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Jailed Venezuelan leader starts hunger strike, urges protest
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has begun a hunger strike and is calling for a mass anti-government protest next weekend.... 5/24/2015 1:18 PM

Mali: Rebels capture army soldiers after fighting in north
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Separatist rebels in northern Mali said they are holding 19 soldiers from the national army following recent fighting, further aggravating tensions in the region after nearly a month of heightened violence.... 5/24/2015 1:09 PM

Negotiator: Iran agrees 'managed access' to military sites
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran has agreed to grant United Nations inspectors "managed access" to military sites as part of a future deal over its contested nuclear program, a negotiator said Sunday, apparently contradicting earlier comments by the nation's supreme leader.... 5/24/2015 1:08 PM

Burundi opposition figures go into hiding following killing
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Many of Burundi's opposition figures have gone into hiding after the killing of an opposition leader, said an opposition politician Sunday.... 5/24/2015 12:32 PM

Cannes fans eager to know: Who will get coveted Palme d'Or?
CANNES, France (AP) -- Just what film directors Joel and Ethan Coen are thinking is a question that has long bedeviled moviegoers. Now they have the Cannes Film Festival on pins and needles, too.... 5/24/2015 12:28 PM

Saudi king vows to punish those behind IS-claimed attack
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's king on Sunday vowed to punish those responsible for a rare suicide bombing that killed 21 people at a Shiite mosque in the country's east, calling it a "heinous terrorist attack" that runs against Islamic and human values.... 5/24/2015 12:07 PM

Susan Sarandon urges tourists to visit earthquake-hit Nepal
KALLABARI, Nepal (AP) -- Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon is urging tourists to come to Nepal, where two powerful earthquakes in the last month killed thousands of people and raised concerns that the nation's vital tourism industry could be seriously hurt.... 5/24/2015 12:05 PM

Local elections in Spain test upstart parties' voter appeal
MADRID (AP) -- Voters began casting ballots Sunday across much of Spain in local elections that could see two upstart parties end nearly four decades of dominance by the ruling conservative Popular Party and its rival, the center-left Socialists.... 5/24/2015 11:38 AM

60th birthday for Cannes' Palme d'Or top film trophy
CANNES, France (AP) -- As the Palme d'Or sits in its cushioned box awaiting Sunday's Cannes winner, the film festival's top prize might be taking stock of its own lifetime of achievements - on this, its 60th birthday.... 5/24/2015 11:34 AM

Pope says Romero was killed out of hatred for his faith
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis urged pilgrims filling St. Peter's Square on Pentecost Sunday to take `'the heroic examples" of a slain El Salvadoran bishop and an Italian nun who worked in Kenya who were beatified this weekend.... 5/24/2015 11:03 AM

Malaysia finds graves of suspected trafficking victims
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian authorities said Sunday that they have discovered a series of graves in at least 17 abandoned camps used by human traffickers on the border with Thailand where Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar have been held.... 5/24/2015 11:02 AM

Ethiopians vote in 1st election without former strongman
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Ethiopians started voting Sunday in national and regional elections in which the ruling party is expected to maintain its iron-clad grip on power.... 5/24/2015 10:57 AM

Cannes celebrities protected by seagull-deterrent falcons
CANNES, France (AP) -- As Mary J. Blige walked outside with her entourage and Mads Mikklesen sipped his chilled glass of wine, the VIP guests of Cannes' Grand Hyatt Martinez appeared blissfully unaware of the dangers circling above their heads.... 5/24/2015 10:31 AM

Video purports to show kidnapped Chinese tourist in Pakistan
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) -- A militant video released Sunday purported to show a Chinese tourist kidnapped by Taliban-allied fighters in Pakistan a year ago asking for his government to help him be released.... 5/24/2015 10:19 AM

UK's Labour Party says it won't try to block EU referendum
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's opposition Labour Party says it won't try to block a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the 28-nation European Union.... 5/24/2015 10:13 AM

German police confirm 6 killed in Alpine guesthouse fire
BERLIN (AP) -- Police in Germany say they have recovered the bodies of six people killed in a fire at a guesthouse in the Alps.... 5/24/2015 10:06 AM

'Bold' Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage in landslide
DUBLIN (AP) -- They hugged, they cheered, they cried at the news.... 5/24/2015 10:03 AM

Syrian helicopter crashes; activists say militants downed it
BEIRUT (AP) -- A Syrian military helicopter crashed Sunday at the northern air base of Kweiras, killing all its crew, state TV said, as an activist group said it was shot down by Islamic State militants.... 5/24/2015 9:59 AM

Women's walk across Koreas' DMZ denied; they cross by bus
DORASAN STATION, South Korea (AP) -- Female activists including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Peace laureates were denied an attempt to walk across the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea on Sunday, but were allowed to cross by bus and complete what one of them called a landmark event.... 5/24/2015 9:39 AM

Official: Israel thanked US for blocking nuclear document
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A senior Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked the U.S. for blocking a global document at the United Nations aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, a rare bright spot amid strained relations between the two countries.... 5/24/2015 8:53 AM

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