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Mexico City proposes regulations for Uber

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 03:46 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City is proposing regulations that would allow Uber and other smartphone-based ride-sharing apps to operate, while requiring drivers and cars to be registered.

The proposed regulation also calls for such companies to pay into a fund for transportation infrastructure. The city also would create an app for licensed taxis and help pay for their GPS technology.

Pope to Christians: Put aside divisions amid persecution

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 02:58 PM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has appealed to faithful to put divisions aside amid persecution and slaying of Christians in parts of the world.

Francis told some 30,000 people in St. Peter's Square Friday: "The blood of today's martyrs makes us one."

He cited the slaying of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by Islamic militants in Libya in February and said "those who hate Jesus Christ ....kill without asking" if the person is Catholic or belongs to another Christian church.

Heavy fighting in Syria as Islamic militants, rebels announce new push for city of Aleppo

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 02:38 PM

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic militants and rebels in Syria have launched a coordinated offensive on government-held neighborhoods in Aleppo, setting off some of the heaviest fighting there in months.

Al-Qaeda's branch in Syria, the Nusra Front, and the ultra-conservative Ahrar al-Sham group, have formed a coalition called Ansar al-Sharia, which they say aims to "liberate" the northern city.

Woman injured after bomb explodes at Canadian law firm

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 02:16 PM

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — A woman has been sent to a hospital with serious injuries after a bomb exploded at a law firm in Winnipeg.

Police said Friday that they were called to the Petersen King law office mid-morning.

Constable Eric Hofley says the woman triggered the explosive device inadvertently and the injuries were to her upper body.

He did not know how the device ended up in the law firm, whether it was sent through the mail or dropped off by someone.

UN leader offers assistance in Guyana-Venezuela dispute

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 02:02 PM

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is offering assistance to resolve an escalating border dispute between Guyana and Venezuela.

Ban says his chief of staff will meet with Venezuela's foreign minister and might dispatch a mission to both countries.

Venezuela has long-claimed about two-thirds of Guyana and has become more insistent about a large marine area where Exxon Mobil Corp. says it made a significant oil discovery.

Russian MiG fighter crashes in southern Russia, pilot lives

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 01:43 PM

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Defense Ministry says a Russian air force fighter jet has crashed in the south but its pilot ejected safely.

The MiG-29 fighter jet went down Friday near the village of Kushchevskaya in the Krasnodar region, 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) south of Moscow. The ministry said there was no damage on the ground.

Colombian man dies of euthanasia with government backing

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 01:28 PM

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A 79-year old man suffering from incurable throat cancer has become the first Colombian to die of euthanasia with the full backing of the government.

Ovidio Gonzalez died Friday in the western city of Pereira. He'd spent weeks fighting doctors and hospital administrators to carry out a Health Ministry decree mandating clinics to perform the procedure when requested by terminally ill patients.

Cuba confirms defection of 2 baseball players during US trip

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 01:26 PM

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is confirming that two baseball players have defected while in the United States for a series of games against U.S. collegians.

Official sports website Jit said Friday that third baseman Luis Yander La O left the team in North Carolina, where the Cuban team has been playing tuneups ahead of the Pan American Games in Toronto.

An earlier report from Jit said outfielder Yadiel Hernandez also defected.

Putin: Western sanctions fail to split Russian society

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 01:17 PM

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says the West has sought to split Russian society with economic sanctions but has failed to reach its goal.

Speaking at Friday's meeting of his presidential Security Council, Putin said the West wants to punish Russia for its independent course.

Meditating Portuguese actor suspected of terror plot

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 01:09 PM

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A Portuguese actor says he was detained on suspicion of terrorism after meditating and chanting Buddhist texts aboard a plane at Paris Orly airport.

Heitor Lourenco, 47, says he was reciting texts in Tibetan from his smartphone screen on the Lisbon-bound Transavia plane when police ordered everybody off the plane and led him away for questioning.

He said they told him a neighboring passenger thought he was reading aloud from the Quran and that the texts included the words "death" and "bombs."

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