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  • Spain asks US for help on extraditions from Cuba
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 6:29 am
    Spain said Monday it has asked the United States to use its talks on taking Cuba off the blacklist of nations sponsoring terrorism to help obtain the extradition of two members of the armed Basque group ETA from the communist country.
  • EU moves to reduce use of flimsy plastic bags by 80 percent
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 6:17 am
    The European Union has approved new rules that clamps down on the use of flimsy plastic bags that are hazardous for the environment.
  • Israel says it busted Gaza smuggling ring helping Hamas
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 5:48 am
    Israel said on Monday it has busted an Israeli-Palestinian smuggling ring that funneled iron, electronic equipment and other prohibited materials to Gaza, bypassing Israel's stringent border security to help Hamas rebuild its militant infrastructure following last year's war.
  • US ambassador to Yemen meets country's embattled president
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 5:41 am
    The U.S. ambassador to Yemen visited the country's embattled president Monday in the southern port city of Aden, where Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has set up base after fleeing house arrest at the hands of Shiite rebels in the capital, Sanaa.
  • Iran blames West for rise of Islamic State group
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 5:00 am
    Iran's foreign minister has accused the West of fueling Islamic extremism by failing to protect the rights of Muslim immigrants.
  • Scam Alert! Hundreds in Ghana think they're police recruits
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 5:00 am
    Hundreds of Ghanaians reported to police stations around the country over the weekend thinking they were new police recruits, only to find out they were the victims of a scam, police said.
  • Journalist jailed for online post freed from Myanmar prison
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 5:00 am
    A journalist who was arrested for a Facebook post mocking Myanmar's leaders was freed from jail Monday without charge.
  • China lists 14 generals snared in anti-corruption campaign
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 4:56 am
    Chinese military prosecutors on Monday released a list of 14 generals convicted of graft or placed under investigation in an accelerating nationwide anti-corruption drive.
  • Saudi diplomat taken by al-Qaida in Yemen free after 3 years
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 4:56 am
    A Saudi diplomat abducted by suspected al-Qaida militants in Yemen has been freed after nearly three years in captivity and has returned home to Riyadh, the kingdom said Monday.
  • Libyan parliament names Hifter top army commander
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 4:56 am
    Khalifa Hifter, a veteran general leading a campaign against Islamist militias, has been named the general commander of the armed forces loyal to the internationally-backed government.
  • World market momentum over Chinese rate cut fades
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 4:52 am
    World stock markets edged lower in European trading on Monday as investor optimism faded over a weekend interest rate cut by the Chinese central bank.
  • 'Jihadi John' was hardworking student, says former principal
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 4:48 am
    The man who became the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" was a relatively hardworking student who showed no signs of being radicalized, his former school principal said Monday.
  • Myanmar prevents students from marching against academic law
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 4:48 am
    Truckloads of police on Monday prevented hundreds of students from continuing their march to Myanmar's biggest city to protest a new law that they say curbs academic freedom.
  • Kerry, Russian FM meet in Geneva as Ukraine tensions simmer
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 4:40 am
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Monday with his Russian counterpart in what appeared to be less than amicable talks amid continuing tensions over Ukraine and American calls for a full probe into the murder of a prominent opposition figure in Moscow.
  • Chinese shoppers latest target of Hong Kong protest anger
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 4:33 am
    Hong Kong police said Monday they arrested more than three dozen people involved in scuffles that broke out at a weekend protest against the growing influx of mainland Chinese shoppers.