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Vatican bank profits soar as recovery, reform continue
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican bank said Monday its profit soared by more than 20 times last year as it recovered from a trading loss and continued its reform process away from its scandal-marred past.... 5/25/2015 10:48 AM

UK PM Cameron outlines who can vote in referendum on EU
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's prime minister on Monday outlined who will be allowed to vote in a referendum on whether or not the country should remain in the European Union, opting to exclude most voters from the 28-nation bloc who live in the U.K.... 5/25/2015 10:43 AM

Nigerian senator-elect to fight US extradition, drug charges
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- A man newly elected to Nigeria's Senate was on Monday refusing to attend a court hearing on his extradition to the United States on 20-year-old drug charges related to the TV hit "Orange is the New Black."... 5/25/2015 10:34 AM

Report: 4 dead after soldier shoots fellow troops in Tunis
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- A Tunisian soldier opened fire on fellow troops at a military barracks in an unusual attack in the capital Monday, and the state news agency said the gunman and three others were killed.... 5/25/2015 10:33 AM

New parties to play key role after Spanish local elections
MADRID (AP) -- Two new parties have carved out a kingmaker role in many Spanish cities and regions following local elections that dealt a serious blow to the governing conservative Popular Party.... 5/25/2015 10:30 AM

United Arab Emirates launches national space agency strategy
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The United Arab Emirates on Monday laid out a strategic framework for a newly created space agency that aims to integrate various arms of the Gulf federation's burgeoning space industry.... 5/25/2015 10:25 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 10:23 AM

China cuts import tax on clothes, other goods
BEIJING (AP) -- China announced Monday it will cut import taxes on clothing, cosmetics and some other goods by half in a new tactic to spur consumer spending and economic growth.... 5/25/2015 10:22 AM

Aquino: Philippines to fly usual routes over disputed reefs
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine aircraft will continue to fly their usual routes over disputed reefs in the South China Sea, the country's president said Monday, defying China's challenges to its planes and those of the United States.... 5/25/2015 10:22 AM

Iraqi official: US defense chief has 'incorrect information'
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A spokesman for the Iraqi government says U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has been given "incorrect information" following his criticism of its security forces over the fall of Ramadi to the Islamic State group.... 5/25/2015 10:20 AM

Malaysia: Human traffickers' camps had 139 suspected graves
WANG KELIAN, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian authorities said Monday a cluster of abandoned jungle camps used by human traffickers contained 139 suspected graves as well as barbed-wire pens likely used to cage migrants, shedding more light on a regional trade that preyed on some of Southeast Asia's most desperate people.... 5/25/2015 10:18 AM

Russia says it has no access to men detained in Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia's embassy in Ukraine says it has still not been given access to two Russian citizens detained earlier this month on suspicion of fighting alongside separatists in the eastern region of Luhansk.... 5/25/2015 10:03 AM

Army chiefs plan for proposed joint Arab force in Mideast
CAIRO (AP) -- Army chiefs of staff of Arab countries have drafted a protocol for a new joint force to intervene in Middle East hotspots on missions ranging from fighting Islamic militants to Iran-backed groups - despite lingering disagreements on some details, including where to base the force's headquarters.... 5/25/2015 9:47 AM

N. Ireland leader hospitalized over suspected heart attack
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- His political party says Peter Robinson, the Protestant leader of Northern Ireland's unity government, has been hospitalized after a suspected heart attack.... 5/25/2015 9:45 AM

Turkmenistan unveils massive gold-leaf statue of president
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) -- Turkmenistan has unveiled a grandiose gold-leafed statue of the president carrying a dove and riding atop a horse - a move aimed at burnishing the leader's burgeoning personality cult.... 5/25/2015 9:43 AM

Explosion at Turkish cement factory kills 3 near Ankara
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish officials say an explosion at a cement factory in a town near Ankara has killed three employees.... 5/25/2015 9:32 AM

Report: Iran raises gas prices by 40 percent in subsidy cut
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran will raise gasoline prices by some 40 percent beginning Tuesday, the country's official news agency reported, the latest cut to the Islamic Republic's fuel subsidies that cost it some $32 billion a year.... 5/25/2015 9:22 AM

Sudanese government denies supporting rebels in South Sudan
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) -- The Sudanese government has denied supporting rebels in South Sudan after it accused Khartoum of supplying arms to the insurgents threatening its oil fields.... 5/25/2015 9:13 AM

Global stocks mostly higher in quiet trading day
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stocks were mostly higher Monday on a quiet trading day with Hong Kong, Wall Street and London closed for holidays.... 5/25/2015 8:49 AM

Earthquake shakes buildings in Tokyo but causes no damage
TOKYO (AP) -- A magnitude-5.5 earthquake rattled Tokyo and its suburbs Monday, shaking buildings and temporarily stopping trains but causing no apparent damage or injuries.... 5/25/2015 8:48 AM

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