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US journalism courses rile Cuba amid effort to heal rift
HAVANA (AP) -- About 30 Cubans sit in a conference room for several hours each week and learn the ABCs of journalism: how to craft a news story, write a headline and check sources.... 6/3/2015 2:21 PM

Prosecutor receives French army file about sex-abuse probe
PARIS (AP) -- The Paris prosecutor's office has received documents linked to a military investigation of alleged sexual abuse by French soldiers against children in Central African Republic.... 6/3/2015 2:13 PM

Sepp Blatter back at work at FIFA headquarters
ZURICH (AP) -- A day after announcing his decision to resign, Sepp Blatter was back at work at FIFA headquarters on Wednesday as the worst corruption crisis in the governing body's 111-year history continued to unfold.... 6/3/2015 2:10 PM

Meryl Streep drama 'Suffragette' to open London Film Fest
LONDON (AP) -- Historical drama "Suffragette," starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep as votes-for-women campaigners, will open this year's London Film Festival.... 6/3/2015 2:06 PM

Spain ex-premier plans Venezuela trip to help politician
MADRID (AP) -- A former Spanish prime minister hopes to travel to Venezuela this weekend to help lawyers defending imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.... 6/3/2015 2:04 PM

Giant atom smasher back in business after 2-year upgrade
BERLIN (AP) -- Scientists successfully restarted experiments at the world's biggest particle collider Wednesday, after a two-year shutdown and upgrade that allows it to smash together atoms with almost double the energy used in its first run.... 6/3/2015 1:58 PM

Palestinian FIFA bid stirs opposite reactions among Israelis
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An aborted bid by the Palestinians to expel Israel from FIFA, the world soccer federation, has set off an uproar in Israel, raising fears that more such diplomatic assaults are on the way. But some liberal Israelis are more accepting of the Palestinian move, seeing it as an unpleasant step that just might prod Israel onto a peace track.... 6/3/2015 1:53 PM

Reports: At least 17 killed in Ukraine battles
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Separatists in east Ukraine said 15 people in territory under their control were killed Wednesday during battles around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk that is threatening to tip the country back into full-blown war.... 6/3/2015 1:48 PM

Egyptian president's Berlin news conference ends in tumult
BERLIN (AP) -- A news conference with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has ended in tumult after a woman yelled "he is a murderer" and was taken out of the building by security.... 6/3/2015 1:41 PM

Indonesia raises alert status of volcano to highest level
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia has raised the alert status of Sinabung volcano in the western part of the country to the highest level following a sharp increase in activity, an official said Wednesday.... 6/3/2015 1:38 PM

US returns $1 million forfeited from Filipino ex-general
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The United States returned to the Philippine government on Wednesday more than $1 million from the forfeited assets of a discharged Filipino general accused of stashing illegally obtained wealth in America.... 6/3/2015 1:35 PM

Islamic State fighters attack northeastern Syrian city
BEIRUT (AP) -- Militants from the Islamic State group launched a major attack on the predominantly Kurdish city of Hassakeh, activists and Syrian state media said Wednesday, in an apparent attempt by the extremist group to reverse some of the advances made recently by Kurdish fighters in the northeastern province.... 6/3/2015 1:30 PM

Rome university chief blasted for 'Miss University' pageant
ROME (AP) -- Some of Italy's top female academics are demanding an apology from the president of the University of Rome for participating in the jury of a "Miss University" pageant to select the "most beautiful and wise" university student for 2015.... 6/3/2015 1:28 PM

Mothers call on children who've joined IS to come home
BERLIN (AP) -- A group of Western mothers whose children have joined the Islamic State group and other extremists in Syria and Iraq appealed Wednesday for them to return home, quoting from the Quran.... 6/3/2015 1:27 PM

Latvia lawmakers struggling to agree on new president
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- Latvian lawmakers have failed to elect a new president in four rounds of voting, with front-runner Raimonds Vejonis five votes short of the majority needed to win.... 6/3/2015 1:25 PM

Pakistan court rejects bail for top model caught with cash
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A government lawyer says a Pakistani court has rejected a bail plea from top model Ayaan Ali, who has been held since March after being caught trying to fly to Dubai with half a million dollars in cash stashed in her luggage.... 6/3/2015 1:19 PM

Bomber in Saudi Shiite mosque attack identified as Saudi
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia says the suicide bomber behind Friday's attack on a Shiite mosque in the port city of Dammam that killed four people was a Saudi national.... 6/3/2015 1:11 PM

AP Interview: Top Yemen Shiite rebel welcomes UN peace talks
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The second-in-command of Yemen's Shiite rebels on Wednesday assailed the Saudi-led airstrikes pounding his group's positions and allied forces, but insisted they are ready to travel to Geneva for U.N.-mediated peace talks on ending the country's civil war.... 6/3/2015 1:06 PM

ECB raises inflation projection as economy recovers
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The European Central Bank has raised its forecast for inflation this year to 0.3 percent from zero previously, another sign that the risk of crippling deflation - a long-term drop in prices - may be fading.... 6/3/2015 1:03 PM

South African sports minister says $10 million not a bribe
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's sports minister "categorically" denied on Wednesday that the $10 million paid to former FIFA official Jack Warner in 2008 was a bribe for his help in securing the World Cup.... 6/3/2015 12:45 PM



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