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Iranian commander threatens to close Strait of Hormuz to US
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The deputy commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard said Iranian forces will close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the United States and its allies if they "threaten" the Islamic Republic, Iranian state media reported Wednesday.... 5/4/2016 7:14 PM

Tensions surface between Turkish president, prime minister
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Long-denied tensions between Turkey's president and prime minister are beginning to surface publicly, leading to speculation from political observers that the country's powerful leader may be considering replacing the premier with a figure more willing to take a backseat role.... 5/4/2016 7:09 PM

The Latest: UN: Bombing of Aleppo among worst of Syrian war
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The Latest on Syria's civil war (all times local):... 5/4/2016 7:09 PM

The Latest: 16 Syrians detained in Albania
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The Latest on Europe's response to the wave of migration from the Middle East and elsewhere (all times local):... 5/4/2016 7:05 PM

Syrian military confirms 48-hour cease-fire in northern city of Aleppo after U.S.-Russian ...
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syrian military confirms 48-hour cease-fire in northern city of Aleppo after U.S.-Russian agreement.... 5/4/2016 6:52 PM

Residents evacuated as fires threaten Canada oil sands town
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) -- A raging wildfire emptied Canada's main oil sands city, destroying entire neighborhoods of Fort McMurray, Alberta, where officials warned Wednesday that all efforts to suppress the fire have failed.... 5/4/2016 6:48 PM

Kenya: Baby rescued from collapsed building out of danger
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A baby who survived for nearly four days under the debris of a collapsed building is out of danger, a Kenyan hospital official said Wednesday.... 5/4/2016 6:47 PM

Brazil attorney general wants probe against Pres. Rousseff
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil's attorney general has asked the country's highest court to authorize an investigation into embattled President Dilma Rousseff over obstruction of justice allegations, according to major Brazilian news organizations.... 5/4/2016 6:47 PM

Some 59,000 Syrians, a new high, stranded on Jordan border
HADALAT, Jordan (AP) -- The number of Syrian refugees gathered in remote desert areas on the Jordanian border and waiting to enter the kingdom has risen to a new high of 59,000, the commander of Jordan's Border Guard Forces said Wednesday.... 5/4/2016 6:40 PM

Egypt extends suspension of capital gains tax
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt has extended the suspension of a capital gains tax on the stock market until May 2017.... 5/4/2016 6:33 PM

Congo buries its king of rumba, world music star Papa Wemba
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Thousands of Congolese attended the funeral Wednesday of Papa Wemba, a musician known around the world as the king of Congolese rumba.... 5/4/2016 6:28 PM

Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza after mortar fire
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli aircraft struck five Hamas targets in Gaza on Wednesday in response to mortar rounds fired at Israel from the coastal territory run by the Islamic militant group, the military said.... 5/4/2016 6:28 PM

Global gender gap in politics wide, women legislators say
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Encouraging women to enter local politics, setting quotas in parliaments and pushing legislation on gender equality help narrow gender gaps in politics, participants at a conference of women lawmakers said Wednesday.... 5/4/2016 6:08 PM

Egypt's journalists warn of strike if minister stays
CAIRO (AP) -- Hundreds of Egyptian journalists rallied in Cairo on Wednesday in an escalating standoff with police, threatening a possible strike by media workers if demands including the dismissal of the interior minister are not met.... 5/4/2016 5:51 PM

UN-brokered talks resume in Kuwait on ending Yemen war
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- U.N.-brokered talks aimed at ending Yemen's civil war resumed in Kuwait on Wednesday.... 5/4/2016 5:47 PM

Morocco arrests suspect linked to Islamic State group
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Morocco's Interior Ministry says a person suspected of ties with the Islamic State group in Libya has been arrested.... 5/4/2016 5:41 PM

500-euro bill, beloved by money launderers, is discontinued
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The 500-euro bill is being discontinued amid concerns that the big banknote has become too handy for money launderers.... 5/4/2016 5:40 PM

Western countries urge Kenya to take steps for smooth polls
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenyan voters must have confidence that the electoral commission and judiciary are impartial and efficient ahead of polls next year, 11 diplomats from western countries said Wednesday.... 5/4/2016 5:32 PM

Russia claims arrest of group planning holiday attacks
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's Federal Security Service says a group of Central Asian citizens have been arrested on suspicion on planning attacks in the Moscow region and that explosives and weapons have been seized.... 5/4/2016 5:16 PM

Israel marks annual Holocaust remembrance day
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel is marking its annual Holocaust remembrance day, in memory of the 6 million Jews killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators.... 5/4/2016 5:14 PM



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