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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 from citizens in recent weeks....

Cuba: Asylum for fugitives is legitimate right
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba said Monday that it has a right to grant asylum to U.S. fugitives, the clearest sign to date that the communist government has no intention of extraditing America's most-wanted woman despite the warming of bilateral relations....

UN Security Council takes up N. Korea's human rights
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council placed North Korea's bleak human rights situation on its agenda Monday, a groundbreaking step toward possibly holding the nuclear-armed but desperately poor country and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity....

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."...

10 years after tsunami, victim's mom learns body wasn't lost
SEINT PAING, Myanmar (AP) -- Of all the moments to chase a dream, May Aye Nwe chose the morning of Dec. 26, 2004....

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 just two weeks from now....

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 uprisings across the region....

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....

AP PHOTOS: Spain searches for Franco-era graves
ESTEPAR, Spain (AP) -- Across Spain, volunteer teams of archeologists, anthropologists and forensic scientists head out every year on expeditions to dig for suspected mass graves - a legacy of Spain's fascist past....

Truck veering out of control kills 6 pedestrians in Glasgow
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- Six people were killed and several others injured when a garbage truck crashed into a group of pedestrians in downtown Glasgow Monday, police said....

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Bombs blamed on extremists kill 26 in northeast Nigeria

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10 years after tsunami, victim's mom learns body wasn't lost

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Belfast leaders near deal to save power-sharing

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Wife of Cuban agent freed from US expecting baby

Middle East
88-year-old ex-minister wins Tunisia election