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Colombia rebels cancel unilateral cease-fire after army raid
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's largest rebel group on Friday called off a unilateral cease-fire in reaction to a military raid on a guerrilla camp that killed 26 of its fighters, further straining negotiations to end the country's half-century-old conflict.... 5/22/2015 4:26 PM

Balkan foes find common ground in bid to join 28-nation EU
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Foreign ministers and senior diplomats from several Balkan countries - many with troubled relations stemming from wars in the 1990s - met Friday in the Albanian capital of Tirana to try and advance each others' bids to join the European Union.... 5/22/2015 4:17 PM

Ugandan Islamic extremist fights extradition from Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) -- An Islamic extremist leader appeared in a Tanzania court on Friday to challenge his extradition home to Uganda, where he is wanted for allegedly ordering deadly attacks on civilians in the 1990s.... 5/22/2015 4:14 PM

Currency tumbles as Venezuelans look to offload bolivars
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A widely followed currency tracker says Venezuela's currency has lost a quarter of its value on the free market in just over a week.... 5/22/2015 4:10 PM

Cannes favorite Nanni Moretti explores loss in 'My Mother'
CANNES, France (AP) -- Director Nanni Moretti is pleased to hear that some audience members came out of "Mia Madre," his new movie about a filmmaker whose mother is dying, and immediately called their own moms to say "I love you."... 5/22/2015 3:56 PM

Nazi-looted painting from Gurlitt art trove to go on sale
LONDON (AP) -- A painting that was seized by the Nazis and only recently returned to the Jewish owner's heirs is going on auction.... 5/22/2015 3:54 PM

Mali separatists say soldiers publicly killed 9 Tuaregs
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Malian soldiers publicly killed nine residents of a Tuareg village in the country's north, a coalition of separatist groups said on Friday.... 5/22/2015 3:53 PM

Army removes WWII bomb near London's Wembley Stadium
LONDON (AP) -- British police say the army has safely removed an unexploded World War II bomb found near London's Wembley Stadium.... 5/22/2015 3:50 PM

Dutch govt eyes limited ban on face-covering clothing
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Dutch government announced plans Friday to introduce a limited ban on "face-covering clothing," widely interpreted as a new attempt to outlaw burqas, the head-to-toe Islamic robe worn by only a few hundred women in this European nation of 17 million.... 5/22/2015 3:47 PM

EU chief Juncker calls Hungary's Orban 'dictator' _ in jest
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker jokingly called Hungary's leader a "dictator" upon his arrival for a European Union summit.... 5/22/2015 3:45 PM

Poland presidential vote could bring return to turbulence
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Presidential candidate Andrzej Duda is a new face in Polish politics, but he may herald a return to an older era when his right-wing party held power.... 5/22/2015 3:43 PM

Suspect in Tunisia attack claims innocence at 1st hearing
ROME (AP) -- The Moroccan migrant accused of being involved in Tunisia's Bardo Museum massacre insisted Friday on his innocence and refused to voluntarily be turned over to Tunisian authorities.... 5/22/2015 3:36 PM

CANNES WATCH: 'Arabian Nights' canine named Cannes' top dog
CANNES, France (AP) -- A small white dog named Lucky has taken the award for Cannes' best performance on four legs.... 5/22/2015 3:32 PM

UN concerned over human rights, democracy in Macedonia
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- A top United Nations human rights official has expressed concern over human rights and threats to democracy in Macedonia, amid a deep political crisis that has led to mass protests.... 5/22/2015 3:21 PM

Czech reality show lets family experience Nazi occupation
PRAGUE (AP) -- A new reality show in the Czech Republic has let a family of seven experience what it was like living under Nazi occupation during World War II.... 5/22/2015 3:18 PM

NATO announces next summit will be July 2016 in Warsaw
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO says its next summit will take place July 8-9, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland as the alliance continues to reshape itself to meet new security challenges.... 5/22/2015 3:14 PM

Eiffel Tower disrupted amid workers' anger about pickpockets
PARIS (AP) -- The Eiffel Tower closed to the public for most of the day Friday as workers protested a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily.... 5/22/2015 3:13 PM

IS captures Iraqi town, purges opponents in Syria's Palmyra
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Islamic State group militants searched through the Syrian town of Palmyra for government troops and fighters, using lists of names and informers to track them down and shooting some in the head on the spot, activists said Friday, estimating at least 150 have been killed in the past two days.... 5/22/2015 3:07 PM

Nigerian Muslims set court ablaze over 'insult' to Muhammad
KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- Hundreds of rioting Muslims set a Shariah court ablaze Friday in Nigeria's northern Kano city, protesting its decision to free a cleric accused of insulting the prophet Mohammed.... 5/22/2015 3:07 PM

Timeline of landmarks in Ireland's changing attitude to gays
DUBLIN (AP) -- Gays in Ireland lived in the shadows for decades, lest they face ridicule, assault or even prison in Victorian times. Friday's referendum asking voters to approve gay marriage is the latest landmark in decades of struggle for Ireland's homosexual minority to gain greater rights and respect.... 5/22/2015 3:00 PM

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