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AP PHOTOS: Fleeing Yemen war, thousands stuck in Djibouti
OBOCK, Djibouti (AP) -- Fleeing the war at home, thousands of Yemenis have made it across the Gulf of Aden to find refuge in Djibouti, a sleepy Horn of Africa nation where the United Nations has set up a staging hub for aid for the conflict-torn Arab country.... 5/22/2015 8:40 AM

Erdogan to provide Mercedes to top cleric following uproar
ISTANBUL (AP) -- "Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes-Benz?"... 5/22/2015 8:36 AM

Australia in Europe's Song Contest? In a word, yes.
VIENNA (AP) -- For the first time in its 60-year history, the Eurovision Song Contest may be won by - Australia.... 5/22/2015 8:33 AM

IS group seizes town in Iraq's Anbar province
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A tribal leader says Islamic State militants have seized another town in Iraq's western Anbar province, less than a week after capturing the provincial capital, Ramadi.... 5/22/2015 8:26 AM

EU, Ukraine sign $2 billion loan deal at Eastern summit
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- The European Union and Ukraine have signed a 1.8 billion euro ($2 billion) loan deal in an effort to help revive the cash-strapped country's economy.... 5/22/2015 8:19 AM

Coal, medicine, trains top Tokyo's Asia infrastructure plan
TOKYO (AP) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's offer of $110 billion in fresh infrastructure financing for Asia is as much about Japan's agenda for selling its clean coal know-how and other technologies as it is about keeping up with China.... 5/22/2015 8:12 AM

Prime minister's wife visits controversial Japanese shrine
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's first lady has visited the Yasukuni shrine honoring the country's war dead, including convicted war criminals, in a move that risks outraging neighboring countries that suffered under Japan's World War II aggression.... 5/22/2015 8:05 AM

Cameron promises tough times for EU ahead of referendum
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron is warning the European Union of tough times ahead as his nation is seeking a drastic reform of the bloc ahead of a referendum on whether to leave.... 5/22/2015 7:52 AM

Merkel says 'a whole lot left' to do on Greece bailout talks
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel says after talks with her Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras that there is still "a whole lot left to be done" to avoid a financial meltdown in Athens.... 5/22/2015 7:37 AM

China's mega-tours draw attention abroad, critique at home
BEIJING (AP) -- All-expenses-paid trips to reward top salespeople aren't unusual, but direct marketing companies that are the Chinese versions of Amway, Avon and Herbalife are taking it to an extreme by sending thousands abroad on package tours.... 5/22/2015 7:30 AM

US readies air patrols in search for Rohingya boat people
BANGKOK (AP) -- Attention turned Friday to the seas off Southeast Asia's west coast as Malaysian naval vessels searched for stranded boat people and the U.S. military prepared air patrols to step up its involvement.... 5/22/2015 7:22 AM

Spain: Local election seen as test for new upstart parties
MADRID (AP) -- Spain could be set for a political upheaval in key local elections this weekend, with strong signs that voters fed up with economic crisis and corruption scandals may punish both the ruling conservative Popular Party and the leading opposition Socialists.... 5/22/2015 7:05 AM

World Bank: Gaza economy on 'verge of collapse'
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Gaza's economy is on the "verge of collapse," a new World Bank report warned Friday, saying the unemployment rate there is now the highest in the world and calling on Israel and international donors to remedy the situation.... 5/22/2015 6:28 AM

Side story of slain Salvadoran archbishop: A family divided
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Maria Luisa de Martinez is one of the staunchest defenders of the memory of slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero.... 5/22/2015 6:16 AM

Ireland votes on legalizing gay marriage; verdict Saturday
DUBLIN (AP) -- For months, Ireland has debated whether to legalize gay marriage. Now it's time to vote, and the choice is a simple yes or no.... 5/22/2015 6:09 AM

Toyota promises to help find cause of Takata airbag defects
TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota President Akio Toyoda vowed to help get to the bottom of the problems with Takata air bags, the recalls for which have ballooned to nearly 34 million vehicles, stressing that regaining consumer trust is an industry-wide concern.... 5/22/2015 6:06 AM

South Korea court frees Korean Air "nut rage" executive
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A South Korean court Friday suspended the prison term of the former Korean Air executive whose onboard "nut rage" tantrum delayed a flight last year, immediately ending her incarceration.... 5/22/2015 6:01 AM

China stocks at 7-year high, rest of Asia subdued before Fed
HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese stocks hit a seven-year high as investors pinned their hopes on further economic stimulus while other Asian markets were subdued ahead of a speech by Fed chair Janet Yellen.... 5/22/2015 5:31 AM

Cambodia accepts 4 refugees under Australia agreement
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Four refugees rejected by Australia who have agreed to resettle in Cambodia will likely become examples that other refugees will follow, an Australian minister said Friday.... 5/22/2015 3:33 AM

Armed forces mission provides aid to poor parts of Peru
SURCUBAMBA, Peru (AP) -- The 5,000 inhabitants of this Quechua-speaking region in Peru's top cocaine-producing valley on Thursday got health care, medicine, eyeglasses and shoes from two mobile hospitals sent by the country's military.... 5/22/2015 2:14 AM

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