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Kremlin spokesman: Russia wants to free 2 held in Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman says Moscow is making efforts toward the release of two Russians held in Ukraine, but has declined comment on claims that they are soldiers.... 5/22/2015 12:56 PM

Polish brown bear crosses borders, highway, seeking mate
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A Polish brown bear went a wooing, little knowing that scientists were following all the way.... 5/22/2015 12:56 PM

World Bank to lend Albania up to $1.2 billion over 5 years
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- The World Bank has agreed to lend Albania up to $1.2 billion (1.08 billion euros) to support its public finances and invest in infrastructure.... 5/22/2015 12:47 PM

South Sudan alleges Khartoum role in new rebel offensive
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- South Sudan's military on Friday accused the Sudanese government of aiding a new rebel offensive in the southern country where oil fields are now threatened by fresh fighting.... 5/22/2015 12:47 PM

South Korean court frees Korean Air 'nut rage' executive
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A South Korean court on Friday suspended the prison term of a former Korean Air executive whose onboard "nut rage" tantrum delayed a flight last year, immediately ending her incarceration.... 5/22/2015 12:46 PM

Greece, Spain lead Europe's jobless parade
SINTRA, Portugal (AP) -- The European Central Bank has called on governments in the eurozone to clear away bureaucracy that burdens businesses and loosen rules on hiring and firing workers. The goal: bring down chronically high unemployment rates.... 5/22/2015 12:42 PM

Dutch art sleuth helps German police track down Nazi art
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A Dutch art sleuth best known for identifying works looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis said he helped German police recover two massive bronze horse sculptures crafted for Adolf Hitler, as more details emerged Friday about an amazing trove of Nazi-era art seized by authorities this week.... 5/22/2015 12:41 PM

Balkan countries in talks to help each other join the EU
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Foreign ministers from several Balkan countries are to meet in the Albanian capital Tirana to discuss regional cooperation in their efforts to join the European Union.... 5/22/2015 12:37 PM

Cameron: Tough times for EU ahead of UK membership vote
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday warned European Union leaders there will be a rough road ahead as his nation is seeking a drastic reform of the bloc's policies ahead of a referendum on whether to leave.... 5/22/2015 12:36 PM

Endangered antelope dying off in vast numbers in Kazakhstan
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Authorities in Kazakhstan says around one-third of the endangered saiga antelope population in this Central Asian nation has mysteriously died off in the last few days.... 5/22/2015 12:22 PM

Suicide bomber targets Shiite worshippers in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A suicide bomber targeted a mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers were commemorating the 7th century birth of a revered Shiite figure on Friday, an activist and witnesses in the area said.... 5/22/2015 12:17 PM

Ireland votes on gay marriage; Catholic leaders opposed
DUBLIN (AP) -- Ireland's voters were deciding Friday whether to legalize gay marriage in this once-staunchly Catholic land in what the government's equality minister called "a referendum like no other."... 5/22/2015 12:13 PM

18 rebels said killed in Colombian raid on guerrilla camp
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Officials say that at least 18 leftist rebels have been killed in a raid in western Colombia.... 5/22/2015 12:11 PM

UK bomb maker sentenced to life for killing US soldier
LONDON (AP) -- A British man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for making a roadside bomb that killed a U.S. soldier in Iraq in 2007.... 5/22/2015 12:10 PM

Tim Roth deals with death, sadness in Cannes entry 'Chronic'
CANNES, France (AP) -- Tim Roth toned things down for his role in the Cannes Film Festival entry "Chronic."... 5/22/2015 12:05 PM

Abbas: Israeli settlement expansion blocks any peace deal
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday said Israel is blocking peace by continuing to expand settlements on occupied territory, but reaffirmed his support for a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 border.... 5/22/2015 12:02 PM

China stocks hit 7-year high, Europe muted ahead of Fed
HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese stocks hit a seven-year high as investors pinned their hopes on further economic stimulus while most other world markets were subdued Friday ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen.... 5/22/2015 11:45 AM

Eiffel Tower closed amid workers' anger about pickpockets
PARIS (AP) -- The Eiffel Tower closed to the public Friday as workers protested a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily.... 5/22/2015 11:44 AM

ECB tells governments: Don't wait to fix Europe's economy
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says governments that share the euro currency shouldn't wait for better times to push through reforms that would boost sluggish growth.... 5/22/2015 11:36 AM

China says work on charter for Asian bank completed
BEIJING (AP) -- Negotiators from 57 governments completed work Friday on a charter for a Chinese-led Asian regional bank that is to be signed in late June, the Chinese finance ministry said.... 5/22/2015 11:32 AM



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