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3 Polish men held for planting explosive under police cars
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Three men have been caught red-handed in Poland while planting homemade explosives under two police cars in Warsaw, officials said Wednesday.... 5/25/2016 4:54 PM

UN: Food aid reaches 41.9 percent of those besieged in Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A United Nations report says food aid has reached nearly half the civilians trapped in besieged areas of Syria, but much more remains to be done to help the 13.5 million in need across the war-torn nation.... 5/25/2016 4:53 PM

Liberia chairman, speaker charged on alleged bribes
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- The chairman of Liberia's ruling party and the speaker of the house of representatives have been charged for allegedly participating in a bribery scheme to get government officials to change a mining law to help a British firm.... 5/25/2016 4:51 PM

Philippine officials: Duterte violated law on women's rights
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine Commission on Human Rights said Wednesday the country's presumptive president-elect violated a law protecting women's rights by making a rape joke during the election campaign.... 5/25/2016 4:50 PM

Italy recovers 7 bodies, saves 500 after migrant ship flips
ROME (AP) -- A large ship overturned Wednesday off Libya's coast with more than 500 migrants aboard, right as the Italian navy was approaching for rescue. Crews recovered seven bodies but saved more than 500 people who were thrown into the sea.... 5/25/2016 4:46 PM

Swiss region: Muslim boys must shake female teachers' hands
GENEVA (AP) -- A schools board in northern Switzerland says two Muslim boys who refused to shake hands with their female teachers for religious reasons can be required to do so, and their parents could face fines of up to 5,000 Swiss francs (about $5,000) if they don't.... 5/25/2016 4:39 PM

Spanish athlete tests positive in retest of 2008 samples
MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish athlete tested positive in a reanalysis of doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Games, the Spanish Olympic Committee said Wednesday.... 5/25/2016 4:36 PM

NATO's star sculpture is moving to the alliance's new home
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The giant oxidized steel star that has stood in front of NATO's headquarters in Brussels for decades is being moved to the alliance's new home across the street.... 5/25/2016 4:31 PM

Hamas planning to execute convicted murderers
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza's Islamic Hamas rulers say they intend to execute residents convicted of murder even without the needed approval of the Palestinian president.... 5/25/2016 4:26 PM

The Latest: Council of Europe welcomes Savchenko's release
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- The Latest on Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko (all times local):... 5/25/2016 4:24 PM

South African rhino endures, 1 year after horrific attack
BELA-BELA, South Africa (AP) -- "Dancing with rhinos," the South African veterinarian joked as he supported the head of his staggering, nearly 2-ton patient, an injured rhino woozy with sedatives.... 5/25/2016 4:24 PM

Italy diver claims to have found long-lost UK sub P311
ROME (AP) -- An Italian diver claims to have located the long-lost wreck of the British submarine HMS P311, which was downed off Sardinia during World War II.... 5/25/2016 4:19 PM

Swedish court upholds arrest warrant for Julian Assange
HELSINKI (AP) -- A Swedish court on Wednesday rejected a request to overturn the arrest warrant of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange because there were no new circumstances to consider.... 5/25/2016 4:19 PM

Official: Greek efforts to handle refugee crisis significant
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece has faced major problems in dealing with the refugee crisis but has made a significant effort to handle the issues, a leading European human rights official said Wednesday.... 5/25/2016 4:08 PM

Shakespeare First Folio fetches $2.75 million at auction
LONDON (AP) -- Copies of the first four editions of William Shakespeare's plays - dubbed the "Holy Grail of publishing" by Christie's auction house - have sold for almost 2.5 million pounds ($3.68 million).... 5/25/2016 4:05 PM

Dutch king: European bouquet incomplete without English rose
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Dutch King Willem-Alexander used a speech to the European Parliament on Wednesday to make a plea for unity less than a month before Britain's referendum on whether to remain in the 28-nation bloc.... 5/25/2016 4:04 PM

Ukrainian pilot returns home as unrivalled national hero
MOSCOW (AP) -- When war broke out in eastern Ukraine, pilot Nadezhda Savchenko left her hometown to join the fight against Russia-backed separatists. Nearly two years after she was captured, then tried and convicted in Russia, she returned home to a rapturous welcome in Kiev.... 5/25/2016 4:03 PM

UN panel against torture cuts short Ukraine visit
GENEVA (AP) -- A U.N. panel aimed to prevent torture says it's cutting short a trip to Ukraine because security forces aren't granting access to sites that it wants to visit.... 5/25/2016 3:55 PM

EU ministers fail to get tax avoidance deal, hope for June
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union finance ministers have failed to agree on a deal to better combat tax avoidance but hope to get a full agreement in June.... 5/25/2016 3:53 PM

Thais upset that 'fresh' orange juice is not what it seems
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thai health officials are conducting surprise inspections of fresh orange juice vendors around the country after photos posted on Facebook showed a backyard producer adulterating the juice in big plastic tubs.... 5/25/2016 3:46 PM

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