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Gaza's Hamas rulers execute 3 men convicted of murder
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza's Hamas rulers executed three Palestinians convicted of murder on Tuesday, sparking criticism from human rights groups and defying an agreement with the rival Palestinian Fatah faction.... 5/31/2016 10:05 AM

Kuwait sentences 3 royal family members for insulting judges
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- A Kuwait criminal court has sentenced three members of the royal family to five-year prison terms each for insulting judges.... 5/31/2016 9:52 AM

Roadside bombs kills 6 soldiers in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Egyptian security and hospital officials say a roadside bomb has struck a military armored vehicle in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, killing six soldiers.... 5/31/2016 9:52 AM

Heavy rains drench swaths of France, disrupt French Open
PARIS (AP) -- Heavy rain is drenching parts of France, with flood warnings near the English Channel, canceled matches at the French Open and soggy tourists in Paris.... 5/31/2016 9:51 AM

After decades, 32 Australians' remains return from Malaysia
SUBANG AIR BASE, Malaysia (AP) -- The bodies of 32 Australian service personnel and their dependents, many of them killed during the Vietnam War, were handed over by Malaysian soldiers to their Australian counterparts Tuesday. Australian officials say it's among the biggest single repatriations in the nation's history.... 5/31/2016 9:46 AM

Correction: Egypt story
CAIRO (AP) -- In a story May 30 about the referral to trial of the head of Egypt's Journalists union and two of its board members, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the three did not post bail. A statement from the prosecution office states that they did... 5/31/2016 9:35 AM

Ex-Miss Turkey gets suspended sentence for insulting Erdogan
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A court has convicted a former Miss Turkey of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan through social media postings and sentenced her to a 14-month suspended sentence.... 5/31/2016 9:35 AM

Iraqi forces in Fallujah repel IS attack in city's south
CAMP TARIQ, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi forces battling their way into Fallujah repelled a four-hour attack by the Islamic State group in the city's south on Tuesday, a day after first moving into the southern edges of the militant-held city with the help of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.... 5/31/2016 9:26 AM

EU drug agency: Ecstasy is making a comeback among the young
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Ecstasy is becoming popular again in the European Union, with online sales and targeted marketing helping to drive the revival among a new generation of users, the EU drug agency said Tuesday.... 5/31/2016 9:23 AM

American charged with 4 murders on trial in Czech Republic
PRAGUE (AP) -- An American man charged with murder over the killing of four of his relatives has gone on trial in the Czech Republic.... 5/31/2016 9:17 AM

Scandal-hit Volkswagen sees profits fall in 1st quarter
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- German automaker Volkswagen saw net profit fall 19 percent in the first three months of the year as it grappled with a costly scandal over cars it had equipped to cheat on diesel emissions tests.... 5/31/2016 9:16 AM

Polish justice minister revives Polanski extradition drive
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's justice minister is reviving an effort to have filmmaker Roman Polanski extradited to the U.S., where he is wanted in a nearly 40-year-old case.... 5/31/2016 9:08 AM

UN health agency trumpets 'plain packaging' for tobacco
GENEVA (AP) -- The UN health agency says "plain packaging" on tobacco products has shown to be an effective complement to health warnings, advertising restrictions, and curbs on misleading packaging to help save lives.... 5/31/2016 9:02 AM

Activists say at least 23 died in overnight Syria airstrikes
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian activists have raised the death toll from the late night airstrikes on the northwestern city of Idlib, saying at least 23 people were killed.... 5/31/2016 9:02 AM

4 Bangladeshi men convicted of terror financing in Singapore
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Four Bangladeshi workers held on suspicion of planning attacks linked to the Islamic State group in their own country were convicted of financing terrorism by a court in Singapore on Tuesday.... 5/31/2016 9:02 AM

Dior in return to Blenheim Palace for Cruise show
LONDON (AP) -- Dior is returning to England's historic Blenheim Palace to unveil its Cruise collection.... 5/31/2016 8:38 AM

Iran parliament confirms election of speaker for 1 year term
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's parliament on Tuesday confirmed the re-election of its long-serving parliament speaker for another year.... 5/31/2016 8:24 AM

Freed pilot Savchenko sworn in as Ukrainian lawmaker
MOSCOW (AP) -- Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who spent two years in Russian custody before she was released last week, was sworn in as a lawmaker in the national parliament on Tuesday.... 5/31/2016 8:17 AM

Thai school reopens after dormitory fire killed 17 girls
BANGKOK (AP) -- A school in northern Thailand where 17 girls were killed in a dormitory fire last week has reopened, but only about a third of the students returned because some families remain wary of safety, a volunteer at the school said Tuesday.... 5/31/2016 8:16 AM

Amnesty says 1.2 million Afghans internally displaced by war
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Amnesty International said Tuesday that more than 1.2 million Afghans have been forced to flee their homes due to violence in the past three years and urged the Kabul government and the international community to tackle the country's growing crisis of refugees internally displaced by war.... 5/31/2016 8:13 AM

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