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26 rebels killed in Colombian raid on guerrilla camp
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- At least 26 leftist rebels have been killed in a military raid in western Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos announced on Friday, an attack that's likely to further strain efforts to end the country's half-century conflict.... 5/22/2015 2:43 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 2:38 PM

Nigerian Muslims set court ablaze over 'insult' to Muhammad
KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- Hundreds of rioting Muslims have set a Shariah court ablaze in Nigeria's northern Kano city to protest a judge freeing a cleric accused of insulting the prophet Muhammad.... 5/22/2015 2:38 PM

Dutch government plans limited ban on face-covering clothing
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Dutch government is seeking to introduce a limited ban on "face-covering clothing," in what is widely interpreted as a new attempt to outlaw burqas, the head-to-toe Islamic robe worn by only a few hundred women in this nation of 17 million.... 5/22/2015 2:36 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 2:33 PM

UN chief urges peaceful solution of South China Sea dispute
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Friday for a peaceful solution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea, where China's increased assertiveness has alarmed its smaller neighbors.... 5/22/2015 2:30 PM

EU embrace of eastern partners turns lukewarm
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- The European Union reaffirmed its partnership with six post-Soviet nations Friday but offered them no new prospects of future membership in the Western bloc at a summit overshadowed by the Ukraine crisis.... 5/22/2015 2:29 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 2:29 PM

Nazi-looted painting from Gurlitt art trove to go on sale
LONDON (AP) -- A painting that was seized by the Nazis and only recently returned to the Jewish owner's heirs is going on auction.... 5/22/2015 2:28 PM

Suspect in Tunisia attack claims innocence at 1st hearing
ROME (AP) -- The Moroccan migrant accused of being involved in Tunisia's Bardo Museum massacre insisted Friday on his innocence and refused to voluntarily be turned over to Tunisian authorities.... 5/22/2015 2:23 PM

UN says Hungarian questionnaire risks spreading xenophobia
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- The United Nations human rights watchdog said Friday it was "shocked" by a Hungarian government questionnaire which links migration with terrorism, fearing it could bolster anti-immigration sentiments.... 5/22/2015 2:11 PM

Aspiring Asia leader China takes no role in Rohingya crisis
BEIJING (AP) -- Malaysia has begun searching for thousands of boat people believed stranded in the Andaman Sea. From a hemisphere away in Washington, the U.S. said it will send navy planes. Even the small African nation of Gambia has offered help, saying it could take in the migrants.... 5/22/2015 2:10 PM

Cholera infects 3,000 Burundian refugees; UN call for help
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- The U.N. refugee agency says an outbreak of cholera has infected 3,000 people in a Tanzanian border region where refugees from Burundi have massed.... 5/22/2015 2:10 PM

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

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

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