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New Zealander stands trial in China on drug charges
GUANGZHOU, China (AP) -- A 25-year-old New Zealander who faces a possible death sentence if convicted of smuggling methamphetamine testified Thursday that he came to China to collect what he thought was muscle-building supplements and never checked the packages before trying to depart.... 5/7/2015 9:58 AM

France says Greek bailout talks headed in right direction
BRUSSELS (AP) -- France's finance minister says talks between Greece and its bailout creditors are going the right way and hopes that Monday's eurozone meeting will see the sides narrow their differences.... 5/7/2015 9:49 AM

Trial of Greece's Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn party postponed
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A court set up in Greece's largest prison for the trial of dozens of members of Greece's extreme right Golden Dawn party was adjourned on Thursday until next week.... 5/7/2015 9:47 AM

Rome's Fiumicino airport set to reopen after overnight fire
ROME (AP) -- Italy's busiest airport was set to reopen by midday Thursday after being closed by a fire overnight in the international terminal, officials said.... 5/7/2015 9:46 AM

1 dead, 15 injured in prison riot in central Russia
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian officials say at least one prisoner was killed and 15 injured in a riot at a facility for inmates with tuberculosis... 5/7/2015 9:40 AM

Russia's newest tank stops during parade rehearsal
MOSCOW (AP) -- A state-of-the-art Russian tank, which was shown to the public for the first time earlier this month, has ground to a halt during the final Victory Day rehearsal.... 5/7/2015 9:32 AM

Some key terms in Britain election campaign
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's unpredictable election is steeped in the rich - and sometimes confusing - lexicon of parliamentary democracy. Some key terms:... 5/7/2015 9:32 AM

Singapore teen pleads not guilty over online video
SINGAPORE (AP) -- A Singaporean teenager pleaded not guilty Thursday to two charges over an online video he posted that was critical of Christianity and the nation's late founding prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew.... 5/7/2015 9:30 AM

Police break up US-Italy drug ring run out of NYC trattoria
ROME (AP) -- Italian police say an operation conducted with U.S. FBI agents has targeted a major drug-trafficking ring based in a restaurant-pizzeria in New York City.... 5/7/2015 9:26 AM

Japan zoo apologizes for naming newborn monkey Charlotte
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese zoo has apologized for naming a baby monkey Charlotte after the newborn British princess following complaints at home.... 5/7/2015 9:22 AM

Volcanic activity closes part of popular Japan hot springs
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese authorities have closed part of a popular hot springs area to the public because of fears a volcano might erupt.... 5/7/2015 9:13 AM

Burundi: 1 killed as Burundi political protests continue
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- One person was killed Thursday in clashes in the Burundian capital during protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office.... 5/7/2015 9:08 AM

Poland marks 70th anniversary of end of WWII
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's president is leading international commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, a gathering meant as an alternative celebration to Moscow's Red Square parade two days later.... 5/7/2015 9:07 AM

Strong quake rocks Papua New Guinea, tsunami threat lifted
SYDNEY (AP) -- A powerful earthquake rattled Papua New Guinea on Thursday, the fourth strong quake to hit the South Pacific island nation in a week. The temblor prompted officials to issue a local tsunami warning, but it was lifted shortly afterward with no reports of damage.... 5/7/2015 9:06 AM

Global shares roiled by Yellen comment on high valuations
TOKYO (AP) -- Global markets drooped Thursday after comments from the U.S. Federal Reserve chief fanned fears about the American economy.... 5/7/2015 9:00 AM

Iran releases seized Maersk vessel
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The Iranian government released a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship today, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.... 5/7/2015 8:59 AM

Thousands of Nepalese pray for earthquake victims
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Thousands of Nepalese dressed in white offered prayers and flowers at home and in temples Thursday in a Hindu ritual marking the end of a 13-day mourning period for those killed in the country's massive earthquake.... 5/7/2015 8:54 AM

French court says phone-tapping of Sarkozy, lawyer was legal
PARIS (AP) -- The Paris appeals court ruled Thursday that investigating judges didn't break any laws when they tapped conversations between former President Nicolas Sarkozy and his lawyer in connection with a probe into past campaign financing.... 5/7/2015 8:47 AM

Chinese province to ban rooftop Christian crosses
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese province where authorities have removed hundreds of rooftop crosses from Protestant and Catholic churches has proposed a ban on any further placement of the religious symbol atop sanctuaries.... 5/7/2015 8:37 AM

Voters flock to the polls in Britain's knife-edge election
LONDON (AP) -- Voters headed for the polls across Britain Thursday, in a contest that is expected to produce an ambiguous result, a period of frantic political horse-trading and a bout of national soul-searching.... 5/7/2015 8:33 AM

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