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  • Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — To the Catholic Church’s “seven deadly sins,” Pope Francis has added the “15 ailments of the Curia.” Francis issued a blistering indictment of the Vatican bureaucracy Monday, accusing the cardinals, bishops…

  • Iraqi Yazidi girls abducted by IS endured horror

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Women and girls from Iraq’s Yazidi minority endured horrors at the hands of Islamic State group extremists after they were taken as slaves when last summer, leaving them deeply traumatized, an international…

  • Wife of Cuban agent freed from US expecting baby

    HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is celebrating the return of three intelligence agents imprisoned in the United States for more than a decade, and the joyful but puzzling news that one of their wives is expecting…

  • UN Security Council takes up N. Korea’s human rights

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council took up the issue of North Korea’s bleak human rights situation for the first time Monday, a groundbreaking step toward possibly holding the nuclear-armed but desperately poor…

  • TripAdvisor fined $600,000 by Italian anti-trust

    MILAN (AP) — Italy’s antitrust authority has fined travel planning website TripAdvisor 500,000 euros ($600,000) following complaints of improper business practices lodged by a national hoteliers’ association and a consumer protection agency. The antitrust authority…

  • Cuba says it has a right to grant asylum to US fugitives

    HAVANA (AP) — Cuba said Monday that it has a right to grant asylum to U.S. fugitives, the clearest sign yet that the communist government has no intention of extraditing America’s most-wanted woman despite the…

  • Dozens injured in 3 separate attacks in France

    PARIS (AP) — French authorities urged calm after a series of attacks across the country left dozens of people injured, and said there was no evidence the violent acts were connected by any terrorist motive.…

  • Argentina: Court grants orangutan basic rights

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An orangutan that has lived 20 years at the Buenos Aires zoo is entitled to some legal rights enjoyed by humans, an Argentine court has ruled, a decision the ape’s…

  • NKorea accuses UN of discussing its rights, not US torture

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A North Korean diplomat is accusing Western nations on the United Nations Security Council of “turning a blind eye” to acts of torture and spying by the United States and focusing…

  • Nicaragua breaks ground on historic canal project

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan officials and a Chinese company broke ground Monday on a $50 billion transoceanic waterway predicted to rival the Panama Canal, but which has been a source of anger and protests…

  • Bombs blamed on extremists kill 26 in northeast Nigeria

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Two explosions in two northeast Nigerian states on Monday killed at least 26 people and injured 79, rescue and health officials said. A car bomb at a bus station in Gombe…

  • US stocks push to record highs, continuing a rally

    The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed at record highs Monday as the market delivered its fourth gain in as many trading days. Pharmaceutical and technology stocks were among…

  • Spain hands out $3B in planet’s biggest lottery

    MADRID (AP) — Spaniards and Latin American immigrants who bought lottery tickets in an upper middle class Madrid neighborhood hit the jackpot on Monday, cracking open bottles of champagne on the streets as they celebrated…

  • 88-year-old ex-minister wins Tunisia election

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — An 88-year-old political veteran has been elected president of Tunisia, a country whose young people once electrified the world by overthrowing its 73-year-old dictator in 2011 and triggering the Arab Spring…

  • Leaders agree on Ukrainian peace talks this week

    MOSCOW (AP) — Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany on Monday reached an agreement to call another round of Ukraine peace talks this week. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Vladimir Putin of Russia, French President…