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March 3, 2015 - 3:59pm
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The wife of imprisoned Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma is asking the Organization of American States to intervene on the opposition leader's behalf.

Mitzy Ledezma met with officials Tuesday at the regional organization's Caracas headquarters.

Venezuela's socialist administration has opened cases against 33 of the country's 50 opposition mayors, according to the Venezuelan Mayors Association. Ledezma's arrest last month on...

March 3, 2015 - 3:29pm
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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The death of actor Leonard Nimoy last week has inspired people to post photos on social media of marked-up five-dollar Canadian banknotes that show former prime minister Wilfrid Laurier transformed to resemble Spock, Nimoy's famous "Star Trek" character.

For years, Canadians have been wielding pens to draw Spock's pointy Vulcan ears, sharp eyebrows and signature bowl haircut on the fiver's image of Laurier, Canada's first Francophone prime minister...

March 3, 2015 - 3:09pm
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MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian lawyer for former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden says he wants to return to the United States if he's guaranteed a fair trial.

Anatoly Kucherena said at a news conference Tuesday that he has teamed up with U.S. and German lawyers to work on the issue, but gave no further details.

Snowden was stranded in a Moscow airport in 2013 on his way from Hong Kong to Cuba, shortly after he released extensive documentation about the...

March 3, 2015 - 3:07pm
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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's war crimes prosecutors have charged five people with abducting 20 people from a train in eastern Bosnia in 1993 and brutally killing them — a wartime massacre that traumatized the Balkans.

The War Crimes Prosecutor's office said in a statement Tuesday that the indictment presents the first step in reaching truth and justice for the victims and their families.

It says ten more people are being investigated in Bosnia....

March 3, 2015 - 3:03pm
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's Supreme Court is rejecting President Cristina Fernandez's recent criticism and demands for answers in the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires.

Fernandez asked for the status of the investigation led by the top court during a Sunday speech to lawmakers and government officials.

But Supreme Court President Ricardo Lorenzetti said Tuesday that a ruling was emitted in 1999 for the attack, which...

March 3, 2015 - 2:38pm
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BERLIN (AP) — The commander of U.S. Army Europe says there's no expectation Ukraine could defeat Russia militarily if given American weapons, but that they would add "muscle" to diplomatic efforts.

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said Tuesday in Berlin that helping Ukraine with weapons would increase the stakes for Russian President Vladimir Putin at home. He added that "when mothers start seeing sons come home dead, when that price goes up, then that domestic support begins to...

March 3, 2015 - 1:51pm
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PARIS (AP) — President Francois Hollande will travel to Cuba in May in the first such trip by a French head of state.

The visit comes as President Barack Obama is increasing U.S. ties with Cuba, and the Caribbean island is gradually opening up after decades of communist rule.

Hollande's office said in a statement Tuesday that he will visit May 11, after a trip to the French Antilles. It provided no other information about the Cuba trip....

March 3, 2015 - 1:37pm
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BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say the Islamic State group has released four more Christian hostages from dozens who were abducted by the extremists last week.

The four hostages — a married couple, a woman and a 6-year-old girl — were released on Tuesday evening in northeastern Syria.

The Assyrian rights group Demand for Action and Edmond Gabriel, chairman of the Assyrian Charitable Association, say the reasons for the release of the four were not...

March 3, 2015 - 12:33pm
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — European Union officials say they have broken up a cross-border gang responsible for cheating EU member countries of 150 million euros ($168 million) in tax revenue.

Europol and Eurojust, the EU agencies for law enforcement and criminal prosecution, said nine people were arrested Tuesday in a fast-moving operation that kicked off early in the morning.

Those arrested are suspected of participating in organized fraud that...

March 3, 2015 - 12:13pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Enrique Pena is being criticized for having a possible conflict of interest in his nominations for attorney general and Mexico's highest court.

Critics are blasting his choice of Arely Gomez to replace Jesus Murillo Karam as attorney general because she's the sister of top Televisa news executive Leopoldo Gomez. He denied Tuesday he had any influence over his sister's career.

Pena Nieto has been criticized for close ties...

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