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Local elections in Spain test upstart parties' voter appeal
MADRID (AP) -- Voters began casting ballots Sunday across much of Spain in local elections that could see two upstart parties end nearly four decades of dominance by the ruling conservative Popular Party and its rival, the center-left Socialists.... 5/24/2015 11:38 AM

Susan Sarandon urges tourists to visit earthquake-hit Nepal
KALLABARI, Nepal (AP) -- Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon is urging tourists to come to Nepal, where two powerful earthquakes in the last month killed thousands of people and made several hundreds of thousands homeless.... 5/24/2015 11:36 AM

Burundi opposition figures go into hiding following killing
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- An opposition politician in Burundi's capital says he and many others have gone into hiding after the killing of an opposition leader.... 5/24/2015 11:36 AM

60th birthday for Cannes' Palme d'Or top film trophy
CANNES, France (AP) -- As the Palme d'Or sits in its cushioned box awaiting Sunday's Cannes winner, the film festival's top prize might be taking stock of its own lifetime of achievements - on this, its 60th birthday.... 5/24/2015 11:34 AM

Pope says Romero was killed out of hatred for his faith
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis urged pilgrims filling St. Peter's Square on Pentecost Sunday to take `'the heroic examples" of a slain El Salvadoran bishop and an Italian nun who worked in Kenya who were beatified this weekend.... 5/24/2015 11:03 AM

Malaysia finds graves of suspected trafficking victims
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian authorities said Sunday that they have discovered a series of graves in at least 17 abandoned camps used by human traffickers on the border with Thailand where Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar have been held.... 5/24/2015 11:02 AM

Ethiopians vote in 1st election without former strongman
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Ethiopians started voting Sunday in national and regional elections in which the ruling party is expected to maintain its iron-clad grip on power.... 5/24/2015 10:57 AM

Saudi Arabia says suicide bomber was Islamic State operative
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia has confirmed that Friday's suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in the east of the country that killed 21 was carried out by an Islamic State militant, backing up an earlier claim by the group.... 5/24/2015 10:54 AM

Negotiator: Iran agrees to 'managed access' to nuclear sites
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran has agreed to grant United Nations inspectors "managed access" to military sites as part of a future deal over its contested nuclear program, a negotiator said Sunday, apparently contradicting earlier comments by the nation's supreme leader.... 5/24/2015 10:50 AM

Cannes celebrities protected by seagull-deterrent falcons
CANNES, France (AP) -- As Mary J. Blige walked outside with her entourage and Mads Mikklesen sipped his chilled glass of wine, the VIP guests of Cannes' Grand Hyatt Martinez appeared blissfully unaware of the dangers circling above their heads.... 5/24/2015 10:31 AM

Video purports to show kidnapped Chinese tourist in Pakistan
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) -- A militant video released Sunday purported to show a Chinese tourist kidnapped by Taliban-allied fighters in Pakistan a year ago asking for his government to help him be released.... 5/24/2015 10:19 AM

UK's Labour Party says it won't try to block EU referendum
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's opposition Labour Party says it won't try to block a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the 28-nation European Union.... 5/24/2015 10:13 AM

German police confirm 6 killed in Alpine guesthouse fire
BERLIN (AP) -- Police in Germany say they have recovered the bodies of six people killed in a fire at a guesthouse in the Alps.... 5/24/2015 10:06 AM

'Bold' Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage in landslide
DUBLIN (AP) -- They hugged, they cheered, they cried at the news.... 5/24/2015 10:03 AM

Syrian helicopter crashes; activists say militants downed it
BEIRUT (AP) -- A Syrian military helicopter crashed Sunday at the northern air base of Kweiras, killing all its crew, state TV said, as an activist group said it was shot down by Islamic State militants.... 5/24/2015 9:59 AM

Women's walk across Koreas' DMZ denied; they cross by bus
DORASAN STATION, South Korea (AP) -- Female activists including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Peace laureates were denied an attempt to walk across the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea on Sunday, but were allowed to cross by bus and complete what one of them called a landmark event.... 5/24/2015 9:39 AM

All eyes on Coen brothers as Cannes readies for Palme d'Or
CANNES, France (AP) -- Just what film directors Joel and Ethan Coen are thinking is a question that has long bedeviled moviegoers. Now they have the Cannes Film Festival on pins and needles, too.... 5/24/2015 9:38 AM

Official: Israel thanked US for blocking nuclear document
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A senior Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked the U.S. for blocking a global document at the United Nations aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, a rare bright spot amid strained relations between the two countries.... 5/24/2015 8:53 AM

Poles vote in cliffhanger presidential election runoff
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poles were voting Sunday in the final round of a cliffhanger presidential election race between the conservative incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski and an even more conservative challenger.... 5/24/2015 8:25 AM

At Cannes, Michel Franco's 'Chronic' looks death in the face
CANNES, France (AP) -- Death is something we'd all like to avoid. But director Michel Franco thinks a reluctance to look at the end of life is unhealthy.... 5/24/2015 8:21 AM

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