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IS group claims attack on Saudi Shiite mosque that killed 4
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- The Islamic State group has claimed a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia that killed at least four people.... 5/29/2015 12:27 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 12:22 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

Biblical soap opera enjoying ungodly success in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The actress agonizes on her deathbed, her hair and makeup impeccable, as the hunky male lead clutches her hand. Tears pour down his face while her eyelids flutter to a final close.... 5/29/2015 12:13 PM

Merkel: Germany will be 'constructive partner' in EU reform
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has sounded a conciliatory note on Britain's efforts to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union, saying "when there is a desire there should be a way."... 5/29/2015 12:13 PM

THE LATEST: Qataris defend integrity in 2022 World Cup bid
ZURICH (AP) -- The latest on FIFA developments:... 5/29/2015 12:13 PM

Blatter says vote for Russia, Qatar the root of FIFA crisis
ZURICH (AP) -- The worst corruption crisis in soccer history stems from the governing body's decision to award Russia and Qatar the next two World Cup tournaments, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Friday.... 5/29/2015 12:09 PM

Volcano erupts in southern Japan, spewing ash high into sky
TOKYO (AP) -- A volcano erupted in spectacular fashion on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, spewing out rocks and sending black clouds of ash 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) into the sky. Authorities told people on the island to evacuate.... 5/29/2015 11:59 AM

Vatican's anti-money laundering norms taking hold
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican's financial watchdog agency said Friday it received 147 reports of suspicious financial transactions last year, a sign that tough new anti-money laundering norms are taking hold at its scandal-marred bank.... 5/29/2015 11:46 AM

Madagascar's president faces impeachment attempt
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) -- Political instability is looming in Madagascar, where lawmakers voted this week to impeach the country's president, who disputed the outcome and whose supporters say the result was falsified.... 5/29/2015 11:44 AM

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 11:43 AM

Russia steps up propaganda push with online "Kremlin trolls"
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Deep inside a four-story marble building in St. Petersburg, hundreds of workers tap away at computers on the front lines of an information war, say those who have been inside. Known as "Kremlin trolls," the men and women work 12-hour shifts around the clock, flooding the Internet with propaganda aimed at stamping President Vladimir Putin's world vision on Russia, and the world.... 5/29/2015 11:34 AM

China destroys more than 660 kilograms of smuggled ivory
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities Friday destroyed 662 kilograms of ivory that was seized after being smuggled into the country, as part of a crackdown on the illegal trade.... 5/29/2015 11:26 AM

Iraqi authorities raise Baghdad attacks death toll to 15
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The death toll from bombings that targeted two prominent hotels in Baghdad a day earlier rose to 15 people, with another 42 wounded, Iraqi authorities said on Friday, as a lawmaker warned that the capital is vulnerable to more attacks.... 5/29/2015 11:26 AM

Qatar says it will go forward with plans to host World Cup
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Qatar says it will go forward with its plans for the 2022 World Cup despite a Swiss investigation into allegations of wrongdoing during the vote to award the tournament to the Gulf nation.... 5/29/2015 11:25 AM

Wife of Czech ex-PM acquitted by court of abuse of power
PRAGUE (AP) -- A Prague court on Friday acquitted the wife of former Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas of abuse of power charges in a case that brought down his government.... 5/29/2015 11:20 AM

Greek bank deposits fall to lowest in more than a decade
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek bank deposits have fallen to their lowest in more than a decade, new statistics show, as Greeks worried about their new government's painfully slow negotiations with creditors withdraw savings.... 5/29/2015 10:55 AM

China confirms first case of MERS, a South Korean man
BEIJING (AP) -- China on Friday confirmed its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in a South Korean businessman who ignored instructions to stay home after his father was diagnosed with the disease.... 5/29/2015 10:54 AM



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