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Japan, EU agree to step up defense, economic ties
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese and European leaders agreed Friday to step up defense and economic ties, and expressed concern about rising tensions in the South China Sea.... 5/29/2015 1:05 PM

THE LATEST: Netanyahu urges FIFA not to suspend Israelis
ZURICH (AP) -- The latest on FIFA developments:... 5/29/2015 1:02 PM

Hungary's Orban reaffirms country's EU and NATO membership
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungary's prime minister says that despite differences of opinion, the country must remain a member of the European Union and NATO.... 5/29/2015 12:58 PM

Eternal love dashed: Paris lovers' locks to be dismantled
PARIS (AP) -- Any hope that the love locks clinging to Paris' famed Pont des Arts bridge would last forever will be unromantically dashed by the city council's plan to dismantle them Monday - for good.... 5/29/2015 12:57 PM

Merkel: Germany will be 'constructive partner' in EU reform
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel sounded a conciliatory note Friday on Britain's efforts to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union, saying "when there is a desire there should be a way."... 5/29/2015 12:49 PM

Spain makes US rapid force at Moron base permanent
MADRID (AP) -- The Spanish government has approved an accord permanently granting the U.S. military a presence at a southwestern base as a center for a rapid reaction force to deal with crises in Africa.... 5/29/2015 12:48 PM

Greek bank deposits fall to lowest in more than a decade
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Bank deposits in Greece have hit their lowest in more than a decade, according to data released Friday, as Greeks concerned about the painfully slow pace of their government's talks with bailout creditors withdrew savings in an orderly but steady flow.... 5/29/2015 12:46 PM

Italy's regional elections puts focus on migrant arrivals
RIVADOLMO, Italy (AP) -- The community's hostility is veiled, but palpable. When the young migrants from Nigeria and Gambia venture away from their house in this hilltop idyll south of Padua, they say neighbors come out and snap their photos in a gesture of intimidation. They have been pressured to stop using the local soccer field, accused of taking the pitch away from Italian kids.... 5/29/2015 12:45 PM

Myanmar warns against 'finger pointing' at migrant meeting
BANGKOK (AP) -- A regional conference called to address the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia ended Friday with no major breakthroughs beyond a consensus to keep talking. Myanmar criticized those blaming it for fueling the crisis, warning that "finger pointing" would not help.... 5/29/2015 12:43 PM

Polish election winner officially named president-elect
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- The conservative winner of Poland's presidential election, Andrzej Duda, has been officially named president-elect in a state ceremony.... 5/29/2015 12:40 PM

In South Africa, killer of anti-apartheid leader gets parole
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A South African judge has granted parole to a man convicted for the 1993 assassination of Chris Hani, a leading opponent of the white minority rule at the time.... 5/29/2015 12:38 PM

UN nuke agency report shows Iran probe essentially stalled
VIENNA (AP) -- Amid accelerated international efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, the U.N. atomic agency on Friday reported that work on a key element - an assessment of allegations that Tehran worked on atomic arms - remains essentially stalled.... 5/29/2015 12:34 PM

Greece still weighs on markets as China stocks see-saw again
LONDON (AP) -- Ongoing uncertainty over the state of Greek bailout talks and further market volatility in China kept stocks in check on Friday.... 5/29/2015 12:33 PM

IS group claims attack on Saudi Shiite mosque that killed 4
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- The Islamic State group has claimed a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia that killed at least four people.... 5/29/2015 12:27 PM

US says China has artillery vehicles on artificial island
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Two large artillery vehicles were detected on one of the artificial islands that China is creating in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said Friday, underscoring ongoing concerns that Beijing may try to use the land reclamation projects for military purposes.... 5/29/2015 12:22 PM

Turkish paper probed over images of spy agency trucks
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The Istanbul prosecutor's office has launched an investigation of newspaper editor following the publication of images of truckloads of ammunition, which the paper says proved that a convoy which was stopped on its way to Syria on a Turkish intelligence mission was carrying arms to rebels.... 5/29/2015 12:20 PM

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Islamic State group claims suicide bombing of Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia.... 5/29/2015 12:16 PM

Biblical soap opera enjoying ungodly success in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The actress agonizes on her deathbed, her hair and makeup impeccable, as the hunky male lead clutches her hand. Tears pour down his face while her eyelids flutter to a final close.... 5/29/2015 12:13 PM

Blatter says vote for Russia, Qatar the root of FIFA crisis
ZURICH (AP) -- The worst corruption crisis in soccer history stems from the governing body's decision to award Russia and Qatar the next two World Cup tournaments, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Friday.... 5/29/2015 12:09 PM

Volcano erupts in southern Japan, spewing ash high into sky
TOKYO (AP) -- A volcano erupted in spectacular fashion on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, spewing out rocks and sending black clouds of ash 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) into the sky. Authorities told people on the island to evacuate.... 5/29/2015 11:59 AM

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