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IS claims responsibility for Texas cartoon attack
CAIRO (AP) -- The Islamic State group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a weekend attack at a center near Dallas, Texas, that was exhibiting cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad - though it offered no evidence of a direct link to the attackers.... 5/5/2015 11:17 AM

French far-right party founder urges daughter to change name
PARIS (AP) -- The founder of France's far-right National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, has decried the decision to suspend his membership in the party and the attempts to take away his title of honorary president for life.... 5/5/2015 11:15 AM

Kerry visits Somalia; 1st such trip for a secretary of state
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Somalia Tuesday in a show of solidarity with a government trying to defeat al-Qaida-allied militants and end decades of war in the African country. He is the first top U.S. diplomat ever to visit Somalia.... 5/5/2015 11:13 AM

Greek police: body of murdered 4-year-old can never be found
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek police said Tuesday the body of a 4-year-old Bulgarian girl believed to have been killed by her father will likely never be found due to the gruesome way in which her killer disposed of her remains.... 5/5/2015 11:09 AM

Afghan poppy farmers say new seeds will boost opium output
ZHARI, Afghanistan (AP) -- It's the cash crop of the Taliban and the scourge of Afghanistan - the country's intractable opium cultivation. This year, many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall as they get ready to harvest opium from a new variety of poppy seeds said to boost yield of the resin that produces heroin.... 5/5/2015 11:09 AM

Turkey investigates reports over ruined ancient mosaics
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- An official says Turkey's Culture Ministry has launched an inquiry following reports that priceless ancient mosaics had been ruined while being restored and moved to a new museum in southern Turkey.... 5/5/2015 11:04 AM

Thai police find new trafficker camps; crackdown intensifies
PADANG BESAR, Thailand (AP) -- Police found two more camps Tuesday believed to have held human trafficking victims in southern Thailand - one recently abandoned and the other containing a buried skeleton - days after the grim discovery of 26 bodies at a separate location exposed a thriving human smuggling network in the country.... 5/5/2015 11:03 AM

Burundi court validates president's third term bid
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Burundi's constitutional court on Tuesday validated the president's controversial bid for a third term but the deputy president of the court, who fled to Rwanda ahead of the ruling, called it unconstitutional.... 5/5/2015 11:00 AM

China warns teacher who let student hold parasol for her
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese education officials say a grade school teacher has been admonished for letting a pupil hold a parasol for her after photos of the incident drew overwhelming criticism on social media.... 5/5/2015 10:59 AM

Save the Children: Dozens feared dead in migrant tragedy
ROME (AP) -- The Save the Children aid group reported another Mediterranean migrant tragedy Tuesday, with survivors saying "dozens" of their fellow passengers fell out of their rubber boat and likely drowned as a rescue vessel neared.... 5/5/2015 10:53 AM

German train drivers start five-day strike in wage dispute
BERLIN (AP) -- German train drivers started a five-day strike Tuesday, their longest walkout yet in an increasingly bitter dispute with the country's main railway operator.... 5/5/2015 10:50 AM

NATO to briefly move command HQ to Romania from Naples
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A top NATO commander says the alliance will briefly move an allied joint force command headquarters to Romania as NATO continues to hone its ability to react to Russia's moves in Ukraine and other security challenges.... 5/5/2015 10:48 AM

Ex-IRA man linked to 2005 slaying shot to death in Belfast
DUBLIN (AP) -- The central Irish Republican Army figure in one of the outlawed group's most notorious killings has been shot to death in Belfast, residents and police said Tuesday.... 5/5/2015 10:45 AM

Iraq sends troops to key refinery amid heavy clashes with IS
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Reinforcements are being rushed to the key Beiji refinery in northern Iraq amid heavy fighting with Islamic State militants who have been trying to capture the facility for months, Iraqi officials said Tuesday.... 5/5/2015 10:41 AM

Jordan hosts 18-country military drill amid wars, tensions
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan has kicked off a two-week military exercise with some 10,000 participants from 18 countries, many members of a U.S.-led military coalition against the Islamic State group, which controls much of neighboring Iraq and Syria.... 5/5/2015 10:36 AM

China to lift price controls on most drugs starting June 1
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese regulators will lift price controls on most pharmaceutical drugs starting June 1 in hopes that the market-driven pricing system will keep medical costs in check, the National Development and Reform Commission announced Tuesday.... 5/5/2015 10:23 AM

EU raises eurozone forecast despite bleaker Greek outlook
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union has nudged up its forecast for economic growth across the 19-country eurozone despite a much gloomier outlook for Greece, which is struggling to get its hands on vital bailout cash it needs to pay off debts.... 5/5/2015 10:19 AM

Thailand's 87-year-old king makes rare public appearance
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance Tuesday to mark the 65th anniversary of his coronation.... 5/5/2015 10:18 AM

Lebanese held hostage by Syria militants appear in video
BEIRUT (AP) -- Seven Lebanese troops held hostage by al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate have appeared in a video posted online.... 5/5/2015 10:13 AM

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ROME (AP) -- Save the Children aid group reports dozens of migrants dead in new rescue tragedy.... 5/5/2015 10:06 AM



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