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In the face of IS successes, al-Qaida adapts, grows stronger
CAIRO (AP) -- When al-Qaida overran the Yemeni port city of Mukalla last month, the group's commanders immediately struck a deal to share power with the area's tribesmen. No jihadi banners were raised. Al-Qaida even issued a statement denying rumors that it had banned music at parties or men wearing shorts.... 5/4/2015 1:11 PM

EU, German heads at funeral of former Polish FM Bartoszewski
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- European Council president Donald Tusk and German President Joachim Gauck attended the state funeral ceremonies on Monday for Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, Poland's former foreign minister and a former Auschwitz prisoner who helped save Jews from the Holocaust.... 5/4/2015 1:10 PM

Under-fire German spy chief says his agency not a 'US tool'
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's top spy has rejected opposition charges that the country's foreign intelligence agency acted against national interests in cooperating with U.S. counterparts.... 5/4/2015 1:03 PM

UN official praises China's assistance to Nepal after quake
BEIJING (AP) -- The leader of the U.N. Development Program on Monday praised China's relief efforts in Nepal and said the country's importance to global development will only grow.... 5/4/2015 12:53 PM

Kerry to visit Riyadh to confer with Saudi Arabia on Yemen
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Riyadh for discussions with Saudi government leaders on Wednesday and Thursday.... 5/4/2015 12:52 PM

Greece: Progress in bailout talks, seeks swift payout
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Weekend negotiations between Greece and rescue lenders have made progress, officials on both sides said Monday even though Athens stressed it needed a swift release of delayed bailout money to keep up with debt payments.... 5/4/2015 12:51 PM

Taliban 'welcome' Afghan peace efforts after Qatar talks
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Taliban militants who have been waging war on the Afghan government for more than a decade on Monday expressed a willingness to soften their position on a range of issues, an apparent shift that could eventually lead to peace talks.... 5/4/2015 12:51 PM

Thailand arrests 4, vows crackdown on human traffickers
PADANG BESAR, Thailand (AP) -- Police arrested three Thai officials and a Myanmar citizen in a crackdown on a long-existing criminal network that smuggles persecuted ethnic Muslims from Myanmar into Thailand and holds them captive in camps where scores have died before they can pay ransoms demanded for their freedom.... 5/4/2015 12:45 PM

Comedian and activist Russell Brand backs Labour
LONDON (AP) -- Comedian turned political activist Russell Brand has changed his mind and is no longer urging people not to vote in Thursday's general election.... 5/4/2015 12:40 PM

Israeli foreign minister takes party into opposition
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's foreign minister says he will not sit in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's incoming government and instead will take his Yisrael Beitenu party into the opposition.... 5/4/2015 12:15 PM

Suicide bomber blows himself up in Syrian capital
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A small group of insurgents, including a suicide bomber, carried out an attack in Damascus on Monday targeting a Syrian military logistics and supply facility, militants and activists said.... 5/4/2015 12:12 PM

26 wild horses shot dead in southern Greece; motive unclear
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Police in southern Greece say 26 wild horses have been shot and killed on a remote mountainside, but the motive for the attack remains unclear.... 5/4/2015 12:11 PM

In China, Taiwan party leader calls for more global access
BEIJING (AP) -- The head of Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Party called for more chances for the island to participate in international organizations following a meeting Monday with Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose government views the territory as a renegade province.... 5/4/2015 12:07 PM

Wall Street rebound shores up markets at start of busy week
LONDON (AP) -- Global stocks rose sharply Monday at the start of a potentially big week for markets as they tracked an end-of-week rebound on Wall Street. A promise by China's leaders to shore up growth and hopes of progress in Greece's bailout talks with creditors also helped stocks rally.... 5/4/2015 12:01 PM

EU rejects Australian policy for handling migrant influx
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union will not be adopting Australia's migration methods despite Prime Minister Tony Abbott's claim that some Europeans are seeking policy advice.... 5/4/2015 11:37 AM

Once the kingmaker, Britain's Clegg faces election debacle
SHEFFIELD, England (AP) -- At Britain's last election campaign, he was hailed as the most popular party leader since Winston Churchill, an unexpected star who upstaged the two dominant parties. Some even wondered whether he was the "British Obama."... 5/4/2015 11:36 AM

German official: Russian bikers not members of Night Wolves
BERLIN (AP) -- A spokesman for Germany's Interior Ministry says there is no evidence that the Russian bikers who entered Germany on Sunday were part of the nationalist Night Wolves group.... 5/4/2015 11:35 AM

French president visits Qatar, deepening ties to Gulf
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande, seeking to strengthen political and business ties with the energy-rich Gulf states, arrived in Qatar on Monday at the start of a two-nation trip that will include a visit to neighboring Saudi Arabia.... 5/4/2015 11:25 AM

Ukraine soldiers killed in unrest in the east
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's army says two soldiers have died in renewed bouts of fighting in the east, where skirmishes between government and separatist forces are increasing and intensifying despite a February peace deal.... 5/4/2015 11:09 AM

Italian ships rescue nearly 6,800 migrants; baby born at sea
ROME (AP) -- A baby girl was born aboard a rescue boat in the Mediterranean Sea as Italian Coast Guard and Navy ships bring migrants by the thousands to the country's southern ports.... 5/4/2015 11:05 AM



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