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France tapping fuel stocks as strikes cause gas shortages
LE HAVRE, France (AP) -- French drivers are fuming, oil industry workers are divided, and the government is reaching into its fuel reserves to end gasoline shortages that have heightened the stakes of nationwide protests to defend labor protections.... 5/25/2016 3:10 PM

Official: Greek efforts to handle refugee crisis significant
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A leading European human rights official says Greece has faced major problems in dealing with the refugee crisis but has made significant efforts to handle the issues.... 5/25/2016 3:08 PM

Slovak foreign minister Lajcak a candidate for UN's top post
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) -- Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak has become an official candidate for the post of U.N. secretary-general to replace Ban Ki-moon.... 5/25/2016 3:07 PM

Swedish leader reshuffles government after gaffes, scandal
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has reshuffled his minority coalition after two ministers from coalition partner the Green Party stepped down amid gaffes and scandals.... 5/25/2016 2:59 PM

Dutch king: European bouquet incomplete without English rose
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Dutch King Willem-Alexander has used a speech to the European Parliament to make a plea for unity less than a month before Britain's referendum on whether to remain in the 28-nation bloc.... 5/25/2016 2:57 PM

Russia: US military flight in Sea of Japan was a safety risk
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's Defense Ministry has spelled out why it believes a U.S. reconnaissance flight over the Sea of Japan was a safety risk, saying the plane risked colliding with civilian airliners.... 5/25/2016 2:55 PM

Poland starts chopping down beetle-infested trees in forest
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Authorities have started chopping down beetle-infested trees in parts of Poland's oldest forest, a move that aims to eliminate dying trees and to ensure safety for tourists, a government official said Wednesday.... 5/25/2016 2:49 PM

The Latest: Council of Europe welcomes Savchenko's release
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- The Latest on Ukrainian pilot Nadezda Savchenko (all times local):... 5/25/2016 2:48 PM

Freed Ukrainian pilot returns home after 2 years in Russia
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia freed Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko on Wednesday after holding her for nearly two years, with President Vladimir Putin pardoning her as part of a swap for two Russian servicemen jailed in Ukraine.... 5/25/2016 2:42 PM

Instagram account for Iranian general briefly inaccessible
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- An Instagram account associated with a powerful general who leads an elite unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guard briefly was inaccessible on the application.... 5/25/2016 2:34 PM

Austrian officials ask for ballot probe in presidential vote
VIENNA (AP) -- Austria's interior ministry has asked the state prosecutor's office to follow up on apparent regional irregularities in the absentee vote count for the country's presidential election.... 5/25/2016 2:33 PM

Kenya military: 21 al-Shabab extremists killed in ambush
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenyan troops in Somalia killed 21 suspected al-Shabab extremists who were plotting an ambush in southern Somalia, said a Kenyan official.... 5/25/2016 2:28 PM

South African rhino endures, 1 year after horrific attack
BELA-BELA, South Africa (AP) -- "Dancing with rhinos," the South African veterinarian joked as he supported the head of his staggering, nearly 2-ton patient, an injured rhino woozy with sedatives.... 5/25/2016 2:21 PM

Burundi: 3 killed in violence linked to president's new term
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Gunmen killed three people including a retired army colonel, in continuing violence associated with President Pierre Nkurunziza's extended time in power, an official and a relative of the deceased said Wednesday.... 5/25/2016 2:18 PM

Swedish court denies detention hearing request by Assange
HELSINKI (AP) -- A Swedish court has turned down a request to overturn the arrest warrant of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.... 5/25/2016 2:13 PM

Azerbaijan court orders release of investigative journalist
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- A court in Azerbaijan on Wednesday ordered a prominent, award-winning investigative journalist to be released on probation following a storm of international protests about her case, which has been widely seen as an attempt to silence a critical voice.... 5/25/2016 2:10 PM

Secret recording in Brazil puts Senate leader on defensive
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A secretly recorded conversation shows the head of Brazil's Senate proposing to weaken one of the key tools prosecutors have used to trap politicians and businessmen in a sweeping corruption scandal.... 5/25/2016 2:08 PM

EU wants quota of European films on providers like Netflix
BRUSSELS (AP) -- On-demand video providers like Netflix, iTunes and Amazon will be required to have a fifth of their films and TV shows on offer in the European Union be Europe-made, under new proposals issued Wednesday.... 5/25/2016 2:05 PM

Tragically Hip to begin tour in July despite singer's cancer
TORONTO (AP) -- The Tragically Hip will play 11 Canadian shows this summer as part of a tour that's going ahead despite lead singer Gord Downie's incurable brain cancer.... 5/25/2016 2:04 PM

Israel's new defense minister could clash with his soldiers
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's incoming defense minister once called for bombing Egypt, suggested just weeks ago that Israel kill Hamas' leader in the Gaza Strip and opposed the prosecution of a soldier accused of killing a wounded Palestinian. These are just a few of the positions that could put former bar bouncer Avigdor Lieberman at odds with the military he now commands.... 5/25/2016 2:04 PM

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