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Wind damages wing of solar plane sidelined in Japan
NAGOYA, Japan (AP) -- A solar-powered plane forced to land in Japan when it hit bad weather during its trip around the globe has encountered more challenges after wind gusts damaged a wing on the grounded aircraft.... 6/3/2015 6:09 PM

Nigerian to lead multinational force fighting Boko Haram
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria on Wednesday named one of its generals to take over the multinational force fighting Boko Haram, suggesting a desire by the country's newly elected president to take the lead in the war against the Islamic extremists.... 6/3/2015 6:07 PM

Maggi noodles ordered off India's shelves due to lead level
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Indian shopkeepers withdrew a popular brand of Nestle instant noodles from their shelves Wednesday after tests revealed the snack contained unsafe levels of lead.... 6/3/2015 6:05 PM

Washington Post reporter detained in Iran has hearing Monday
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency is reporting the second hearing in the trial of detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian will be held Monday.... 6/3/2015 6:05 PM

Greek leader heads to Brussels to defend deal proposal
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's prime minister headed for a showdown with creditors on Wednesday in Brussels, where each side would present proposals in the hope of reaching a deal to unlock bailout loans and save the country from financial disaster.... 6/3/2015 6:03 PM

Ukraine battle tests cease-fire to breaking point
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A major battle erupted Wednesday on the western edge of the main separatist rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine, leaving more than a dozen dead and threatening to tip the country back into full-blown war.... 6/3/2015 6:01 PM

UN chief orders external probe into child sex abuse claims
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. chief on Wednesday ordered an external investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic, saying the world body hopes to ensure it "does not fail the victims of sexual abuse, especially when committed by those who are meant to protect them."... 6/3/2015 5:59 PM

Palace confirms Queen Elizabeth II's medical appointment
LONDON (AP) -- Buckingham Palace took the unusual step Wednesday of confirming that Queen Elizabeth II went to a hospital for her annual medical checkup after social media comments touched off speculation on her health.... 6/3/2015 5:58 PM

US, India move forward on joint military research projects
NEW DELHI (AP) -- After several years of bureaucratic delays, the U.S. and India are moving ahead with two joint research projects for the military that officials hope will set the stage for greater defense cooperation in the years ahead.... 6/3/2015 5:50 PM

US official: Airstrikes killed 10,000 Islamic State fighters
BEIRUT (AP) -- A U.S. official said Wednesday that more than 10,000 Islamic State fighters have been killed by American-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in nine months, offering a body count for a campaign that has yet to blunt their advance.... 6/3/2015 5:40 PM

AP Interview: Top Yemen Shiite rebel welcomes UN peace talks
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The second-in-command of Yemen's Shiite rebels on Wednesday assailed the Saudi-led airstrikes pounding his group's positions and allied forces, insisting they are ready to travel to Geneva for U.N.-mediated peace talks on ending the country's civil war.... 6/3/2015 5:38 PM

In Tokyo, Philippine leader criticizes China over sea moves
TOKYO (AP) -- On his sixth visit to Japan in five years, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday criticized China's assertiveness in regional seas, a concern shared by both countries as they deepen their ties.... 6/3/2015 5:26 PM

Latvian parliament chooses defense minister as president
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- Latvian lawmakers on Wednesday chose Defense Minister Raimonds Vejonis as the Baltic country's next president, placing trust in his security credentials amid unease over a perceived threat from neighboring Russia.... 6/3/2015 5:20 PM

France to merge Areva, EDF nuclear reactor businesses
PARIS (AP) -- French nuclear giants Areva and EDF will merge their reactor businesses in a joint venture controlled by EDF - a wide-ranging reshuffle of the country's state-owned atomic energy industry.... 6/3/2015 5:19 PM

South African sports minister says $10 million not a bribe
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's sports minister "categorically" denied on Wednesday that the $10 million paid to former FIFA official Jack Warner in 2008 was a bribe for his help in securing the World Cup.... 6/3/2015 5:16 PM

Sepp Blatter back at work at FIFA headquarters amid crisis
ZURICH (AP) -- A day after announcing his decision to resign, Sepp Blatter was back at work at FIFA headquarters on Wednesday as the worst corruption crisis in the governing body's 111-year history continued to unfold.... 6/3/2015 5:16 PM

Greece backs waste facility on newly-privatized Athens plot
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's Finance Ministry says it wants to grant a chunk of a recently-privatized Athens coastal plot earmarked for luxury development to be used as a municipal waste management facility.... 6/3/2015 5:06 PM

Orange CEO says he wants to end link in Israel 'tomorrow'
CAIRO (AP) -- The chief executive officer of French mobile phone giant Orange says he would end his company's relationship with an Israeli operator that pays to use its name "tomorrow" if he could, but that to do so would be a "huge risk" in terms of penalties.... 6/3/2015 4:59 PM

Merkel outlines focus of German G7 presidency in op-ed
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Group of Seven summit later this week will focus on issues like the Islamic State group, Ebola and the Russia-Ukraine conflict.... 6/3/2015 4:33 PM

Rome university chief blasted for 'Miss University' pageant
ROME (AP) -- Some of Italy's top female academics are demanding an apology from the president of the University of Rome for participating in the jury of a "Miss University" pageant to select the "most beautiful and wise" university student for 2015.... 6/3/2015 4:12 PM

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