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AP Interview: Steinem says isolating N. Korea not working
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Iconic women's rights activist Gloria Steinem may be in North Korea, but she is as outspoken as ever.... 5/23/2015 4:39 AM

El Salvador hosting beatification of slain Archbishop Romero
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Huge crowds are expected at Saturday's ceremony to beatify Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was cut down by an assassin's bullet 35 years ago and declared a martyr for his faith this year by Pope Francis.... 5/23/2015 4:34 AM

China says 2 schoolchildren die amid heavy flooding
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities say two schoolchildren aboard an overloaded bus that plunged into a pond are among the dead in the latest round of flooding in the country's south.... 5/23/2015 4:15 AM

Fierce gunbattle kills 43 in west Mexico cartel territory
ECUANDUREO, Mexico (AP) -- The latest in a series of clashes between Mexican authorities and a powerful, fast-growing drug cartel turned into the deadliest confrontation in recent memory, with 42 suspected gang gunmen and one Federal Police officer killed during a three-hour firefight at a remote western ranch.... 5/23/2015 4:05 AM

Currency tumbles as Venezuelans look to unload bolivars
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelans are dumping their rapidly-depreciating currency at a quicker pace, leading to a staggering plunge in its free-market value, as the crisis-plagued economy edges closer to an outbreak of hyperinflation.... 5/23/2015 2:13 AM

US rejects nuclear disarmament document over Israel concerns
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States on Friday blocked a global document aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, saying Egypt and other states tried to "cynically manipulate" the process by setting a deadline for Israel and its neighbors to meet within months on a Middle East zone free of such weapons.... 5/23/2015 1:33 AM

2 dead in grenade explosion in Burundi market
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Grenades thrown into a market in the capital Bujumbura killed two people on Friday, Burundi's state broadcaster said.... 5/23/2015 1:05 AM

US: Myanmar should share responsibility for Rohingya crisis
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Navy ships were scouring Southeast Asian waters for boats believed to be carrying thousands of migrants with little food or water, and a top U.S. diplomat said Myanmar needs to shoulder some responsibility for the crisis. That's something it has been reluctant to do.... 5/23/2015 12:56 AM

Colombian paramilitary warlord wanted in US freed from jail
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A prominent paramilitary warlord wanted in the U.S. on drug charges walked out of a Colombian jail Friday, becoming the first major paramilitary boss to earn freedom as part of a decade-old peace deal.... 5/23/2015 12:41 AM

IS militants purge Syrian town of Assad loyalists
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State group militants hunted down Syrian government troops and loyalists in the newly captured town of Palmyra, shooting or beheading them in public as a warning, and imposing their strict interpretation of Islam, activists said Friday.... 5/23/2015 12:36 AM

Cartel surveillance cameras found in Mexican border city
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) -- A drug cartel in the northern state of Tamaulipas used at least 39 surveillance cameras to monitor the comings and goings of authorities in the city of Reynosa across the border from Texas, Mexican officials said Friday.... 5/23/2015 12:11 AM

Mexico officials: Bacterial infections sickened children
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican health authorities say bacterial infections, and not contaminated vaccines, were responsible for the deaths of two infants and the sickening of 31 other babies earlier this month in the southern state of Chiapas.... 5/22/2015 10:58 PM

Yes or no? Ireland decides whether to legalize gay marriage
DUBLIN (AP) -- Voters determined to have their voice heard on gay marriage turned out in strength Friday for Ireland's most hard-fought referendum in decades, a contest that pitted the liberal forces of social change against the nation's conservative Catholic foundation.... 5/22/2015 10:52 PM

Islamic State loyalists claim Saudi mosque attack
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A suicide bomber unleashed a blast in a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers commemorated the birth of a revered saint, killing at least 21 people and wounding dozens more in the deadliest attack seen in the kingdom in more than a decade. Loyalists of the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the bombing.... 5/22/2015 10:14 PM

Venice officials shut down mosque-inside-church art exhibit
MILAN (AP) -- Authorities in Venice on Friday closed a working mosque in an ex-church that was Iceland's contribution to the 56th Venice Biennale contemporary art fair on the grounds that it was being improperly used as a place of worship.... 5/22/2015 8:39 PM

Amnesty says torture of Ukraine war prisoners is rife
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are perpetrating war crimes almost daily, including torturing prisoners and summarily killing them, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report Friday.... 5/22/2015 8:24 PM

Series of knife attacks has Rio de Janeiro on edge
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Rio de Janeiro police are reinforcing patrols in areas popular with tourists and near venues that will host Olympic events next year after a series of knife attacks on locals and foreigners.... 5/22/2015 8:22 PM

Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes target Shiite rebels in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The Saudi-led coalition on Friday launched heavy airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen, targeting camps and weapons depots in the rebel-held capital, as a U.N. agency said some 234 children were killed in violence over the past two months.... 5/22/2015 7:46 PM

Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for long has lagged behind. But present-day reality proved rather difficult to ignore, with the Islamic State group wreaking havoc not far from these Dead Sea shores.... 5/22/2015 7:26 PM

Montreal Alouettes sign openly gay defensive end Michael Sam
MONTREAL (AP) -- Michael Sam has found a pro football job. In Canada.... 5/22/2015 7:25 PM

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