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DNA tests needed to identify Thai school fire victims
BANGKOK (AP) -- Relatives of a dozen primary-school girls who died in a dormitory fire in northern Thailand are awaiting the results of DNA tests, because all but five of the bodies were too disfigured to be identified by sight.... 5/24/2016 1:56 PM

Ukraine: 7 soldiers killed, 9 wounded in eastern clashes
MOSCOW (AP) -- Ukrainian officials say seven soldiers have been killed over the past day in rebellious eastern Ukraine.... 5/24/2016 1:50 PM

Burt Kwouk, veteran of the 'Pink Panther' movies, dies at 85
LONDON (AP) -- Burt Kwouk, who played martial arts expert Cato in the comic "Pink Panther" films, has died. He was 85.... 5/24/2016 1:50 PM

The Latest: Kurdish-led group announces Raqqa campaign
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the violence in Syria a day after deadly attacks claimed by the Islamic State group targeted government strongholds (all times local):... 5/24/2016 1:49 PM

Friends, Romans: help restore Rome's ruins, monuments
ROME (AP) -- Rome has pleaded for patrons to help pay for the restoration and maintenance of some of the hundreds of fountains, monuments, archaeological sites and historical streets in the Italian capital.... 5/24/2016 1:44 PM

Israeli watchdog report slams Netanyahu over travel expenses
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's government watchdog has released a lengthy report detailing a "fear of criminality" over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's travel expenses before he took office.... 5/24/2016 1:44 PM

Cuba to legalize small and medium-sized private businesses
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba says it will legalize small and medium-sized private businesses, a move that could significantly expand the space allowed for private enterprise in one of the world's last communist countries.... 5/24/2016 1:34 PM

Pro-squatter protesters clash with Barcelona police, 15 hurt
MADRID (AP) -- Protesters supporting squatters in Barcelona have set trash containers and vehicles ablaze and clashed with police, leaving at least 15 people injured.... 5/24/2016 1:33 PM

Algerian authorities destroy mountain of pirated CDs, DVDs
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Power shovels and a bulldozer have destroyed a huge mound of 2 million illegally copied CDs and DVDs outside Algeria's Culture Ministry, as part of a government pledge to crack down on long-rampant digital piracy.... 5/24/2016 1:33 PM

Obama pushes for better rights in Vietnam after arms deal
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday pressed Vietnam to allow greater freedoms for its citizens, arguing that better human rights would improve the communist country's economy, stability and regional power.... 5/24/2016 1:33 PM

Senior Taliban figure says death of leader could unify group
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The death of the leader of the Afghan Taliban in a U.S. drone strike last week could make the insurgent movement stronger by bringing back dissident commanders and unifying the movement's ranks, a senior Afghan Taliban figure said on Tuesday.... 5/24/2016 1:32 PM

Upset Cyprus president calls off peace talks meet
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Talks aimed at reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus stumbled Tuesday when the Greek Cypriot president called off a meeting with the breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader after he attended a dinner of heads of state at the invitation of Turkey.... 5/24/2016 1:31 PM

French raid Google over 'aggravated tax fraud' allegations
PARIS (AP) -- French police have raided Google's Paris offices as part of an investigation into "aggravated tax fraud" and money laundering, authorities said Tuesday. The raid is the latest regulatory headache for the American search engine-and-email company, which like other Silicon Valley firms faces increasing questions about its complex tax arrangements.... 5/24/2016 1:31 PM

Belgian protesters clash at anti-austerity demonstration
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Belgian riot police fired a water cannon at protesters Tuesday after fighting broke out at the end of a major anti-austerity demonstration attended by tens of thousands of people in central Brussels. At least one policeman and several protesters were injured.... 5/24/2016 1:29 PM

Coach: High jump champ Chicherova notified of doping retest
MOSCOW (AP) -- Olympic high jump champion Anna Chicherova is one of 31 athletes whose doping samples came back positive in retests from the 2008 Beijing Games, the Russian athlete's coach said Tuesday.... 5/24/2016 1:29 PM

French police force open fuel depot amid protests, shortages
PARIS (AP) -- French police used water cannons on Tuesday to disperse projectile-throwing protesters blocking a key fuel depot on the Mediterranean, as gasoline shortages spread around the country amid increasingly tense labor actions.... 5/24/2016 1:25 PM

Luxembourg to be quizzed over tax ruling allegation
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The Belgian government says it will quiz Luxembourg over media allegations that it makes unwritten tax agreements with companies despite European Union insistence to promote full transparency on the much-criticized practice.... 5/24/2016 1:23 PM

Poland's PM, EU leader discuss ending political crisis
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A senior European Union leader met with Poland's prime minister on Tuesday to discuss ways of solving a political crisis in the country that has strained its ties with Brussels.... 5/24/2016 1:22 PM

Apple boss Tim Cook: Apps are future of TV
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook said Tuesday that apps are the future of television and that the company wants to help change the entertainment industry.... 5/24/2016 1:20 PM

Europe higher, Asia slumps amid expectations Fed rate hike
TOKYO (AP) -- European stock markets rose on Tuesday, despite jitters in Asian trading, and the British pound rose as market expectations faded of an exit from the European Union.... 5/24/2016 1:19 PM

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