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Egypt frees US-Egyptian national sentenced to life in prison
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian officials say authorities have freed a dual U.S.-Egyptian citizen who had been sentenced to life in prison on charges of financing an anti-government sit-in and spreading "false news."... 5/30/2015 9:03 AM

THE LATEST: Putin congratulates Blatter on FIFA election win
ZURICH (AP) -- The latest developments concerning FIFA:... 5/30/2015 9:02 AM

Blatter criticizes US justice chief, soccer corruption case
ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter criticized U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and an American federal investigation into soccer corruption which could yet lead directly to his door.... 5/30/2015 8:56 AM

UN rights chief urges deeper probe of Central Africa abuses
BERLIN (AP) -- The United Nations' human rights chief is urging several countries to step up efforts to investigate allegations that peacekeepers in Central African Republic may have committed abuses, a call that comes as the U.N. itself faces pressure over child sexual abuse claims against French soldiers.... 5/30/2015 8:42 AM

Blatter says he will forgive but won't forget UEFA rebellion
ZURICH (AP) -- Sepp Blatter says he will not forget attempts by European soccer leaders to stop him being re-elected as FIFA president and warned that UEFA cannot live without soccer's global governing body.... 5/30/2015 8:14 AM

McCain: US should allow sale of defensive weapons to Vietnam
SINGAPORE (AP) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain says America needs to provide Vietnam with more defensive weapons, as tensions in the Asia Pacific region heighten over China's expanding land reclamation projects in the South China Sea.... 5/30/2015 7:52 AM

Pashtuns refuse to bury dead from Pakistan bus hijackings
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- Hundreds of Pakistani Pashtuns protested Saturday after deadly bus hijackings that killed 19 people, saying they refused to bury their dead until the government guaranteed their protection.... 5/30/2015 7:42 AM

US, Iran accelerate nuclear talks a month before deadline
GENEVA (AP) -- A month out from a nuclear deal deadline, the top U.S. and Iranian diplomats are gathering in Geneva this weekend, hoping to bridge differences over how quickly to ease economic sanctions on Tehran and how significantly the Iranians must open up military facilities to international inspections.... 5/30/2015 7:22 AM

North Korean ex-POWs hope to return home before they die
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- After the Korean War ended in 1953, Kim Myeong Bok and 75 other North Korean prisoners of war detained in South Korea opted to live abroad rather than risk hostile welcomes in either half of their homeland. Now he wants to come home, though he may find little more than rejection and suspicion.... 5/30/2015 7:14 AM

15 wounded in 2 explosions in restive southern Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- At least 15 people have been wounded in two separate blasts that hit a police camp in a restive southern Philippine province where Muslim militants operate, police said Saturday.... 5/30/2015 7:04 AM

Gravely ill Russian opposition figure won't be sent abroad
MOSCOW (AP) -- A prominent Russian opposition figure who is being treated at a Moscow hospital for a sudden, mysterious illness won't be taken abroad for care.... 5/30/2015 7:01 AM

Turkey seizes bank associated with US-based Muslim cleric
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's banking regulator says a state fund has seized a bank associated with a movement led by the U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, which authorities have accused of attempting to destabilize the government.... 5/30/2015 6:55 AM

Child sex abuse claims shake UN as revelations continue
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The boys said they approached the French soldiers because they were hungry. Some were so young that they didn't quite understand the acts the soldiers demanded in return. One boy, 8 or 9 years old, said he did it several times to the same soldier, "until one day an older kid saw him and told him what he was doing was bad."... 5/30/2015 4:47 AM

Pentagon chief criticizes Beijing's South China Sea moves
SINGAPORE (AP) -- China's land reclamation in the South China Sea is out of step with international rules, and turning underwater land into airfields won't expand its sovereignty, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told an international security conference Saturday, stepping up America's condemnation of the communist giant as Beijing officials sat in the audience.... 5/30/2015 4:33 AM

No major breakthrough at meeting on Asian boat people crisis
BANGKOK (AP) -- A regional conference called to address the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia ended with no major breakthroughs, with Myanmar deflecting blame for fueling the crisis and warning that "finger pointing" would not help.... 5/30/2015 1:59 AM

No 'miracle' solution at Asian migrant crisis meeting
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand hosted a meeting of 17 countries Friday to address an alarming rise in the number of boat people in Southeast Asian waters.... 5/30/2015 1:31 AM

Nigeria's new president pledges fight against Boko Haram
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's new president was sworn in on Friday and pledged to tackle Boko Haram "head on," asserting the fight against the Islamic extremists wouldn't be won until hundreds of schoolgirls abducted last year and other kidnapping victims were brought home alive.... 5/29/2015 11:49 PM

Puerto Rico governor signs law raising sales tax to 11.5 pct
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's governor has signed into law a bill increasing the U.S. territory's sales tax from 7 percent to 11.5 percent. It is scheduled to go into effect July 1.... 5/29/2015 11:42 PM

Rihanna in Cuba's capital to record music video
HAVANA (AP) -- Pop star Rihanna drew a crowd Friday while cruising down Havana's Malecon shore boulevard in a classic American convertible from the 1950s.... 5/29/2015 10:56 PM

Interpol: Islamic State group gains support in Africa, Asia
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A growing number of extremist groups from Africa to southeast Asia are shifting their allegiance to the Islamic State group, leading to greater risks for "cross-pollination" among conflicts beyond Syria and Iraq, the head of Interpol said Friday.... 5/29/2015 10:13 PM



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