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Scotland's independence party scores well but no majority
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- The pro-independence Scottish National Party Friday secured another term in government with an historic third consecutive victory in Scotland's parliamentary elections but fell short of an outright majority.... 5/6/2016 9:15 AM

US Navy commander says canceled HK visit a minor hurdle
SHANGHAI (AP) -- The commander of the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet has dismissed the cancellation of a planned port visit to Hong Kong by an American aircraft carrier as a minor hurdle in relations between the two militaries.... 5/6/2016 9:12 AM

Gucci sorry for warning to Hong Kong funeral offering shops
HONG KONG (AP) -- Gucci and its parent company apologized Friday after drawing heavy criticism for warning some Hong Kong shops not to sell paper offerings for the deceased that resembled the fashion brand's luxury products.... 5/6/2016 8:45 AM

Vote-counting taking place across Britain
LONDON (AP) -- Voters punished the opposition Labour Party in Scotland as the first results appeared Friday for local and regional elections across the United Kingdom.... 5/6/2016 8:38 AM

Israeli cowboys live frontier life on Syria's doorstep
KIDMAT ZVI, Golan Heights (AP) -- With his wide-brimmed hat, Wrangler jeans and ornate belt buckle, Yehiel Alon could easily pass for one of the Montana ranchers he once worked with. But the 53-year-old is an Israeli cowboy on the Golan Heights bordering war-torn Syria, where frontier life takes on a whole new meaning.... 5/6/2016 8:37 AM

Germany: prosecutors probe Frankfurt shooting that wounded 2
BERLIN (AP) -- Authorities in Frankfurt are carrying out searches following a daylight shooting in a downtown square that left two men seriously wounded.... 5/6/2016 8:30 AM

Spain reports 1st case of Zika-linked microcephaly
MADRID (AP) -- Health authorities say they've identified the first case in Spain of the birth defect microcephaly in the fetus of a pregnant woman infected with the Zika virus.... 5/6/2016 8:27 AM

Israel retaliates to Gaza fire with strikes on Hamas targets
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military says its aircraft struck infrastructure in Gaza used by the militant group Hamas that rules the coastal territory after gunmen there continued to fire mortars at forces along the border.... 5/6/2016 8:12 AM

Activists: Insurgents seize village south of Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say a coalition of Syrian rebels and hard-line jihadists have seized a strategic village from pro-government forces just 4 miles (6 kilometers) from the contested city of Aleppo.... 5/6/2016 8:11 AM

Algerian faces trial over New Year sexual assault in Cologne
BERLIN (AP) -- An Algerian man is due to go on trial for allegedly being part of a group that groped a woman on Cologne on New Year's Eve. He's the first person to appear in court for a sexual offense after the events that heightened tensions over Germany's migrant influx.... 5/6/2016 8:05 AM

Bangladesh professor under 24-hour armed guard after threats
NEW DELHI (AP) -- After a Dhaka University professor asked a woman to remove her veil during his class, Muslim extremists called for his death, posting his personal details online along with tips on how to kill. Today, he remains under constant guard by armed police, stays mostly at home and bars his front door.... 5/6/2016 7:58 AM

Pakistan treating 2 brothers who become paralyzed each night
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Doctors in Pakistan are mystified by the case of two brothers who have come to be known as the "solar kids."... 5/6/2016 7:27 AM

China seeks global support for South China Sea policies
BEIJING (AP) -- China is seeing mixed results in its effort to enlist friendly states in its push to exclude the U.S. and its allies from the festering South China Sea dispute, underscoring the limits of Chinese diplomacy despite its massive economic clout.... 5/6/2016 7:14 AM

Services in Greece grind to halt in 3-day strike
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Services ground to a halt in Greece Friday as workers walked off the job at the start of a three-day general strike protesting new bailout austerity measures they say will further reduce incomes, in a sign of growing discontent with the left-led coalition government.... 5/6/2016 7:10 AM

Asian shares lower ahead of closely watched US jobs report
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian markets were mostly lower in nervous trading Friday ahead of a closely watched U.S. jobs-report that may influence interest rate decisions and the value of the U.S. dollar.... 5/6/2016 6:41 AM

Canada evacuating 8,000 wildfire evacuees by air
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) -- Canadian officials will start moving thousands of people from work camps north of devastated Fort McMurray in a mass highway convoy Friday morning if it is safe from a massive wildfire raging in Alberta.... 5/6/2016 5:40 AM

Chinese province orders religion out of school
BEIJING (AP) -- A heavily Muslim Chinese province has demanded strict adherence to a ban on religion in schools after a video circulated online in which a kindergartener recites verses from the Quran.... 5/6/2016 5:35 AM

South Korea's latest online celebrities: Stray cats eating
JANGSEONG, South Korea (AP) -- The stars of the latest online trend in South Korea stay out of sight most of the day. Viewers don't seem to mind waiting for hours while nothing happens. When the stray cats finally come to eat the food left out for them, people watching online sit enraptured by their feline charms.... 5/6/2016 5:26 AM

North Korea congress starts; foreign media kept out so far
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea slowly lifted the curtain Friday on the first full congress of its ruling party since 1980, bringing foreign journalists to the venue without immediately letting them in, or revealing just how leader Kim Jong Un will make use of possibly his greatest spotlight yet.... 5/6/2016 4:25 AM

Mexico City lifts smog alert, allowing more cars on streets
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico City has discontinued a pollution alert after three days of persistently high smog levels and will allow more cars on the streets Friday.... 5/6/2016 12:50 AM

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