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OAS pushes Venezuela to engage in dialogue as tensions flare

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the Organization of American States urged Venezuela’s government and opposition to settle their differences through dialogue Tuesday, backing off from threats to suspend the socialist-run country and providing President Nicolas Maduro some short-term relief as he struggles to rescue the polarized nation from crisis. The …

Groups urge Thai action against torture, disappearances

BANGKOK (AP) — Rights groups are urging Thailand’s government to enact legislation banning torture and forced disappearances as its human rights record comes under United Nations review. Tuesday’s review in Geneva by the U.N. Human Rights Committee comes shortly after Thailand’s legislature unanimously ratified a U.N. treaty against forced disappearances. …

Jewish family battles Spain museum over art looted by Nazis

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the epic, 16-year battle over a priceless painting looted by the Nazis, there is one point on which all sides agree: When Lilly Cassirer and her husband fled Germany ahead of the Holocaust, they surrendered their Camille Pissarro masterpiece in exchange for their lives. The …

With mixed progress, nations review war vs. tobacco industry

NEW DELHI (AP) — In Nepal, health warnings cover 90 percent of cigarette packs, while Australia requires those packets be wrapped in drab, plain paper. Indonesia’s new ban on outdoor advertising brought down tobacco billboards depicting smiling, smoking youths. And India wants scary photos of rotting lungs and mouth tumors …

US airlines to start scheduled flights to Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — Six airlines won permission Friday to resume scheduled commercial air service from the U.S. to Cuba for the first time in more than five decades, another milestone in President Barack Obama’s campaign to normalize relations between Cold War foes. The airlines — American, Frontier, JetBlue, Silver Airways, …

Syria troops remove mines, bombs after Palmyra taken from IS

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The recapture of Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State group has brought new revelations of the destruction wreaked by the extremists, who decapitated priceless statues and smashed or looted artifacts in the city’s museum. Experts say they need time to assess the full …