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New parties to play key role after Spanish local elections
MADRID (AP) -- Two new parties look set to hold the keys to power in many Spanish cities and regions following local elections that dealt a serious blow to the governing conservative Popular Party.... 5/25/2015 8:44 AM

Turkish minister defends spending on posh cars as 'peanuts'
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's finance minister has come under criticism for defending government spending of $1.3 billion on luxury cars and other vehicles for officials as "peanuts."... 5/25/2015 8:43 AM

Afghan official says suicide bombing kills at least 5
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- A suicide truck bomb exploded in a southern Afghan province Monday, killing at least five people and wounding 62, authorities said.... 5/25/2015 8:42 AM

Iran adviser says US has 'no will' to fight Islamic State
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The chief of an elite unit in Iran's Revolutionary Guard has accused the U.S. of having "no will" to stop the Islamic State group after the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday.... 5/25/2015 8:38 AM

Apparent winner in Polish election sends message of unity
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's apparent president-elect, Andrzej Duda, began the day after the election meeting with passers-by in front of a subway station in central Warsaw and announcing that he will formally leave his Law and Justice party.... 5/25/2015 8:33 AM

Nigerian senator-elect to fight US extradition, drug charges
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian drug agents say a newly elected senator will appear in court to fight his extradition to the U.S. on 20-year-old drug charges. The case is related to the TV hit "Orange is the New Black."... 5/25/2015 8:22 AM

UK airport expansion threatens to take out entire villages
LONDON (AP) -- With its classic red phone booth, pub, and medieval church, Harmondsworth's center looks quintessentially British. But the search for a twee English village isn't what brings millions of people within a stone's throw of its boundaries.... 5/25/2015 8:09 AM

Army chiefs plan for proposed joint Arab force in Mideast
CAIRO (AP) -- Arab army chiefs of staff have drawn up a plan for a new Arab joint force to intervene in the Mideast to combat terrorism, amid differences between them on where to put the force's headquarters.... 5/25/2015 8:08 AM

Turkmenistan unveils golden statue of president
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) -- The isolated energy-rich Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan has unveiled a gold-leafed statue of the president in a gesture intended to burnish the leader's burgeoning cult of personality.... 5/25/2015 8:05 AM

Son of Pakistan's president escapes bomb attack killing 3
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- Police say the son of Pakistan's president has escaped a roadside bomb attack unharmed after the blast killed three people and wounded 15.... 5/25/2015 7:46 AM

Sydney siege inquest: Gunman secretive, defiant narcissist
SYDNEY (AP) -- The man who took 18 people hostage at a Sydney cafe last year was educated and erratic, secretive about his own life and public about his many grievances, and a self-obsessed fabulist whose life was spiraling downward in the lead-up to his deadly attack, lawyers told an inquest Monday.... 5/25/2015 7:43 AM

Yemeni politicians say UN peace talks indefinitely postponed
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A United Nations-sponsored peace conference that was to take place at the end of the month has been indefinitely postponed, senior Yemeni politicians said.... 5/25/2015 7:40 AM

Report: Iran to cut another portion of gasoline subsidies
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's state news agency is reporting the Islamic Republic will raise gasoline prices by some 40 percent as a result of cutting subsidies.... 5/25/2015 7:26 AM

Artsy coffee chain Blue Bottle brews long queues in Tokyo
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan, famous for green tea, is welcoming artisanal American coffee roaster Blue Bottle with long lines that have at times meant a four-hour wait for a cup.... 5/25/2015 7:12 AM

Japan trade gap returns to deficit in April, more red ahead
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan posted a trade deficit in April following a single-month's surplus in March, and economists said shortfalls were likely to persist given the weakness of the yen.... 5/25/2015 7:04 AM

French president revives political duo with his ex
PARIS (AP) -- Someone has been appearing more and more often alongside French President Francois Hollande on official visits abroad and in high-level meetings in Elysee Palace. It's no ordinary someone - it's Segolene Royal, the president's ex-partner and mother of his four children, and one of his most prominent government ministers.... 5/25/2015 7:00 AM

Ex-Israeli Premier Olmert sentenced to 8 months in prison
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter, capping the dramatic downfall of a man who only years earlier led the country and hoped to bring about a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians.... 5/25/2015 6:34 AM

Strong quake rattles Tokyo area, no damage or injury reports
TOKYO (AP) -- A strong earthquake rattled the Japanese capital of Tokyo and its suburbs Monday, with a preliminary magnitude reading of 5.6, shaking buildings and temporarily stopping trains.... 5/25/2015 6:27 AM

A look at former Israeli Premier Ehud Olmert's career
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison in a case involving allegations he accepted cash-stuffed envelopes from an American supporter.... 5/25/2015 6:09 AM

Malaysia finds graves of suspected trafficking victims
WANG KELIAN, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian authorities said Monday they have discovered 139 suspected graves in a series of abandoned camps used by human traffickers on the border with Thailand where Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar were believed to have been held.... 5/25/2015 5:44 AM



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