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Polish election winner officially named president-elect
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Andrzej Duda, the conservative winner of Poland's presidential election, was officially named president-elect in a solemn state ceremony Friday.... 5/29/2015 2:08 PM

EU-skeptic Finnish party joins Cabinet for 1st time
HELSINKI (AP) -- The populist, EU-skeptic Finns Party, known for its opposition to bailing out Greece and its political gaffes at home, has joined the Finnish government for the first time.... 5/29/2015 2:08 PM

Hungary's Orban reaffirms country's EU and NATO membership
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungary's prime minister said Friday that despite differences of opinion, the country must remain a member of the European Union and NATO.... 5/29/2015 2:02 PM

Myanmar warns against 'finger pointing' at migrant meeting
BANGKOK (AP) -- A regional conference called to address the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia ended Friday with no major breakthroughs beyond a consensus to keep talking. Myanmar criticized those blaming it for fueling the crisis, warning that "finger pointing" would not help.... 5/29/2015 1:58 PM

Merkel: Germany will be 'constructive partner' in EU reform
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel sounded a conciliatory note Friday on Britain's efforts to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union, as Prime Minister David Cameron wrapped up a two-day four country trip to press his case for concessions.... 5/29/2015 1:54 PM

THE LATEST: Palestinians drop motion against Israel at FIFA
ZURICH (AP) -- The latest on FIFA developments:... 5/29/2015 1:50 PM

Suicide bomber strikes Shiite mosque in Saudi, killing 4
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A suicide bomber blew himself up in the parking lot of a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, killing four people in the second such attack in as many weeks claimed by the Islamic State group.... 5/29/2015 1:38 PM

Spain makes US rapid force at Moron base permanent
MADRID (AP) -- The Spanish government approved an accord Friday permanently granting the U.S. military a presence at a southwestern base as a center for a rapid reaction force to deal with crises in Africa and elsewhere.... 5/29/2015 1:33 PM

Ruble rebound threatens 'Made in Russia' industry revival
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's ruble is on a roller-coaster. After being the world's second worst-performing currency against the dollar last year, it is among the best in 2015.... 5/29/2015 1:28 PM

India's heat wave tests water supply; death toll over 1,800
HYDERABAD, India (AP) -- Dizzying temperatures caused water shortages in thousands of Indian villages and killed hundreds more people over the past day, driving the death toll from a weekslong heat wave to at least 1,826, officials said Friday.... 5/29/2015 1:17 PM

Muhammadu Buhari takes over Nigeria in crisis
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerians celebrated their newly reinforced democracy Friday, dancing, singing praises and releasing white doves symbolizing peace at the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari, the first candidate to beat a sitting president at the polls.... 5/29/2015 1:16 PM

Japan, EU agree to step up defense, economic ties
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese and European leaders agreed Friday to step up defense and economic ties, and expressed concern about rising tensions in the South China Sea.... 5/29/2015 1:05 PM

Eternal love dashed: Paris lovers' locks to be dismantled
PARIS (AP) -- Any hope that the love locks clinging to Paris' famed Pont des Arts bridge would last forever will be unromantically dashed by the city council's plan to dismantle them Monday - for good.... 5/29/2015 12:57 PM

Greek bank deposits fall to lowest in more than a decade
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Bank deposits in Greece have hit their lowest in more than a decade, according to data released Friday, as Greeks concerned about the painfully slow pace of their government's talks with bailout creditors withdrew savings in an orderly but steady flow.... 5/29/2015 12:46 PM

Italy's regional elections puts focus on migrant arrivals
RIVADOLMO, Italy (AP) -- The community's hostility is veiled, but palpable. When the young migrants from Nigeria and Gambia venture away from their house in this hilltop idyll south of Padua, they say neighbors come out and snap their photos in a gesture of intimidation. They have been pressured to stop using the local soccer field, accused of taking the pitch away from Italian kids.... 5/29/2015 12:45 PM

In South Africa, killer of anti-apartheid leader gets parole
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A South African judge has granted parole to a man convicted for the 1993 assassination of Chris Hani, a leading opponent of the white minority rule at the time.... 5/29/2015 12:38 PM

UN nuke agency report shows Iran probe essentially stalled
VIENNA (AP) -- Amid accelerated international efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, the U.N. atomic agency on Friday reported that work on a key element - an assessment of allegations that Tehran worked on atomic arms - remains essentially stalled.... 5/29/2015 12:34 PM

US says China has artillery vehicles on artificial island
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Two large artillery vehicles were detected on one of the artificial islands that China is creating in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said Friday, underscoring ongoing concerns that Beijing may try to use the land reclamation projects for military purposes.... 5/29/2015 12:22 PM

Turkish paper probed over images of spy agency trucks
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The Istanbul prosecutor's office has launched an investigation of newspaper editor following the publication of images of truckloads of ammunition, which the paper says proved that a convoy which was stopped on its way to Syria on a Turkish intelligence mission was carrying arms to rebels.... 5/29/2015 12:20 PM

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Islamic State group claims suicide bombing of Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia.... 5/29/2015 12:16 PM

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