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Currency tumbles as Venezuelans look to unload bolivars
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A staggering plunge in the free-market value of Venezuelan currency sent people scrambling to sell off their depreciating bolivars Friday.... 5/22/2015 9:08 PM

IS militants purge Syrian town of Assad loyalists
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State group militants hunted down Syrian government troops and loyalists in the newly captured town of Palmyra, shooting or beheading them in public as a warning, and imposing their strict interpretation of Islam, activists said Friday.... 5/22/2015 8:57 PM

Cartel surveillance cameras found in Mexican border city
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) -- Authorities in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas have seized 39 surveillance cameras set up by a drug cartel in the city of Reynosa across the border from Texas.... 5/22/2015 8:51 PM

Mexican official: About 40 dead in shootout in cartel area
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- About 40 people were killed in large-scale firefight Friday between law enforcement and criminal suspects in western Mexico, a Mexican official said.... 5/22/2015 8:47 PM

Venice officials shut down mosque-inside-church art exhibit
MILAN (AP) -- Authorities in Venice on Friday closed a working mosque in an ex-church that was Iceland's contribution to the 56th Venice Biennale contemporary art fair on the grounds that it was being improperly used as a place of worship.... 5/22/2015 8:39 PM

Islamic State loyalists claim Saudi mosque attack
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A suicide bomber unleashed a blast in a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers commemorated the birth of a revered saint, killing at least 21people and wounding dozens more in the deadliest attack seen in the kingdom in more than a decade. Loyalists of the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the bombing.... 5/22/2015 8:33 PM

Amnesty says torture of Ukraine war prisoners is rife
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are perpetrating war crimes almost daily, including torturing prisoners and summarily killing them, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report Friday.... 5/22/2015 8:24 PM

Series of knife attacks has Rio de Janeiro on edge
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Rio de Janeiro police are reinforcing patrols in areas popular with tourists and near venues that will host Olympic events next year after a series of knife attacks on locals and foreigners.... 5/22/2015 8:22 PM

Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes target Shiite rebels in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The Saudi-led coalition on Friday launched heavy airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen, targeting camps and weapons depots in the rebel-held capital, as a U.N. agency said some 234 children were killed in violence over the past two months.... 5/22/2015 7:46 PM

Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for long has lagged behind. But present-day reality proved rather difficult to ignore, with the Islamic State group wreaking havoc not far from these Dead Sea shores.... 5/22/2015 7:26 PM

Montreal Alouettes sign openly gay defensive end Michael Sam
MONTREAL (AP) -- Michael Sam has found a pro football job. In Canada.... 5/22/2015 7:25 PM

Colombia rebels cancel unilateral cease-fire after army raid
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's largest rebel group on Friday called off a unilateral cease-fire in reaction to a military raid on a guerrilla camp that killed 26 of its fighters, further straining negotiations to end the country's half-century-old conflict.... 5/22/2015 6:51 PM

UN concerned over human rights, democracy in Macedonia
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- A top United Nations human rights official expressed concern Friday over the political crisis that has triggered mass protests in Macedonia.... 5/22/2015 6:27 PM

Yes or no? Ireland decides whether to legalize gay marriage
DUBLIN (AP) -- Voters in once staunchly Catholic Ireland were deciding Friday whether to legalize gay marriage in what the government's equality minister called "a referendum like no other."... 5/22/2015 6:25 PM

UN agency passes new standards on prisoner treatment
VIENNA (AP) -- The U.N. crime prevention agency has revised international standards on treatment of prisoners to focus on greater respect for human rights.... 5/22/2015 6:19 PM

Romanian ex-mayor sentenced to prison for real estate deals
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A Romanian court has sentenced a former Bucharest district mayor to eight years in prison for illegally selling the city's real estate at a price far below its market value.... 5/22/2015 5:35 PM

Cholera infects 3,000 Burundian refugees, UN calls for help
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- An outbreak of cholera has infected 3,000 people in a Tanzanian border region where refugees fleeing political unrest in Burundi have massed, the U.N. Refugee Agency said Friday.... 5/22/2015 5:23 PM

EU chief Juncker calls Hungary's Orban 'dictator' _ in jest
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker jokingly called Hungary's leader a "dictator" upon his arrival for a European Union summit.... 5/22/2015 5:18 PM

Toyota promises to help find cause of Takata airbag defects
TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota vowed to help pinpoint the cause of a defect in air bags used in more than 50 million vehicles worldwide, saying the auto industry risks losing the trust of car buyers if the problem drags on unresolved.... 5/22/2015 5:14 PM

UK tabloid reporter found guilty in bribery case
LONDON (AP) -- A British tabloid reporter accused of paying police for news tips has been found guilty of aiding and abetting public office misconduct.... 5/22/2015 5:14 PM

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