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Iraqi soldiers enter refinery amid Islamic State attacks
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi soldiers surrounded and entered the country's biggest oil refinery Saturday, which has been besieged for days by Islamic State militants, a senior official said.... 4/18/2015 3:25 PM

South Africa faces crisis over anti-immigrant attacks
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's president on Saturday canceled a foreign trip in order to deal with a wave of attacks on immigrants that have killed at least six people. In the latest violence, mobs attacked shops owned by foreign nationals in a poor area of Johannesburg.... 4/18/2015 3:18 PM

Pope asks Europe to do more for migrants flooding into Italy
ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis joined Italy in pressing the European Union Saturday to do more to help the country cope with rapidly mounting numbers of desperate people rescued in the Mediterranean during journeys on smugglers' boats to flee war, persecution or poverty.... 4/18/2015 3:12 PM

Nepal marks anniversary of deadliest Everest avalanche
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal on Saturday marked the anniversary of Mount Everest's deadliest avalanche with a memorial and a government announcement that it will set up a welfare fund for mountaineering and trekking workers in the Himalayan nation.... 4/18/2015 3:08 PM

Afghan suicide bombing blamed on Islamic State kills 35
FAIZABAD, Afghanistan (AP) -- A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a bank branch Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 people in a deadly attack the country's president said was claimed by the Islamic State group.... 4/18/2015 2:43 PM

Yemen militia says it is besieging rebels at strategic base
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Militiamen loyal to Yemen's embattled president besieged an air base once crucial to the U.S. drone program targeting al-Qaida militants in the country, trying to dislodge the Shiite rebels holding the complex, a spokesman said.... 4/18/2015 2:38 PM

UN: Assailants attack convoy, kill 2, wound 1 in north Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Two assailants attacked a United Nations convoy of civilian workers in northern Mali, killing two and wounding another, the peacekeeping mission said Saturday.... 4/18/2015 2:26 PM

French replica of revolutionary frigate sets sail for Boston
FOURAS, France (AP) -- With champagne, fireworks and a presidential blessing, a painstakingly built replica of the frigate once used to bring French troops and funds to American revolutionaries is setting sail for Boston.... 4/18/2015 2:12 PM

Bangladesh guardedly welcomes Benetton factory victim pledge
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A Bangladeshi garment industry leader on Saturday guardedly welcomed Italian retailer Benetton's pledge of more than $1 million to victims of a factory collapse that killed over 1,100 people two years ago, saying it had come late but was appreciated.... 4/18/2015 1:59 PM

Egypt runners defy Cairo mayhem as sport's popularity grows
CAIRO (AP) -- Young Egyptians are once again organizing on social media and taking to the streets of Cairo by the hundreds every Friday, not to protest injustice or clash with police, but to enjoy long runs through one of the world's most crowded and chaotic cities.... 4/18/2015 1:58 PM

Turin Shroud goes back on display for faithful and curious
TURIN, Italy (AP) -- Turin's archbishop says interest in the Shroud of Turin is so keen that many pilgrims who already saw the burial cloth some believe covered Jesus are traveling back to the northern Italian city to see it again when it goes back on display starting Sunday.... 4/18/2015 1:21 PM

Afghan parliament approves 16 more Cabinet nominees
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's parliament has approved 16 Cabinet nominees after months of delays.... 4/18/2015 1:15 PM

A bear hug: Croat village shelters bears as good neighbors
KUTAREVO, Croatia (AP) -- Usually in Europe, when bear cubs get used to humans, they cannot survive in the wild. And when they grow too big, they're shot.... 4/18/2015 1:07 PM

Spanish couple arrested in Turkey, accused of jihadist links
MADRID (AP) -- Two Spanish residents have been arrested in Turkey on suspicion of having links to jihadi terrorists and membership in the Islamic State armed group, Spain's Interior Ministry said Saturday.... 4/18/2015 1:07 PM

Pope expresses sadness for Chicago prelate's death
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has expressed sadness for the death of Cardinal Francis George, the retired Chicago archbishop.... 4/18/2015 1:04 PM

Israel, Palestinians agree on tax revenue transfer
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that he has reached an agreement with Israel in which essential tax revenues it collects for the Palestinians will be transferred following a four-month freeze.... 4/18/2015 1:00 PM

Bahamas R&B singer Johnny Kemp of 'Just Got Paid' fame dies
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Bahamian R&B singer Johnny Kemp, who is best known for the hit song "Just Got Paid," has died in Jamaica. He was 55.... 4/18/2015 12:40 PM

Australia arrests 5 for alleged IS-inspired terror plot
SYDNEY (AP) -- Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State group-inspired terrorist attack at a Veterans' Day ceremony that included targeting police officers, officials said.... 4/18/2015 11:27 AM

Indian troops fire at Kashmir protesters; teenager killed
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Government forces fired on anti-India protesters Saturday and killed a teenage student on the second day of violent clashes in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, police said. Relatives disputed the official account, saying the boy was killed in custody.... 4/18/2015 10:58 AM

Rouhani says Saudis will harvest hatred in Yemen
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani harshly criticized Saudi Arabia Saturday, warning that the Saudi royal family in Riyadh will harvest the hatred it is sowing in Yemen through its airstrike campaign.... 4/18/2015 10:25 AM



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