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Russia steps up propaganda push with online "Kremlin trolls"
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Deep inside a four-story marble building in St. Petersburg, hundreds of workers tap away at computers on the front lines of an information war, say those who have been inside. Known as "Kremlin trolls," the men and women work 12-hour shifts around the clock, flooding the Internet with propaganda aimed at stamping President Vladimir Putin's world vision on Russia, and the world.... 5/29/2015 10:48 AM

China confirms first case of MERS, a South Korean man
BEIJING (AP) -- China on Friday confirmed its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in a South Korean businessman who ignored instructions to stay home after his father was diagnosed with the disease.... 5/29/2015 10:47 AM

Iraqi authorities raise Baghdad attacks death toll to 15
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The death toll from bombings that targeted two prominent hotels in Baghdad a day earlier rose to 15 people, with another 42 wounded, Iraqi authorities said on Friday, as a lawmaker warned that the capital is vulnerable to more attacks.... 5/29/2015 10:47 AM

UN nuke agency reports that Iran probe stalled
VIENNA (AP) -- Amid accelerated international efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, the U.N. atomic agency on Friday reported that work on a key element - an assessment of allegations that Tehran worked on atomic arms - remains essentially stalled.... 5/29/2015 10:45 AM

UK reporter handed suspended sentence in bribery case
LONDON (AP) -- A British tabloid reporter has been handed a suspended 18-month prison sentence over a police bribery case.... 5/29/2015 10:45 AM

Myanmar warns against 'finger pointing' at migrant meeting
BANGKOK (AP) -- Regional talks dealing with the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia began Friday with a Myanmar official criticizing those who blame his country for causing the crisis, saying "finger pointing" would not help.... 5/29/2015 10:44 AM

Nigerians celebrate as Muhammadu Buhari takes over
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerians celebrated their newly reinforced democracy Friday, dancing and singing songs and praises at the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari, the first candidate to beat a sitting president at the polls.... 5/29/2015 10:38 AM

THE LATEST: Blatter: Corruption fight may not 'be easy'
ZURICH (AP) -- The latest on FIFA developments:... 5/29/2015 10:36 AM

Britain's Cameron pitches EU reform in Berlin, Warsaw
BERLIN (AP) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron is pressing his case for a renegotiation of the country's relationship with the European Union with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on the final stop of his two-day tour of four European capitals.... 5/29/2015 10:33 AM

Ruble rebound threatens 'Made in Russia' industry revival
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's ruble is on a roller-coaster. After being the world's second worst-performing currency against the dollar last year, it is among the best in 2015.... 5/29/2015 10:26 AM

China executes teacher who molested or raped 26 students
BEIJING (AP) -- A former Chinese elementary school teacher has been executed for molesting or raping 26 students, some as young as 4, in a case underscoring the vulnerability of rural children left behind by parents seeking jobs in cities.... 5/29/2015 10:14 AM

South African rhino gets treated after poacher attack
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A rhino in South Africa that survived an attack by poachers who cut off her horns, leaving a massive wound on her face, has had a setback in her medical treatment. However, conservationists said Friday that the rhino is starting to heal.... 5/29/2015 10:11 AM

Madagascar's president faces impeachment attempt
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) -- Political instability is looming in Madagascar, where lawmakers voted this week to impeach the country's president for what they say are his repeated violations of the constitution.... 5/29/2015 10:07 AM

China stocks seesaw, investors jittery after big tumble
HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese stocks seesawed on Friday as investors remained jittery a day after a sharp sell-off while other world benchmarks were uneven, as European shares slumped while Asian indexes finished higher.... 5/29/2015 10:06 AM

France and Morocco strengthen counterterrorism cooperation
PARIS (AP) -- France and Morocco have vowed to strengthen counterterrorism cooperation, four months after they resumed judicial cooperation following a year-long diplomatic rift.... 5/29/2015 10:00 AM

Italy's regional elections puts focus on migrant arrivals
RIVODOLMO, Italy (AP) -- The community's hostility is veiled, but palpable. When the young migrants from Nigeria and Gambia venture away from their house in this hilltop idyll south of Padua, they say neighbors come out and snap their photos in a gesture of intimidation. They have been pressured to stop using the local soccer field, accused of taking the pitch away from Italian kids.... 5/29/2015 9:59 AM

Malaysia denies entry to Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker
HONG KONG (AP) -- Malaysian authorities denied entry to a radical Hong Kong lawmaker at Kuala Lumpur's airport on Friday, the second time this week they have barred one of the city's outspoken pro-democracy activists.... 5/29/2015 9:59 AM

Correction: Norway-Myanmar-Rohingya story
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- In a story May 28 about Nobel Peace Prize winners calling for an end to persecution of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the appeal came at the end of a three-day conference organized by the Norwegian Burma Committee. There were two conferences over the three days, one organized by a coalition of international groups and the other by the Norwegian Burma Committee. The appeal by the Nobel Peace Prize winners was made Tu... 5/29/2015 9:54 AM

Turkmenistan considers extending presidential rule
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) -- Legislators in the authoritarian Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan are considering scrapping a rule that prevents people older than 70 from being elected president, a change that would allow the incumbent to serve for life.... 5/29/2015 9:49 AM

Rocky road: Britain's troubled ties to European Union
LONDON (AP) -- The British people will get another chance to decide on their European future by the end of 2017 - marking one more milestone in a long-troubled relationship.... 5/29/2015 9:44 AM

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