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February 26, 2015 - 4:50pm
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' finance czar is coming under intense scrutiny after ruffling feathers at the Vatican as he seeks to impose order on its unruly finances.

Italian weekly L'Espresso reported in its Friday editions that Cardinal George Pell's economy secretariat had run up a half-million euros (dollars) in expenses in the first six months of its existence. The total includes seemingly legitimate expenses, including computers and printers, but also a 2,508...

February 26, 2015 - 4:14pm
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TORONTO (AP) — The lawyer for a Canadian Al-Jazeera journalist is blasting the Canadian government for not doing enough to secure his release from Egypt.

Journalist Mohamed Fahmy is out on bail awaiting retrial after more than a year behind bars in Egypt on terrorism-related charges.

Lawyer Amal Clooney said in a statement Thursday that Canada's "sheepish whimpers are woefully inadequate." Clooney said calls for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to pick...

February 26, 2015 - 3:16pm
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LONDON (AP) — The world knows him as "Jihadi John" -- a masked militant seen holding a knife in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group.

And now, there's a growing body of evidence that suggests he's a university graduate who was raised in London -- someone described by a man who knew him as kind, gentle and humble.

The Washington Post and the BBC today are identifying the militant as Mohammed Emwazi. He's in his mid...

February 26, 2015 - 2:49pm
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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's government is rejecting an ailing 14-year-old girl's plea to let her "sleep forever."

Cystic fibrosis sufferer Valentina Maureira posted a YouTube video shot from what appeared to be a hospital bed asking President Michelle Bachelet to let allow her euthanasia.

It quickly circulated widely on social media.

Presidential spokesman Alvaro Elizalde said Thursday that although "it's impossible not be...

February 26, 2015 - 2:34pm
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — It's a big step toward ending unrest in eastern Ukraine.

The government and the pro-Russia rebels there are saying they're now taking part in a supervised pull-back of heavy weapons from the front line. It was supposed to have started a week ago under a peace deal that was agreed upon earlier this month.

Rebels in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions insist they have been spent the last few days drawing back their heavy weapons — a...

February 26, 2015 - 1:54pm
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SAO PAULO (AP) — A judge says he has ordered the suspension of the globally popular instant messaging system WhatsApp across Brazil because it has allegedly failed to help in an investigation.

Judge Luiz de Moura Correia ordered the suspension earlier this month, though the service has continued to operate normally. The newspaper Folha de S. Paulo said that is because lawyers appealed the ruling.

The judge would not comment on details of his decision...

February 26, 2015 - 1:07pm
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A lawyer says Maldives' former president has denied in court that he ordered the arrest of a top judge three years ago.

The former president, Mohamed Nasheed, also told a Criminal Court hearing Thursday that the charge against him is politically motivated, said lawyer Hisaan Hussain. He objected to two judges on a three-member bench hearing the case because they testified against him at initial inquiries.

Nasheed was...

February 26, 2015 - 12:29pm
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STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish university has declined to host a lecture by an artist who caricatured the Prophet Muhammad after a gunman attacked a similar event in Copenhagen.

Karlstad University spokesman Joachim Gustafssson says the event with Lars Vilks was turned down because "we cannot guarantee security."

A local foreign policy association had invited Vilks to talk on March 17 about freedom of expression following the Charlie Hebdo attack in...

February 26, 2015 - 12:12pm
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THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A Greek man has been convicted of a racist verbal assault on a Nigerian-born doctor who gave him emergency treatment.

A court in the northern town of Kozani on Thursday gave 57-year-old retired bank employee a six-month prison sentence, suspended for three years.

He was arrested leaving a hospital early Wednesday, after the 29-year-old doctor called police. She said the man, whose name was not made public, became...

February 26, 2015 - 11:39am
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LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — At least two stolen church paintings are heading back to Bolivia, which has seen hundreds of ecclesiastical artworks looted in recent years.

The country's consul in New York says a couple there contacted Bolivian officials after learning from a museum that the two large paintings had been reported stolen. Jessica Jordan told Caedena A television that the couple bought the works in Brazil.

The paintings were among 12 artworks...

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