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Ex-environment minister warns of illegal logging in Senegal
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Illegal timber sales from Senegal to Gambia could see the Casamance forest depleted significantly in the next two years, the former environment minister said Thursday.... 5/26/2016 4:22 PM

Hang up: Dutch look at banning use of cellphones on bikes
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Dutch government is considering banning the country's millions of cyclists from using their cellphones while riding, saying pedaling and phones are a dangerous mix.... 5/26/2016 4:19 PM

Scientists: Underground stone rings made by Neanderthals
BERLIN (AP) -- Two mysterious stone rings found deep inside a French cave were probably built by Neanderthals about 176,500 years ago, proving that the ancient cousins of humans were capable of more complex behavior than previously thought, scientists say.... 5/26/2016 4:19 PM

Under high security, Jewish pilgrims gather on Tunisia isle
DJERBA, Tunisia (AP) -- The Tunisian island of Djerba is hosting an annual Jewish pilgrimage amid increased security after deadly Islamic extremist attacks last year scared away tourists and raised fears of religious violence.... 5/26/2016 4:17 PM

Hero of Canada parliament attack tackles protester in Dublin
DUBLIN (AP) -- A Canadian diplomat who became a national hero when he shot an Islamic gunman inside the Ottawa parliament has tussled with a protester at a military ceremony in Dublin.... 5/26/2016 4:15 PM

UN envoy to Syria to consult Security Council on peace talks
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N. special envoy for Syria said he will speak to the U.N. Security Council later on Thursday and after that, announce plans for the resumption of stalled peace talks between the government and the opposition.... 5/26/2016 4:06 PM

Savchenko's return heralds new turmoil in Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- After being freed from a Russian jail, Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko stands to emerge as a wild new force in Ukraine's already volatile politics.... 5/26/2016 4:03 PM

EU: Hungary must stop discriminating against Roma children
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- The European Union issued a warning to Hungary on Thursday about discrimination against Roma children in the country's education system.... 5/26/2016 3:59 PM

Greek archaeologist claims he's found the tomb of Aristotle
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- A Greek archaeologist who excavated the birthplace of Aristotle in northern Greece in the 1990s says a destroyed structure he discovered may have been the tomb of the ancient philosopher and teacher of Alexander the Great.... 5/26/2016 3:53 PM

Female prisoners in Zimbabwe released under amnesty
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe is releasing all convicted female prisoners except for a few who are serving life sentences.... 5/26/2016 3:53 PM

EU: Some 20 bodies spotted as migrant boat sinks off Libya
ROME (AP) -- A migrant boat sank off Libya's coast Thursday, with some 20 bodies spotted in the sea. Officials said 88 people had been rescued.... 5/26/2016 3:46 PM

Uganda: 7 convicted of al-Shabab's deadly World Cup bombings
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A Ugandan judge on Thursday convicted seven men of carrying out twin bombings which killed 76 people who were watching the 2010 World Cup final in the capital, Kampala.... 5/26/2016 3:44 PM

EU urges Bosnia to publish 2013 census results
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- EU officials say Bosnia must publish the 2013 census results by July if it wants to proceed on its path toward EU membership. Further delays would diminish the accuracy of gathered data.... 5/26/2016 3:37 PM

The Latest: Police use tear gas, detain 16, during protests
LE HAVRE, France (AP) -- The Latest on French labor dispute (all times local):... 5/26/2016 3:35 PM

South African lion _ veteran of 2 escapes _ gets new home
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A South African lion who escaped twice from a national park since last year is being moved to another park where, officials say, there is little chance of a breakout.... 5/26/2016 3:31 PM

Muslim mob attacked Christian homes in Egyptian province
CAIRO (AP) -- A Muslim mob stripped an elderly Christian woman and paraded her naked on the streets in an attack last week in which seven Christian homes were also ransacked and torched in a province south of the Egyptian capital.... 5/26/2016 3:29 PM

Obama's every gesture will be scrutinized in Hiroshima visit
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) -- Every gesture. Every word uttered or avoided. Every person Barack Obama speaks with, listens to and stands beside in Hiroshima. All of it will help determine the success of a trip with huge potential political and diplomatic pitfalls, both in America and Asia.... 5/26/2016 3:28 PM

Dakar biennale fuels new life into Africa's contemporary art
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Videos projected onto massive buildings, pop up art galleries and installations in an old courthouse are features of the Dakar Biennale, Africa's largest contemporary art festival currently enlivening Senegal's capital.... 5/26/2016 3:24 PM

French dock workers throw smoke bombs as protests escalate
LE HAVRE, France (AP) -- French protesters scuffled with police, dock workers set off smoke bombs and union activists disrupted fuel supplies and nuclear plants Thursday in the biggest challenge yet to President Francois Hollande's government as it tries to give employers more flexibility.... 5/26/2016 3:20 PM

Bird flu reappears in Cameroon, killing thousands of birds
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) -- Cameroon's government says that the H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus has reappeared in Cameroon after an 8-year absence.... 5/26/2016 3:20 PM

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