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Currency tumbles as Venezuelans look to unload bolivars
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelans are dumping their rapidly depreciating currency at an ever quicker pace as the crisis-plagued economy edges dangerously close to an outbreak of hyperinflation.... 5/23/2015 2:01 AM

US rejects nuclear disarmament document over Israel concerns
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States on Friday blocked a global document aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, saying Egypt and other states tried to "cynically manipulate" the process by setting a deadline for Israel and its neighbors to meet within months on a Middle East zone free of such weapons.... 5/23/2015 1:33 AM

2 dead in grenade explosion in Burundi market
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Grenades thrown into a market in the capital Bujumbura killed two people on Friday, Burundi's state broadcaster said.... 5/23/2015 1:05 AM

US: Myanmar should share responsibility for Rohingya crisis
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Navy ships were scouring Southeast Asian waters 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.... 5/23/2015 12:56 AM

Colombian paramilitary warlord wanted in US freed from jail
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A prominent paramilitary warlord wanted in the U.S. on drug charges walked out of a Colombian jail Friday, becoming the first major paramilitary boss to earn freedom as part of a decade-old peace deal.... 5/23/2015 12:41 AM

IS militants purge Syrian town of Assad loyalists
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State group militants hunted down Syrian government troops and loyalists in the newly captured town of Palmyra, shooting or beheading them in public as a warning, and imposing their strict interpretation of Islam, activists said Friday.... 5/23/2015 12:36 AM

Cartel surveillance cameras found in Mexican border city
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) -- A drug cartel in the northern state of Tamaulipas used at least 39 surveillance cameras to monitor the comings and goings of authorities in the city of Reynosa across the border from Texas, Mexican officials said Friday.... 5/23/2015 12:11 AM

About 40 dead in firefight on ranch, Mexican official says
ECUANDUREO, Mexico (AP) -- About 40 people were killed Friday in what authorities described as a fierce gunbattle between suspected drug traffickers and federal forces on a ranch in western Mexico, the deadliest such confrontation in recent memory.... 5/22/2015 11:49 PM

Mexico officials: Bacterial infections sickened children
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican health authorities say bacterial infections, and not contaminated vaccines, were responsible for the deaths of two infants and the sickening of 31 other babies earlier this month in the southern state of Chiapas.... 5/22/2015 10:58 PM

Yes or no? Ireland decides whether to legalize gay marriage
DUBLIN (AP) -- Voters determined to have their voice heard on gay marriage turned out in strength Friday for Ireland's most hard-fought referendum in decades, a contest that pitted the liberal forces of social change against the nation's conservative Catholic foundation.... 5/22/2015 10:52 PM

Islamic State loyalists claim Saudi mosque attack
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A suicide bomber unleashed a blast in a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers commemorated the birth of a revered saint, killing at least 21 people and wounding dozens more in the deadliest attack seen in the kingdom in more than a decade. Loyalists of the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the bombing.... 5/22/2015 10:14 PM

Venice officials shut down mosque-inside-church art exhibit
MILAN (AP) -- Authorities in Venice on Friday closed a working mosque in an ex-church that was Iceland's contribution to the 56th Venice Biennale contemporary art fair on the grounds that it was being improperly used as a place of worship.... 5/22/2015 8:39 PM

Amnesty says torture of Ukraine war prisoners is rife
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are perpetrating war crimes almost daily, including torturing prisoners and summarily killing them, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report Friday.... 5/22/2015 8:24 PM

Series of knife attacks has Rio de Janeiro on edge
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Rio de Janeiro police are reinforcing patrols in areas popular with tourists and near venues that will host Olympic events next year after a series of knife attacks on locals and foreigners.... 5/22/2015 8:22 PM

Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes target Shiite rebels in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The Saudi-led coalition on Friday launched heavy airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen, targeting camps and weapons depots in the rebel-held capital, as a U.N. agency said some 234 children were killed in violence over the past two months.... 5/22/2015 7:46 PM

Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for long has lagged behind. But present-day reality proved rather difficult to ignore, with the Islamic State group wreaking havoc not far from these Dead Sea shores.... 5/22/2015 7:26 PM

Montreal Alouettes sign openly gay defensive end Michael Sam
MONTREAL (AP) -- Michael Sam has found a pro football job. In Canada.... 5/22/2015 7:25 PM

Colombia rebels cancel unilateral cease-fire after army raid
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's largest rebel group on Friday called off a unilateral cease-fire in reaction to a military raid on a guerrilla camp that killed 26 of its fighters, further straining negotiations to end the country's half-century-old conflict.... 5/22/2015 6:51 PM

UN concerned over human rights, democracy in Macedonia
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- A top United Nations human rights official expressed concern Friday over the political crisis that has triggered mass protests in Macedonia.... 5/22/2015 6:27 PM

UN agency passes new standards on prisoner treatment
VIENNA (AP) -- The U.N. crime prevention agency has revised international standards on treatment of prisoners to focus on greater respect for human rights.... 5/22/2015 6:19 PM

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