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March 4, 2015 - 11:38am
19 hours 36 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Libya is making an urgent appeal to the U.N. Security Council to either lift an arms embargo completely or allow exemptions so that its army can fight the rising threat of the Islamic State group and other militant groups.

The appeal Wednesday came a day before talks between the country's rival factions resume in Morocco. A U.N. envoy says the dialogue will continue next week with meetings in Algeria and Brussels.

Libya is...

March 4, 2015 - 11:35am
19 hours 46 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is extending the work of the panel of experts monitoring sanctions against North Korea.

The council is also urging all countries and "interested parties" to supply information about alleged violations and cooperate with the panel's investigations.

The panel reported last month that a North Korean shipping company that tried to hide fighter jets under a cargo of sugar later sought to evade U.N. sanctions...

March 4, 2015 - 11:09am
20 hours 16 min ago

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania has begun transporting natural gas to Moldova, as the former Soviet republic moves toward the European Union and becomes less dependent on Russia.

"It is the first time that gas goes from West to East," said Moldova Foreign Minister Natalia Gherman during a visit to Bucharest.

Moldova gets most of its gas from Russia but wants to import more from Romania. The joint pipeline began pumping a small amount of Romanian...

March 4, 2015 - 11:05am
20 hours 46 min ago

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A newspaper says six Saudi nationals were behind al-Qaida's abduction of the kingdom's diplomat in Yemen, who was released this week after three years in captivity.

The state-linked Saudi Okaz newspaper reports Wednesday that the six militants are on the kingdom's most-wanted terrorist list but did not give their names. The newspaper, quoting unnamed security officials, says the abduction was carried out under direct orders from al-Qaida's...

March 4, 2015 - 11:00am
1 day 1 hour ago

MOSCOW (AP) — The brother of a prominent Russian opposition activist has been transferred from jail to prison.

Alexei Navalny's brother, Oleg, was convicted in December of defrauding a French cosmetics company and handed a 3 ½ year-sentence. Oleg Navalny's lawyer Kirill Polozov said Wednesday he was transferred from a Moscow jail to a prison elsewhere in Russia to serve his sentence.

Alexei Navalny, the key driving force behind the 2011-2012 mass...

March 4, 2015 - 10:49am
1 day 1 hour ago

LONDON (AP) — British counter-terrorism police have arrested two men over an alleged "cash-for-jihad" fraud that saw elderly residents conned of money by fake police officers.

The Metropolitan Police said the men, aged 23 and 29, were detained in London Wednesday on suspicion of money laundering. The force said the investigation was linked to British extremists traveling to Syria.

The arrests come after vulnerable and elderly victims received phone...

March 4, 2015 - 10:12am
1 day 2 hours ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's interior minister has claimed that politics in the Islamic Republic are tainted by "dirty money" from the smuggling of goods and drugs, provoking uproar ahead of crucial parliamentary elections planned for early next year.

Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli has said twice in 10 days that illicit funds lead to corruption in politics including elections. He says the Iranian economy is tainted by 200 trillion rials ($5.9 billion) from drugs...

March 4, 2015 - 10:09am
1 day 2 hours ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is warning Russia to live up to the Ukraine peace agreement it backed in Minsk last month or face tougher European Union sanctions.

Merkel told reporters on Wednesday that the immediate task at hand was to stop the bloodletting in eastern Ukraine, where a fragile cease-fire is largely holding despite some violations since the Feb. 12 Minsk agreement.

Merkel said that "if Minsk doesn't work, then the...

March 4, 2015 - 9:58am
1 day 3 hours ago

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The U.N. envoy to Yemen has expressed "disappointment" over the refusal by the country's Shiite rebels to withdraw their fighters from state institutions and release the prime minister from house arrest.

The conditions were stipulated in a Security Council resolution seeking to help resolve the crisis roiling Yemen amid the power grab by rebel Houthis.

The U.N. envoy, Jamal Benomar, warned during a visit to the southern city of...

March 4, 2015 - 9:48am
1 day 6 hours ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's radical left-led government has revoked new police guidelines on migration control after a wave of criticism from the opposition, saying they were issued without prior consultation.

The police on Tuesday issued the guidelines, which say migrants caught entering Greece illegally shouldn't be detained and those already in detention should be freed.

The deputy minister for public order, Yiannis Panoussis, has previously...

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