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Prominent Iranian human rights activist is detained
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- One of Iran's most prominent human rights activists, Narges Mohammadi, has been arrested by state security forces and detained in Tehran's Evin Prison, her husband said Wednesday.... 5/6/2015 3:27 PM

UN tribunal lifts suspension of worker in French leak
BERLIN (AP) -- A United Nations tribunal has lifted the suspension of a U.N. worker who leaked information to French authorities about an internal investigation into accusations that French soldiers in Central African Republic sexually abused some children they were sent to protect.... 5/6/2015 3:21 PM

Migrants rescued after 12 days at sea as UN mulls mission
CATANIA, Sicily (AP) -- An Italian rescue patrol picked up nearly 100 migrants who reported being at sea for 12 days as U.N. Security Council members mulled a draft resolution authorizing an EU mission to seize the smugglers' boats that are fueling the Mediterranean migrant crisis.... 5/6/2015 3:21 PM

Residents, workers protest in South African cities
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Protesters in South Africa burned tires and piled rocks across the road leading to the Soweto home of the late Nelson Mandela on Wednesday, in a demonstration against electricity bills.... 5/6/2015 3:20 PM

UAE to explore Mars' atmosphere with probe named 'Hope'
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The United Arab Emirates' planned 2020 mission to Mars will study the planet's atmosphere and be appropriately named "Hope," members of the project team revealed Wednesday.... 5/6/2015 3:18 PM

Danish intelligence chief resigns before gun attack report
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- The head of Denmark's intelligence agency has announced his resignation hours before a government report on the police force's handling of two fatal shooting attacks in February.... 5/6/2015 3:12 PM

Canadian gets Dutch burial 70 years after WWII death
BERGEN-OP-ZOOM, Netherlands (AP) -- Canadian Pvt. Albert Laubenstein found his final resting place on Wednesday, 70 years after he was killed during the Allied advance through the Netherlands in the closing months of World War II.... 5/6/2015 2:42 PM

Greece makes IMF payment amid signs of bailout progress
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Cash-strapped Greece managed to make a 200 million-euro ($222 million) repayment to the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday, as its long-stalled bailout negotiations appeared to make some progress.... 5/6/2015 2:40 PM

Scientific study: Beatles, Stones eclipsed by hip-hop impact
LONDON (AP) -- The impact of hip-hop's arrival on the pop music scene eclipsed that of the Beatles-led British invasion of 1964, a computer analysis of 17,000 songs has found.... 5/6/2015 2:39 PM

Germany: 4 arrests in alleged plot to attack Islamic targets
BERLIN (AP) -- German authorities conducted raids across the country on Wednesday, seizing explosives and arresting four people accused of founding a right-wing extremist group to attack mosques and housing for asylum seekers.... 5/6/2015 2:31 PM

EU moves to help tech companies compete with US giants
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union has unveiled a long-term strategy to help its technology companies compete with U.S. giants like Google and Amazon by unifying the continent's digital sector and taking a hard line on abuses by dominant firms.... 5/6/2015 2:30 PM

BMW profits rise on SUVs, strong sales in UK, US
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- German luxury carmaker BMW increased its profits in the first quarter thanks to strong demand for its expensive SUVs and higher sales in the U.S. and Britain as well as in a recovering European market.... 5/6/2015 2:25 PM

GlaxoSmithKline opts to hold on to HIV business
LONDON (AP) -- British-based drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline opted Wednesday to keep its stake in its stand-alone HIV business as it set out its strategy following a big deal with Switzerland's Novartis.... 5/6/2015 2:23 PM

Tunisia steps up security at Jewish pilgrimage
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia says it has heightened security for the Jewish pilgrimage to the age-old Ghriba synagogue after the Bardo museum attack in Tunis that left 22 people dead, mostly foreign tourists.... 5/6/2015 2:21 PM

Syrian president acknowledges recent 'setbacks' in war
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad acknowledged Wednesday what he said were recent "setbacks" in the war against insurgents trying to topple him, promising a comeback by his troops still entangled in heavy fighting.... 5/6/2015 2:18 PM

Germanwings co-pilot tried slow descent hours before crash
PARIS (AP) -- The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 appeared to have practiced a controlled descent on his flight into Barcelona just two hours before he intentionally crashed the A320 jet into a mountainside on the return flight to Duesseldorf, air accident investigators said Wednesday.... 5/6/2015 1:56 PM

East Africa Community tries to mend Burundi turmoil
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- With protesters in Burundi refusing to back down, government ministers from East African Community nations travelled to Burundi on Wednesday to help seek a solution to unrest caused by President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term.... 5/6/2015 1:56 PM

Prince William, wife Kate off to country home with children
LONDON (AP) -- Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have packed up their newborn princess and their 21-month-old son Prince George for a stay at their country home.... 5/6/2015 1:35 PM

Iraq, other conflicts swell global total of displaced people
BERLIN (AP) -- A group that monitors the plight of people forced out of their homes by conflicts says the number of people displaced within their own countries surged to 38 million last year, with a few countries led by Iraq accounting for much of the increase.... 5/6/2015 1:35 PM

German court overturns entry ban for Russian Night Wolves
BERLIN (AP) -- A Berlin court has overturned an entry ban on a group of nationalist Russian bikers planning to commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany 70 years ago by riding their motorcycles through the capital to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe.... 5/6/2015 1:32 PM

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