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US Defense Sec'y Carter: Campaign against IS 'far from over'
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- U.S. defense Secretary Ash Carter says the latest American combat death in Iraq shows the military campaign against the Islamic State is "far from over."... 5/4/2016 7:45 AM

Iranian commander threatens to close Strait of Hormuz to US
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The deputy commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard says Iranian forces will close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the United States and its allies if they "threaten" the Islamic Republic.... 5/4/2016 7:35 AM

9 Muslim Albanians jailed for recruiting for terror groups
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- An Albanian court has sentenced nine Muslims to jail terms ranging from seven to 18 years for inciting terror, recruiting and sending more than 70 men to join rebel groups in Syria.... 5/4/2016 7:25 AM

Pakistani army chief confirms death sentences for 11 Taliban
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's army chief has signed off on the death sentences of 11 members of the Taliban convicted of terrorism, kidnappings, attacks on civilians as well as assaults on police and army officers.... 5/4/2016 7:24 AM

Michael Douglas promotes peace and disarmament through art
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Actor Michael Douglas says the winning posters in a global competition to commemorate the first U.N. General Assembly resolution 70 years ago calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons "instantly create a universal message of peace."... 5/4/2016 6:57 AM

Low oil prices, freight rates hit Maersk group's Q1 profits
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk says first-quarter underlying profit plunged to $224 million from $1.5 billion a year earlier, with all sectors showing a drop in performance except drilling and tanker shipping services.... 5/4/2016 6:56 AM

China military singer performs on South China Sea island
BEIJING (AP) -- China's military this week sent a famed singer of patriotic anthems to perform before navy officers and construction workers on a newly created island in a disputed section of the South China Sea, underscoring its growing confidence in asserting its maritime claims.... 5/4/2016 6:50 AM

'Waiting for order to kill:' China video seeks army recruits
BEIJING (AP) -- China's military is appealing to the younger generation with a slick new recruitment video featuring aircraft carriers, tanks and special forces troops, all set to a rousing rap-rock soundtrack.... 5/4/2016 6:15 AM

Films play special role in remembering Holocaust
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust museum has kicked off its annual remembrance ceremonies with a special screening of the Oscar-winning film "Son of Saul," acknowledging the unique role movies play in maintaining the memory of the Holocaust.... 5/4/2016 6:12 AM

Syria's volunteer sappers improvise mine-clearing methods
BEIRUT (AP) -- Volunteers in opposition-held areas of Syria are forced to improvise as they carry out one of the world's most dangerous tasks: dismantling cluster munitions, land mines and explosive booby-traps as they work to make battle-torn areas safe for civilians to return.... 5/4/2016 6:10 AM

Residents evacuated as fires threaten Canada oil sands town
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) -- The entire population of the Canadian oil sands city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, has been ordered to evacuate from a wildfire that officials said destroyed whole neighborhoods.... 5/4/2016 5:47 AM

Celebrities jam Havana streets for Chanel's Cuban takeover
HAVANA (AP) -- Fashionistas and celebrities from around the world flocked beneath klieg lights on a grand Havana colonial avenue transformed into a private runway for French fashion house Chanel.... 5/4/2016 5:39 AM

Asian stocks fall 2nd day on global growth concern
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stocks fell again Tuesday after weaker Chinese manufacturing and a cut in Europe's growth outlook fueled fears about the global economy.... 5/4/2016 5:28 AM

No end in sight to election mess in struggling Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Senate leader Jocelerme Privert took office as Haiti's caretaker president with one real task: Quickly untangle a political stalemate blocking presidential and legislative runoff elections.... 5/4/2016 4:09 AM

US combat death in Iraq reflects intensifying war
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- The combat death of a U.S. Navy SEAL who was advising Kurdish forces in Iraq coincides with a gradually deepening American role in fighting a resilient Islamic State, even as the Iraqis struggle to muster the military and political strength to defeat the militants.... 5/4/2016 2:48 AM

Prime minister says Australia to have July 2 election
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's election campaign will officially start soon with climate change policy and union corruption in the national building industry shaping into key battlegrounds for the July 2 poll.... 5/4/2016 2:23 AM

The Latest: UN Security Council to hold meeting on Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on Syria's civil war and the escalating violence in the contested northern city of Aleppo (all times local):... 5/4/2016 2:02 AM

UN needs $80 million for schools for Palestinian refugees
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees expressed hope Tuesday that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait will come up with $80 million to ensure that 500,000 boys and girls who are refugees can start the next school year on time in August.... 5/4/2016 1:27 AM

El Salvador arresting negotiators of now defunct gang treaty
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- The Attorney General's Office said Tuesday that arrest warrants have been issued for 21 people tied to a 2012 gang treaty that temporarily lowered El Salvador's homicide rate.... 5/4/2016 1:03 AM

Prime minister says Australia will have an election on July 2
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Prime minister says Australia will have an election on July 2.... 5/4/2016 12:56 AM

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