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Alberta declares emergency as fires threaten Canada oil town
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) -- Alberta declared a state of emergency Wednesday as crews frantically held back wind-whipped wildfires that have already torched 1,600 homes and other buildings in Canada's main oil sands city of Fort McMurray, forcing more than 80,000 residents to flee.... 5/5/2016 4:24 AM

Asian stocks follow Wall Street lower after uneven US data
HONG KONG (AP) -- Most Asian stocks drifted lower in holiday-thinned trade after some uneven economic data sent investors into a holding pattern.... 5/5/2016 3:25 AM

Pregnant woman dies at Haiti hospital amid strike by staff
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- A bleeding pregnant woman dropped dead at the gates of Haiti's largest public hospital after failing to get help Wednesday amid a weeks-old strike by resident doctors, nurses and other staff.... 5/5/2016 12:36 AM

Australia says most dangerous Australian IS operative killed
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's most dangerous known Islamic State movement operative had been killed in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq, the government said Thursday.... 5/5/2016 12:33 AM

UN diplomat says Islamic State seeking new revenue streams
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Islamic State extremist group is looking to increase revenue from taxation, smuggling antiquities "and potentially kidnap for ransom" after losing some territory and oil revenue following the destruction of significant oil facilities, the chair of the U.N. committee monitoring sanctions against the militant group and al-Qaida said Wednesday.... 5/5/2016 12:30 AM

Mexico City declares 3rd day of traffic cuts over high smog
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico City is ordering 40 percent of cars and trucks to stay off the streets Thursday, extending for a third day a traffic cutback aimed at lessening pollution.... 5/4/2016 11:16 PM

Reutersward, Swedish sculptor of twisted gun barrel, dies
HELSINKI (AP) -- Carl Fredrik Reutersward, one of Sweden's best-known modern artists and the creator of the iconic statue of a revolver barrel tied in a knot, has died at the age of 81.... 5/4/2016 10:38 PM

Former head of Argentine air force on trial for abduction
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- The former head of Argentina's air force and two ex-subordinates are on trial for alleged abduction and disappearance of activists during the South American nation's 1976-1983 dictatorship.... 5/4/2016 10:22 PM

UN says bombing of Aleppo among "the worst" of Syrian war
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. political chief told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that the Syrian government's bombing campaign in Aleppo over the last two weeks is among "the worst" of the five-year war and he demanded that perpetrators be brought to justice at the International Criminal Court.... 5/4/2016 9:46 PM

Brazil president impeachment recommended in Senate
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A senator selected as a fact-finder by a special Senate commission considering the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff recommended Wednesday that she be put on trial for possible removal from office.... 5/4/2016 9:20 PM

US declares Aleppo cease-fire, Syria says only for 48 hours
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Sporadic violence persisted in Aleppo on Wednesday as U.S. officials announced an agreement had been reached with Russia to extend Syria's fragile cease-fire to the deeply contested northern city. The Syrian military said the truce would last only 48 hours.... 5/4/2016 9:17 PM

Germany: 3rd suspect arrested over Sikh temple blast
BERLIN (AP) -- Police say they have arrested a third suspect over an explosion last month at a Sikh temple in the German city of Essen.... 5/4/2016 8:47 PM

Europe Central Bank to halt production of 500-euro bills
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Production of the 500-euro banknote is being discontinued amid concerns it had become too popular among crooks and money launderers.... 5/4/2016 8:12 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 7:58 PM

The Latest: UN aid chief describes 'carnage' in Aleppo
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The Latest on Syria's civil war (all times local):... 5/4/2016 7:41 PM

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: 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

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

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