• Top South America hackers rattle Peru's Cabinet

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    LIMA, Peru (AP) — The Peruvian hackers have broken into military, police, and other sensitive government networks in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, defacing websites and extracting sensitive data to strut their programming prowess and make political points. Now the team calling itself LulzSecPeru has created a national political uproar. Emails the hackers stole from the Peruvian Council of Ministers' network and dumped online last month fueled accusations that top Cabinet ministers have acted more like industry lobbyists than public servants. That helped precipitate a no-confidence vote last week that the Cabinet barely survived. The hackers, who describe themselves as two young men, are a homegrown version of

  • Ukraine economy at risk, may need another bailout

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    BRUSSELS (AP) — While Ukraine's leaders are trying to win the war against Russian-backed separatists in the east, they appear to be losing the battle to resurrect the country's battered economy. Ukraine might need billions in additional support if the fighting between the military and the separatists in the country's east persists through next year, the International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday. Only covering the shortfall in the central bank's reserves would require an additional $19 billion by the end of 2015, the fund said. If the fighting eases over the coming months, the country's economy would still be shrinking by a sharp 6.5 percent this year, with meager growth on the horizon next year, according to the IMF.

  • AP Interview: Iran says it disrupts nuclear plots

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    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has disrupted plots by foreign spies to recruit its nuclear experts and stopped sabotage attempts through faulty foreign equipment supplied for its facilities, the deputy head of the Islamic Republic's nuclear department told The Associated Press. The comments by Asghar Zarean, who is in charge of security for Iran's nuclear program, came during a visit by an AP team to Iran's Atomic Energy Organization in Tehran organized by state officials. It also comes as Iran continues negotiations with world powers over its contested nuclear program and after authorities said they shot down a purported Israeli drone near one of its atomic facilities.

  • Clashes between Islamists, rivals in Libya kill 31

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    CAIRO (AP) — Fierce clashes in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi between Islamist militiamen and rival forces loyal to a renegade general have killed 31 fighters on both sides, a security official said Tuesday. The fighting erupted late on Monday, with forces and fighter jets belonging to Gen. Khalifa Hifter pounding positions of Islamist militias called The Benghazi Revolutionary Shura Council, said the official. The hours-long clashes concentrated around the city's Benina airport and the militiamen responded with artillery, added the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. Hifter's side lost 20 fighters while the militiamen had 11 killed, and 36 fighters in all

  • Yemeni president dismisses Cabinet to ease tension

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    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Yemeni president on Tuesday dismissed the Cabinet including the prime minister who led it for two years, while partially reversing an earlier decision to lift fuel subsidies in a bid to end a standoff with Shiite rebels holding anti-government protests across the country. Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi made his decision during a meeting with the now outgoing government, representatives of political parties and parliament members, the official news agency SABA reported. The decisions came in response to an "initiative" submitted by a presidential committee formed by Hadi to examine peaceful resolutions for the Yemeni crisis. "The nation is passing through tough times," the agency reported Hadi as saying duri

  • Greece to toughen penalties on hate speech

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    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Lawmakers in Greece on Tuesday began debating draft legislation to outlaw Holocaust denial and expand prosecution powers against the incitement of racial violence, following scores of violent attacks against immigrants and a surge in popular support for the extreme right Golden Dawn party. The draft legislation to be voted on later this week would allow the prosecution of racial abuse without requiring victims to take any legal action, with convictions for incitement to violence carrying a penalty of up to three years in prison.

  • Detroit Medical Center to get $10 million award

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    DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Medical Center has been selected to receive a $10 million award as part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Health Care Innovation Awards program. The money will enable the DMC to test a primary care and preventative health model that reaches patients who use some of Detroit's busiest emergency departments. In a news release Tuesday, the DMC says the Health Care Innovation Awards range from $2 million to $23.8 million over three years and are made possible by the Affordable Care Act. Funding this year totaled about $360 million for 39 recipients in 27 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Saudi executes 4 people for drug smuggling

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    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that it executed another four people it says were found guilty of trying to illegally smuggle large quantities of pills and hashish into the kingdom. That brings to 45 the number of people executed this year in Saudi Arabia, according to an Associated Press tally. Thirty of those were executed over the past four weeks alone. The interior ministry said that three of the men executed were Syrian and the fourth is Iranian. No further details were released. Executions in Saudi Arabia are usually carried out by beheadings with a sword or by firing squad. Sometimes the executions are held in public. Saudi Arabia has one of the highest execution rates in the world

  • Go For the Food: Famous noodles in Bangkok

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    BANGKOK (AP) — With its fluorescent bulbs and cafeteria-style tables, the Bangkok restaurant Raan Jay Fai wouldn't win any awards for interior decorating. But that hasn't deterred Martha Stewart, one of the restaurant's many fans. After a visit and memorable meal, the decor guru called the restaurant's 70-year-old owner and sole chef — who is named Jay Fai — "the best cook in Thailand." Michelin-starred chefs have come to the restaurant for tutelage in the art of traditional wok cooking over intensely hot charcoal braziers. Bangkok's well-heeled park their luxury cars outside, which is a good clue for first-timers who have trouble finding the small eatery since it lacks an English-language sign.

  • Versatile Viggo speaks French in 'Far From Men'

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    VENICE, Italy (AP) — Is there a language Viggo Mortensen doesn't speak? The multilingual Danish-American actor has performed in everything from English to Elvish. Now he tackles French — as well the power of silence — in Venice Film Festival entry "Far From Men," a stark story about two men, a schoolteacher and a murderer, caught up in Algeria's war for independence. Mortensen also learned some Arabic for the film by French director David Oelhoffen. So how many tongues has he used onscreen? "Lakota, Elvish — two kinds of Elvish — Dwarvish, Arabic, French, Danish, Russian," he listed. "I think I spoke Swedish one time, German, Spanish." It's possible he may have left out one or two.

  • Germany opens memorial to Nazis' disabled victims

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    BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Tuesday inaugurated a memorial to more than 200,000 people with physical and mental disabilities killed by the Nazis after their lives were deemed "worthless." The transparent 24-meter (79-foot) blue glass wall outside the Berlin Philharmonic concert hall is near memorials to the Jewish Holocaust victims and the Nazis' gay and Gypsy, or Roma, victims, opened over the past decade. It stands on the site of a villa where the murder of patients at hospitals and mental institutes was coordinated. More than 70,000 people were gassed at centers for what the Nazis described as their euthanasia operation, coded "T4" in reference to the building's address, Tiergartenstrasse 4, in 1940 and 1941.

  • Penn State student gains rep as squirrel whisperer

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    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A Penn State student is gaining an Internet reputation as a "squirrel whisperer" for befriending, feeding and dressing up a furry little friend she has named "Sneezy." Junior Mary Krupa tells WJAC-TV (http://bit.ly/1B9IvPf ) that she's able to dress up the squirrel in party hats, or get Sneezy to hold doll-sized props, simply by feeding the animal. Krupa and Sneezy's exploits are chronicled in a Facebook page titled "Sneezy the Penn State Squirrel." So far, the squirrel is proving quite popular as its Facebook page has more "likes" that a page dedicated to the school's official mascot, the Nittany Lion. ___ Online: http://on.fb.me/1qlke5r ___ Information from: WJAC-TV,

  • Official: New Polish prime minister this month

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    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government spokeswoman says a new prime minister should be appointed before the end of the month to replace Donald Tusk who will take office as the European Council's president in December. Tusk, a 57-year-old historian, has been democratic Poland's longest-serving prime minister since 2007, with one year to go in his second term. But he needs to resign with his entire Cabinet to take one of the top EU offices, which he was unanimously given at an EU summit last weekend. Spokeswoman Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska said Tuesday that Poland should have a new prime minister "before the end of September." This means the new Cabinet should be in place in October.

  • Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen blasts pageant boss

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    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A dethroned 16-year-old beauty queen from Myanmar said Tuesday she won't return her bejeweled $100,000 crown until pageant organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief. May Myat Noe — the country's first winner of an international beauty contest — lashed back at her accusers at a tightly packed news conference. She said representatives of the Miss Asia Pacific World pageant lied about her age — saying she was 18 instead of 16 — and tried to pressure her into getting plastic surgery "from head to toe." Noe denied having breast implants as claimed by David Kim, director of media for the South Korean-based pageant. He said the surgery was provided free of charge, part of efforts

  • Ukraine: Russian forces in major rebel cities

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    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian military forces have been spotted in both major rebel-held cities in eastern Ukraine, an official said Tuesday, prompting Ukraine to declare that it now has to fight the Russian army, not just the separatists. The statement on the Russians by Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine's National Security Council, came after the country's defense minister said Ukraine's armed forces are expanding their strategy from just fighting separatists to facing the Russian army in a war that could cost "tens of thousands" of lives. Lysenko told reporters Russian troops had been seen in the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as other locations throughout the east. The claim could not be confirmed ind

  • Police abandon posts in Lesotho, fear for lives

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    MASERU, Lesotho (AP) — Police in Lesotho have been told to abandon their posts and not wear uniforms to avoid being targeted in attacks in the kingdom's continuing power vacuum, an official said Tuesday. At least one policeman was killed when the military disarmed police stations on Saturday. Radios were also jammed in what the prime minister said was a clear coup attempt in the country of about 2 million people. The military said they merely acted on information that police would be arming demonstrators in a political protest. Prime Minister Thomas Thabane fled to South Africa, where he has been meeting with regional leaders. It is not yet clear when he will return to Lesotho, but the streets are unprotected by police unti

  • UMass starts semester with giant clambake

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    AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The new school year at the University of Massachusetts has started with a record-setting feast. More than 3,000 traditional New England clambake dinners were served on the Amherst campus on Monday. Chefs prepared more than 3,000 lobsters, 6,000 little neck clams, 3,000 steamers, more than 6,000 ears of corn and 1,500 pounds of potatoes for students and staff. There was no previous record for largest New England clambake, but Guinness World Record officials had set a minimum bar at 1,500 meals in eight hours. UMass reached that mark in about an hour. Ken Toong, executive director of auxiliary services, says most of the food was locally sourced, and all waste, including plates and flatware, w

  • Friends work to 'save' Pennsylvania bucket bear

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    PARKER, Pa. (AP) — A group of friends has tracked down and helped to save a western Pennsylvania bear that got its head stuck in a bucket-like contraption. The group posted cellphone video to the Facebook page titled "Save the 'Bucket Bear'" (http://on.fb.me/1rcTt3h ) after they were able to track down the bear and subdue it over the weekend. Samantha Eigenbrod recorded the rescue on her cellphone. The bear's head wasn't really stuck in a bucket, but rather in a device related to an automobile air bag that got stuck on the bear's head. The animal was able to breathe by chewing a hole in the device. Eigenbrod's friends tackled the bear and took about 30 to 40 minutes to cut off the device with a hack saw. The bear then

  • Instead of mushrooms, Austrian finds grenade

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    VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian on a woodland search for mushrooms came home with a more dangerous find — a grenade that police say could have been set off by the slightest movement. Police were called by the son of the unidentified 66-year old man who found the grenade and took it home. Explosives experts subsequently evacuated neighboring houses and exploded the device early Tuesday. The experts say that the grenade already had been fired from a launcher. Although it did not explode on impact, its fuse was damaged, meaning even a slight movement could have led to a blast. Police are investigating how the grenade ended up in the patch of forest about 150 kilometers (90 miles) west of Vienna.

  • Syrian rebels issue demands for captive UN troops

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    BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group's removal from a U.N. terrorist list and compensation for the killing of three of its fighters in a shootout with international troops, an official said Tuesday. The Nusra Front seized the Fijians on Thursday in the Golan Heights, where a 1,200-strong U.N. force monitors the buffer zone between Syria and Israel. The rebels also surrounded two Filipino units, but those U.N. troops escaped over the weekend. Speaking in the Fijian capital of Suva, military commander Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said the Nusra Front has made three demands for the peacekeepers' release: t