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Venezuela imposes tax on windfall oil prices

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela is imposing a windfall profits tax on royalties from oil projects when crude prices are above $40 a barrel, seeking to squeeze as much as $16 billion mostly out of foreign oil companies, the government said Tuesday....

Haiti's Martelly seeks new taxes to help schools

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Haiti's president-elect announced Tuesday that he intends to impose taxes on money transfers and international cellphone calls to help finance schools across the chronically impoverished country....

Militants threaten fragile step to Syrian peace

PARIS (AP) -- In a first yet fragile step toward peace, Syria's government and the main but disputed moderate opposition group seeking to oust it have agreed to allow humanitarian aid into some blocked-off parts of the scarred Mideast country....

Russia angry over 'blame' on Syria

MOSCOW (AP) -- Moscow bristled at the West for its attempts to "put the blame" on Russia for escalating the Syrian civil war, hours after Moscow vetoed a Western-backed United Nations resolution aimed at pressuring President Bashar Assad's government to end the war....

German foundation paid WikiLeaks $585,000 in 2010

BERLIN (AP) -- WikiLeaks' self-described main financial backer supported the organization through donations totaling euro402,000 ($585,000) last year, a German foundation said Tuesday, providing a rare glimpse into the group's finances....

Gadhafi's grip on western Libya may be slipping

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Moammar Gadhafi has suffered military setbacks in recent days in western Libya, a sign that his grip may be slipping in the very region he needs to cling to power....

X-Ray Spex singer Poly Styrene dies at 53

LONDON (AP) -- Poly Styrene, the braces-wearing singer who belted out "Oh bondage, up yours!" with the band X-Ray Spex, has died at the age of 53....

Italy, France ask EU to revise border treaty

ROME (AP) -- Italy and France asked the European Union on Tuesday to revise the Schengen border treaty that permits passport-free travel through Europe to take into account "exceptional" situations like the recent massive flood of Tunisian immigrants....

Leaked files: Gitmo inmate informed on 123 others

LONDON (AP) -- Leaked U.S. military documents reveal that a Guantanamo Bay detainee was freed after informing on 123 other prisoners, despite concerns about the reliability of his evidence, a British newspaper reported Tuesday....

Turkmens scrap exam on late leader's holy book

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) -- Education authorities in the Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan have abolished the requirement for school-leavers to take an exam on the rambling spiritual guide written by the country's late president....

Kashmir development plan pits rocks against trout

SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Within the icy waters of Kashmir's boulder-strewn streams, a thriving trout population feeds a promising fish industry and lures anglers to the foot of the Himalayas....

2 dingoes maul 3-year-old girl on Australia beach

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- Two dingoes that mauled a 3-year-old girl on an Australian beach have been caught and destroyed, officials said Tuesday....

Venezuela to boost minimum wage by 25 percent

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Hugo Chavez has announced a 25 percent increase for Venezuela's minimum wage starting May 1....

Poll finds majority of Egyptians oppose theocracy

CAIRO (AP) -- A poll released Sunday indicates that at this point, only a small minority of Egyptians support the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, and less than 1 percent favor an Iran-style Islamic theocracy....

Human cannonball dies in UK stunt accident

LONDON (AP) -- British police say a man has died after a safety net gave way during a human cannonball performance at a "daredevil" stunt show in southern England....

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