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Army chiefs plan for proposed joint Arab force in Mideast
CAIRO (AP) -- Army chiefs of staff of Arab countries have drafted a protocol for a new joint force to intervene in Middle East hotspots on missions ranging from fighting Islamic militants to Iran-backed groups - despite lingering disagreements on some details, including where to base the force's headquarters.... 5/25/2015 9:47 AM

Malaysia: Human traffickers' camps had 139 suspected graves
WANG KELIAN, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian authorities said Monday that abandoned jungle camps used by human traffickers contained 139 suspected graves as well as pens likely used as cages for migrants, shedding more light on a regional trade that preyed on some of Southeast Asia's most desperate people.... 5/25/2015 9:46 AM

N. Ireland leader hospitalized over suspected heart attack
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- His political party says Peter Robinson, the Protestant leader of Northern Ireland's unity government, has been hospitalized after a suspected heart attack.... 5/25/2015 9:45 AM

Turkmenistan unveils massive gold-leaf statue of president
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) -- Turkmenistan has unveiled a grandiose gold-leafed statue of the president carrying a dove and riding atop a horse - a move aimed at burnishing the leader's burgeoning personality cult.... 5/25/2015 9:43 AM

United Arab Emirates launches national space agency strategy
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The United Arab Emirates has laid out a strategic framework for a newly created space agency that aims to integrate various arms of the Gulf federation's burgeoning space industry.... 5/25/2015 9:42 AM

Vatican bank profits soar as recovery, reform continues
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican bank says its profit soared by more than 20 times last year as it recovered from a trading loss and continued its reform process.... 5/25/2015 9:42 AM

Soldier killed after shooting on fellow troops in Tunis
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- A Tunisian soldier opened fire on fellow troops at military barracks in the capital Monday, wounding eight people before he was killed himself, the Defense Ministry said.... 5/25/2015 9:35 AM

Explosion at Turkish cement factory kills 3 near Ankara
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish officials say an explosion at a cement factory in a town near Ankara has killed three employees.... 5/25/2015 9:32 AM

Report: Iran raises gas prices by 40 percent in subsidy cut
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran will raise gasoline prices by some 40 percent beginning Tuesday, the country's official news agency reported, the latest cut to the Islamic Republic's fuel subsidies that cost it some $32 billion a year.... 5/25/2015 9:22 AM

Iran adviser says US has 'no will' to fight Islamic State
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The chief of an elite unit in Iran's Revolutionary Guard has accused the U.S. of having "no will" to stop the Islamic State group after the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday.... 5/25/2015 9:15 AM

Sudanese government denies supporting rebels in South Sudan
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) -- The Sudanese government has denied supporting rebels in South Sudan after it accused Khartoum of supplying arms to the insurgents threatening its oil fields.... 5/25/2015 9:13 AM

Nigerian senator-elect to fight US extradition, drug charges
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- A wanted man newly elected to Nigeria's Senate will appear in court Monday to fight his extradition to the United States on 20-year-old charges related to the TV hit "Orange is the New Black."... 5/25/2015 9:11 AM

Global stocks mostly higher in quiet trading day
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stocks were mostly higher Monday on a quiet trading day with Hong Kong, Wall Street and London closed for holidays.... 5/25/2015 8:49 AM

Earthquake shakes buildings in Tokyo but causes no damage
TOKYO (AP) -- A magnitude-5.5 earthquake rattled Tokyo and its suburbs Monday, shaking buildings and temporarily stopping trains but causing no apparent damage or injuries.... 5/25/2015 8:48 AM

New parties to play key role after Spanish local elections
MADRID (AP) -- Two new parties look set to hold the keys to power in many Spanish cities and regions following local elections that dealt a serious blow to the governing conservative Popular Party.... 5/25/2015 8:44 AM

Turkish minister defends spending on posh cars as 'peanuts'
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's finance minister has come under criticism for defending government spending of $1.3 billion on luxury cars and other vehicles for officials as "peanuts."... 5/25/2015 8:43 AM

Afghan official says suicide bombing kills at least 5
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- A suicide truck bomb exploded in a southern Afghan province Monday, killing at least five people and wounding 62, authorities said.... 5/25/2015 8:42 AM

Apparent winner in Polish election sends message of unity
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's apparent president-elect, Andrzej Duda, began the day after the election meeting with passers-by in front of a subway station in central Warsaw and announcing that he will formally leave his Law and Justice party.... 5/25/2015 8:33 AM

UK airport expansion threatens to take out entire villages
LONDON (AP) -- With its classic red phone booth, pub, and medieval church, Harmondsworth's center looks quintessentially British. But the search for a twee English village isn't what brings millions of people within a stone's throw of its boundaries.... 5/25/2015 8:09 AM

Son of Pakistan's president escapes bomb attack killing 3
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- Police say the son of Pakistan's president has escaped a roadside bomb attack unharmed after the blast killed three people and wounded 15.... 5/25/2015 7:46 AM

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