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Orange CEO says he wants to end link in Israel 'tomorrow'
CAIRO (AP) -- The chief executive officer of French mobile phone giant Orange says he would end his company's relationship with an Israeli operator that pays to use its name "tomorrow" if he could, but that to do so would be a "huge risk" in terms of penalties.... 6/3/2015 4:59 PM

France to merge Areva, EDF nuclear reactor businesses
PARIS (AP) -- French nuclear giants Areva and EDF will merge their reactor businesses in a joint venture controlled by EDF - a wide-ranging reshuffle of the country's state-owned atomic energy industry.... 6/3/2015 4:44 PM

Greek leader heads to Brussels to defend deal proposal
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's prime minister headed for a showdown with key creditors on Wednesday in Brussels, where each side would present proposals in the hope of reaching a deal to unlock bailout loans - and save the country from financial disaster.... 6/3/2015 4:42 PM

Merkel outlines focus of German G7 presidency in op-ed
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Group of Seven summit later this week will focus on issues like the Islamic State group, Ebola and the Russia-Ukraine conflict.... 6/3/2015 4:33 PM

Rome university chief blasted for 'Miss University' pageant
ROME (AP) -- Some of Italy's top female academics are demanding an apology from the president of the University of Rome for participating in the jury of a "Miss University" pageant to select the "most beautiful and wise" university student for 2015.... 6/3/2015 4:12 PM

US official: Airstrikes killed 10,000 Islamic State fighters
BEIRUT (AP) -- A U.S. official said Wednesday that more than 10,000 Islamic State fighters have been killed by American-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in nine months, offering a first body count for a campaign that has yet to blunt their advance.... 6/3/2015 4:07 PM

Ukraine battle tests cease-fire to breaking point
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A major battle erupted Wednesday on the western edge of the main separatist rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine, leaving more than a dozen dead and threatening to tip the country back into full-blown war.... 6/3/2015 4:06 PM

What next for the 7 men detained in the FIFA raids in Zurich
ZURICH (AP) -- One week after an American investigation of soccer corruption erupted at FIFA, seven men remain detained in Zurich prison cells.... 6/3/2015 3:53 PM

Bomber in Saudi Shiite mosque attack identified as Saudi
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia on Wednesday identified the suicide bomber behind last week's attack on a Shiite mosque that killed four people as a Saudi national as it offered cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of other terrorist suspects.... 6/3/2015 3:52 PM

Neighborhoods: Local rhythms and tourist sites in Old Havana
HAVANA (AP) -- In some destinations, tourist areas are located far from the rhythms of everyday life. But visitors who wander through Old Havana - Habana Vieja, as locals call it - can't help but get a sense of how ordinary Cubans live.... 6/3/2015 3:51 PM

Canada's foreign minister offers strong support for Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Canada's new foreign minister is in Israel on a visit to show what he calls his country's "unwavering support" for the Jewish state.... 6/3/2015 3:50 PM

Dutch firebrand vows to show Muhammad cartoons on TV
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders said Wednesday he plans to show cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad on Dutch television after Parliament refused to display them.... 6/3/2015 3:48 PM

Zimbabwean court stops arrests of women at night
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Women in Zimbabwe are starting to venture out at night without fear of being arrested on prostitution charges after the Constitutional Court ruled it was illegal and sexist for police to indiscriminately arrest women on the streets and in public establishments.... 6/3/2015 3:44 PM

Latvian parliament chooses defense minister as president
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- Latvian lawmakers have chosen the defense minister as the Baltic country's next president.... 6/3/2015 3:39 PM

AP Interview: Top Yemen Shiite rebel welcomes UN peace talks
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The second-in-command of Yemen's Shiite rebels on Wednesday assailed the Saudi-led airstrikes pounding his group's positions and allied forces, insisting they are ready to travel to Geneva for U.N.-mediated peace talks on ending the country's civil war.... 6/3/2015 3:36 PM

China escalates effort to recover missing from capsized ship
JIANLI, China (AP) -- Chinese authorities deployed scores more divers and a large crane as they escalated efforts Wednesday to recover more than 410 people believed to be trapped inside an overturned river cruise ship.... 6/3/2015 3:28 PM

ECB says stimulus is helping economy, pushing up inflation
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- European Central Bank head Mario Draghi said the bank's 1.1 trillion euro ($1.2 trillion) stimulus program is supporting the eurozone's modest recovery as the money works its way through the financial system to the real world of businesses and consumers.... 6/3/2015 3:27 PM

Yemen ambassador: UN-led Geneva talks to start June 14
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Yemen's ambassador to the United Nations says U.N.-led talks on the crisis in his country will begin June 14 in Geneva.... 6/3/2015 3:24 PM

Bahrain arrests 10 members of group accused of bomb attacks
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Officials in Bahrain say they have busted a cell with ties to Iran that is accused of carrying out bombings inside the tiny Gulf kingdom.... 6/3/2015 3:18 PM

Protester disrupts news conference with Egypt's el-Sissi
BERLIN (AP) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi defended his government's human rights track record Wednesday, saying he was operating "amid very difficult circumstances" after Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized the country's widespread use of the death penalty.... 6/3/2015 3:14 PM



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