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UN laments absence of G-7 from key humanitarian summit
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday criticized the leaders of the world's wealthiest countries for failing to attend a pivotal humanitarian summit in Turkey which culminated with a long list of commitments and question marks over their implementation.... 5/24/2016 5:47 PM

Cuba to legalize small and medium-sized private businesses
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba announced Tuesday that it will legalize small- and medium-sized private businesses in a move that could significantly expand private enterprise in one of the world's last communist countries.... 5/24/2016 5:39 PM

French police force open fuel depot amid protests, shortages
PARIS (AP) -- French police used water cannons on Tuesday to disperse projectile-throwing protesters blocking a key fuel depot on the Mediterranean, as gasoline shortages spread around the country amid increasingly tense labor actions.... 5/24/2016 5:18 PM

French president in anti-extremism talks with Al-Azhar imam
PARIS (AP) -- The French president has met with the grand imam of the prestigious Sunni Muslim center of learning Al-Azhar to share views on the fight against extremism.... 5/24/2016 5:17 PM

North Korea's UK ambassador rejects Trump's offer of talks
LONDON (AP) -- North Korea's ambassador to Britain said Tuesday that his country has no interest in presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's offer to open nuclear talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.... 5/24/2016 5:13 PM

Tragically Hip's Gord Downie diagnosed with terminal cancer
TORONTO (AP) -- Canadian rootsy rock band The Tragically Hip announced Tuesday that its lead singer, Gord Downie, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.... 5/24/2016 5:08 PM

Friends, Romans: Help restore Rome's ruins, monuments
ROME (AP) -- Friends, Romans, countrymen! Oh yes, and countrywomen. And people in far-flung nations. Everyone, basically. Rome is seeking all the sponsors it can find to fund the monumental job of restoring and maintaining its hundreds of fountains, statues, archaeological sites and historic palazzos.... 5/24/2016 5:06 PM

Belt-tightening in Brazil aimed at fighting economic crisis
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil's interim President Michel Temer is announcing belt-tightening measures aimed at pulling Latin America's largest economy from its worst crisis in decades.... 5/24/2016 5:03 PM

Turkey's president approves new government led by ally
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's president on Tuesday approved a new government formed by one of his most trusted allies, who immediately asserted the intention to institute constitutional reforms that would expand the powers of the presidency.... 5/24/2016 5:02 PM

Romania: Hewlett Packard vows to probe suspected wrongdoing
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Tech giant Hewlett Packard said Tuesday it would investigate allegations of wrongdoing in a health services contract in Romania which prosecutors say cost the East European country 16.8 million euros ($18.8 million).... 5/24/2016 4:53 PM

State TV says 14 Russians on list for 2008 Olympic doping
MOSCOW (AP) -- Ten medalists from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, including 2012 high jump champion Anna Chicherova, were among 14 Russians that tested positive in the reanalysis of their doping samples, state television reported Tuesday.... 5/24/2016 4:50 PM

Rights group: South Sudan army violated civilians in Wau
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) -- South Sudanese government soldiers killed, raped, tortured, and detained dozens of civilians in and around Wau town in the country's western Bahr el Ghazal state in recent months, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Tuesday.... 5/24/2016 4:41 PM

Report: BMX legend Dave Mirra had brain disease CTE
TORONTO (AP) -- Doctors have reportedly concluded that BMX rider Dave Mirra, who took his own life in February, suffered from the brain disease CTE.... 5/24/2016 4:32 PM

EU leader pledges help in ending Poland's crisis soon
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A senior European Union leader has pledged support in finding a solution soon to Poland's political crisis that has strained the country's ties with Brussels.... 5/24/2016 4:26 PM

Colombia says 2 more journalists missing in rough area
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Two more journalists have gone missing in a lawless region in Colombia where security forces are already carrying out a massive search for a prominent Spanish journalist, President Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday.... 5/24/2016 4:13 PM

Pro-EU ad urges UK youth to get 'votin,' leaves some fumin
LONDON (AP) -- Campaigners for Britain to remain in the European Union have been mocked online for a video urging young people to vote in next month's membership referendum.... 5/24/2016 4:11 PM

French raid Google over 'aggravated tax fraud' allegations
PARIS (AP) -- French police have raided Google's Paris offices as part of an investigation into "aggravated tax fraud" and money laundering, authorities said Tuesday. The raid is the latest regulatory headache for the American search engine-and-email company, which like other Silicon Valley firms faces increasing questions about its complex tax arrangements.... 5/24/2016 4:07 PM

Report: European banks to struggle, may need to cut costs
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- European banks are likely to struggle to make profits in months ahead and may need to cut costs, merge or change their business strategies to return to solid health, the European Central Bank said Tuesday.... 5/24/2016 4:04 PM

EU gives go-ahead for huge beer merger
LONDON (AP) -- The European Union's regulator has given the go-ahead to the proposed merger of Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, clearing another hurdle for the combination of the world's two biggest beer makers.... 5/24/2016 4:02 PM

Fatal firefight in Congo park highlights threats to rangers
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Shot by elephant poachers, the manager of Congo's Garamba National Park asked a ranger for help to bind his leg with a tourniquet to slow blood loss.... 5/24/2016 3:58 PM

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