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THE LATEST: UEFA chief Platini defiant despite Blatter win
ZURICH (AP) -- The latest on FIFA developments:... 5/29/2015 6:22 PM

Chinese weaponry spotted on artificial island, US says
SINGAPORE (AP) -- U.S. surveillance detected two large artillery vehicles on one of the artificial islands that China is creating in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said Friday, heightening concerns that Beijing could use the land reclamation projects for military purposes.... 5/29/2015 6:22 PM

AP Exclusive: UN rights staff fear for jobs amid abuse case
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N.'s mishandling of child sexual abuse claims against French soldiers has human rights staffers fearing for their jobs as they struggle with how to respond to highly sensitive allegations in the future, according to a letter to the world body's human rights chief obtained by The Associated Press.... 5/29/2015 6:10 PM

IS claims suicide bombing on Shiite mosque in Saudi, 4 dead
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A suicide bomber disguised as a woman blew himself up in the parking lot of a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers, killing four people in the second such attack in as many weeks claimed by the Islamic State group.... 5/29/2015 6:05 PM

Sepp Blatter wins re-election as FIFA president
ZURICH (AP) -- Sepp Blatter was re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term on Friday, chosen to lead world soccer despite separate U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption.... 5/29/2015 5:55 PM

Experts urge Hungary to probe domestic human trafficking
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- A report by the Council of Europe is urging Hungary to investigate the scale of human trafficking within the country, which it says is on the rise.... 5/29/2015 5:54 PM

Pope praises 'heroism' of parents who decided not to abort
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has praised the "heroism" of parents of gravely ill children who chose not to abort.... 5/29/2015 5:49 PM

Croatian war vets end protest after PM promises to meet them
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- A dramatic two-day protest by over 100 Croatian war veterans ended Friday after Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic promised he would meet with them and hear their demands for more rights.... 5/29/2015 5:46 PM

Gravely ill Russian opposition figure won't be sent abroad
MOSCOW (AP) -- The prominent Russian opposition figure who is being treated at a Moscow hospital after the sudden onset of a mysterious illness won't be taken abroad for care.... 5/29/2015 5:43 PM

Cuba removed from US terror list
HAVANA (AP) -- The Obama administration on Friday formally removed Cuba from a U.S. terrorism blacklist, a decision hailed in Cuba as the healing of a decades-old wound and an important step toward normalizing relations between the Cold War foes.... 5/29/2015 5:35 PM

A look at FIFA President Sepp Blatter
ZURICH (AP) -- Sepp Blatter, the president of soccer's governing body who was re-elected Friday for a fifth term:... 5/29/2015 5:24 PM

No major breakthrough at meeting on Asian boat people crisis
BANGKOK (AP) -- A regional conference called to address the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia ended Friday with no major breakthroughs, as Myanmar criticized those blaming it for fueling the crisis and warned that "finger pointing" would not help.... 5/29/2015 4:57 PM

Croatia passes law compensating rape victims from 1990s war
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- Croatian lawmakers on Friday passed a bill that compensates the victims of rape during the country's war for independence more than twenty years ago - a move hailed as a late but important step in healing the wounds of the 1991-95 conflict.... 5/29/2015 4:55 PM

Syrian militants advance after seizing government stronghold
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say militants led by al-Qaida's branch in Syria are advancing in the northwestern province of Idlib after capturing a government stronghold.... 5/29/2015 4:31 PM

Top Canadian minister to announces he's leaving politics
TORONTO (AP) -- Another prominent member of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government will not seek re-election in Parliament in October.... 5/29/2015 4:04 PM

Kicking the plastic: Senegal among latest to ban flimsy bags
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- At a market in Senegal's capital, the sandy paths are strewn with them. They blow around like feathers in Dakar's coastal breezes, piling up alongside buildings on city streets and clogging canals.... 5/29/2015 4:04 PM

Tunisia PM: Destroying migrant boats won't stop Europe flow
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Tunisia's prime minister says a European Union proposal to destroy boats used by smugglers to ferry migrants to Europe from Libya probably won't work and is risky because it is similar to military intervention.... 5/29/2015 3:47 PM

Burundi opposition leader declares election boycott
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Burundi's most prominent opposition leader said on Friday his party is boycotting national elections amid political unrest stemming from the president's bid for a third term.... 5/29/2015 3:27 PM

In South Africa, killer of anti-apartheid leader gets parole
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A man convicted for the 1993 assassination of Chris Hani, a leading opponent of the white minority rule in South Africa at the time, was granted parole on Friday.... 5/29/2015 3:22 PM

Former Tajik commander claims to have joined IS group
MOSCOW (AP) -- Tajikistan authorities have opened an investigation into a high-ranking police official who allegedly has joined the Islamic State group in Syria and is calling for former comrades to rise up against the Central Asian country's authoritarian leadership.... 5/29/2015 3:19 PM

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