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Fight for growing Pentecostal vote in Brazil

  RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s rapid religious transformation is reverberating through the country’s tight presidential race, where abortion and gay marriage have emerged as hot-button issues and Pentecostal televangelists are political power brokers. The socially conservative Pentecostal population now includes more than one-fifth of the electorate, just three decades after barely registering any [...]

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3 soldiers charged in Mexico army killing of 22

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — Months after the Mexican army said it had killed 22 suspected gang members in a fierce shootout, three soldiers are being charged with homicide. The announcement late Tuesday was another step in dismantling the official version of the June 30 confrontation, which came under question almost immediately because of the [...]

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Mexico announces homicide charges in army killings

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican prosecutors announced homicide charges Tuesday against three soldiers in the June killings of 22 suspected gang members in southern Mexico, challenging the army’s version that the suspects died in a shootout. Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said that after a brief initial firefight the three soldiers entered a warehouse [...]

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Karadzic: I am not linked to wartime atrocities

  THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic insisted Wednesday that U.N. prosecutors do not have “a shred of evidence” linking him to atrocities throughout the Bosnian war and accused them of putting the Serb people on trial. In an 874-page defense summary, Karadzic said he should not be convicted by [...]

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Convicted priest says El Salvador backed gang work

  MADRID (AP) — Those who love Antonio Rodriguez know him affectionately as “Father Tony,” the Roman Catholic priest who spent 15 years working in El Salvador’s roughest neighborhoods to get vulnerable young men out of a gang lifestyle that often ends in death. Others say he got too close to the gangs that plague [...]

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Nazi hunter pushes for new probe

  BERLIN (AP) — The Simon Wiesenthal Center has identified dozens of former members of Nazi mobile death squads who might still be alive, and is pushing the German government for an investigation, The Associated Press has learned. The Wiesenthal Center’s top Nazi hunter, Efraim Zuroff, told the AP on Wednesday that in September he [...]

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Man to be sentenced for plot to bomb holiday event

  PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Mohamed Mohamud, the young Somali American convicted of trying to bomb Portland’s downtown square while it was filled with holiday cheer, will learn Wednesday if he gets to leave prison before he’s an old man. Mohamud, 23, could get life in prison at the hearing in U.S. District Court, but [...]

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Pennsylvania trooper shot dead during gun training

  CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state trooper was accidentally shot during a gun training exercise at a safety facility and later died. Trooper David Kedra was shot in the chest Tuesday during a yearly training exercise at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Complex in Conshohocken, near Philadelphia, state police said. He’s the [...]

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Forensics at center of missing U.Va. student case

  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Morgan Harrington’s parents were so convinced that a serial offender was responsible for their daughter’s killing in 2009, they started a nonprofit foundation aimed at protecting other young women. Five years later, the Harringtons are reacting with a mixture of both sadness and relief to the news that the arrest [...]

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NASA postpones rocket launch from Va. facility

  WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — The launch of a Department of Defense rocket from Virginia’s Eastern Shore has been postponed. NASA had planned to launch the Terrier-Lynx suborbital rocket early Wednesday morning. The space agency says in a news release that the launch has been rescheduled for Oct. 12 between midnight and 2 a.m. [...]

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Algeria’s ailing president absent amid crises

  ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The silence of Algeria’s ailing president since the kidnapping and beheading of a French hiker by Islamic State-inspired militants has ignited new concerns over his health and whether he’s fit to rule the oil-rich North African nation — or indeed whether he’s still doing so. Since Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s election to [...]

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