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Sister: Chinese activist may be seriously ill and needs care
BEIJING (AP) -- The sister of a prominent imprisoned Chinese political activist said Friday she fears her brother is seriously ill and is urging the authorities to allow him access to better medical treatment, in what an international rights group said is the latest example of China routinely denying political prisoners adequate care.... 5/6/2016 11:12 AM

Canadian convoy waits for dawn, hoping to flee wildfire zone
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) -- Canadian officials waited for dawn Friday to see whether it will be safe for a convoy of evacuees to get out of the fire-ravaged Fort McMurray area.... 5/6/2016 11:03 AM

Prominent rights lawyer arrested in Egypt over protests
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's state news agency says a prominent rights lawyer has been detained for 15 days pending investigation into a catalog of allegations including plotting a coup, two weeks after security forces stifled demonstrations against the president's decision to give up two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia last month.... 5/6/2016 10:52 AM

Convicted Colombian drug-traffickers go missing in Portugal
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- A lawyer for two Colombians convicted in Portugal of drug-trafficking says the pair are missing after being released from prison while their appeals are being considered.... 5/6/2016 10:49 AM

Voters punish the Labour Party in Scotland
LONDON (AP) -- Voters punished the opposition Labour Party in Scotland as the results rolled in Friday for local and regional elections - races that underscored divisions in the public mood across the United Kingdom.... 5/6/2016 10:40 AM

The Latest: Labour leader says elections results were good
LONDON (AP) -- The Latest on elections across Britain (all times local):... 5/6/2016 10:35 AM

Jade mining accident kills at least 13 in Myanmar
HPAKANT, Myanmar (AP) -- A hospital says at least 13 people have been killed by a landslide of mining waste in northern Myanmar.... 5/6/2016 10:33 AM

Pope Francis to receive prestigious Charlemagne Prize
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has been presented with the International Charlemagne Prize, one of Europe's most prestigious prizes, for his "message of hope and encouragement."... 5/6/2016 10:31 AM

Militants attack Chevron oil facility in Nigeria, shut down
WARRI, Nigeria (AP) -- Armed militants attacked a major Chevron oil and gas facility off Nigeria's southern coast, the military said Friday, and the U.S.-based multinational said it was forced to shut production there but its exports will continue.... 5/6/2016 10:28 AM

US Navy commander says canceled HK visit a minor hurdle
SHANGHAI (AP) -- The commander of the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet on Friday 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 10:21 AM

Vinyl revival: Czech record maker aims for global dominance
LODENICE, Czech Republic (AP) -- As vinyl records make a global comeback, a little-known Czech company is riding the market surge to establish itself as the world's biggest record manufacturer, with plans to expand in North America and Asia.... 5/6/2016 10:14 AM

Rio Tinto announces long-delayed expansion of Mongolia mine
BEIJING (AP) -- Mining giant Rio Tinto on Friday announced the launch of the next stage of a multibillion-dollar gold and copper mine in Mongolia following delays and political tension over revenue sharing and the foreign role in resource industries.... 5/6/2016 10:10 AM

Activists: Insurgents seize village south of Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- A coalition of Syrian rebels and jihadists seized a strategic village from pro-government forces outside the contested city of Aleppo on Friday, signaling the reemergence of a powerful, ultraconservative insurgent coalition on the opposition's side in the Syria conflict.... 5/6/2016 10:03 AM

Services in Greece grind to halt in 3-day strike
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Services ground to a halt in Greece on 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.... 5/6/2016 9:31 AM

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

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

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

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