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DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media and an activist group say a rocket attack on a government-held neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo has killed at least nine civilians, including children.

The official SANA news agency says three children were among nine people killed Monday when the rockets slammed into the Suryan neighborhood. It blamed the attack on terrorists, which is the term the government uses to describe anyone opposing President Bashar Assad....

February 16, 2015 - 8:57am
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PRAGUE (AP) — Police say that a mother in the Czech Republic is suspected of killing three of her newborn babies.

Spokeswoman Petra Vedrova said that police discovered the bodies after receiving a tip from medical workers.

Vedrova said in a statement Monday that the 25-year-old suspect was rushed to a hospital for treatment following her most recent delivery on Thursday.

Acting on the tip, police inspected the woman's house in...

February 16, 2015 - 8:55am
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Orascom Construction, the global engineering and construction business, is demerging from OCI N.V.'s fertilizer and chemical business, and will be listed separately on both the Dubai and Egyptian stock exchanges.

The demerger of OC is slated for March 7 through a $1.4 billion reduction in OCI N.V.'s share capital, with current shareholders receiving one OC share for every two shares of OCI N.V. they own.

The...

February 16, 2015 - 8:52am
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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The Nigeria-based terror group Boko Haram is issuing a new threat against the neighboring country of Niger after it pledged to send troops to help fight the Islamic extremists.

In a translation published by the SITE Intelligence Group on Monday, the group said its fighters were prepared to carry out suicide bombings.

Over the last 10 days, Boko Haram fighters have repeatedly struck the town of Diffa but there have been no...

February 16, 2015 - 8:40am
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BERLIN (AP) — Revelers have filled the streets in western Germany for annual carnival parades, complete with floats that allude to recent terrorist attacks and the showdown over Greece's debt.

Colorfully dressed revelers turned out in Cologne, Duesseldorf and Mainz for Germany's best-known carnival parades Monday, a day after local officials canceled a parade in the northern city of Braunschweig due to fears of an Islamic extremist attack.

In Cologne...

February 16, 2015 - 8:21am
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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has sworn in a new military chief of staff who is taking over command of the country's armed forces amid a tumultuous period in the region.

Gadi Eisenkot was promoted to Lt. Gen., the military's highest rank, on Monday. He succeeds Benny Gantz, whose four-year-term expired, as Israel's 21st military chief.

Eisenkot held key posts during a three-decade military career and developed a reputation as level-headed during a war...

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