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Heavy clashes as Iraqi forces push into IS-held Fallujah
CAMP TARIQ, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi forces battling their way into Fallujah repelled a four-hour counterattack by the Islamic State group on Tuesday, a day after entering the southern part of the militant-held city with the help of U.S.-led airstrikes.... 5/31/2016 2:15 PM

Indian comedian faces backlash for video mocking celebrities
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Police in India have asked Facebook and YouTube to remove a video posted by a comedian that mocks a legendary Indian singer and a cricket player.... 5/31/2016 2:11 PM

The Latest: German firefighter admits refugee home arson
GENEVA (AP) -- The Latest on Europe's migration crisis (all times local):... 5/31/2016 2:07 PM

Ex-Miss Turkey gets suspended sentence for insulting Erdogan
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A court on Tuesday convicted a former Miss Turkey of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan through social media postings and gave her a 14-month suspended sentence, amid deepening concerns that the country is swaying toward an increasingly authoritarian form of rule.... 5/31/2016 2:05 PM

Rewind! Germany's top court nixes Kraftwerk sample verdicts
BERLIN (AP) -- German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk have suffered a legal setback at Germany's highest court in a suit over a two-second sample.... 5/31/2016 2:02 PM

Albanian mayor quits over past criminal conviction
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- An Albanian mayor has resigned over his conviction for a brawl in the early 1990s. He's believed to be the first casualty of a five-month-old law barring people with criminal records from public posts.... 5/31/2016 2:00 PM

Denmark moves to ban clerics with anti-democratic views
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Denmark's government says it has secured support from lawmakers for its plan to ban foreign clerics with anti-democratic views from entering the Nordic country.... 5/31/2016 1:56 PM

Strikes test relevance of France's leading militant union
NOTRE-DAME-DE-GRAVENCHON, France (AP) -- Outside Gate A of the ExxonMobil oil refinery, the strike was fizzling.... 5/31/2016 1:55 PM

Puerto Rico's tourist industry feels economic sting of Zika
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- It was the wedding of one of her best friends, and Natalie Kao was going to be a bridesmaid in a fun, tropical setting on a small island just off the east coast of Puerto Rico. But the prevalence of the Zika virus across the U.S. territory gave her pause.... 5/31/2016 1:48 PM

International Organization for Migration estimates more than 1,000 people dead or missing ...
GENEVA (AP) -- International Organization for Migration estimates more than 1,000 people dead or missing in Mediterranean over last week.... 5/31/2016 1:43 PM

Ronnie Wood, wife Sally Humphreys welcome twin daughters
LONDON (AP) -- Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has become a father again at 68 after his wife, Sally Humphreys, gave birth to twin girls.... 5/31/2016 1:36 PM

Kennedy relatives visit South Africa to mark anniversary
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- In 1966, someone tossed a garland around Robert F. Kennedy's neck after he arrived at the Johannesburg airport at the height of white minority rule in South Africa. The American senator and civil rights advocate removed it and gestured at a "Yankee Go Home" sign, saying he was delighted that people were expressing different points of view.... 5/31/2016 1:36 PM

Public-sector workers strike in Belgium, transport disrupted
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Strikes by public-sector employees across Belgium intensified Tuesday, with train and bus services disrupted along with schools, prisons and mail delivery as workers protested against the government's social and economic policies.... 5/31/2016 1:25 PM

NATO chief says Warsaw summit comes at 'critical time'
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says an upcoming summit in Warsaw comes at a "critical time" as the alliance deals with Russian assertiveness and the threat of terrorism amid other challenges.... 5/31/2016 1:25 PM

Iran appeals to US to ease up on European finances for trade
HELSINKI (AP) -- Iran's foreign minister has appealed to the United States to refrain from "retribution" against European banks that want to do business with his country as it opens up to global trade ties.... 5/31/2016 1:22 PM

4 Bangladeshi men convicted of terror financing in Singapore
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Four Bangladeshi workers held on suspicion of planning attacks linked to the Islamic State group in their own country were convicted of financing terrorism by a court in Singapore on Tuesday.... 5/31/2016 1:11 PM

Scandal-hit Volkswagen makes profit despite scandal
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- German automaker Volkswagen saw its net profit fall 19 percent in the first three months of the year - but showed it can still make money even as it grapples with a costly scandal over cars rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests.... 5/31/2016 1:09 PM

Romania: crash fatality confirmed as CEO of pharma scam firm
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanian authorities have confirmed that a man killed in a car crash a week ago was the CEO of a company that had been indicted on charges of delivering heavily diluted disinfectants to hospitals.... 5/31/2016 1:07 PM

Dior in return to Blenheim Palace for Cruise show
LONDON (AP) -- Dior is returning to England's historic Blenheim Palace to unveil its Cruise collection.... 5/31/2016 1:02 PM

UN: 880 killed in Mediterranean shipwrecks over last week
GENEVA (AP) -- Survivors' accounts now indicate the dangerous Mediterranean Sea crossing from Libya to Italy claimed at least 880 lives in the last week as unseaworthy, overcrowded smuggling boats capsized and sank under the weight of their human cargo, the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday.... 5/31/2016 1:00 PM

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