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    Russian Orthodox bishop assails Putin, won’t vote for him

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian Orthodox bishop has said that he wouldn’t vote for President Vladimir Putin in March’s election — an unprecedented show of dissent by a high-ranking clergyman in the church whose hierarchs have maintained warm ties with the Kremlin. Bishop Yevtikhiy of Ishim in Siberia said on social networks site VKontakte that […]
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    Ecuador’s president takes aim at WikiLeaks’ Assange

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador’s president is lashing out at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange even as he contends his government is working behind the scenes to help him out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London. Lenin Moreno said in a televised interview Sunday that Assange had become “more than a nuisance” after he violated terms […]
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    Militia leader convicted in Central African Republic

    BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Human rights groups in Central African Republic say a former warlord who fought in the anti-Balaka militia has been sentenced to life in prison, a first for this conflict-wracked country. The International Federation for Human Rights said Monday that the conviction of Rodrigue Ngaibona, known as “General Andjilo,” is […]
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    South Africa ruling party deciding if Zuma should step down

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s ruling party said Monday it is considering whether to order President Jacob Zuma to step down as head of state. “We have not arrived at any decision that Zuma must go or Zuma must not go,” African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Ace Magashule told the press after a four-day […]
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    German authorities tell Audi to recall diesels

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A spokeswoman for Germany’s transport ministry says Volkswagen’s Audi brand is being told to recall 127,000 diesel cars that reduce emissions controls when not being tested. Ministry spokeswoman Svenja Friedrich said that the motor transport agency had found that Audi diesel engines designed to meet the latest Euro 6 emissions standard […]
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    Suspect in London van attack on Muslims ‘ticking time bomb’

    LONDON (AP) — A man accused of driving a van into worshippers near London’s Finsbury Park Mosque became convinced that all Muslims were extremists or rapists in pedophile gangs, a prosecutor said Monday. Darren Osborne, 48, is accused of driving into a crowd of worshippers attending Ramadan prayers in June. A 51-year-old man, Makram Ali, […]
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    Carpe diem: Pope defends Chile airplane nuptials

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis is defending his decision to perform an airborne wedding flying over Chile, saying the two flight attendants were prepared for the sacrament and that refusing them might have meant they would never get around to it again. Francis told reporters that he had questioned both bride and […]
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    Eurozone looks to final stages of Greek bailout

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Eurozone finance ministers warmly endorsed Greece’s financial progress Monday in the latest review of Athens’ bailout program, putting the country on track to emerge from its eight-year rescue this summer. Finance ministers of the 19-nation eurozone said there was little doubt that Athens would soon get the green light for another disbursement […]
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    Hong Kong bookseller detained again by Chinese authorities

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong-based bookseller who was secretly detained in China has been taken away by Chinese authorities again after being released into house arrest last October, his daughter said Monday. Angela Gui told Radio Sweden, the English-language service of national broadcaster Sveriges Radio, that her father, Gui Minhai, was on a […]
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    Pope apologizes to abuse victims, but defends Chilean bishop

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis apologized for insisting that victims of pedophile priests show “proof” to be believed, saying he realized it was a “slap in the face” to victims that he never intended. But he doubled down on defending a Chilean bishop accused by victims of covering up for the country’s […]