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WFP urges Syrian humanitarian pause for crop harvest
ROME (AP) -- The U.N. food agency is calling for a humanitarian pause in fighting in Syria to let farmers harvest their crops and get them to market.... 5/26/2015 9:34 AM

Taiwan proposes plan to ease South China Sea tensions
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou proposed a plan Tuesday to ease tensions in a vast, resource-rich Asian ocean where China has chafed against its neighbors by using landfill to expand islets to solidify its claims in the region.... 5/26/2015 9:33 AM

Police: 13 officers missing following attack; 5 injured
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Thirteen Kenyan police are missing after suspected al-Shabab gunmen attacked their vehicles near Somalia's border, injuring at least five other officers and burning five cars, police said on Tuesday.... 5/26/2015 9:32 AM

Fire at home for elderly in central China kills 38 people
BEIJING (AP) -- A fire that swept through a privately run home for the elderly in central China killed 38 people and left much of it a charred ruin, raising concerns over the safety of facilities housing the country's rapidly aging population.... 5/26/2015 9:32 AM

Austrian police arrest 3 for smuggling people into US
VIENNA (AP) -- Austrian police have detained three suspects for allegedly smuggling people onto flights bound for the United States or Britain.... 5/26/2015 9:25 AM

Modi vows cleaner India, but no clear path to get there
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Four months after becoming prime minister, Narendra Modi stunned Indians by picking up a crude straw broom and, holding it like a dance partner, gently sweeping at a small pile of green leaves on a New Delhi street.... 5/26/2015 9:22 AM

Myanmar's Suu Kyi is missing from global meeting on Rohingya
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- An international gathering about the plight of Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslims boasts a star-studded cast, with three Nobel Peace laureates among those calling on the world to wake up to the unfolding tragedy.... 5/26/2015 9:22 AM

European stocks fall as Greek debt plight looms
TOKYO (AP) -- European shares fell Tuesday as markets reopened after holidays in several countries, as concerns over Greece's debt crisis overshadowed news from China of support for new infrastructure projects.... 5/26/2015 9:18 AM

Turkish opposition candidate shot in knee while campaigning
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- An official says an opposition party candidate has been hospitalized after being shot in the knee while campaigning for Turkey's general elections on June 7.... 5/26/2015 8:58 AM

Ryanair beats forecasts again as annual profits rise 66 pct
DUBLIN (AP) -- Europe's leading budget airline, Ryanair, has beaten forecasts again, reporting full-year net profits of 867 million euros ($949 million), 66 percent higher than the year before.... 5/26/2015 8:58 AM

Malaysian police find a corpse in abandoned jungle camp
BUKIT WANG BURMA, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian authorities have found one corpse as they started digging for bodies at an abandoned jungle camp used by human traffickers on the border with Thailand.... 5/26/2015 8:57 AM

Egypt allows Gazans to return home through border crossing
RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Egypt has opened its border with the Gaza Strip to allow stranded Palestinians to return home.... 5/26/2015 8:52 AM

Iran begins trial of detained Washington Post reporter
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The closed trial of an American-Iranian reporter for the Washington Post detained in Iran for more than 10 months began Tuesday in a court used to hear security cases, the official IRNA news agency reported.... 5/26/2015 8:20 AM

More migrants reach Greece, approaching 1,200 in 2 days
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek authorities in the eastern Aegean Sea have picked up more than 300 people who entered the country illegally in small craft from Turkey, raising the total of arrivals over the past two days to nearly 1,200.... 5/26/2015 8:13 AM

China's army plays down South China Sea island-building
BEIJING (AP) -- China's military on Tuesday compared its controversial island-building in the South China Sea to ordinary construction such as road-building going on elsewhere in the country, trying to deflect criticism over an issue seen as inflaming tensions in the region.... 5/26/2015 8:11 AM

Iraq announces launch of operation to drive IS from Anbar
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq on Tuesday announced the launch of a military operation to drive the Islamic State group out of the western Anbar province, where the extremists captured the provincial capital, Ramadi, earlier this month.... 5/26/2015 7:56 AM

Report: Israeli leader offers talks over settlement blocs
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli newspaper says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered to renew peace talks with the Palestinians.... 5/26/2015 7:31 AM

For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate's heart
BEIRUT (AP) -- The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria's war. In the capital of the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate," Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting online. They married, then passed the days dining on grilled meats in Raqqa's restaurants, strolling along the Euphrates River and eating ice cream.... 5/26/2015 7:07 AM

Australia to pass law to strip citizenship for terror crimes
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia plans to pass a law within weeks to give the government power to strip citizenship from dual nationals who are suspected terrorists even if they are not convicted of a crime, the prime minister said Tuesday.... 5/26/2015 6:27 AM

Afghan forces struggle as Taliban seeks northern stronghold
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) -- Taliban insurgents, their ranks swelled by foreign fighters pushed across the border from Pakistan, nearly surrounded this northern Afghan city last month with an offensive that stunned local authorities and raised concerns over their ability to defend the country without U.S. and foreign combat troops.... 5/26/2015 6:22 AM

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