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Syrian helicopter crashes; activists say downed by militants
BEIRUT (AP) -- A Syrian military helicopter crashed Sunday at the northern air base of Kweiras, killing all of its crew, state TV said, as an activist group said it was shot down by Islamic State militants.... 5/24/2015 3:28 PM

Nigerian cell phone provider needs fuel to prevent shut-down
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's leading cell phone provider said Sunday it urgently needs diesel to prevent shutting down services countrywide - the latest business hit by a months-long fuel crisis in Africa's biggest oil producer.... 5/24/2015 3:21 PM

Dutch prime minister thanks American liberators
MARGRATEN, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte paid tribute Sunday at a Memorial Day ceremony to U.S. troops who fought and died liberating the Netherlands from Nazi occupation in World War II, while NATO's supreme commander said the fight to defend freedom continues to this day.... 5/24/2015 3:15 PM

Official: Syrian army preparing for counterattack on IS
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The Syrian army is deploying troops in areas near the ancient town of Palmyra in apparent preparation for a counterattack to retake it from the Islamic State group, an official said.... 5/24/2015 3:14 PM

Local elections in Spain test upstart parties' voter appeal
MADRID (AP) -- Spaniards were voting Sunday in local elections that could see two upstart parties end nearly four decades of dominance by the ruling conservative Popular Party and its rival, the center-left Socialists.... 5/24/2015 2:46 PM

Iraqi lawmaker slams US criticism of Iraqi military
BAGHDAD (AP) -- An Iraqi lawmaker says U.S. military commanders are pointing fingers for their own failure to properly support the Iraqi military in the fight against the Islamic State group.... 5/24/2015 2:36 PM

Thousands attend funeral of killed Burundi opposition figure
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Thousands of people in Burundi's capital on Sunday attended the funeral of an opposition leader killed in a drive-by shooting.... 5/24/2015 2:10 PM

AP PHOTOS: Safe on land, migrants eager to phone home
LANGSA, Indonesia (AP) -- The Asian migrants and asylum seekers wanted to go to Malaysia, where family, friends and, in some cases, menial jobs awaited them.... 5/24/2015 2:02 PM

170 kids on their own among migrants to arrive in Indonesia
KUALA CANGKOI, Indonesia (AP) -- It was just the two of them, brother and sister, out on the open ocean with hundreds of other desperate migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims fleeing their homes in Myanmar. For nearly three months, the siblings comforted each other when rolling waves thrashed their boat, when their empty bellies ached and when they were beaten for trying to stand up to stretch their legs.... 5/24/2015 2:01 PM

Russians celebrate the saints who gave them their alphabet
MOSCOW (AP) -- Thousands of Russians have filled Red Square to join the patriarch of Russia's Orthodox Church in celebrating Slavic literature and the two ninth-century monks considered to be the creators of the Cyrillic alphabet.... 5/24/2015 1:54 PM

Irish gays wake up to whole new world: When's the wedding?
DUBLIN (AP) -- Ireland's gay citizens woke up Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn - some with dreams of wedding plans dancing in their heads.... 5/24/2015 1:48 PM

Jailed Venezuelan leader starts hunger strike, urges protest
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has begun a hunger strike and is calling for a mass anti-government protest next weekend.... 5/24/2015 1:18 PM

Mali: Rebels capture army soldiers after fighting in north
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Separatist rebels in northern Mali said they are holding 19 soldiers from the national army following recent fighting, further aggravating tensions in the region after nearly a month of heightened violence.... 5/24/2015 1:09 PM

Negotiator: Iran agrees 'managed access' to military sites
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran has agreed to grant United Nations inspectors "managed access" to military sites as part of a future deal over its contested nuclear program, a negotiator said Sunday, apparently contradicting earlier comments by the nation's supreme leader.... 5/24/2015 1:08 PM

Cannes fans eager to know: Who will get coveted Palme d'Or?
CANNES, France (AP) -- Just what film directors Joel and Ethan Coen are thinking is a question that has long bedeviled moviegoers. Now they have the Cannes Film Festival on pins and needles, too.... 5/24/2015 12:28 PM

Saudi king vows to punish those behind IS-claimed attack
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's king on Sunday vowed to punish those responsible for a rare suicide bombing that killed 21 people at a Shiite mosque in the country's east, calling it a "heinous terrorist attack" that runs against Islamic and human values.... 5/24/2015 12:07 PM

Susan Sarandon urges tourists to visit earthquake-hit Nepal
KALLABARI, Nepal (AP) -- Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon is urging tourists to come to Nepal, where two powerful earthquakes in the last month killed thousands of people and raised concerns that the nation's vital tourism industry could be seriously hurt.... 5/24/2015 12:05 PM

60th birthday for Cannes' Palme d'Or top film trophy
CANNES, France (AP) -- As the Palme d'Or sits in its cushioned box awaiting Sunday's Cannes winner, the film festival's top prize might be taking stock of its own lifetime of achievements - on this, its 60th birthday.... 5/24/2015 11:34 AM

Pope says Romero was killed out of hatred for his faith
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis urged pilgrims filling St. Peter's Square on Pentecost Sunday to take `'the heroic examples" of a slain El Salvadoran bishop and an Italian nun who worked in Kenya who were beatified this weekend.... 5/24/2015 11:03 AM

Malaysia finds graves of suspected trafficking victims
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian authorities said Sunday that they have discovered a series of graves in at least 17 abandoned camps used by human traffickers on the border with Thailand where Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar have been held.... 5/24/2015 11:02 AM



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