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February 16, 2015 - 6:06pm
1 week 5 days ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Racial pride and the fight against racism in Brazil were the themes of samba group presentations and street parties on Monday as Rio de Janeiro's parades entered their second night of over-the-top festivities.

Some samba groups put together dance numbers to honor Afro-Brazilian heritage, and one built a giant Nelson Mandela float. The float was meant to remind people of his fight for equality, while calling for more racial integration in this South...

February 16, 2015 - 4:57pm
1 week 6 days ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea says it will "strongly respond" to a conference in Washington on Tuesday about its widespread human rights abuses and says the United States ignored Pyongyang's offer to attend and defend itself.

North Korea's U.N. Ambassador Jang Il Hun declined to explain to reporters Monday what a strong response would be.

"The U.S. ignored our request for participation because they are afraid of disclosure of their plot" that...

February 16, 2015 - 3:08pm
1 week 6 days ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say two worn-out bolts on a gas tanker truck caused a leak that resulted in a hospital explosion that killed five last month.

The results of the investigation again highlighted the unsafe conditions that many propane tankers operate under.

Mexico City chief prosecutor Rodolfo Rios said Monday that two bolts on a flange connected to the truck's pump cracked, allowing a gasket to partially blow out....

February 16, 2015 - 3:04pm
1 week 6 days ago

LONDON (AP) — British police say a man from northwest England has been charged with trying to obtain a chemical weapon.

Greater Manchester Police says Mohammed Ammer Ali, from Liverpool, was arrested after officers raid properties in the city last week as part of a counter-terrorism operation.

He is charged with attempting to have a chemical weapon in his possession between Jan. 10 and Feb. 12.

Ali, who is 31, is due to appear in...

February 16, 2015 - 2:42pm
1 week 6 days ago

EL-AOUR, Egypt (AP) — This village of small mud alleys and brick homes is shattered by grief. Women draped in black are hoarse from screaming. Men sob in silence, at times shaking their heads as if to expel the horror from their minds.

Just last year, 13 young men from el-Aour, a Christian-majority farming community in Egypt's Nile River Valley, traveled to neighboring Libya, among the tens of thousands of impoverished Egyptians seeking work there.


February 16, 2015 - 1:33pm
1 week 6 days ago

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group has strongly denounced the Islamic State group's beheading of a group of Egyptian Christian hostages in Libya.

In a speech to hundreds of his supporters in southern Beirut Monday, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah says the CIA and Israel's Mossad are behind the extremist group, which serves their interests.

He claims Israel is the only country which has not been affected and does not consider the group a...

February 16, 2015 - 1:27pm
1 week 6 days ago

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis' point man on clerical sex abuse says the failure of the church to punish bishops who covered up for pedophiles has seriously hurt its credibility and that the church must now lead the way by "humbly making the commitment to accountability, transparency and zero tolerance."

Cardinal Sean O'Malley said canon lawyers and theologians were reviewing proposals for the pope on holding bishops accountable. The proposals were developed by Francis'...

February 16, 2015 - 12:38pm
1 week 6 days ago

LILLE, France (AP) — Five of six plaintiffs in a high-profile French prostitution trial have dropped their accusations against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, arguing that there isn't enough proof that the former International Monetary Fund chief violated the law.

The move Monday increases the chances that Strauss-Kahn, a onetime contender for the French presidency, will be acquitted of charges of aggravated pimping. Strauss-Kahn argues that he was unaware that women involved in...

February 16, 2015 - 12:36pm
1 week 6 days ago

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A source close to the Danish terror investigation tells The Associated Press that the slain suspect had been released from jail just two weeks ago.

Two Danish sources confirmed to the AP that the suspect was named Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein. One says El-Hussein may have become radicalized while in jail last summer. He also says the corrections authority alerted Denmark's security service after they noticed worrisome changes in El-Hussein's...

February 16, 2015 - 12:30pm
1 week 6 days ago

OTTAWA, Canada (AP) — Canada's Labor Minister says the Canadian Pacific Railway strike is over, with both sides agreeing to resume discussions.

News of the deal comes with the government poised to introduce legislation to force an end to the strike by more than 3,000 Teamsters members

In a sudden, surprise news conference, Kellie Leitch welcomed the willingness by both sides to resume talks — a development that had seemed impossible just hours...

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