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Sydney siege inquest: Gunman secretive, defiant narcissist
SYDNEY (AP) -- The man who took 18 people hostage at a Sydney cafe last year was educated and erratic, secretive about his own life and public about his many grievances, and a self-obsessed fabulist who grew increasingly defiant as he edged closer to launching his deadly attack, lawyers told an inquest on Monday.... 5/25/2015 4:28 AM

Businesses quietly switch to dollar in socialist Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- It's still possible to buy a gleaming Ford truck in Venezuela, rent a chic apartment in Caracas, and snag an American Airlines flight to Miami. Just not in the country's official currency.... 5/25/2015 4:13 AM

Aquino: Philippines to fly usual routes over disputed reefs
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine president says the country's aircraft will continue to fly their usual routes over disputed reefs in the South China Sea, defying China's challenges to its planes and those of the United States.... 5/25/2015 4:09 AM

Relatives doubt that 42 men died in shootout on Mexico ranch
MORELIA, Mexico (AP) -- One body was missing an eye and had bruises on its face. Another had its teeth knocked inward. One had a gunshot in the top of the head.... 5/25/2015 4:04 AM

Audiard's 'Dheepan' wins Palme d'Or in upset Cannes finale
CANNES, France (AP) -- The 68th Cannes Film Festival was brought to a surprising close Sunday with Jacques Audiard's Sri Lankan refugee drama taking the festival's coveted top honor, the Palme d'Or.... 5/25/2015 3:47 AM

Kids on their own among migrants who arrived in Indonesia
KUALA CANGKOI, Indonesia (AP) -- It was just the two of them, brother and sister, out on the open ocean with hundreds of other desperate migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims fleeing their homes in Myanmar. For nearly three months, the siblings comforted each other when rolling waves thrashed their boat, when their empty bellies ached and when they were beaten for trying to stand up to stretch their legs.... 5/25/2015 3:46 AM

Asian stock markets 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 3:29 AM

Australia to bring home bodies of 25 who died in Vietnam War
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia announced Monday that it will repatriate the remains of up to 25 Australian soldiers killed about 50 years ago during the Vietnam War.... 5/25/2015 2:25 AM

Japan trade gap narrows, but returns to deficit in April
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's trade balance reverted to a deficit in April but narrowed sharply from the previous year as the plunge in oil prices cut fuel import costs.... 5/25/2015 1:04 AM

Greece's leftist leaders reject call to miss debt payment
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece will continue paying its debts, after its ruling Radical Left Coalition narrowly rejected a call by party hardliners to miss its next International Monetary Fund loan payment.... 5/25/2015 12:08 AM

UK prime minister outlines who can vote in referendum
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's prime minister outlined who will be allowed to vote in referendum on whether or not the country should remain in the European Union on Monday, opting for rules that exclude most voters from the 28-nation bloc who live in the U.K.... 5/24/2015 11:04 PM

Polish president concedes defeat after exit poll released
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski conceded defeat in the county's presidential election Sunday after an exit poll showed him trailing Andrzej Duda, a previously little-known right-wing politician.... 5/24/2015 10:16 PM

New parties shake Spain's political system in local vote
MADRID (AP) -- Voters punished Spain's mainstream political parties in local elections Sunday as many people switched their allegiance to new parties that campaigned on a promise of change amid chafing austerity policies, high unemployment and political corruption scandals.... 5/24/2015 10:05 PM

Hezbollah vows to expand involvement in Syria's civil war
BEIRUT (AP) -- The leader of the militant Hezbollah group said Sunday that the region is facing "unprecedented danger" from extremist groups and vowed his fighters will expand their involvement in Syria's civil war in support of government forces.... 5/24/2015 7:46 PM

Gay couples awake to new Ireland, hope to wed by Christmas
DUBLIN (AP) -- Gay couples of Ireland woke up Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn, with dreams of wedding plans dancing in their heads.... 5/24/2015 6:50 PM

Nigerian cellphone provider needs fuel to prevent shut-down
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's leading cellphone provider said Sunday it urgently needs diesel to prevent shutting down services countrywide - the latest business hit by a months-long fuel crisis in Africa's biggest oil producer.... 5/24/2015 6:16 PM

Ethiopians vote, ruling party expected to keep grip on power
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Ethiopians voted Sunday in national and regional elections in which the ruling party is expected to maintain its iron-clad grip on power.... 5/24/2015 5:27 PM

Ex-Pakistani PM: Son's kidnappers want militants released
MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) -- The captors of a former Pakistani prime minister's son demanded the release of several al-Qaida prisoners in exchange for his release, the former premier said Sunday.... 5/24/2015 5:25 PM

Dutch prime minister thanks American liberators
MARGRATEN, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte paid tribute Sunday at a Memorial Day ceremony to U.S. troops who fought and died liberating the Netherlands from Nazi occupation in World War II, while NATO's supreme commander said the fight to defend freedom continues to this day.... 5/24/2015 3:15 PM

Official: Syrian army preparing for counterattack on IS
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The Syrian army is deploying troops in areas near the ancient town of Palmyra in apparent preparation for a counterattack to retake it from the Islamic State group, an official said.... 5/24/2015 3:14 PM



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