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India loosens rules on some foreign retailers

NEW DELHI (AP) -- The Indian government formally agreed Tuesday to allow foreign companies to own 100 percent of stores here dedicated to selling products under a single brand name....

Brazil: Senate loosens Amazon protections

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The Brazilian Senate voted 59-7 Tuesday to approve new environmental legislation that would loosen restrictions on deforestation in the Amazon and give amnesty to those who illegally cleared land before July 2008....

Exxon Mobil: $908 M awarded in Venezuela dispute

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- An international arbitration body has awarded Exxon Mobil Corp. nearly $908 million in a dispute with Venezuela over compensation for the nationalization of its assets, the company said Sunday....

Vatican university hosts unusual tattoo conference

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Tattooed mummies in ancient Egypt, Crusaders who branded their foreheads with crosses, and New Zealand's inked Maori warriors were fodder for an unusual conference at a Vatican university Tuesday on the role of tattoos in shaping identity....

NRC chief: Nuke industry must heed lesson of Japan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's nuclear safety chief said Tuesday he is worried that U.S. nuclear plant operators have become complacent, just nine months after the nuclear disaster in Japan....

NRC chief: Nuke industry must heed lesson of Japan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's nuclear safety chief said Tuesday he is worried that U.S. nuclear plant operators have become complacent, just nine months after the nuclear disaster in Japan....

Egypt Islamist party in bind after killings

CAIRO (AP) -- An Islamist party that is a key member of the factions that backed the military's ouster of President Mohammed Morsi threatened to break with the country's new military-backed leadership after the killing of more than 50 Islamist protesters Sunday, trying to salvage its position in the face of criticism it had turned against its own movement....

Hard-line Islamist gains surprise in Egypt vote

CAIRO (AP) -- With little political experience but a huge religious following, Egypt's ultraconservative Salafi movement has pulled off the biggest surprise yet of Egypt's first-round parliamentary elections by taking a quarter of the vote....

An insider's account of vote rigging for Putin

MOSCOW (AP) -- The election official had a problem. Workers at his polling station had been stuffing ballot boxes with votes for Vladimir Putin's party all day, he says, but when the votes were counted United Russia still didn't have enough....

An insider's account of vote rigging for Putin

MOSCOW (AP) -- The election official had a problem. Workers at his polling station had been stuffing ballot boxes with votes for Vladimir Putin's party all day, he says, but when the votes were counted United Russia still didn't have enough....

Despite army takeover, fear strong in Mexican town

CIUDAD MIER, Mexico (AP) -- Schoolchildren once again chatter and scamper across the town plaza where drug gang gunmen last year torched the police station and left the remains of a dismembered man....

US to use foreign aid to promote gay rights

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is announcing a wide-ranging effort to use U.S. foreign aid to promote rights for gays and lesbians abroad, including combating attempts by foreign governments to criminalize homosexuality....

APNewsBreak: US to provide $100M in new Syria aid

ROME (AP) -- The Obama administration is providing $100 million in new Syria aid, U.S. officials said Wednesday, but the money is for humanitarian purposes only and not linked to any decision on arming Syrian rebels....

Pilot sick-out disrupts Caribbean airline flights

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua (AP) -- Caribbean airline LIAT says all of its pilots have called in sick, likely disrupting all of Tuesday's flights....

Ted Hughes taking his place in Poets' Corner

LONDON (AP) -- British poet Ted Hughes is being honored with a memorial stone in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey, joining a line of great British writers going back to Chaucer....

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