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Algerian cleared of sexual assault in Cologne crimes trial
BERLIN (AP) -- An Algerian man who was accused of being part of a group that groped a woman in Cologne on New Year's Eve was cleared Friday of attempted sexual assault, though he was convicted of handling stolen goods.... 5/6/2016 1:09 PM

Turkey's Erdogan presses for rapid switch to presidential system a day after PM steps down
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's Erdogan presses for rapid switch to presidential system a day after PM steps down.... 5/6/2016 1:08 PM

Romania: prosecutors probe suspected electoral fraud plans
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Anti-corruption prosecutors seeking to thwart possible plans to tamper with upcoming local elections in Romania have carried out searches in homes and public institutions.... 5/6/2016 1:06 PM

Colombia arrests alleged big money launderer from Panama
PANAMA CITY (AP) -- Colombian authorities have arrested a prominent Panama businessman sought by the United States and dismantled an empire of businesses that the U.S. says were part of a top worldwide money-laundering organization for drug traffickers.... 5/6/2016 1:04 PM

Global stocks soft after weaker US jobs report
LONDON (AP) -- Global stocks fell Friday after the U.S. jobs report showed hiring fell in April to its slowest pace in seven months - a sign of weaker growth that could delay the Federal Reserve's next interest rate hike.... 5/6/2016 1:03 PM

Erdogan hints Turkey won't revise terror law for visa deal
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey won't change its anti-terrorism legislation for the sake of visa-free travel to Europe for its citizens.... 5/6/2016 1:01 PM

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 12:58 PM

Egypt official blames 'Tom and Jerry' for spreading violence
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian government official has blamed the animated "Tom and Jerry" series for allegedly spreading a culture of violence.... 5/6/2016 12:47 PM

The Latest: France wants inquiry into Syrian camp strikes
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):... 5/6/2016 12:40 PM

Canadian convoy begins, hoping to flee wildfire zone
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) -- A convoy of evacuees began the long drive out work camps north of the fire-ravaged Fort McMurray area Friday morning.... 5/6/2016 12:38 PM

AP PHOTOS: Russian volunteers recover WWII soldiers' remains
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- A group of Russian volunteers searching a river bank outside St. Petersburg found the remains of five Soviet soldiers who had died while defending the city during World War II. There was little left but bones, but among the remains was one corroded dog tag, with a small piece of paper containing the soldier's identification information still rolled up inside.... 5/6/2016 12:37 PM

Pope seeks to renew European dream as he accepts unity prize
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis, accepting a prize for promoting European unity, on Friday bemoaned that the continent's people "are tempted to yield to our own selfish interests and to consider putting up fences."... 5/6/2016 12:36 PM

Services in Greece grind to halt in 3-day strike
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Services in Greece, from garbage collection to public transport, shut down Friday as workers kicked off three days of strikes to protest new bailout austerity measures that they say will further reduce incomes.... 5/6/2016 12:26 PM

Russia reports arrest of group planning attack in Siberia
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's Federal Security Service says it has arrested a group of Central Asian citizens suspecting of preparing an attack on public transport in a major Siberian city.... 5/6/2016 12:26 PM

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 12:23 PM

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 12:15 PM

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 12:13 PM

Catholic, Protestant blocs seek gains in N. Ireland election
DUBLIN (AP) -- Ballots are being counted to determine the balance of power in the Northern Ireland Assembly, the foundation for a Protestant-Catholic administration that has governed the British territory in relative harmony for the past nine years.... 5/6/2016 11:44 AM

Australian cancer con woman faces lawsuit for deception
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Officials say Australian author and blogger Belle Gibson faces a possible government lawsuit after admitting that she lied about beating a normally deadly brain tumor through healthy eating and natural therapies.... 5/6/2016 11:39 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

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