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May 22, 2015 - 7:52pm
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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A prominent Colombian paramilitary warlord wanted in the U.S. on drug charges has walked from a Colombian jail, becoming the first major paramilitary leader to earn their freedom as part of a decade-old peace deal.

Rodrigo Perez is better known by his alias Julian Bolivar. He and hundreds of right-wing fighters in the once-impenetrable war zone near the Magdalena River surrendered in 2006 in exchange for a government promise of reduced prison...

May 22, 2015 - 7:48pm
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BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi state broadcaster says two people have died after grenades were thrown into a market in the capital.

An Associated Press reporter saw one person dead Friday and at least 10 wounded following the explosions in a market in Bujumbura.

Christine Kaneza, a fruit seller at the market who was wounded, says she heard two explosions.

Burundi has been experiencing weeks of unrest for weeks since the ruling...

May 22, 2015 - 6:58pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican health authorities say bacterial infections, and not contaminated vaccines, were responsible for the deaths of two infants and the sickening of 31 other babies earlier this month in the southern state of Chiapas.

The Mexican Institute for Social Security said Friday that investigators identified Staphylococcus hominis. It said early suspicions that the illnesses stemmed from a contaminated Hepatitis B vaccine were incorrect.

May 22, 2015 - 6:18pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is rejecting a global document toward ridding the world of nuclear weapons, saying Egypt and other states "cynically manipulated" the process by trying to set a deadline for Israel and its neighbors to meet within months on a Middle East zone free of such weapons.

The final document of a landmark treaty review conference Friday would call on the U.N. secretary-general to convene the conference no later than March 2016, regardless...

May 22, 2015 - 4:51pm
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CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — Authorities in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas have seized 39 surveillance cameras set up by a drug cartel in the city of Reynosa across the border from Texas.

State authorities said Friday in a statement that the cameras were powered by electric lines above the city streets and accessed the Internet through phone cables along the same poles. The revelation came one day after President Enrique Pena Nieto visited the city....

May 22, 2015 - 4:22pm
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro police are reinforcing patrols in areas popular with tourists and near venues that will host Olympic events next year after a series of knife attacks on locals and foreigners.

The stabbings sparked calls for protest marches this weekend to demand better security.

The latest attack came Friday when a Chilean living in Rio was stabbed and her tablet computer stolen in a park adjacent to an area where Olympic cycling...

May 22, 2015 - 3:11pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican official says about 40 people have been killed in large-scale firefight between law enforcement and criminal suspects in western Mexico.

The official said almost all the dead were suspected criminals. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

The gunbattle happened in area between Michoacan and Jalisco states that is known as a stronghold of the Jalisco New Generation drug...

May 22, 2015 - 1:35pm
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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian court has sentenced a former Bucharest district mayor to eight years in prison for illegally selling the city's real estate at a price far below its market value.

The Bucharest Court of Appeal announced the sentence Friday against Cristian Poteras and four town hall employees, who were imprisoned between 3 ½ and five years. The ruling is final.

The court said the town hall employees had helped Poteras with the six...

May 22, 2015 - 1:14pm
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LONDON (AP) — A British tabloid reporter accused of paying police for news tips has been found guilty of aiding and abetting public office misconduct.

Anthony France, a crime reporter for the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun newspaper, was accused of cultivating a "corrupt relationship" with Heathrow Airport counter-terrorism officer Timothy Edwards over four years.

Edwards had earlier admitted selling dozens of stories and information to the journalist for...

May 22, 2015 - 12:51pm
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MILAN (AP) — Venice officials have ordered the closure of a working mosque in an ex-church, set up as Iceland's exhibit for the 56th Venice Biennale contemporary art fair.

The Icelandic pavilion was closed Friday after Venice city officials withdrew authorization for the installation citing violations of the initial agreement, including using the pavilion as a place of worship. The Venice Biennale said in a statement that it hoped a solution could be found so the...

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