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Swiss open criminal proceedings in 2018, '22 World Cup votes
ZURICH (AP) -- Swiss federal prosecutors say they have opened criminal proceedings related to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.... 5/27/2015 8:46 AM

Multiple IS suicide attacks in Iraq's Anbar kill 17 troops
BAGHDAD (AP) -- An Iraqi military spokesman says Islamic State militants have carried out multiple suicide attacks targeting the army in western Anbar province, killing at least 17 troops.... 5/27/2015 8:45 AM

Electrical failure paralyzes much Belgian air traffic
BRUSSELS (AP) -- An electrical failure has paralyzed much of the air traffic in and over Belgium and should cause delays, detours and cancellations of flights for several hours.... 5/27/2015 8:42 AM

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."... 5/27/2015 8:36 AM

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq army spokesman: Islamic State suicide attacks in Anbar province hit army, kill 17 troops.... 5/27/2015 8:34 AM

Pakistan detains owner of firm said to market fake degrees
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- A senior Pakistani security official says investigators have detained the owner of a software company accused of running a global network in selling fake degrees.... 5/27/2015 8:28 AM

Dutch police detain motorcycle gang members in raids
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch police say they have detained 19 people, most of them members of the Bandidos motorcycle gang, in coordinated raids that spread into neighboring Belgium and Germany.... 5/27/2015 8:18 AM

India appoints 1st transgender as head of college
KOLKATA, India (AP) -- India has for the first time appointed a transgender as the principal of a college, a top education official said Wednesday.... 5/27/2015 8:13 AM

Danish prime minister expected to call elections
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Danish government sources say Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt is likely to call parliamentary elections on Wednesday.... 5/27/2015 8:11 AM

China touts success of crackdown in restive Muslim region
BEIJING (AP) -- China said Wednesday that it has foiled 181 terror plots since it started a crackdown a year ago on Islamic separatists in the northwestern region of Xinjiang that was prompted by a surge of violence that reached as far as Beijing.... 5/27/2015 8:09 AM

Crew abandon North Sea freighter amid risk of explosion
BERLIN (AP) -- Emergency officials say the crew of a freighter carrying fertilizer has abandoned the ship off the German coast because of the risk of explosion.... 5/27/2015 8:02 AM

Erdogan promises private jet for top Muslim cleric
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will ask the government to provide a private jet to the country's top Muslim cleric, ignoring criticism caused by his earlier promise to give the cleric a Mercedes.... 5/27/2015 7:58 AM

Serbia's PM Vucic in landmark visit to Albania
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Albania is preparing to welcome Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, the first Serbian leader ever to visit the nation.... 5/27/2015 7:46 AM

Figures of French Resistance inducted into Paris Pantheon
PARIS (AP) -- In a rare ceremony, France is honoring four people who resisted the Nazis during World War II by inducting them into Paris' Pantheon mausoleum.... 5/27/2015 7:42 AM

Video exposes divisions among Iran lawmakers over nuke talks
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranians have been captivated by a video circulating on social media that shows lawmakers arguing over the ongoing nuclear negotiations with world powers.... 5/27/2015 7:38 AM

Group: Hamas tortured, killed Palestinians in 2014 Gaza war
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A leading international watchdog on Wednesday accused the militant Hamas group of abducting, torturing and killing Palestinians during the war in the Gaza Strip last year, saying some of the actions amount to war crimes.... 5/27/2015 7:23 AM

Asia stocks ruffled by Greece crunch, Fed rate hike views
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stock markets were ruffled Wednesday by Greece's impending cash crunch and expectations the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year for the first time in almost a decade.... 5/27/2015 6:59 AM

Envoys from S. Korea, US, Japan discuss N.Korean nuke threat
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The top nuclear envoys from South Korea, the United States and Japan agreed Wednesday on the need to increase pressure on North Korea and urged the country to engage in serious negotiations on its expanding nuclear weapons program.... 5/27/2015 6:51 AM

Pakistan vintage car collectors preserve a part of history
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) -- For an elite but passionate group of vintage car collectors in Pakistan, restoring antique rides is like travelling back in time - and money seems to be no obstacle when the prize is a Lincoln convertible that belonged to an Afghan king or a Rolls-Royce once used by India's last viceroy.... 5/27/2015 6:42 AM

20,000 residents evacuated in Cologne due to WWII bomb
BERLIN (AP) -- Some 20,000 residents in the western German city of Cologne are being forced to evacuate their homes after authorities discovered a 200-kilogram (440-pound) bomb from World War II. Schools and kindergartens remained closed and dozens of ambulances were on the scene to evacuate residents of a nursing home.... 5/27/2015 6:26 AM

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