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Portugal wins more time for recovery after rating decision
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Portugal and the rest of the eurozone can breathe a sigh of relief after international ratings agency DBRS says it won't lower Portuguese sovereign debt to junk status.... 4/29/2016 4:10 PM

Cease-fire in east Ukraine set to begin on Orthodox Easter
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- The international envoy working to bring peace to eastern Ukraine says agreement has been reached to observe a cease-fire with the start of the Orthodox Easter and May Day holidays.... 4/29/2016 4:08 PM

Iran votes in parliamentary runoff as rare shooting wounds 4
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranians voted Friday in the country's parliamentary runoff elections, a key poll that will decide how much power allies of moderate President Hassan Rouhani will have in the next legislature after the landmark nuclear deal with world powers.... 4/29/2016 4:05 PM

South Sudan forms new coalition government of national unity
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) -- South Sudan's leaders have formed a transitional coalition government bringing together politicians from the government and the armed opposition who have been at war for two and a half years.... 4/29/2016 4:04 PM

Violence in Syria's Aleppo kills many including worshippers
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Insurgents shelled a government-held area in the contested city of Aleppo, hitting a mosque and killing at least 15 people as they left Friday prayers, while government airstrikes struck rebel-held parts of Syria's largest city - even as the army unilaterally declared a brief truce in other parts of the country.... 4/29/2016 3:56 PM

The Latest: Norway calls off helicopter rescue, says 13 dead
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- The Latest on the crash of a helicopter on an island off western Norway (all times local):... 4/29/2016 3:51 PM

Report: Small blaze hits Paris building; no injuries
PARIS (AP) -- French radio says a small blaze broke out in a building under renovation near a major Paris train station.... 4/29/2016 3:45 PM

The Latest: MSF says Syria hospital bombing killed 50
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on developments in Syria's civil war (all times local):... 4/29/2016 3:41 PM

Gov: Puerto Rico braces for lawsuits as major default looms
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's governor says the U.S. territory is bracing for multiple lawsuits as a major default over a bond payment looms.... 4/29/2016 3:41 PM

Norway rescue officials: Search operation after helicopter crash ends, all 13 onboard pres...
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Norway rescue officials: Search operation after helicopter crash ends, all 13 onboard presumed dead.... 4/29/2016 3:34 PM

Platini to find out by May 9 if CAS appeal is successful
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Michel Platini will discover by May 9 if he has overturned a six-year ban from FIFA over a $2 million payment approved by Sepp Blatter.... 4/29/2016 3:27 PM

UN urges return to full operation of Western Sahara mission
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council is calling for the urgent return of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the disputed Western Sahara to its full operation in a rebuke to Morocco, which expelled most of its civilian staff to protest a comment by the U.N. secretary-general.... 4/29/2016 3:26 PM

Survivors of US airstrike on Afghan hospital demand justice
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Survivors and the families of those killed in a U.S. airstrike on a hospital run by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the Afghan city of Kunduz are dismayed that those responsible will not face criminal charges.... 4/29/2016 3:20 PM

11 dead, 2 missing after oil-rig helicopter crash off Norway
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- An oil-rig helicopter crashed Friday on an island off the coast of western Norway, killing 11 people and leaving two others missing, a rescue official said.... 4/29/2016 3:00 PM

Pilgrims trace Jesus' footsteps on Good Friday in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Greek-Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox pilgrims are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by following the path in Jerusalem's Old City where, according to tradition, he walked on the way to the cross.... 4/29/2016 2:57 PM

Scandal-plagued Rome is becoming a 'do it yourself' city
ROME (AP) -- Armed with shovels and sacks of cold asphalt, Rome's residents fill potholes. Defying rats, they yank weeds and bag trash along the Tiber's banks and in urban parks. Tired of waiting years for the city to replace diseased trees, neighbors dig into their own pockets to pay for new ones for their block.... 4/29/2016 2:52 PM

Thousands march in Yemen to call for cease-fire
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Thousands of Yemenis are taking to the streets to call for an end to the fighting in the country's conflict.... 4/29/2016 2:39 PM

Bouteflika back in Algeria after medical visit to Geneva
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algeria's state news agency says President Abdelaziz Bouteflika returned to his country Friday after a five-day visit to Geneva for what his office described as a "periodic medical checkup."... 4/29/2016 2:22 PM

Eurozone economy regains size of 2008 but remains shaky
LONDON (AP) -- It's been a long and tortuous journey, but the eurozone economy is finally back to the size it was before the global financial crisis.... 4/29/2016 2:19 PM

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