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Obama administration approves first ferry service to Cuba
HAVANA (AP) -- The Obama administration approved the first ferry service in decades between the United States and Cuba on Tuesday, potentially opening a new path for the hundreds of thousands of people and hundreds of millions of dollars in goods that travel between Florida and Havana each year.... 5/5/2015 9:46 PM

Moments from safety, migrants die trying to reach Europe
CATANIA, Sicily (AP) -- Young men piled over each other, some shimmying up ropes dangling from the towering rescue ship and others falling into the churning sea. Women and children were the last off the stricken dinghy during a chaotic Mediterranean rescue in which at least five migrants were crushed to death and more were feared drowned.... 5/5/2015 9:40 PM

Virgin Islands police suspect US man in slaying of parents
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- A 24-year-old Massachusetts man is suspected of fatally stabbing his parents during a family vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands and then fleeing the three-island Caribbean territory, investigators said Tuesday.... 5/5/2015 9:38 PM

11 dead after Mali separatists launch central region attack
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Members of a coalition of separatist groups attacked a town in central Mali on Tuesday, killing 11 people and moving violence farther south after a cease-fire was broken last week, a spokesman and the government said.... 5/5/2015 9:38 PM

Africa's richest economy surviving on borrowed cash
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's finance minister says Africa's richest economy is borrowing money to pay salaries as it struggles through a "difficult cash crunch" brought on by halved oil prices.... 5/5/2015 9:33 PM

Ex-Guinea junta leader to chair political party
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- A new political party in Guinea has named as its chairman former strongman Moussa Dadis Camara, who took power by staging a coup and was later shot in the head and went into exile, his lawyer said Tuesday.... 5/5/2015 9:27 PM

Yemen rebels fire into Saudi Arabia, killing at least 3
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Yemen's rebels fired rockets and mortars into Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, killing at least three people and purportedly capturing five soldiers in an attack showing the insurgents' ability to launch assaults despite weeks of Saudi-led airstrikes targeting them.... 5/5/2015 9:06 PM

Saudi king fires protocol chief after photographer slapped
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi King Salman has fired the chief of royal protocol after he was caught on camera slapping a photographer.... 5/5/2015 8:49 PM

Brazil court acquits 3 in 2007 plane crash trial
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A Brazilian court has cleared three people of responsibility for a 2007 jetliner crash that killed 199 people at a Sao Paulo airport.... 5/5/2015 8:27 PM

Nigerian troops who fled Boko Haram now have them on the run
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) -- A year ago, a dozen Nigerian troops fighting about 200 Boko Haram militants in the town of Chibok exhausted their ammunition and ran, leaving the road open for the abduction of nearly 300 girls.... 5/5/2015 8:10 PM

Ex-IRA man linked to 2005 slaying shot dead in Belfast
DUBLIN (AP) -- A former Irish Republican Army commander linked to one of the outlawed group's most notorious killings was shot dead at close range Tuesday morning on a street near his home in Belfast, residents and police said.... 5/5/2015 7:58 PM

Canadian judge delays bail decision for ex-Gitmo inmate
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- A Canadian judge said Tuesday she needs more time to make a decision on whether a former Guantanamo Bay inmate should be released on bail while he appeals his conviction for war crimes in the United States.... 5/5/2015 7:55 PM

Macedonian opposition chief: PM tried to cover up a killing
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Macedonia's opposition leader has accused the country's prime minister of attempting to cover up the 2011 death of a 22-year-old who was beaten by police during post-election celebrations.... 5/5/2015 7:40 PM

AP Interview: Emirates airline boss sees more US growth
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The man in charge of the Middle East's biggest airline, Emirates, said Tuesday he is pressing ahead with a global expansion that could include more U.S. routes despite opposition from American carriers who accuse the airline of having an unfair advantage.... 5/5/2015 7:25 PM

Hezbollah captures Syrian village from Islamic militants
BEIRUT (AP) -- Hezbollah fighters captured a Syrian village Tuesday near the border with Lebanon after intense fighting with Islamic militants, the group's television station said, while an activist said battles are concentrating near a strategic Syrian hill.... 5/5/2015 7:10 PM

Investigators search top Russian museum in smuggling case
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's top investigative agency says it is conducting a search of Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery, considered the world's top collection of Russian fine art, in connection with an art smuggling case.... 5/5/2015 7:08 PM

Vatican says Cuban president to visit Pope Francis this week
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican says Cuban President Raul Castro will visit Pope Francis this Sunday at the Vatican.... 5/5/2015 6:57 PM

France vows to defend Arab allies, strengthen business ties
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande vowed to defend Gulf Arab allies as he announced Tuesday that his country is in talks with Saudi Arabia for business deals worth tens of billions of euros (dollars).... 5/5/2015 6:38 PM

Family feud rocks top of France's far-right National Front
PARIS (AP) -- Little by little, the president of France's far-right National Front and top lieutenants have tried to silence the party founder, pushing him from the inner circle, refusing to back him in elections and now, in the culmination of an ugly political dispute that began as a family feud, suspending his membership.... 5/5/2015 6:32 PM

Armed groups in C. African Republic agree to free children
BANGUI, Central Africa Republic (AP) -- Armed groups in Central African Republic have agreed to release any children they are holding and not to recruit child soldiers, the United Nations Children's Agency said Tuesday.... 5/5/2015 6:07 PM



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