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Belarus sentences man with opposition tattoo
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- A court in Belarus has added two years and stiffer conditions to the prison sentence of an opposition activist known for a chest tattoo calling for the ouster of the country's authoritarian president.... 5/28/2015 4:25 PM

Nobel laureates appeal for end to persecution of Rohingya
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Several Nobel Peace Prize winners on Thursday called for an end to the persecution of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, describing it as "nothing less than genocide," and appealed for international help for them in Rakhine state.... 5/28/2015 4:22 PM

Mystery of disappearing holes in Swiss cheese solved
BERLIN (AP) -- The mystery of Swiss cheese and its disappearing holes has been solved: The milk's too clean.... 5/28/2015 4:15 PM

THE LATEST: Blatter decries 'shame' brought by soccer probe
ZURICH (AP) -- The Latest on FIFA developments:... 5/28/2015 4:13 PM

Israeli Burning Man festival torches ancient remains
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli Antiquities Authority says revelers at a Burning Man festival famous for its pyrotechnic spectacles have accidentally torched some remnants of prehistoric man.... 5/28/2015 4:09 PM

Airstrikes target Yemen's rebels as fighting rages in east
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Security officials and tribesmen say Saudi-led warplanes bombed Shiite rebels in their northern Yemeni stronghold as fighting raged in an oil-rich eastern province.... 5/28/2015 4:05 PM

Finland's new justice minister supportive of death penalty
HELSINKI (AP) -- Finland's incoming justice minister from the populist Finns Party says he approves of the death penalty in "some circumstances."... 5/28/2015 4:04 PM

Bill Clinton hopes to keep working _ whatever Hillary does
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton made an impassioned appeal for modern health care in the Ebola-stricken countries of West Africa and told The Associated Press afterward that he hopes to keep working for the foundation he launched regardless of what happens politically with his wife, Hillary.... 5/28/2015 4:03 PM

Top finance officials debate what's needed for global growth
DRESDEN, Germany (AP) -- Top finance officials from the Group of Seven wealthy democracies are debating ways to broaden and strengthen economic recoveries that aren't as robust as everyone would like.... 5/28/2015 3:59 PM

Blatter: Corruption cases shame, humiliate soccer
ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he intends to help restore trust in world soccer after a pair of corruption investigations brought "shame and humiliation" on the sport.... 5/28/2015 3:55 PM

Carter seeks ways to improve Iraq training, equipping
SINGAPORE (AP) -- U.S. military leaders are searching for ways to bolster the Iraqi forces following the Islamic State group's takeover of Ramadi earlier this month, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday, highlighting the importance of training and equipping the Sunni tribal militias. It's an effort that has repeatedly failed to take hold amid sectarian tensions in Iraq.... 5/28/2015 3:46 PM

Russian opposition leader hospitalized after sudden illness
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian opposition leader is in intensive care in a Moscow hospital, and a lack of clarity about the cause of his sudden illness has raised fears of foul play.... 5/28/2015 3:34 PM

Burundi: Catholic bishops withdraw support for elections
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Catholic Church leaders said on Thursday they no longer support the Burundi government's decision to hold elections next month amid political unrest over President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term. The European Union also said it was suspending its election observer mission here.... 5/28/2015 3:30 PM

License decision on Ukraine TV station postponed
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's government broadcasting licensing authority has postponed a hearing on whether to rescind the license of one of the country's most popular TV channels.... 5/28/2015 3:23 PM

Sudan refused aid to injured peacekeeper, who died, UN says
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A new U.N. report says Sudan's government "refused to allow" an emergency medical evacuation for an injured peacekeeper who died the same day, the latest sign of worsening relations as Sudan's president wants the mission out of the country.... 5/28/2015 3:19 PM

Sarkozy ex-ally acquitted of manipulating l'Oreal heiress
PARIS (AP) -- A French court has acquitted a former ally of Nicolas Sarkozy on charges of swindling millions of euros from France's richest woman, L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, by taking advantage of her weak mental state.... 5/28/2015 3:15 PM

Paris doctors strike to protest working hours reform
PARIS (AP) -- Thousands of doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel have demonstrated in central Paris to protest planned working-hours changes they say will result in more burnout and worse patient care.... 5/28/2015 3:11 PM

Visa becomes first FIFA sponsor to warn it could jump ship
LONDON (AP) -- Worried that their reputations will be tarnished by their links to FIFA, major sponsors are demanding that soccer's global governing body clean up its act, with Visa even warning it is prepared to jump ship.... 5/28/2015 3:09 PM

Spain investigates Boko Haram leader on terror charges
MADRID (AP) -- Spain is opening a probe into Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau on suspicion of terrorism and crimes against humanity, under the legal principle of universal justice, according to a court ruling Thursday.... 5/28/2015 3:07 PM

China detains artist who posted humorous photo of president
BEIJING (AP) -- Authorities have detained an obscure Chinese artist after he posted a humorous portrait of President Xi Jinping online, his wife said Thursday.... 5/28/2015 3:04 PM



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