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Japan's first lady visits controversial shrine to war dead
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's first lady visited the Yasukuni Shrine honoring the country's war dead, including convicted war criminals, this week in a move that risks outraging neighboring countries that suffered under Japan's World War II aggression.... 5/22/2015 9:03 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 8:58 AM

Deputy Russia FM: Western Mideast policies 'short-sighted'
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- A deputy Russian foreign minister says external players cannot solve the Syria crisis and that "short-sighted'" Western policies in the Middle East have helped destabilize countries such as Syria, Iraq and Libya.... 5/22/2015 8:56 AM

IS group seizes town in Iraq's Anbar province
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Islamic State militants have seized another town in Iraq's western Anbar province, less than a week after capturing the provincial capital, Ramadi, a tribal leader said Friday.... 5/22/2015 8:51 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 8:49 AM

Spanish opposition parties challenge new 'gag law'
MADRID (AP) -- Five Spanish opposition parties are challenging the legality of the conservative government's new Public Security Law, known as the "gag law," before the country's top court.... 5/22/2015 8:48 AM

China says work on charter for Asian bank completed
BEIJING (AP) -- China says 57 governments that want to join a planned Chinese-led Asian regional bank have finished work on a charter and it is due to be signed in late June.... 5/22/2015 8:41 AM

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

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

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

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

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