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UN chief names choices for top UN environments posts
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Norway's former environment and development minister Erik Solheim to head the U.N. environment agency and announced his choice of Mexican ambassador Patricia Espinosa Cantellano for the U.N.'s top climate change post.... 5/3/2016 6:22 PM

US defense secretary says Russia is 'nuclear saber-rattling'
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter blasted what the U.S. and its allies see as Russian aggression in Europe, saying Tuesday that Moscow is "going backward in time" with warlike actions that compel an American military buildup on NATO's eastern flank.... 5/3/2016 6:20 PM

France threatens 'no' to US-EU trade zone, amid new tensions
PARIS (AP) -- France is threatening to reject a huge free-trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union, saying it's too friendly to U.S. business and probably doomed.... 5/3/2016 6:14 PM

Rio city council commission formed to probe Olympic projects
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Rio de Janeiro's city council has set up a commission to investigate whether the city's Olympic projects were tarnished by corruption.... 5/3/2016 6:12 PM

Northern Syrian city of Aleppo dragged deeper into violence
BEIRUT (AP) -- A maternity hospital in a government-held section of Aleppo was struck by rocket fire Tuesday as battles killed 20 people and dragged the contested city in northern Syria deeper into chaos for a 12th straight day.... 5/3/2016 6:04 PM

Memos from Egypt's Interior Ministry leaked to journalists
CAIRO (AP) -- Memos from Egypt's Interior Ministry that were leaked to the media on Tuesday outline strategies for deflecting public outrage over recent arrests and suggest the prosecutor general impose a gag order on the case of an Italian student abducted and killed in Cairo.... 5/3/2016 6:03 PM

Gusty winds in Berlin terrify people in passenger balloon
BERLIN (AP) -- Several people were treated for shock after a helium passenger balloon in Berlin was shaken around wildly by gusty winds for several minutes on Tuesday afternoon, but nobody was injured, the city's fire department said.... 5/3/2016 5:54 PM

Israeli sentenced to life over killing of Palestinian teen
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Jerusalem court on Tuesday handed a life sentence to the main attacker in the killing of a Palestinian teenager in 2014 whose death helped spark a chain of events that led to that year's Gaza war.... 5/3/2016 5:49 PM

Saudi labor minister vows Binladin workers to be paid soon
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's labor minister said Tuesday that some employees of the Saudi Binladin Group will receive their salaries this month and others soon thereafter.... 5/3/2016 5:37 PM

6-month-old rescued from collapsed building in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A nearly 6-month-old girl was rescued Tuesday from the rubble of a building that collapsed last week, raising hopes for more survivors in the disaster that has left 23 people dead and 93 others missing.... 5/3/2016 5:25 PM

UN demands protection for hospitals in conflicts
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council responded to an upsurge in deadly attacks on hospitals and medical personnel, unanimously adopting a resolution Tuesday demanding that all parties to conflicts protect staff and facilities treating the wounded and sick.... 5/3/2016 5:14 PM

UN experts: Human rights in Flint may have been violated
GENEVA (AP) -- Residents of Flint, Michigan, may have had their human rights violated because of a lack of regular access to safe drinking water over the past two years, U.N. experts said Tuesday.... 5/3/2016 5:14 PM

Italian navy to resume recovery of boat full of migrant dead
ROME (AP) -- Improved sea conditions are permitting the Italian navy to resume a complex operation to recover a sunken fishing boat with the bodies of hundreds of migrants inside.... 5/3/2016 5:06 PM

Kenya: Police disrupt alleged plot by extremist medics
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya's police chief says officers have disrupted a cell of extremist medics linked to the Islamic State group who are suspected of plotting an attack on Kenya and recruiting university students to join the group in Libya and Syria.... 5/3/2016 4:49 PM

German comedian bashes Merkel's response to his Erdogan poem
BERLIN (AP) -- A German comedian has sharply criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel for "serving me up for tea" to the Turkish president in a heated dispute over a poem he read on German TV.... 5/3/2016 4:35 PM

French parliament debates labor law after violent protests
PARIS (AP) -- After a month of often violent protests, French lawmakers on Tuesday started to debate a hotly contested labor bill that would make it easier to lay off workers, weaken some union powers, and relax rules regulating the country's 35-hour workweek.... 5/3/2016 4:18 PM

Spain king signs decree for unprecedented new elections
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's king signed a decree Tuesday setting a historic new election for June 26 after politicians chosen in an inconclusive December ballot failed to agree on which of them should form a government, despite months of negotiations.... 5/3/2016 4:05 PM

American killed in combat in Iraq was Navy SEAL
BAGHDAD (AP) -- An American serviceman killed in Iraq by fire from the Islamic State group has been identified as a Navy SEAL.... 5/3/2016 3:58 PM

Serbia shocked by UEFA decision to accept Kosovo
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Serbia reacted with outrage against UEFA's decision to accept the former province of Kosovo as its 55th member, saying on Tuesday it will fight the decision by all legal means.... 5/3/2016 3:56 PM

Jewish leader urges Sweden to prioritize anti-Semitism fight
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- The president of the European Jewish Congress says Sweden needs to be vigilant of anti-Semitism among some refugees seeking shelter in the Nordic country.... 5/3/2016 3:55 PM

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