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Japan nuclear plant obtains final permit needed to restart
TOKYO (AP) -- A nuclear plant in southern Japan on Wednesday obtained the final permit needed to restart its reactors, paving the way for it to become the first to go back online under new safety standards introduced after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.... 5/27/2015 1:03 PM

Yemeni Health Ministry: Sanaa airstrikes killed 36 police
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's Health Ministry has raised the death toll from a Saudi-led airstrike that targeted a sprawling police camp in the capital, Sanaa, earlier in the day, saying 36 commandos were killed.... 5/27/2015 1:02 PM

TV showdown in Ukraine highlights press freedom anxieties
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Crunch time is coming in a Ukrainian showdown that may yield clues into an increasingly asked question: How free is the press in Ukraine as it fights to stay out of Russia's orbit?... 5/27/2015 12:58 PM

Pakistan judge orders CEO held for faked diploma allegations
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistani judge ordered police Wednesday to hold and question the embattled CEO of a software company for a week on allegations he oversaw a global diploma mill, as broadcasters aired images of blank degrees stacked in his firm's offices.... 5/27/2015 12:58 PM

Temperatures soar across Mideast countries amid sandstorms
CAIRO (AP) -- Temperatures are soaring across the Middle East, with winds and sandstorms driving people indoors as unlucky pedestrians try to shield themselves from the sun with books, newspapers or anything they can find.... 5/27/2015 12:55 PM

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SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni Health Ministry raises death toll in Sanaa airstrike, says 36 police commandos killed.... 5/27/2015 12:53 PM

Eccentric, centuries-old customs at Queen's Speech
LONDON (AP) -- The Queen's Speech, which formally opens Britain's parliament each year, is a colorful ceremony steeped in traditions dating back centuries. The costumes and elaborate rituals may appear eccentric today, but many reflect historic tensions between the monarchy and Parliament.... 5/27/2015 12:47 PM

About 1,100 people dead as summer temperatures soar in India
HYDERABAD, India (AP) -- Soaring summer temperatures in India have left over 1,100 people dead over the past month, officials said Wednesday.... 5/27/2015 12:45 PM

Air France jet in near miss with giant volcano in Cameroon
PARIS (AP) -- Air France says one of its jets had what investigators call a "serious incident" by flying too close to a volcano while maneuvering around a storm on a flight into Cameroon.... 5/27/2015 12:40 PM

THE LATEST: Russia: 'Nothing to hide' in 2018 World Cup bid
ZURICH (AP) -- 2:40 p.m. (1240 GMT, 8:40 a.m. EDT)... 5/27/2015 12:40 PM

Cheap motorbikes bring opportunity and chaos to Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Joseph-Marc Carel knows the danger of ferrying passengers on his small motorbike, sometimes two at a time, as tides of the buzzing vehicles cut through the chaotic Haitian capital. He has a prosthetic leg to prove it.... 5/27/2015 12:33 PM

Australian boy in Syria creates quandary for government
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A 7-year-old Australian boy who horrified the world a year ago when he was photographed holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier by the hair has created a quandary for the government, which wants to make scores of Australian fighters in the Middle East someone else's problem by revoking their citizenship.... 5/27/2015 12:24 PM

Vatican: Irish gay marriage vote a 'defeat for humanity'
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican's secretary of state has called the Irish vote to legalize gay marriage a "defeat for humanity," evidence of the soul-searching going on in Catholic circles after the predominantly Roman Catholic country overwhelmingly rejected traditional church teaching on marriage.... 5/27/2015 12:23 PM

UN agency to hire mountain guides, porters for Nepal relief
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- The U.N. food agency is hiring thousands of mountain and trekking guides, porters and other workers to carry food, medicine, tents and supplies to Nepal's mostly inaccessible northern villages where two powerful earthquakes destroyed houses.... 5/27/2015 12:21 PM

FIFA now subject to federal probes in US, Switzerland
ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA's reputation for corruption has reignited spectacularly two days before a presidential election expected to give Sepp Blatter four more years at the head of world soccer.... 5/27/2015 12:20 PM

Chinese president to make UK state visit in October
LONDON (AP) -- Buckingham Palace says Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife have accepted an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to make a state visit to the United Kingdom in October.... 5/27/2015 12:10 PM

4 Taliban militants die in attack in Afghan capital
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An all-night siege in an upscale neighborhood of the Afghan capital, Kabul, ended in the early hours of Wednesday morning with the deaths of four heavily armed Taliban attackers, though no civilians or security personnel were injured or killed, an Afghan official said.... 5/27/2015 12:07 PM

EU moves to help Italy, Greece in managing Med migrants
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union moved Wednesday to help Italy and Greece manage a massive influx of migrants across the Mediterranean and oblige reluctant EU partners to share the refugee burden.... 5/27/2015 12:04 PM

Soccer officials arrested in Zurich; World Cup votes probed
ZURICH (AP) -- Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings into FIFA's awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, only hours after seven soccer officials were arrested Wednesday pending extradition to the U.S. in a separate probe of "rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted" corruption.... 5/27/2015 12:01 PM

UK's re-elected Cameron outlines plans in Queen's Speech
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's first all-Conservative government in two decades unveiled its plans for power Wednesday, including laws to hold a referendum on European Union membership, give Scotland more autonomy and toughen immigration policies.... 5/27/2015 12:00 PM

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