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Report: Israeli leader offers talks over settlement blocs
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli newspaper says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered to renew peace talks with the Palestinians.... 5/26/2015 7:31 AM

Iraq announces launch of operation to drive IS from Anbar
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq has announced the launch of an operation to drive the Islamic State group out of the western Anbar province, where the extremists captured the provincial capital earlier this month.... 5/26/2015 7:26 AM

China's army plays down South China Sea island-building
BEIJING (AP) -- China's military on Tuesday compared its controversial island-building in the South China Sea to ordinary construction such as road-building going on elsewhere in the country, trying to deflect criticism over an issue seen as inflaming tensions in the region.... 5/26/2015 7:23 AM

Ryanair beats forecasts again as annual profits rise 66 pct
DUBLIN (AP) -- Europe's leading budget airline Ryanair has beaten forecasts again, reporting full-year net profits of 867 million euros ($949 million), 66 percent higher than the year before.... 5/26/2015 7:14 AM

Police: Several Kenyan officers killed in ambush
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Several Kenyan police officers were killed in an attack Monday night by suspected Somali militants in the northeastern Garissa county, where 148 students were massacred last month, police said Tuesday.... 5/26/2015 7:11 AM

For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate's heart
BEIRUT (AP) -- The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria's war. In the capital of the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate," Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting online. They married, then passed the days dining on grilled meats in Raqqa's restaurants, strolling along the Euphrates River and eating ice cream.... 5/26/2015 7:07 AM

Iran begins trial of detained Washington Post reporter
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The closed trial of an American-Iranian reporter for the Washington Post detained in Iran for more than 10 months has begun in a court used to hear security cases.... 5/26/2015 7:03 AM

Australia to pass law to strip citizenship for terror crimes
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia plans to pass a law within weeks to give the government power to strip citizenship from dual nationals who are suspected terrorists even if they are not convicted of a crime, the prime minister said Tuesday.... 5/26/2015 6:27 AM

Afghan forces struggle as Taliban seeks northern stronghold
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) -- Taliban insurgents, their ranks swelled by foreign fighters pushed across the border from Pakistan, nearly surrounded this northern Afghan city last month with an offensive that stunned local authorities and raised concerns over their ability to defend the country without U.S. and foreign combat troops.... 5/26/2015 6:22 AM

Channeling Batman, Versailles: Macau's new wave of resorts
MACAU (AP) -- Macau is doubling down even as the odds change. The world's casino capital this week welcomes the first of a new wave of lavish casino resorts for its up-and-coming Cotai Peninsula.... 5/26/2015 6:20 AM

Asia stocks gain as China announcements spur Shanghai
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian shares mostly gained Tuesday after China promoted an array of infrastructure projects as open to private investment and said it was slashing tariffs on imported clothing and other consumer goods. Investors lacked other cues, with markets in London and the U.S. closed for holidays on Monday.... 5/26/2015 6:08 AM

UN officials didn't follow up on sex abuse claims for months
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- For months, the U.N.'s top human rights officials knew about allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic, collected by their own staff. But they didn't follow up because they assumed French authorities were handling it, statements marked "strictly confidential" show, even as France pressed the U.N. for more information about the case.... 5/26/2015 5:56 AM

Report: Iran summons Saudi envoy over Yemen strike
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency says the Foreign Ministry has summoned Saudi Arabia's envoy over an airstrike near Tehran's embassy in Yemen.... 5/26/2015 5:46 AM

Fire at rest home in central China kills 38 people
BEIJING (AP) -- A fire swept through a rest home in central China, killing 38 people and injuring six, Chinese authorities said Tuesday.... 5/26/2015 5:07 AM

Taiwan proposes plan to ease South China Sea tensions
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou laid out a plan Tuesday to ease tensions in a vast, resource-rich Asian ocean where China has chafed against its neighbors by expanding islets with landfill to solidify its claims in the region.... 5/26/2015 5:00 AM

Corporate maneuver at Samsung strengthens heir's influence
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Two key Samsung companies are merging in a step toward ensuring the son of the group's ailing chairman inherits control of the theme parks to smartphones conglomerate.... 5/26/2015 4:36 AM

Malaysia: Human traffickers' camps had 139 suspected graves
WANG KELIAN, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian authorities say a cluster of abandoned jungle camps used by human traffickers contained 139 suspected graves as well as barbed-wire pens likely used to cage migrants, shedding more light on a regional trade that preyed on some of Southeast Asia's most desperate people.... 5/26/2015 4:34 AM

Rohingya seek better life in Malaysia, but reality is stark
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia has been a sort of promised land for Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar. The tens of thousands who endured perilous journeys to get here find more work opportunities than in Indonesia and a more Muslim-friendly environment than in Thailand.... 5/26/2015 4:11 AM

Americans find ways to visit Cuba despite tourism ban
HAVANA (AP) -- "Is travel to Cuba for tourist activities permitted? No." That's what the U.S. Treasury Department website says. And yet Havana is loaded with Americans, from the Floridita bar, where they pose for photos with a bust of Ernest Hemingway, to the Rum Museum, where they swig rum samples after trudging through dim displays of old casks.... 5/26/2015 4:05 AM

Stunning 36 percent rise in US visits to Cuba since January
HAVANA (AP) -- The thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba has led to a stunning 36 percent increase in visits by Americans to the island, including thousands who are flying into Cuba from third countries like Mexico in order to sidestep U.S. restrictions on tourism.... 5/26/2015 4:03 AM

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