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Dutch government to sell off nationalized ABN Amro bank
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Dutch government says it will sell off ABN Amro bank in phases beginning later this year, seven years after the state took over the ailing bank amid the turmoil of the global financial crisis.... 5/22/2015 2:06 PM

Egypt's president: Lack of 'justice' fueling extremism
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who has led a massive ongoing crackdown on Islamists, said on Friday that the fight against extremism in the region must go hand-in-hand with pursuing greater "freedom, equality and justice."... 5/22/2015 2:05 PM

Guinea families transport bodies on public buses
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- Relatives of Ebola victims are transporting their bodies on public transportation in Guinea, seating the corpses upright between other passengers to skirt health controls and contributing to the spread of the deadly disease here, authorities said.... 5/22/2015 2:03 PM

French court rejects Uber's challenge to legal restrictions
PARIS (AP) -- France's highest court has rejected ride-sharing company Uber's bid to have much of a recent law banning its services declared unconstitutional.... 5/22/2015 1:58 PM

Resident says 19 Shiites killed in Saudi suicide attack
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A suicide bomber targeted a mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers were commemorating the 7th century birth of a revered Shiite figure on Friday, the Interior Ministry and residents said.... 5/22/2015 1:58 PM

Mali separatists accuse army of public executions of 9
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A coalition of separatist groups says Malian soldiers executed nine Tuareg residents of a village in the country's north.... 5/22/2015 1:56 PM

Nepal assesses if quake-hit villages are at risk before rain
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Geologists were sent to earthquake-damaged mountain villages in Nepal this week to assess landslide risks before the rainy season begins next month, an official said Friday.... 5/22/2015 1:52 PM

Suspect in Tunisia attack claims innocence at 1st hearing
ROME (AP) -- The Moroccan migrant accused of involvement in Tunisia's Bardo Museum massacre has insisted on his innocence and refused to voluntarily be turned over to Tunisian authorities.... 5/22/2015 1:41 PM

AP Interview: $100 billion Saudi city to be ready by 2035
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- A $100 billion city-from-scratch in Saudi Arabia is to be completed by 2035 and will serve as the main logistics and manufacturing hub for countries on the Red Sea, the world's "largest new emerging market," said the CEO of the company in charge of the mega-project.... 5/22/2015 1:33 PM

Kenya says attack by Somali militants thwarted in Garissa
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Kenyan forces fought suspected al-Shabab members in a village close to the northeastern town where a massacre of college students took place last month, according to the interior ministry.... 5/22/2015 1:31 PM

UN says Hungarian questionnaire risks spreading xenophobia
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- The United Nations human rights watchdog says it is "shocked" by a Hungarian government questionnaire which links migration with terrorism and fears it could bolster anti-immigration sentiments.... 5/22/2015 1:30 PM

US: Myanmar should share responsibility for Rohingya crisis
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Navy ships from two countries scoured Southeast Asian waters Friday for boats believed to be carrying thousands of migrants with little food or water, and a top U.S. diplomat said Myanmar needs to shoulder some responsibility for the crisis. That's something it has been reluctant to do.... 5/22/2015 1:29 PM

Michael Fassbender on making 'Macbeth': 'the Scottish film'
CANNES, France (AP) -- Michael Fassbender doesn't know if the "Macbeth" curse carries over to movie adaptations, but he'd rather not test it.... 5/22/2015 1:16 PM

Australia in Europe's Song Contest? In a word, yes.
VIENNA (AP) -- For the first time in its 60-year history, the Eurovision Song Contest may be won by - Australia.... 5/22/2015 1:08 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 1:03 PM

Toyota promises to help find cause of Takata airbag defects
TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota President Akio Toyoda vowed to help get to the bottom of the problems with Takata air bags, the recalls for which have ballooned to about 53 million vehicles worldwide, stressing that regaining consumer trust is an industry-wide concern.... 5/22/2015 12:58 PM

Polish brown bear crosses borders, highway, seeking mate
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A Polish brown bear went a wooing, little knowing that scientists were following all the way.... 5/22/2015 12:56 PM

Kremlin spokesman: Russia wants to free 2 held in Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman says Moscow is making efforts toward the release of two Russians held in Ukraine, but has declined comment on claims that they are soldiers.... 5/22/2015 12:56 PM

World Bank to lend Albania up to $1.2 billion over 5 years
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- The World Bank has agreed to lend Albania up to $1.2 billion (1.08 billion euros) to support its public finances and invest in infrastructure.... 5/22/2015 12:47 PM

South Sudan alleges Khartoum role in new rebel offensive
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- South Sudan's military on Friday accused the Sudanese government of aiding a new rebel offensive in the southern country where oil fields are now threatened by fresh fighting.... 5/22/2015 12:47 PM



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