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Reports: Turkish editor sentenced to over 5 years in prison
ISTANBUL (AP) -- A Turkish court on Friday sentenced a prominent journalist to more than five years in prison hours after he escaped an attack by a gunman, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.... 5/6/2016 6:42 PM

Sadiq Khan leads London race, could be 1st Muslim mayor
LONDON (AP) -- Labour Party politician Sadiq Khan, the son of a bus driver from Pakistan, led London's mayoral race Friday, opening a lead over Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith that left him poised to be the city's first Muslim mayor.... 5/6/2016 6:42 PM

AP Interview: Rio security head says cuts impact Olympics
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Rio de Janeiro's state security secretary acknowledges that cuts of $550 million to his budget pose a risk to the Olympics when they open in three months.... 5/6/2016 6:32 PM

Russian, Japanese leaders plan peace treaty consultations
MOSCOW (AP) -- A meeting between the leaders of Russia and Japan has ended with no indication of whether significant progress was made toward resolving a territorial dispute that has overshadowed Moscow-Tokyo relations since World War II.... 5/6/2016 6:18 PM

Pakistan anti-graft body seizes currency, gold from official
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- A spokesman for Pakistan's anti-graft body says its officers have seized currency and gold worth 680 million rupees, or $6.4 million, from the residence of top provincial financial official in southwestern Baluchistan province.... 5/6/2016 6:10 PM

Protestant party sees gains in Northern Ireland election
DUBLIN (AP) -- Northern Ireland's major British Protestant party, the Democratic Unionists, appeared on course to retain its leading role in power-sharing Friday as Catholic backing for Irish nationalist parties declined for the first time in decades.... 5/6/2016 5:56 PM

Mortar shells hit pro-army rally in eastern Libya; 3 killed
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- Mortar shells slammed Friday into a rally in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi where hundreds had gathered in support of a military offensive on the Islamic State-held central city of Sirte, killing three people and wounding 20, hospital officials said.... 5/6/2016 5:55 PM

South Sudan: Minister forced out of meeting over bow tie
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) -- A South Sudanese government minister says the president ordered him to leave a Cabinet meeting of the new coalition government for wearing a bow tie.... 5/6/2016 5:49 PM

Rival assaults on IS stronghold deepen Libya's chaos
CAIRO (AP) -- From east and west, the forces of Libya's rival powers are each moving on the city of Sirte, vowing to free it from the hold of the Islamic State group. The danger is they could very well fight each other as well.... 5/6/2016 5:46 PM

Canadian convoy begins, hoping to flee wildfire zone
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) -- A massive convoy was under way Friday to move evacuees stranded at oil field camps north of fire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alberta, through the community to safe areas south of the Canadian oil sands capital... 5/6/2016 5:44 PM

Global Fund: $3.8 million fraud, s
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has suspended payments to Nigeria's AIDS agency over evidence that $3.8 million was stolen by its workers and consultants, the Geneva-based agency said Friday.... 5/6/2016 5:36 PM

The Latest: UN chief calls for consequences for Syria strike
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):... 5/6/2016 5:31 PM

Turkish media say prominent journalist sentenced to more than 5 years in prison hours afte...
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkish media say prominent journalist sentenced to more than 5 years in prison hours after escaping attack.... 5/6/2016 5:22 PM

UN envoy warns that Iraq's political crisis helps extremists
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The top U.N. envoy in Iraq strongly urged the country's leaders and civil society on Friday to work together to resolve the current political deadlock, warning that the ongoing crisis and chaos are only serving the interests of Islamic State extremists.... 5/6/2016 5:18 PM

Russian, Syrian officials deny their planes hit refugee camp
BEIRUT (AP) -- Russian and Syrian officials denied Friday that their aircraft struck a camp for people displaced by fighting in an airstrike that killed 28 the previous evening. The denials came as activists said a coalition of rebels and militants, including Syria's al-Qaida branch, seized a strategic village from pro-government forces near the contested city of Aleppo.... 5/6/2016 5:16 PM

Colombia arrests alleged big money launderer from Panama
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombian authorities have arrested a prominent Panama businessman they're calling the world's most-wanted money launderer and froze assets belonging to dozens of companies linked to him that were allegedly used to hide illegal drug profits.... 5/6/2016 5:10 PM

Netanyahu offers history lesson to UN staff over resolution
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister offered on Friday to personally host a lecture on Jewish history for local U.N. staff following outrage over a resolution adopted by the U.N. cultural agency that put the Western Wall in Jerusalem - Judaism's holiest site - in quotation marks and described other Jewish sites as "so-called."... 5/6/2016 5:08 PM

France to host meeting over Syria next week
PARIS (AP) -- France has announced it will host a ministerial meeting of 10 countries over the situation in Syria next week.... 5/6/2016 4:51 PM

Biennale makes lifetime architecture award to Paolo Mendes
MILAN (AP) -- The Venice Biennale has announced that the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement in architecture is being awarded to Brazilian architect Paolo Mendes.... 5/6/2016 4:39 PM

NATO official says Montenegro membership means stability
BUDVA, Montenegro (AP) -- NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow says membership in the alliance will bring long-term stability to Montenegro, which is the next in line to join despite strong opposition from Russia.... 5/6/2016 4:09 PM



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