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Greek PM says initial deal in bailout talks 'very close'
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's prime minister voiced hope that bailout talks between the cash-strapped country and its international creditors are "very close" to an initial deal, and ruled out early elections if the marathon negotiations fail....

Nepal quake death toll tops 4,000; villages plead for aid
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- As the death toll from Nepal's devastating earthquake climbed past 4,000, aid workers and officials in remote, shattered villages near the epicenter pleaded Monday for food, shelter and medicine....

The Latest on Nepal Quake: US soldiers stay in Nepal to help
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 12:05 a.m. (1820 GMT, 14:20 EDT)...

Gunman shouting Allahu akbar in Bosnia storms police station
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- A gunman stormed into a police station in a northeastern Bosnian town shouting "Allahu akbar" on Monday, killing a policeman and wounding two others, authorities said....

Cash handoffs, extortion fuel Mediterranean trafficking
PALERMO, Sicily (AP) -- Fleeing war, persecution and poverty, migrants desperate to reach Europe are paying thousands of dollars apiece to become pawns in a multimillion-dollar trafficking network that stretches from the Sahara to Sweden....

UN: Israeli military killed 44 Palestinians at UN shelters
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A U.N. inquiry has found that at least 44 Palestinians were killed and at least 227 injured by direct mortar strikes and other "Israeli actions" while sheltering at U.N. locations during last year's Gaza war. The Palestinians said they would give the findings to the International Criminal Court....

Report: Journalists face deadliest time 'in recent history'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Extremist groups and the governments that restrict liberties to combat those militants have created "the most deadly and dangerous period for journalists in recent history," according to a new report released Monday....

American Civil War commemorated way down south of Dixie
SANTA BARBARA D'OESTE, Brazil (AP) -- It had all the trappings of a down-home country fair somewhere well below the Mason-Dixon line: Lynyrd Skynyrd medleys, mile-long lines for fried chicken, barbeque and draft beer, and a plethora of Confederate flags emblazoning everything from belt buckles to motorcycle vests to trucker caps....

US vets come to Vietnam to confront past, and find a home
DANANG, Vietnam (AP) -- When Richard Parker left Vietnam in 1970, he planned to leave his memories of napalm attacks firmly in the past. Instead, as time marched on, they haunted him....

Burundi Red Cross: 6 killed in anti-president protests
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- At least six people have been killed in clashes between police and civilians demonstrating against the Burundian president's bid for a third term, a spokesman for the Burundi Red Cross said on Monday, as hundreds continued to protest in the capital despite a heavy military presence....

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