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February 27, 2015 - 4:26pm
8 min 41 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Environmental and animal rights groups in Mexico are training their sights on the growing number of "swim with dolphins" enclosures on the nation's coasts.

The movement scored its first victory Thursday, when federal regulator authorities said they had ordered a dolphinarium just south of the resort city of Cancun closed because it had not filed an environmental impact statement.

The facility operated by Grupo Dolphin Discovery...

February 27, 2015 - 2:42pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's embattled attorney general is leaving the post to take a new cabinet-level job as head of urban and rural development.

Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam had weathered scathing criticism over his handling of the Sept. 26 disappearance of 43 students in southern Guerrero state.

Murillo Karam had also been criticized for being slow to investigate evidence that soldiers killed between 12 and 15 criminal suspects after they...

February 27, 2015 - 2:25pm
8 min 41 sec ago

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Julio Cesar Strassera, the lead prosecutor who won conviction against leaders of Argentina's military dictatorship, has died at 81.

Strassera died Friday in the San Camilo Clinic in Buenos Aires after being admitted several days ago for grave respiratory problems, Mario Kenar, the clinic's chief therapist, told television station Todo Noticias.

Strassera is most remembered for his role in the 1985 trial and convictions of numerous...

February 27, 2015 - 1:32pm
8 min 41 sec ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says Greece will not ask for a third bailout, and that the issue of how his country will repay its oversized debt is still on the table in talks with European creditors.

Addressing a Cabinet meeting Friday after Greece was granted a four-month extension to its existing loan agreement, Tsipras briefed his ministers on last week's deal and outlined legislation he intends to bring to parliament.

The...

February 27, 2015 - 12:39pm
8 min 41 sec ago

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Switzerland has become the first country to submit a pledge to the United Nations for a new global climate deal, vowing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

The Swiss government said Friday that at least 30 percent of the reduction would be achieved at home and the remainder through projects abroad.

The European Union, United States, China and Norway have also announced their intended targets...

February 27, 2015 - 12:16pm
8 min 40 sec ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The work of mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy has made an appearance in Gaza.

In a short film posted on his website, the popular street artist appears to have sneaked into Gaza through an underground tunnel from Egypt.

The video combines footage from the Israeli-Hamas war last summer, with political commentary about the coastal strip's misery.

Some of Banksy's work is seen as well, such as a...

February 27, 2015 - 12:03pm
8 min 40 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — The World Health Organization says a decision will be made in August whether to recommend a program of mass vaccination against Ebola in affected countries.

The U.N. health agency says an independent expert group will weigh the results of ongoing clinical trials, the state of the epidemic and the logistical challenges of carrying out such a program.

At the moment, two Ebola vaccines are being tested, but it's unknown how effective they...

February 27, 2015 - 11:59am
8 min 40 sec ago

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan students are launching a signature-gathering effort to pressure the government to reverse a regulation that allows police to use deadly force against protesters.

The socialist South American country adopted the regulation in January, drawing criticism from opposition leaders. The debate gained urgency this week after a police officer killed a 14 year-old boy at an anti-government protest.

Students were circulating...

February 27, 2015 - 11:58am
8 min 40 sec ago

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Thousands of people of different faiths have gathered in Denmark and Sweden in a show of unity after attacks against Jews in Europe.

In Copenhagen, people formed a "ring of peace" Friday on the City Hall Square, where Mayor Frank Jensen said "a mad man must not succeed in creating a rift." Near Stockholm's synagogue, the crowd, including Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, held hands Friday as they formed a human chain.

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February 27, 2015 - 11:41am
8 min 40 sec ago

MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian diplomat has accused the U.S. administration of taking a "destructive" stance in bilateral relations and warned that Moscow could retaliate.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Friday that Secretary of State John Kerry breached "diplomatic ethics" when he told U.S. lawmakers earlier this week that Russian officials had lied to him about support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. Ryabkov added in remarks carried by Russian news...

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