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Syrian president acknowledges recent 'setbacks' in war
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad acknowledged Wednesday what he said were recent "setbacks" in the war against insurgents trying to topple him, promising a comeback by his troops still entangled in heavy fighting.... 5/6/2015 2:07 PM

Scientific study: Beatles, Stones eclipsed by hip-hop impact
LONDON (AP) -- The impact of hip-hop's arrival on the pop music scene eclipsed that of the Beatles-led British invasion of 1964, a computer analysis of 17,000 songs has found.... 5/6/2015 2:03 PM

Prominent Iranian human rights activist is detained
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- One of Iran's most prominent human rights activists, Narges Mohammadi, has been arrested by state security forces and detained in Tehran's Evin Prison, her husband said Wednesday.... 5/6/2015 2:02 PM

Germanwings co-pilot tried slow descent hours before crash
PARIS (AP) -- The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 appeared to have practiced a controlled descent on his flight into Barcelona just two hours before he intentionally crashed the A320 jet into a mountainside on the return flight to Duesseldorf, air accident investigators said Wednesday.... 5/6/2015 1:56 PM

East Africa Community tries to mend Burundi turmoil
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- With protesters in Burundi refusing to back down, government ministers from East African Community nations travelled to Burundi on Wednesday to help seek a solution to unrest caused by President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term.... 5/6/2015 1:56 PM

GlaxoSmithKline opts to hold on to HIV business
LONDON (AP) -- British-based drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline opted Wednesday to keep its stake in its stand-alone HIV business as it set out its strategy following a big deal with Switzerland's Novartis.... 5/6/2015 1:36 PM

Prince William, wife Kate off to country home with children
LONDON (AP) -- Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have packed up their newborn princess and their 21-month-old son Prince George for a stay at their country home.... 5/6/2015 1:35 PM

Iraq, other conflicts swell global total of displaced people
BERLIN (AP) -- A group that monitors the plight of people forced out of their homes by conflicts says the number of people displaced within their own countries surged to 38 million last year, with a few countries led by Iraq accounting for much of the increase.... 5/6/2015 1:35 PM

German court overturns entry ban for Russian Night Wolves
BERLIN (AP) -- A Berlin court has overturned an entry ban on a group of nationalist Russian bikers planning to commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany 70 years ago by riding their motorcycles through the capital to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe.... 5/6/2015 1:32 PM

UK police arrest 7 in fraud linked to Syria extremists
LONDON (AP) -- British police say they have arrested seven men as part of an investigation into an alleged fraud linked to extremists in Syria.... 5/6/2015 1:27 PM

Macedonia: 38 police, 1 protester hurt in overnight clashes
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Violent clashes overnight between protesters and police in the Macedonian capital Skopje left 38 police officers and one protester injured, authorities said Wednesday, while 30 people were detained.... 5/6/2015 1:27 PM

Report: 2.2 million Iraqis displaced by Islamic State group
BEIRUT (AP) -- Conflicts and violence worldwide displaced a record 38 million people in 2014, with 2.2 million Iraqis alone forced to flee the Islamic State group, a Norwegian humanitarian group report released Wednesday revealed.... 5/6/2015 1:23 PM

Migrants rescued after 12 days at sea, UN to hear of crisis
CATANIA, Sicily (AP) -- An Italian rescue patrol picked up nearly 100 migrants who reported being at sea for 12 days as the U.N. Security Council prepared to hear about the Mediterranean migrant crisis and proposals to target the smugglers fueling it.... 5/6/2015 1:20 PM

Bollywood star Salman Khan sentenced to 5 years in 2002 case
MUMBAI, India (AP) -- One of India's biggest and most popular movie stars, Salman Khan, was sentenced to five years in jail Wednesday on charges of driving a vehicle over five men sleeping on a sidewalk and killing one in a hit-and-run case that has dragged for more than 12 years.... 5/6/2015 1:19 PM

Canadian gets Dutch burial 70 years after WWII death
BERGEN-OP-ZOOM, Netherlands (AP) -- Canadian Pvt. Albert Laubenstein has found a final resting place, 70 years after he was killed during the Allied advance through the Netherlands in the closing months of World War II.... 5/6/2015 1:08 PM

Merkel aides testify to parliament panel over spy affair
BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel's current and former chiefs of staff are appearing before a parliamentary committee over allegations Germany's spy agency acted against national interests in cooperating with U.S. counterparts.... 5/6/2015 12:59 PM

Kerry hopes to win pause in Yemen war as he heads to talks
DJIBOUTI (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he hopes to secure a pause in Yemen's war as he prepared for talks in Saudi Arabia Wednesday, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that already has neighboring countries bracing for a mass exodus of refugees.... 5/6/2015 12:53 PM

Weak US jobs data keeps stock markets in check
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Weak U.S. economic reports kept stocks in check on Wednesday, though European markets continued to trade higher and Wall Street was expected to rise on the open. Asian markets closed lower earlier.... 5/6/2015 12:52 PM

5 Ukrainian troops killed as cease-fire teeters on brink
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Five Ukrainian government troops battling separatist forces in the east have been killed in one of the worst single days of bloodshed since a cease-fire was declared in February, military officials said Wednesday.... 5/6/2015 12:48 PM

UK 'flash crash' trader: I was just good at my job
LONDON (AP) -- A British financial trader accused of helping to set off a "flash crash" on Wall Street in 2010 from his London home claimed Wednesday he was just good at his job as he fights extradition to the U.S.... 5/6/2015 12:47 PM

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