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4 militants die in attack in upscale area of Afghan capital
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An all-night siege in an upscale neighborhood of Afghanistan's capital ended in the early hours of Wednesday morning with the deaths of four heavily armed attackers, though no civilians or security personnel were injured or killed, an Afghan official said.... 5/27/2015 3:06 AM

China coal production falls in first 4 months of year
BEIJING (AP) -- Coal production in China, the world's biggest coal-consuming nation, fell by 6 percent in the first four months of this year as the economy slows and the government makes a concerted push to reduce carbon emissions.... 5/27/2015 3:04 AM

Group: Hamas tortured, killed Palestinians in 2014 Gaza war
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A leading international watchdog on Wednesday accused the militant Hamas group of abducting, torturing and killing Palestinians during the war in the Gaza Strip last year, saying some of the actions amount to war crimes.... 5/27/2015 3:03 AM

US returns 25 looted artifacts to Italy: Vases, frescoes
ROME (AP) -- The United States on Tuesday officially returned 25 artifacts looted over the decades from Italy, including Etruscan vases, 1st-century frescoes and precious books that ended up in U.S. museums, universities and private collections.... 5/27/2015 2:43 AM

Gaza militants fire rocket at Israel; no casualties reported
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli fighter jets carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday just hours after a rocket was fired at southern Israel, an Israeli military spokesman said.... 5/27/2015 2:16 AM

Police catch 175 looters in China's biggest artifact find
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese police have caught 175 looters who broke into a Neolithic archaeological site in what officials are calling the country's biggest recovery of stolen artifacts.... 5/27/2015 2:01 AM

Envoys from S. Korea, US, Japan discuss N.Korean nuke threat
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The top nuclear envoys from South Korea, the United States and Japan met Wednesday for talks focused on coordinating a response to North Korea's expanding nuclear weapons program.... 5/27/2015 1:46 AM

Ex-LAPD officer wanted in killing arrested in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A fugitive former Los Angeles police officer charged with killing a man during an off-duty fight was arrested Tuesday in northern Mexico, officials said.... 5/27/2015 1:06 AM

12 detained after fire kills 38 at seniors' home in China
BEIJING (AP) -- At least 12 people connected to the privately run home for the elderly in central China where 38 people died in a fire earlier this week have been taken into custody by the police, state media reported Wednesday.... 5/27/2015 12:56 AM

Australia warns children of foreign fighters risk charges
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian boy who was photographed holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier could reportedly return to Australia with his mother and siblings, prompting the prime minister to warn Wednesday that children as well as adults who break terrorism laws face prosecution.... 5/27/2015 3:07 AM

Gunmen try to kill Libya's recognized prime minister
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- Gunmen tried to assassinate Libya's internationally recognized prime minister on his way to the airport in the eastern city of Tobruk on Tuesday, a spokesman for his government said.... 5/26/2015 11:23 PM

Puerto Rico lawmakers give final nod to sales tax increase
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Legislators on Tuesday narrowly approved an increase in the U.S. territory's sales tax to help generate more revenue and offset a deep fiscal crisis.... 5/26/2015 11:19 PM

UN says alarming spike in female suicide bombings in Nigeria
GUBIO, Nigeria (AP) -- Children are now being seen as potential threats after an "alarming spike" in suicide bombings by girls and women used by Boko Haram militants in northeastern Nigeria, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday.... 5/26/2015 10:35 PM

Yemen fighters backing exiled government take southern city
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Fighters backing Yemen's exiled government captured a key city on the road to the port city of Aden, officials said Tuesday, the pro-government forces' first significant victory since a Saudi-led coalition began targeting Shiite rebels in airstrikes.... 5/26/2015 9:40 PM

Nigeria paying $800 million to oil suppliers to end crisis
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's outgoing government has agreed to pay a debt of $800 million to resolve a months-long fuel crisis crippling the economy days before the inauguration of a new president in the country, oil suppliers said Wednesday.... 5/26/2015 9:23 PM

Irish government agrees to sell its Aer Lingus stake to IAG
DUBLIN (AP) -- Ireland intends to sell its 25 percent stake in the Aer Lingus airline to IAG after receiving guarantees that the parent company of British Airways will increase employment and air links with the United States, the government announced Tuesday.... 5/26/2015 9:07 PM

AP NewsBreak: Russia, US close on Iran 'snap-back' sanctions
VIENNA (AP) -- Moscow and Washington are close to agreement on a formula that bridges differences over U.S. demands to quickly re-impose U.N. sanctions on Iran if Tehran violates its commitments under a nuclear deal, officials told The Associated Press Tuesday.... 5/26/2015 8:55 PM

First count shows Bouterse party gets majority in Suriname
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) -- The party of former military dictator Desi Bouterse obtained the majority of Parliament seats in the South American country of Suriname, according to preliminary results released Tuesday.... 5/26/2015 8:38 PM

Mexican rights agency condemns violence, probes shootout
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's governmental human rights commission says it condemns violent incidents like a shootout between federal police and suspected criminals that left 42 suspects and one policeman dead.... 5/26/2015 8:14 PM

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- Libya's internationally recognized government says gunmen tried to assassinate prime minister.... 5/26/2015 8:03 PM

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