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Portuguese travelers turn into aid agency after Nepal quake
ICHANGU NARAYAN, Nepal (AP) -- They arrived in Nepal as backpackers a day before a deadly earthquake that flattened large swaths of this impoverished Himalayan nation. In the days since the disaster, they've transformed themselves into a two-man amateur aid agency.... 5/7/2015 8:24 AM

Iran releases seized Maersk vessel
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The Iranian government released a Marshal Islands-flagged cargo ship today, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.... 5/7/2015 8:24 AM

Chinese province to ban rooftop Christian crosses
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese province where authorities have removed hundreds of rooftop crosses from Protestant and Catholic churches is proposing a ban on any further placement of the religious symbol atop sanctuaries.... 5/7/2015 8:16 AM

Rome's Fiumicino airport closed due to overnight fire
ROME (AP) -- Rome's Fiumicino international airport was closed Thursday morning due to a fire overnight in the international terminal.... 5/7/2015 8:16 AM

French court says phone-tapping of Sarkozy, lawyer was legal
PARIS (AP) -- The Paris appeals court has ruled that investigating judges didn't break any laws when they tapped conversations between former President Nicolas Sarkozy and his lawyer in connection with a probe into past campaign financing.... 5/7/2015 8:13 AM

Emirates airline annual profit jumps 40 percent
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The Middle East's biggest airline, Emirates, says its profit jumped 40 percent during the last fiscal year, driven by rapid expansion and helped by a drop in fuel prices.... 5/7/2015 8:11 AM

Strong quake rocks Papua New Guinea, local tsunami possible
SYDNEY (AP) -- A powerful earthquake rattled Papua New Guinea on Thursday - the fourth strong quake to hit the South Pacific island nation in a week - prompting a tsunami warning for nearby coasts.... 5/7/2015 8:10 AM

Polls open in Britain's knife-edge national election
LONDON (AP) -- Polls opened Thursday in Britain's national election, a contest that is expected to produce an ambiguous result, a period of frantic political horse-trading and a bout of national soul-searching.... 5/7/2015 7:59 AM

German factory orders pick up in March, but below forecast
BERLIN (AP) -- Factory orders in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, picked up in March after two consecutive declines thanks to higher domestic demand - but the improvement was smaller than economists expected.... 5/7/2015 7:53 AM

Lower oil prices dent Repsol profits in Q1
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish energy company Repsol says its first-quarter profit fell by 6 percent compared with the same period last year following a sharp drop in oil prices and interruptions in Libyan production.... 5/7/2015 7:50 AM

Israel's ultra-Orthodox poised for political comeback
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The formation of Benjamin Netanyahu's new coalition government has cleared the way for the country's ultra-Orthodox parties to return to power after two years in the opposition.... 5/7/2015 7:22 AM

Burundi president says if elected it will be last term
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Burundi's president says that if he is re-elected it will be his last term in office, even as protests over his re-election bid continued.... 5/7/2015 7:15 AM

Singapore teen pleads not guilty over online video
SINGAPORE (AP) -- A Singaporean teenager pleaded not guilty Thursday to two charges over an online video he posted that was critical of Christianity and the nation's late founding prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew.... 5/7/2015 6:52 AM

UN climate chief says technology has changed carbon politics
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Technological advances that have reduced prices and improved efficiency of renewable energy have helped transform the politics around climate change since 2009 when an attempt to forge a global deal on reducing greenhouse gas emissions crashed in Copenhagen, the United Nations climate chief said Thursday.... 5/7/2015 6:46 AM

Asian shares sink after Wall Street drop, US economy fears
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian markets drooped Thursday after comments from the U.S. Federal Reserve chief fanned fears about the American economy and sent Wall Street lower.... 5/7/2015 6:13 AM

Beijing tries to tap brakes on stock market boom
BEIJING (AP) -- China's leaders are trying to tap the brakes on a stock market boom that could run out of control and disrupt economic reform plans.... 5/7/2015 5:53 AM

V-Day in Russia evokes national pride at difficult time
MOSCOW (AP) -- If you call history student Nikolai Podchasov on his cell phone these days, you will hear the popular wartime tune "Katyusha" while waiting for an answer.... 5/7/2015 5:51 AM

Prince Harry ends monthlong embedment with Australian army
SYDNEY (AP) -- Hundreds of cheering Australians crowded around Sydney's Opera House on Thursday to bid adieu to Britain's Prince Harry as he wrapped up a month-long embedment with the Australian army.... 5/7/2015 5:45 AM

New Zealander, 25, stands trial in China on drug charges
GUANGZHOU, China (AP) -- A 25-year-old New Zealander standing trial on charges of trying to smuggle methamphetamine testified Thursday that he came to China to buy a muscle-building supplement and didn't check the package he purchased before trying to depart.... 5/7/2015 5:40 AM

Substance or style? Labour leader banks on geek appeal
LONDON (AP) -- It was an unexpected moment on the campaign trail.... 5/7/2015 5:39 AM

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