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Jordan hosts 18-country military drill amid wars, tensions
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan has kicked off a two-week military exercise with some 10,000 participants from 18 countries, many members of a U.S.-led military coalition against the Islamic State group, which controls much of neighboring Iraq and Syria.... 5/5/2015 10:36 AM

Thai police find new trafficker camps; crackdown intensifies
PADANG BESAR, Thailand (AP) -- Police found two more camps Tuesday believed to have held human trafficking victims in southern Thailand - one recently abandoned and the other containing a buried skeleton - days after the grim discovery of 26 bodies at a separate location exposed a thriving human smuggling network in the country.... 5/5/2015 10:32 AM

Kerry visits Somalia; 1st such trip for a secretary of state
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Somalia Tuesday in a show of solidarity with a government trying to defeat al-Qaida-allied militants and end decades of war in the African country. He is the first top U.S. diplomat ever to visit Somalia.... 5/5/2015 10:31 AM

Save the Children: Dozens feared dead in migrant tragedy
ROME (AP) -- The Save the Children aid group reported another migrant tragedy Tuesday, with survivors saying "dozens" of their fellow passengers fell out of their rubber boat and likely drowned in the Mediterranean as a rescue vessel neared.... 5/5/2015 10:26 AM

China to lift price controls on most drugs starting June 1
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese regulators will lift price controls on most pharmaceutical drugs starting June 1 in hopes that the market-driven pricing system will keep medical costs in check, the National Development and Reform Commission announced Tuesday.... 5/5/2015 10:23 AM

EU raises eurozone forecast despite bleaker Greek outlook
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union has nudged up its forecast for economic growth across the 19-country eurozone despite a much gloomier outlook for Greece, which is struggling to get its hands on vital bailout cash it needs to pay off debts.... 5/5/2015 10:19 AM

Thailand's 87-year-old king makes rare public appearance
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance Tuesday to mark the 65th anniversary of his coronation.... 5/5/2015 10:18 AM

Lebanese held hostage by Syria militants appear in video
BEIRUT (AP) -- Seven Lebanese troops held hostage by al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate have appeared in a video posted online.... 5/5/2015 10:13 AM

Man shot to death in IRA power base in Belfast
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- Northern Ireland police say a man has been shot to death in a Belfast neighborhood that long has been a power base for the outlawed Irish Republican Army.... 5/5/2015 10:09 AM

AP NewsAlert
ROME (AP) -- Save the Children aid group reports dozens of migrants dead in new rescue tragedy.... 5/5/2015 10:06 AM

Iraq sends troops to key refinery amid heavy clashes with IS
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's military spokesman says reinforcements are being rushed to the key Beiji refinery north of Baghdad amid heavy fighting there with Islamic State militants.... 5/5/2015 10:03 AM

Greek police: body of murdered 4-year-old can never be found
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek police say the body of 4-year-old Bulgarian girl believed to have been killed by her father will likely never be found due to the way in which her killer disposed of her remains.... 5/5/2015 9:53 AM

IS claims responsibility for Texas cartoon attack
CAIRO (AP) -- The Islamic State group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a weekend attack at a center near Dallas, Texas, exhibiting cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.... 5/5/2015 9:45 AM

Burundi court validates president's third term bid
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- The ruling party in Burundi says the country's constitutional court has validated the president's bid for a third term.... 5/5/2015 9:42 AM

Start your engines: UK election hopefuls burn rubber
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's candidates are campaigning from Cornwall in southwestern England to the far northern reaches of Scotland in search of votes with the general election just two days away.... 5/5/2015 9:21 AM

NATO to briefly move command HQ to Romania from Naples
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A top NATO commander says the alliance will briefly move its allied joint force command from Italy to Romania as NATO continues to react to Russia's moves in Ukraine.... 5/5/2015 9:10 AM

China stocks fall on IPO wave, Australia flat after rate cut
HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese stocks plunged Tuesday as the start of an IPO wave cooled investor sentiment and Australian shares were flat after the central bank cut interest rates to a record low to stimulate the limping economy. Other global benchmarks were mixed with two major Asian markets closed.... 5/5/2015 9:04 AM

Climbers leave Everest after Sherpas refuse to rebuild route
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Climbers who stayed in villages close to the Everest base camp are packing their gear and leaving the mountain because Sherpa guides have refused to rebuild a climbing route destroyed by the earthquake-triggered avalanche, mountaineering officials said Tuesday.... 5/5/2015 9:00 AM

Nepali police dig bodies from village and trekking route
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Rescuers were digging Tuesday through thousands of tons of earth from a quake-triggered mudslide in Nepal that wiped out an entire village along a popular Himalayan trekking route and killed at least 60 people.... 5/5/2015 8:39 AM

Greek officials lobby EU, ECB for swift loan payout
PARIS (AP) -- Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis is meeting top European officials in Paris and Brussels as the cash-strapped country seeks the swift release of delayed bailout money that it needs to keep up with its debt payments.... 5/5/2015 8:23 AM

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