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Somalia: 18 killed in militant attack in rural Somalia
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Dozens of militants attacked two towns in southern Somalia early??Saturday and engaged government troops in clashes in which 18 militants and soldiers were killed, according to a Somali military official.... 5/23/2015 4:26 PM

Top US commander says IS actively recruiting in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The commander of international forces in Afghanistan said on Saturday that the Islamic State group is actively recruiting in Afghanistan but is not yet operational there.... 5/23/2015 4:19 PM

Salvadorans rejoice as slain Archbishop Romero beatified
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Huge crowds of Salvadorans filled a square in the Salvadoran capital Saturday for a ceremony to beatify Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was cut down by an assassin's bullet 35 years ago and declared a martyr for his faith this year by Pope Francis.... 5/23/2015 4:11 PM

Alitalia calls 24-hour strike 'disrespectful' of passengers
MILAN (AP) -- Italy's flagship airline Alitalia said a 24-hour strike called for Monday that will force flight cancellations is "disrespectful" of passengers when the Rome airport is still suffering disruptions due to a fire two weeks ago.... 5/23/2015 4:10 PM

Bringing in the snoek, one of South Africa's staple fish
LAMBERT'S BAY, South Africa (AP) -- The boats line up along the jetty, bobbing in the cold south Atlantic waters, to bring in the day's catch in the early afternoon. The long, thin silver snoek fish is one of South Africa's traditional foods and a main source of income for the town of Lambert's Bay.... 5/23/2015 4:07 PM

Yemeni official: President will not attend peace talks
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni government spokesman Rageh Badi says embattled Yemeni president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi will not attend upcoming peace talks in Geneva.... 5/23/2015 4:06 PM

Fierce gun battle kills 43 in west Mexico cartel territory
ECUANDUREO, Mexico (AP) -- The latest in a series of clashes between Mexican authorities and a powerful, fast-growing drug cartel turned into the deadliest confrontation in recent memory, with 42 suspected gang gunmen and one Federal Police officer killed during a three-hour firefight at a remote western ranch.... 5/23/2015 4:00 PM

Roadside bomb kills 2, including Afghan district chief
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- A roadside bomb killed two people, including a district administrative chief, in southern Afghanistan early Saturday, an official said.... 5/23/2015 3:58 PM

Sensation of 'Dope' continues at Cannes Film Festival
CANNES, France (AP) -- A year ago, writer-director Rick Famuyiwa was struggling to find financing for his film after studios in Hollywood passed on it. Now, he's sitting in a restaurant at Cannes riding the sensation of "Dope," his comic Los Angeles coming-of-age tale that sparked a bidding war this year at the Sundance Film Festival.... 5/23/2015 3:57 PM

What will get Europe's economy rolling again?
SINTRA, Portugal (AP) -- What's behind Europe's sluggish recovery and high jobless rate? What can central banks and governments do to get things going?... 5/23/2015 3:55 PM

Joyful Burundi refugees leave disease-stricken camp
LAKE TANGANYIKA, Tanzania (AP) -- Hundreds of women, many with children strapped on their backs alongside their few belongings, sing melodious tunes expressing their joy as the small boats approach the ferry M.V. Liemba.... 5/23/2015 3:45 PM

Year-old Thai coup imposes superficial calm but little else
BANGKOK (AP) -- Shortly after seizing power in a coup that followed months of debilitating street protests, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha vowed to end Thailand's decade of political upheaval once and for all. In his words, "to bring everything out in the open and fix it."... 5/23/2015 3:37 PM

Southeast India heat wave kills about 230 in past 5 weeks
HYDERABAD, India (AP) -- About 230 people have died since mid-April in a heat wave sweeping two southeast Indian states, officials said Saturday.... 5/23/2015 3:17 PM

PM: Greece will not accept 'humiliating' bailout terms
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece is ready to accept a "viable and long-lasting" deal with lenders but not on "humiliating terms," Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told his ruling Syriza party on Saturday.... 5/23/2015 3:05 PM

Egypt court acquits 17 in protest that saw mother shot dead
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court acquitted 17 people on Saturday over taking part in an unsanctioned demonstration earlier this year in which a young mother was shot to death in downtown Cairo.... 5/23/2015 3:04 PM

Nigerian airlines cancel flights amid fuel crisis
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian airlines grounded flights Saturday as a months-long fuel shortage worsened, aggravated by a strike disrupting fuel deliveries in Africa's biggest oil producer.... 5/23/2015 2:49 PM

UN envoy: IS poised to become 'serious threat' in Libya
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- Islamic State extremists can pose "a very serious threat" to divided Libya if rival governments there fail to reach a unity deal quickly, the United Nations envoy to the North African country said Saturday.... 5/23/2015 2:38 PM

Thousands attend Italian nun's beatification in Kenya
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Tens of thousands of people gathered in a central Kenyan town Saturday to attend the beatification ceremony of an Italian nun who worked for many years in the East African nation.... 5/23/2015 2:27 PM

Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage, both sides say
DUBLIN (AP) -- Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world's first national vote on the issue.... 5/23/2015 2:10 PM

Countries approve plan for $100M health emergency fund
BERLIN (AP) -- Diplomats have approved the creation of a $100 million fund to help the World Health Organization respond rapidly to emergencies.... 5/23/2015 1:54 PM



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