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Italian ships rescue nearly 6,800 migrants; baby born at sea
ROME (AP) -- A baby girl was born aboard a rescue boat in the Mediterranean Sea as Italian Coast Guard and Navy ships bring migrants by the thousands to the country's southern ports.... 5/4/2015 11:05 AM

Report urges Sweden to reform failing school system
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- An international report says Sweden needs to urgently address the declining performance of its schools, a growing embarrassment for the Scandinavian welfare state.... 5/4/2015 11:01 AM

Israeli president says Ethiopian protest exposes 'wound'
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's ceremonial president said Monday that an outbreak of violent protests by Ethiopian Jews has "exposed an open, bleeding wound in the heart of Israeli society" and that the country must respond to their grievances.... 5/4/2015 10:58 AM

Taliban 'welcome' Afghan peace efforts after Qatar talks
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Taliban militants who have been waging war on the Afghan government for more than a decade on Monday expressed a willingness to soften their position on a range of issues, an apparent shift that could eventually lead to peace talks.... 5/4/2015 10:48 AM

Burundi: Anti-government protests enter second week
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Anti-government demonstrations resumed in Burundi's capital Monday after a weekend pause as thousands continued to protest the president's decision to seek a third term.... 5/4/2015 10:41 AM

French far-right patriarch to go before disciplinary board
PARIS (AP) -- The man who for nearly four decades built France's far-right National Front into a political force may now be on the fast track to disgrace.... 5/4/2015 10:39 AM

South African man in court over wife's murder
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Police in South Africa say a man has been charged with his wife's murder, days after local media reported that the heartfelt eulogy he delivered at her funeral was plagiarized.... 5/4/2015 10:35 AM

Greece makes progress with creditors but labor reforms lag
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Greece made progress with its creditors over the weekend on how to stave off bankruptcy, official said Monday, despite complaints in Athens that the International Monetary Fund is pushing the cash-strapped country too hard over labor reforms.... 5/4/2015 10:27 AM

Syria tries to stabilize ailing currency
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syrian state media says the central bank is pumping up to $200 million into the market to help boost the sagging Syrian pound.... 5/4/2015 10:12 AM

Turkish crane operator killed driving into military base
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Officials say a crane operator in Turkey has died after drawing fire while driving through the barriers of a military base.... 5/4/2015 10:01 AM

North Korea officially squelches speculation of Kim trip
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea announced Monday that the head of its parliament will attend this month's Victory Day celebration in Moscow, squelching speculation that supreme leader Kim Jong Un would use the event to make his international debut.... 5/4/2015 9:52 AM

2 UN peacekeepers wounded in Golan Heights
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says two U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights have been wounded by mortar fire from neighboring Syria.... 5/4/2015 9:44 AM

Retiring Hong Kong police chief takes pot shot at protesters
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's outgoing police chief took a parting shot Monday at pro-democracy protesters who occupied busy streets in parts of the southern Chinese financial center for nearly three months last year.... 5/4/2015 9:39 AM

Nepal: We will need huge foreign support for reconstruction
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal's government will need immense international support as the Himalayan nation begins turning its attention toward reconstruction in the coming weeks, in the wake of the devastating April earthquake, a top official said Monday.... 5/4/2015 9:35 AM

In China, Taiwan party leader calls for more global access
BEIJING (AP) -- The head of Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Party called for more chances for the island to participate in international organizations following a meeting Monday with Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose government views the territory as a renegade province.... 5/4/2015 9:22 AM

Thailand arrests 4, vows crackdown on human traffickers
HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) -- Thai police arrested three local officials and a Myanmar national they alleged on Monday were involved in trafficking and holding Rohingya Muslims for ransom at a jungle camp where 26 bodies were dug up from shallow graves last week in southern Thailand.... 5/4/2015 9:22 AM

Suicide bomber blows himself up in Syrian capital
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- An activist group and a state-owned Syrian TV station say a suicide bomber has blown himself up in Damascus.... 5/4/2015 9:13 AM

US military: No indication civilians killed in Syria strike
BEIRUT (AP) -- The U.S. military has denied reports that civilians were killed in a coalition airstrike last week on a town in northern Syria.... 5/4/2015 8:51 AM

World stocks rise on China stimulus hopes, Wall St. rebound
BEIJING (AP) -- World stock markets were mostly higher Monday after Wall Street rebounded and China's leaders promised to shore up slowing growth.... 5/4/2015 8:40 AM

French president visits Qatar, deepening ties to Gulf
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande, seeking to strengthen political and business ties with the energy-rich Gulf states, arrived in Qatar on Monday at the start of a two-nation trip that will include a visit to neighboring Saudi Arabia.... 5/4/2015 8:05 AM

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