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India appoints 1st transgender as head of college
KOLKATA, India (AP) -- India has for the first time appointed a transgender as the principal of a college, a top education official said Wednesday.... 5/27/2015 9:16 AM

Multiple IS suicide attacks in Iraq's Anbar kill 17 troops
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Islamic State extremists unleashed a wave of suicide attacks targeting the Iraqi army in western Anbar province, killing at least 17 troops in a major blow to government efforts to dislodge the militants from the sprawling Sunni heartland, an Iraqi military spokesman said Wednesday.... 5/27/2015 9:09 AM

Swiss open criminal proceedings in 2018, '22 World Cup votes
ZURICH (AP) -- Swiss federal prosecutors opened criminal proceedings related to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, throwing FIFA deeper into crisis only hours after six soccer officials were arrested Wednesday in a separate U.S. corruption probe.... 5/27/2015 9:08 AM

UN: Fewer hungry people in the world despite wars, poverty
ROME (AP) -- The U.N. says the number of hungry people around the world has dropped to 795 million despite natural disasters, ongoing conflicts and poverty.... 5/27/2015 9:03 AM

Fleeing poverty, Bangladeshis caught in Asian boat crisis
UKHIYA, Bangladesh (AP) -- The traffickers spun stories that were unimaginable to their listeners, many who hailed from tiny Bangladeshi villages where almost no one earns more than a few dollars a day.... 5/27/2015 9:01 AM

Text of Swiss prosecutors' statement on FIFA
BERN, Switzerland (AP) -- Statement issued by Swiss authorities Wednesday in connection with their investigation into FIFA corruption:... 5/27/2015 9:01 AM

UK's re-elected Cameron outlines plans in Queen's Speech
LONDON (AP) -- After his surprise election victory, British Prime Minister David Cameron is laying out plans for government free of coalition compromises.... 5/27/2015 8:55 AM

China fines chemical company $12M for polluting, jails staff
BEIJING (AP) -- A court in eastern China has fined a pesticide manufacturer 75 million yuan ($12 million) and imprisoned employees of the company and its contractors for discharging wastewater that severely polluted local streams.... 5/27/2015 8:52 AM

Electrical failure paralyzes much Belgian air traffic
BRUSSELS (AP) -- An electrical failure has paralyzed much of the air traffic in and over Belgium and should cause delays, detours and cancellations of flights for several hours.... 5/27/2015 8:42 AM

Vatican: Irish gay marriage vote a "defeat for humanity"
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican's secretary of state has called the Irish vote to legalize gay marriage a "defeat for humanity."... 5/27/2015 8:36 AM

AP NewsAlert
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq army spokesman: Islamic State suicide attacks in Anbar province hit army, kill 17 troops.... 5/27/2015 8:34 AM

Pakistan detains owner of firm said to market fake degrees
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- A senior Pakistani security official says investigators have detained the owner of a software company accused of running a global network in selling fake degrees.... 5/27/2015 8:28 AM

Dutch police detain motorcycle gang members in raids
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch police say they have detained 19 people, most of them members of the Bandidos motorcycle gang, in coordinated raids that spread into neighboring Belgium and Germany.... 5/27/2015 8:18 AM

Danish prime minister expected to call elections
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Danish government sources say Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt is likely to call parliamentary elections on Wednesday.... 5/27/2015 8:11 AM

China touts success of crackdown in restive Muslim region
BEIJING (AP) -- China said Wednesday that it has foiled 181 terror plots since it started a crackdown a year ago on Islamic separatists in the northwestern region of Xinjiang that was prompted by a surge of violence that reached as far as Beijing.... 5/27/2015 8:09 AM

Crew abandon North Sea freighter amid risk of explosion
BERLIN (AP) -- Emergency officials say the crew of a freighter carrying fertilizer has abandoned the ship off the German coast because of the risk of explosion.... 5/27/2015 8:02 AM

Erdogan promises private jet for top Muslim cleric
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will ask the government to provide a private jet to the country's top Muslim cleric, ignoring criticism caused by his earlier promise to give the cleric a Mercedes.... 5/27/2015 7:58 AM

Serbia's PM Vucic in landmark visit to Albania
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Albania is preparing to welcome Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, the first Serbian leader ever to visit the nation.... 5/27/2015 7:46 AM

Figures of French Resistance inducted into Paris Pantheon
PARIS (AP) -- In a rare ceremony, France is honoring four people who resisted the Nazis during World War II by inducting them into Paris' Pantheon mausoleum.... 5/27/2015 7:42 AM

Video exposes divisions among Iran lawmakers over nuke talks
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranians have been captivated by a video circulating on social media that shows lawmakers arguing over the ongoing nuclear negotiations with world powers.... 5/27/2015 7:38 AM

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