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Russia claims arrest of group planning holiday attacks
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's Federal Security Service says a group of Central Asian citizens have been arrested on suspicion on planning attacks in the Moscow region and that explosives and weapons have been seized.... 5/4/2016 5:16 PM

Israel marks annual Holocaust remembrance day
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel is marking its annual Holocaust remembrance day, in memory of the 6 million Jews killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators.... 5/4/2016 5:14 PM

EU moves on visa offer to win Turkey's help with migrants
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union pressed ahead Wednesday with efforts to persuade Turkey to stop asylum seekers from reaching Europe and take back thousands more by offering Turkish citizens the prospect of visa-free travel within the bloc.... 5/4/2016 5:11 PM

Residents evacuated as fires threaten Canada oil sands town
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) -- A raging wildfire emptied Canada's main oil sands city, destroying entire neighborhoods of Fort McMurray, Alberta, where officials warned Wednesday that all efforts to suppress the fire have failed.... 5/4/2016 5:08 PM

500-euro bill, beloved by money launderers, is discontinued
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The 500-euro bill is being discontinued after criticism that the banknote had become a handy aid to money laundering.... 5/4/2016 5:08 PM

Gaza sewage spill floods farmland
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza rescue crews tried to salvage livestock and produce on Wednesday after a sewage reservoir collapsed, flooding about 25 acres (10 hectares) of farmland in a new sign of the worsening water and sewage crisis in the Hamas-run territory.... 5/4/2016 5:04 PM

Diamond the size of a tennis ball could fetch $70 million
LONDON (AP) -- It's a rock for the ages.... 5/4/2016 5:01 PM

UK's Cameron: EU exit would lead to 'decade of uncertainty'
LONDON (AP) -- Advocates of leaving the European Union have not thought through its economic impact, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday, warning that an exit would spark "a decade of uncertainty."... 5/4/2016 4:57 PM

The Latest: UN says 400,000 could flee without Aleppo truce
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The Latest on Syria's civil war (all times local):... 5/4/2016 4:54 PM

Celebrities jam Havana streets for Chanel's Cuban takeover
HAVANA (AP) -- The afternoon sun was still baking central Havana when Mabel Fernandez and her 14-year daughter took their spot facing the Prado, a grand colonial boulevard hung with lights and loudspeakers for a fashion show by French luxury label Chanel.... 5/4/2016 4:52 PM

Western countries urge Kenya to take steps for smooth polls
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenyan voters must have confidence that the electoral commission and judiciary are impartial and efficient ahead of polls next year, 11 diplomats from western countries said Wednesday.... 5/4/2016 4:48 PM

Kenya: 2 men challenge constitutionality of anal probe
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A lawyer said Wednesday she has submitted the arguments during the first day of a hearing where two men are seeking a Kenyan court ruling to stop enforced anal examinations of men accused of being gay.... 5/4/2016 4:45 PM

Reutersward, Swedish sculptor of twisted gun barrel, dies
HELSINKI (AP) -- Carl Fredrik Reutersward, one of Sweden's best-known modern artists and the creator of the iconic statue of a revolver barrel tied in a knot, has died at the age of 81.... 5/4/2016 4:43 PM

Rebels kill at least 17 civilians in eastern Congo
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- A Congo rights group that tracks rebel violence says that at least 17 civilians have been killed in the country's east.... 5/4/2016 4:37 PM

AP names Fernando Gonzalez deputy news director for LatAm
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Fernando Gonzalez, a veteran video journalist who has spent more than 30 years covering Latin America and the Caribbean, has been named to a new role as The Associated Press' deputy news director for the region.... 5/4/2016 4:34 PM

Chevrolet, the 'Heartbeat of America,' not coming to Iran
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Chevrolet, the U.S. car brand once advertised as the "Heartbeat of America," won't be rolling new models through the streets of Iran anytime soon despite the recent lifting of sanctions under a nuclear deal with world powers.... 5/4/2016 4:25 PM

Lesedi la Rona among largest diamonds ever found
LONDON (AP) -- The 1,109-carat Lesedi la Rona diamond, to be sold by Sotheby's in London on June 29, is one of the biggest gem-quality diamonds ever discovered. It joins an elite list of hefty rocks:... 5/4/2016 4:19 PM

Germany: Woman says she was held by horror house couple
BERLIN (AP) -- A woman has told German investigators that she was held captive for around three months and was physically abused by a couple who are in custody for the deaths of two other women, police said Wednesday.... 5/4/2016 4:17 PM

Report: Violence against Jews dropped in 2015
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Tel Aviv University report has found a drop in violent attacks against Jews last year, but said the number remains high and that "institutional anti-Semitism" is on the rise.... 5/4/2016 4:14 PM

Iranian commander threatens to close Strait of Hormuz to US
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The deputy commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard said Iranian forces will close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the United States and its allies if they "threaten" the Islamic Republic, Iranian state media reported Wednesday.... 5/4/2016 4:10 PM

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