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March 2, 2015 - 5:40pm
20 min 55 sec ago

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia is expected to confirm an increase in troop numbers to be sent to Iraq to help train Iraqi security forces to fight the Islamic State group.

Media reports that Cabinet had on Monday night approved the deployment as part of a joint Australia-New Zealand training mission foreshadowed by the New Zealand government last week.

The joint mission will reportedly number around 400 troops, including 143 New Zealand...

March 2, 2015 - 5:20pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog says it has destroyed two Syrian chemical weapons facilities and expects the destruction of all 12 facilities to be completed this summer.

Ahmet Uzumcu, head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said in his monthly report to the U.N. Security Council obtained Monday by The Associated Press that a special remote monitoring system used by the U.N. nuclear agency will be installed in the five...

March 2, 2015 - 4:50pm
20 min 55 sec ago

GENEVA (AP) — The CEO of Volkswagen AG is staying with his cautious outlook for this year, saying it's a "balanced assessment" of growth in the U.S. and China versus trouble spots such as Russia and Brazil.

Martin Winterkorn told The Associated Press that "I think it's quite a good assessment, as usual we at Volkswagen do not want to lose touch with reality despite all the successes."

Volkswagen last week cautioned that 2015 could be a turbulent year...

March 2, 2015 - 3:13pm
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BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's main opposition and rebel factions in the northern city of Aleppo have rejected a proposal by the U.N. envoy to freeze fighting in parts of the city.

Despite the rejection, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Monday the U.N. will continue to pursue a peaceful solution for Syria, where a four-year conflict has killed more than 220,000 people.

The U.N. envoy, Staffan de Mistura, left Syria after talks with officials to try to...

March 2, 2015 - 3:03pm
20 min 55 sec ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is reporting another deadly attack in the disputed region of Abyei area that's claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan.

It's the fourth fatal attack in two months in the oil-rich area, signally a deterioration of security.

According to U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric, the U.N. force there reported that some 100 armed Misseriya nomads allied with Sudan attacked the village of Marialachak on Monday. The attackers...

March 2, 2015 - 3:03pm
20 min 55 sec ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United Nations is urging donors, organizations and countries fighting Ebola in West Africa not to give in to complacency as the death toll from the virus climbs toward 10,000.

U.N. experts said Monday that the spread of the disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has dropped to almost 10 percent of what it was in September.

But U.N. Special Envoy on Ebola David Nabarro said the fight has reached a "second phase, getting to...

March 2, 2015 - 1:49pm
20 min 55 sec ago

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian Football Association has appointed Hector Cuper, from Argentina, as the new manager of its national team.

The 59-year old previously led the Emirati al-Wasl club, and the Spanish Racing de Santander. The appointment was announced on Monday.

Cuper takes over a squad that won the African Nations' Cup a record seven times but failed to qualify for the last three editions of the biannual tournament.

Egypt's team...

March 2, 2015 - 1:46pm
20 min 55 sec ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency says the powerful Revolutionary Guard has massively monitored activities on Facebook accounts of Iranian members of the social network.

Monday's report quotes a statement by the Guard's cyber security division as saying it has tracked "likes" by 8 million Facebook users.

It accuses Facebook of trying to attract users to "immoral pages" with "obscene content" through its suggestion system. It says...

March 2, 2015 - 1:39pm
20 min 55 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Royal Mint has unveiled a new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that will soon appear on coins.

The portrait — a side profile of the 88-year-old monarch wearing a crown and drop earrings — is only the fifth to have been created during the queen's reign over six decades.

Gordon Summers, the chief engraver at the Royal Mint, said the task was "probably one of the most difficult things for any artist or sculptor to do."...

March 2, 2015 - 1:36pm
20 min 55 sec ago

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Romanian parliament has approved a new spy chief who has named the fight against corruption and cyber security in Ukraine as his priorities.

Lawmakers voted 498-15 in favor of installing Eduard Hellvig to the post. The previous chief resigned after criticizing the country's top court for rejecting security laws that allowed the government to collect data on people without court approval.

Hellvig, 40, on Monday spoke of "...

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