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IS captures Iraqi town, purges opponents in Syria's Palmyra
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Islamic State group militants searched through the Syrian town of Palmyra for government troops and fighters, using lists of names and informers to track them down and shooting some in the head on the spot, activists said Friday, estimating at least 150 have been killed in the past two days.... 5/22/2015 3:07 PM

Nigerian Muslims set court ablaze over 'insult' to Muhammad
KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- Hundreds of rioting Muslims set a Shariah court ablaze Friday in Nigeria's northern Kano city, protesting its decision to free a cleric accused of insulting the prophet Mohammed.... 5/22/2015 3:07 PM

Timeline of landmarks in Ireland's changing attitude to gays
DUBLIN (AP) -- Gays in Ireland lived in the shadows for decades, lest they face ridicule, assault or even prison in Victorian times. Friday's referendum asking voters to approve gay marriage is the latest landmark in decades of struggle for Ireland's homosexual minority to gain greater rights and respect.... 5/22/2015 3:00 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 from Burundi have massed, the U.N. Refugee Agency said Friday.... 5/22/2015 2:58 PM

Army removes WWII bomb near London's Wembley Stadium
LONDON (AP) -- British police say the army has safely removed an unexploded World War II bomb found near London's Wembley Stadium.... 5/22/2015 2:58 PM

Poland presidential vote could bring return to turbulence
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Presidential candidate Andrzej Duda is a new face in Polish politics, but he may herald a return to an older era when his right-wing party held power.... 5/22/2015 2:56 PM

Dutch government to sell off nationalized ABN Amro bank
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Dutch government said Friday it will sell off ABN Amro bank in phases beginning later this year, seven years after the state took it over to prevent its collapse during the global financial crisis.... 5/22/2015 2:54 PM

Spain: Local election seen as test for new upstart parties
MADRID (AP) -- Spain could be set for a political upheaval in key local elections this weekend, with strong signs that voters fed up with economic crisis and corruption scandals may punish both the ruling conservative Popular Party and the leading opposition Socialists.... 5/22/2015 2:51 PM

26 rebels killed in Colombian raid on guerrilla camp
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's largest rebel group is ending a unilateral cease-fire in response to a military raid on a guerrilla camp that killed 26 of its fighters.... 5/22/2015 3:08 PM

AP Interview: $100 billion Saudi city to be ready by 2035
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- A $100 billion city-from-scratch in Saudi Arabia is to be completed by 2035 and will serve as the main logistics and manufacturing hub for countries on the Red Sea, the world's "largest new emerging market," said the CEO of the company in charge of the mega-project.... 5/22/2015 2:38 PM

Dutch government plans limited ban on face-covering clothing
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Dutch government is seeking to introduce a limited ban on "face-covering clothing," in what is widely interpreted as a new attempt to outlaw burqas, the head-to-toe Islamic robe worn by only a few hundred women in this nation of 17 million.... 5/22/2015 2:36 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 2:33 PM

UN chief urges peaceful solution of South China Sea dispute
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Friday for a peaceful solution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea, where China's increased assertiveness has alarmed its smaller neighbors.... 5/22/2015 2:30 PM

EU embrace of eastern partners turns lukewarm
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- The European Union reaffirmed its partnership with six post-Soviet nations Friday but offered them no new prospects of future membership in the Western bloc at a summit overshadowed by the Ukraine crisis.... 5/22/2015 2:29 PM

Nepal assesses if quake-hit villages are at risk before rain
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Geologists were sent to earthquake-damaged mountain villages in Nepal this week to assess landslide risks before the rainy season begins next month, an official said Friday.... 5/22/2015 2:29 PM

Nazi-looted painting from Gurlitt art trove to go on sale
LONDON (AP) -- A painting that was seized by the Nazis and only recently returned to the Jewish owner's heirs is going on auction.... 5/22/2015 2:28 PM

Suspect in Tunisia attack claims innocence at 1st hearing
ROME (AP) -- The Moroccan migrant accused of being involved in Tunisia's Bardo Museum massacre insisted Friday on his innocence and refused to voluntarily be turned over to Tunisian authorities.... 5/22/2015 2:23 PM

UN says Hungarian questionnaire risks spreading xenophobia
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- The United Nations human rights watchdog said Friday it was "shocked" by a Hungarian government questionnaire which links migration with terrorism, fearing it could bolster anti-immigration sentiments.... 5/22/2015 2:11 PM

Aspiring Asia leader China takes no role in Rohingya crisis
BEIJING (AP) -- Malaysia has begun searching for thousands of boat people believed stranded in the Andaman Sea. From a hemisphere away in Washington, the U.S. said it will send navy planes. Even the small African nation of Gambia has offered help, saying it could take in the migrants.... 5/22/2015 2:10 PM

Egypt's president: Lack of 'justice' fueling extremism
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who has led a massive ongoing crackdown on Islamists, said on Friday that the fight against extremism in the region must go hand-in-hand with pursuing greater "freedom, equality and justice."... 5/22/2015 2:05 PM



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