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August 4, 2015 - 3:38pm
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine authorities have successfully guided a whale out of the marina of a glitzy area in Buenos Aires and hope that it will now return to sea.

Roxana Schteinbarg is the executive coordinator of the Whale Conservation Institute in Argentina. She tells The Associated Press that the whale had left the marina of the Puerto Madero neighborhood. Schteinbarg says the animal is now in the port area where the Rio de La Plata river feeds into the...

August 4, 2015 - 3:20pm
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GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan court has ruled that ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt should be hospitalized for medical and psychological evaluation to determine if he is fit to stand trial.

The court on Tuesday ordered Rios Montt's immediate internment for 12 days at Los Pinos private hospital, where he will be examined by a panel of 10 doctors.

It set an Aug. 18 hearing to consider their reports.

The 89-year-old former general...

August 4, 2015 - 2:54pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who faces international war crimes and genocide charges, is on the provisional list of speakers at a U.N. summit in late September where world leaders will adopt new goals aimed at ending poverty and combating climate change by 2030.

He would be the first head of state to address the General Assembly while facing charges by the International Criminal Court.

U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq told...

August 4, 2015 - 2:48pm
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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian police say that 15 officers have died when the Black Hawk helicopter they were traveling in crashed in the volatile northwest part of the country.

The police said in a statement that two other uniformed personnel are being treated for serious injuries.

Investigators are rushing to the scene to investigate what led to the crash in a jungled area near the Gulf of Uraba region. The crash site is in an area heavily...

August 4, 2015 - 2:41pm
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CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International says it has "definitely confirmed" that Sudanese government forces committed war crimes against civilians in the South Kordofan region.

The report released Tuesday says Sudanese warplanes dropped more than 374 bombs on 60 locations under control of rebel group Sudan People's Liberation Army-North, which along with ground shelling killed at least 35 civilians between January and April 2015.

Amnesty says government...

August 4, 2015 - 2:31pm
35 min 42 sec ago

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — A local Cameroon leader says suspected Boko Haram fighters have killed at least 9 people and kidnapped dozens, including children and teenagers, from a village on the border with Nigeria.

Tchakarmari village chief Kadzamare Amin said heavily armed attackers came from Nigeria into the villages of Tchakarmari and Kangaleri early Tuesday on trucks. He says they burned 15 houses, killed six men and three women, and kidnapped many.

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August 4, 2015 - 2:18pm
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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities have begun what they've said would be a crackdown on Jewish extremists, after last week's deadly arson attack on a Palestinian family.

They've arrested a high-profile activist who is accused of leading a new movement of young settlers. They embrace violence and reject the rule of law.

The activist, Meir Ettinger, is the grandson of American-born Rabbi Meir Kahane (meh-EER' kah-HAH'-nuh), Israel's most notorious...

August 4, 2015 - 1:55pm
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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian investigators are searching for a man suspected of killing and dismembering his six young children. His wife also was missing and reported dead, and police said that a woman believed to be his mother was found dead.

The federal Investigative Committee said in a statement that the dismembered remains of the children, all under the age of 6, were discovered Tuesday in the family's apartment in the city of Nizhny Novgorod.

The...

August 4, 2015 - 1:00pm
35 min 42 sec ago

SAO PAULO (AP) — Police in Brazil have arrested former presidential chief of staff Jose Dirceu, the most senior member of the ruling Workers' Party to be taken into custody in connection with corruption at the state-owned oil company Petrobras.

Dirceu served as former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's chief of staff between 2003 and 2005. He was arrested on Monday in his home in Brasilia, where he was under house arrest serving the rest of an 11-year sentence for his...

August 4, 2015 - 12:07pm
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MILAN (AP) — A human rights group says nearly 2,000 migrants are known to have died so far this year crossing the Mediterranean, outpacing last year's death toll.

The International Organization for Migration said in a release on Tuesday that about 1,930 perished trying to reach Italy in unseaworthy boats mostly departing from Libya. Another 60 died trying to reach Greece.

IOM chief William Lacy Swing called the deaths of migrants fleeing conflict and...

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