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Putin blasts West on first trip to EU country this year
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- On his first trip to a European Union country this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday sharply criticized western policy toward Moscow, describing a newly-expanded U.S. missile defense system as a threat to his country's security.... 5/27/2016 10:05 PM

UN: Syria impedes humanitarian aid to besieged
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Deliberate interference, most notably by the Syrian government, continues to hinder the delivery of humanitarian aid to the more than half million people trapped in besieged areas by the country's nearly four-year-old civil war, a top United Nations Official said Friday.... 5/27/2016 9:49 PM

Catholic priest says Colombia rebels free Spanish journalist
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Leftist rebels have freed a Spanish journalist who went missing in a lawless region of Colombia, ending a weeklong saga that recalled some of the most-volatile days of a long-running conflict that many in the country had thought were behind it.... 5/27/2016 9:42 PM

Italy navy: 135 saved, 45 bodies retrieved from migrant boat
ROME (AP) -- The Italian navy says it has saved 135 migrants from a sinking boat and recovered 45 bodies in the Mediterranean.... 5/27/2016 9:28 PM

Argentine court sentences ex-dictator for Operation Condor
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Reynaldo Bignone, the last military president in Argentina's dictatorship, was sentenced on Friday to 20 years in prison for the forced disappearance of more than 100 people during the Operation Condor conspiracy.... 5/27/2016 9:26 PM

Man with reported ties to Montreal Mafia gunned down
LAVAL, Quebec (AP) -- Quebec provincial police said Friday a man with reported high-level ties to organized crime was shot dead north of Montreal.... 5/27/2016 9:19 PM

Catholic priest says Colombian rebel group frees Spanish journalist
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Catholic priest says Colombian rebel group frees Spanish journalist.... 5/27/2016 8:47 PM

Health experts urge WHO to consider moving Rio Olympics
LONDON (AP) -- Health experts on Friday urged the World Health Organization to consider whether the Rio de Janeiro Olympics should be postponed or moved because of the Zika outbreak.... 5/27/2016 8:06 PM

Space probe confirms chemicals of life in comet's halo
BERLIN (AP) -- Scientists have found further evidence supporting the theory that some of the building blocks for life may have come to Earth from outer space.... 5/27/2016 8:04 PM

Brazil police identify 4 of 30-plus men wanted in gang rape
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Police said Friday that they have identified and are searching for four of the more than 30 men suspected in the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl, a case that has rocked Latin America's largest nation and highlighted its endemic problem of violence against women.... 5/27/2016 7:44 PM

In Iraq's battle for Fallujah, residents gird for long fight
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Five days into an Iraqi military operation to push Islamic State fighters out of Fallujah, residents still inside the city are preparing for a long battle, with some saying they fear being trapped between two forces they don't fully trust.... 5/27/2016 7:07 PM

Israeli ex-officers issue peace plan, condemn gov't inaction
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A group of more than 200 Israeli military and intelligence officers criticized the government for a lack of action in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Friday and issued a detailed plan they say can end the impasse.... 5/27/2016 7:01 PM

Obama uses Hiroshima visit as opportunity to urge no nukes
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) -- With an unflinching look back at a painful history, President Barack Obama stood on the hallowed ground of Hiroshima on Friday and declared it a fitting place to summon people everywhere to embrace the vision of a world without nuclear weapons.... 5/27/2016 7:00 PM

Iraqi troops advance on IS-held Fallujah
CAMP TARIQ, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi troops pushed toward Fallujah from the south Friday, aiming to completely surround the militant-held city, Iraq's elite counterterrrorism forces said.... 5/27/2016 6:49 PM

Are you Alibaba literate? 5 things to know about the company
SHANGHAI (AP) -- Alibaba is the world's biggest e-commerce platform. Over 420 million people scooped up $485 billion worth of stuff last year on Alibaba's sites. The company went public in 2014, raising $25 billion - more than Facebook - in the largest offering in the history of the New York Stock Exchange. Some things to know about the company:... 5/27/2016 6:49 PM

Migrant shipwreck survivor says he was under hull, pal died
SICULIANA, Sicily (AP) -- A Sudanese man who survived the capsizing of a heavily overcrowded smugglers boat off Libya recounted Friday how the vessel tipped over when fellow migrants heard the voice of approaching rescuers and rushed above deck, leaving hundreds of people foundering in the Mediterranean.... 5/27/2016 6:42 PM

Alibaba won and lost a friend in Washington; how it happened
SHANGHAI (AP) -- In 2011, a respected anti-counterfeiting coalition in Washington escalated its fight against the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, saying its websites served as a 24-hour market "for counterfeiters and pirates" and should be blacklisted.... 5/27/2016 6:41 PM

Savchenko: I could run for president if Ukrainians want it
MOSCOW (AP) -- Nadiya Savchenko, a pilot who returned to a hero's welcome in Ukraine after two years in Russian custody, declared Friday she would run for president if that's what Ukrainians wanted.... 5/27/2016 6:29 PM

After nuclear deal, Iranian art auction sees $7.4M in sales
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- An annual art auction in Tehran drew record sales of $7.4 million Friday, a sign of Iran's emerging arts market that buyers hope will be buoyed by the recent nuclear deal with world powers.... 5/27/2016 6:11 PM

Putin eyes privatization deals during visit to Greece
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- On his first trip to a European Union country this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Greece Friday to visit a secluded Christian Orthodox monastic sanctuary and eye energy and privatization deals in the cash-strapped country.... 5/27/2016 6:09 PM



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