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Argentine government rejects negotiations with holdout funds

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, June 1, 2015 - 10:11 PM

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's government is again rejecting negotiations with a group of hedge funds that hold some of the government's bonds, arguing that the U.S.-led group has created a tense environment by harassing the South American nation.

In a letter dated Monday, the law firm representing Argentina in the United States said Argentina also lacks confidence in appointed mediator Daniel Pollack.

Nicaragua says study finds canal 'viable'; no details public

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, June 1, 2015 - 09:36 PM

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan officials say an environmental study has concluded a planned $50 billion canal across the Central American nation is "viable," but aren't releasing details of the report

Canal Commission spokesman Telemaco Talavera says only that the next step is to submit the findings to the Environment Ministry.

Opponents of the proposal have criticized what they call a lack of transparency since the project was first announced.

Bahamas police probe deaths of 2 employees of cruise lines

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, June 1, 2015 - 07:54 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Bahamian authorities are investigating the deaths of two crew members on separate cruise ships that were in the islands' waters.

Police have disclosed few specifics, saying only that they are "actively investigating these incidents to determine the exact cause of death."

A statement from the Royal Bahamas Police Force says a male crew member was found dead early Sunday aboard a cruise ship anchored at Castaway Cay, a private island that serves as an exclusive port for Disney Cruise Line vessels.

UN official says Ebola will end in Sierra Leone in weeks

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, June 1, 2015 - 07:25 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations' Ebola chief says he believes it's only a matter of weeks before the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone ends.

But Dr. David Nabarro says that stopping the deadly disease in Guinea will take more time because in some areas unsafe traditions still triumph over what's good for people's health.

Nabarro said in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday that the Ebola epidemic "absolutely isn't over" though Liberia has been Ebola free since May 9.

Boat with more than 450 people sinks in China's Yangtze

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, June 1, 2015 - 06:07 PM

BEIJING (AP) — A passenger ship carrying more than 450 people sank overnight in the Yangtze River during a cyclone in southern China, and eight people have been rescued, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday.

Further rescue work was under way but strong winds and rain were hampering the search, Xinhua said. The boat was going from Nanjing to the southwestern city of Chongqing when it sank at about 9:28 p.m. Monday night in Hubei province, the report said.

Central Bank of Nigeria executives arrested in $33m theft

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, June 1, 2015 - 05:56 PM

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Financial crime agents say they have arrested 21 bankers including senior executives of the Central Bank of Nigeria for the theft of $33 million worth of defaced naira currency notes.

The Economics and Financial Crimes Commission says a whistleblower alerted it to the "mega scam" that it believes has gone unchecked for years.

It says officers of eight commercial banks in Nigeria, including bank leaders Ecobank and Zenith Bank, are among the suspects.

Obama: No military solution to Iran's nuclear program

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, June 1, 2015 - 04:45 PM

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Barack Obama tells Israeli TV there is no military solution to Iran's nuclear program.

Channel 2 TV aired exerts of the interview Monday.

Obama said "I can, I think, demonstrate, not based on any hope but on facts and evidence and analysis, that the best way to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon is a verifiable, tough agreement."

Argentine judge who reduced child abuser sentence resigns

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, June 1, 2015 - 04:26 PM

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A judge in Argentina has resigned amid sharp criticism for reducing the sentence of a convicted child abuser because the 6-year-old victim supposedly showed signs of being gay.

The Criminal Appeals Court of Buenos Aires confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday that judge Horacio Piombo stepped down. No reason was given.

In a 2014 ruling that recently came to light, Piombo and fellow Judge Benjamin Sal Llargues cut the sentence of sports club executive Mario Tolosa from six years to 38 months.

More than 40 dead in attack on security forces

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, June 1, 2015 - 04:01 PM

BAGHDAD (AP) — More than 40 police and Shiite militiamen are reported dead after an attack by Islamic State suicide bombers on a police base in Iraq's western Anbar province.

Officials say the attack -- by three bombers in Humvees -- triggered a large secondary explosion in an ammunition depot.

They say more than 60 other security forces members were wounded in the attack.

Park: Woman had windows rolled down before fatal lion attack

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, June 1, 2015 - 03:52 PM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A wildlife park in South Africa confirms that an American woman was killed there today by a lion. It happened at the Lion Park, a popular tourist destination where people can drive through large enclosures as lions roam freely.

A park official, Scott Simpson, says the woman and a man who was with her in a car had rolled their windows down, which he says is "strictly against policy." He says the lion lunged at the woman as she took pictures and bit her through the open window, and that the man was then injured when he tried to punch the lion.

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