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March 31, 2015 - 10:33am
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CAMPBELLTON, New Brunswick (AP) — Canadian police have charged a man with criminal negligence causing death after two young brothers were asphyxiated by a python.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced the charge against Jean-Claude Savoie on Tuesday.

Four-year-old Noah Barthe and his 6-year-old brother, Connor, were found dead on Aug. 5, 2013, after an African rock python escaped its enclosure inside Savoie's apartment in Campbellton, New...

March 31, 2015 - 10:32am
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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state news agency says Qatar has returned its ambassador to Cairo almost a month after recalling him in response to an Egyptian official accusing the tiny Gulf nation of supporting terrorism.

The ambassador was summoned for consultation after Egypt carried out airstrikes in Libya in response to the beheading of 21 captive Egyptian Christians by an Islamic State affiliate.

Qatar protested Egypt's "unilateral" airstrikes, while...

March 31, 2015 - 10:09am
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — As the self-imposed deadline arrives, Iran and six world powers are wrapping up six days of marathon nuclear talks in Switzerland with mixed results.

Officials say they'll be issuing a general statement agreeing to continue the talks in a new phase. The goal will be to reach a final agreement to control Iran's nuclear ambitions by the end of June.

They'd set a deadline of today for a framework agreement, and later...

March 31, 2015 - 9:47am
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HELSINKI (AP) — Norway says it intends to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a prospective founding member to promote closer ties to the Asia-Pacific region.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende says the Scandinavian country is a major contributor to global development efforts and wants to be among the countries in "refining the structure and mission" of the bank.

Brende said Tuesday that the Chinese-led bank, which has attracted...

March 31, 2015 - 9:41am
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is defending Pope Francis' appointment of a Chilean bishop despite allegations from victims that the prelate had covered up for a pedophile priest.

A Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, said Tuesday that before Monsignor Juan Barros was named to be bishop of Osorno, Chile, the Holy See's Congregation for Bishops "carefully examined the prelate's candidature and didn't find objective reasons to preclude the appointment."...

March 31, 2015 - 9:35am
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BANGKOK (AP) — A lawyer says a Thai military court has sentenced a businessman to 25 years in prison on charges of defaming the country's monarchy, believed to be the longest sentence handed down in recent years for the crime of lese majeste.

Yingcheep Atchanont of the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights Center said the court in Bangkok found Thiensutham Suthijitseranee guilty on Tuesday of five counts of lese majeste for postings he made on Facebook, and handed him a 10-year...

March 31, 2015 - 9:29am
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MOSCOW (AP) — Former long-term allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin are questioning his political course and warning of economic fallout 15 years after he first came to power.

Putin was first elected president on March 26, 2000, and has ruled Russia ever since, including a stint as a prime minister, which helped him to avoid presidential constitutional limits. His third presidential term expires in 2018, but Putin hasn't yet confirmed if he's going to run for a...

March 31, 2015 - 9:13am
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MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somali officials and the U.N. say dozens of Yemeni refugees fleeing the Saudi-led airstrikes and fighting in Yemen have arrived in the northern parts of Somalia.

The U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday that at least 32 Yemenis arrived by sea in the northern breakaway region of Somaliland and the semiautonomous Puntland region on Saturday.

Local officials in Somaliland said that 12 Yemeni families arrived at the Berbera port...

March 31, 2015 - 9:07am
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KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Forest officers and tamed elephants have chased a wild rhino back to the forest after it killed a woman and injured seven people in a rampage through a city in southern Nepal.

The Makwanpur District Administration office said Tuesday that the rhino was chased into the forest during the night, hours after it terrorized residents in Hetauda, a city of about 135,000 people.

The animal charged into the city from the jungle Monday...

March 31, 2015 - 8:48am
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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's electoral authorities say that the votes in the May presidential election will be counted by hand and calculator because of a lack of a reliable electronic system.

The decision by the State Electoral Commission follows a major computer malfunction that largely delayed the vote count in the local government elections last fall. The scandal led to the resignations of most of the commission members.

The new head of the...

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