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Canada evacuating 8,000 wildfire evacuees by air
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) -- Canadian officials began evacuating 8,000 people from work camps north of devastated Fort McMurray by air on Thursday and hoped to move thousands more via a highway convoy Friday if it is safe from a massive wildfire raging in Alberta that has grown to 85,000 hectares (210,035 acres).... 5/6/2016 1:06 AM

Mexico City lifts smog alert, allowing more cars on streets
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico City has discontinued a pollution alert after three days of persistently high smog levels and will allow more cars on the streets Friday.... 5/6/2016 12:50 AM

3 nations move against alleged big money launderer in Panama
PANAMA CITY (AP) -- Authorities have arrested a prominent Panama businessman and dismantled an empire of banking, real estate and retail businesses that the U.S. says were part of a top worldwide money-laundering organization for drug traffickers.... 5/6/2016 12:32 AM

Survivors found 6 days after Kenyan building collapse
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Rescuers found four survivors Thursday in the rubble of an apartment building that collapsed six days ago amid heavy rains in the Kenyan capital, raising hopes that more people might still be alive in a disaster that has left dozens dead and missing.... 5/6/2016 12:08 AM

120 nations accuse US top court of violating law over Iran
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The 120-nation Nonaligned Movement headed by Iran accused the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday of violating international law by ruling that nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets can be paid to victims of attacks linked to the country.... 5/5/2016 11:17 PM

Russian orchestra plays in Palmyra ruins as strikes kill 28
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A renowned Russian conductor led a triumphant concert Thursday in the ruins of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, once terrorized by the Islamic State group, even as an airstrike on a refugee camp in the north left at least 28 people dead and dozens wounded, including many children.... 5/5/2016 11:08 PM

Brazil's high court suspends house speaker, foe of president
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil's top court voted unanimously Thursday to suspend the scandal-tainted leader of the lower house of Congress from his duties.... 5/5/2016 10:38 PM

The Latest: UN says Aleppo attack could be war crime
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):... 5/5/2016 9:20 PM

"Flight of the Navigator" star charged with bank robbery
SECHELT, British Columbia (AP) -- A man who starred in Disney's 1986 adventure flick "Flight of the Navigator" when he was a child has been charged in connection with a bank robbery in British Columbia.... 5/5/2016 8:15 PM

Panama reports 4 cases of Zika-related microcephaly
PANAMA CITY (AP) -- Health authorities in Panama said Thursday that they have identified four cases of the birth defect microcephaly linked to the Zika virus.... 5/5/2016 8:12 PM

EU official Tusk: Idea of one European nation is 'illusion'
ROME (AP) -- Worried about anti-European Union sentiment fueling nationalism on the continent, a top official said Thursday that the bloc must "stop the radicals" from gaining power by making citizens feel safe amid the migrant crisis.... 5/5/2016 8:08 PM

Israeli general touches raw nerve with Holocaust comments
JERUSALEM (AP) -- In a reflection of the deep divisions plaguing Israel, a top general set off a controversy Thursday after appearing to liken the atmosphere in Israel to that of Nazi-era Germany during a speech marking the country's Holocaust memorial day.... 5/5/2016 6:51 PM

Amid political crisis, Iraqi PM calls for focus on IS fight
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's prime minister on Thursday called on the Iraqi people to prioritize the battle against the Islamic State group amid a deepening political crisis in the country.... 5/5/2016 6:43 PM

Libya official: IS suicide bomber kills 5 militiamen in west
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- An Islamic State suicide bomber on Thursday rammed his car into a checkpoint in the country's west manned by a militia from the western city of Misrata, killing five militiamen, according to a Libyan militia leader in the city.... 5/5/2016 6:39 PM

Polish government to take control of WWII museum
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's conservative government announced Thursday that it is merging a major museum on World War II that was due to open next year with a different museum that doesn't yet exist, a legal maneuver that allows it to take control of an ambitious new institution.... 5/5/2016 6:38 PM

Candidate for next UN chief asks to meet Security Council
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Croatia's former foreign minister, who is campaigning to be the next secretary-general of the United Nations, said she has asked to meet members of the U.N. Security Council who will make the final decision.... 5/5/2016 6:34 PM

Turkish premier to step down, boosting president's position
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's prime minister announced Thursday that he will stand down, giving the country's increasingly authoritarian president free reign to appoint someone less likely to challenge him -a development that could have implications for Turkey's internal conflicts and external relations.... 5/5/2016 6:12 PM

Doctors Without Borders pulls out of UN humanitarian summit
PARIS (AP) -- The international medical aid agency Doctors Without Borders has pulled out of the first U.N. humanitarian summit, saying the meeting won't address the growing needs caused by war and violence across the world because of its non-binding nature.... 5/5/2016 6:03 PM

Israel discovers new cross-border tunnel from Gaza Strip
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military said it uncovered a new tunnel Thursday stretching from southern Gaza Strip into Israel and built by Palestinian militants seeking to stage attacks in Israel, a discovery that comes amid an escalation in violence between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers.... 5/5/2016 5:47 PM

UN says nearly half a million children in limbo on asylum
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- UNICEF says nearly half a million refugee children who applied for asylum in Europe last year remain in limbo as the European Union prepares for critical talks on rules governing applications from people seeking protection.... 5/5/2016 5:44 PM

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