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Michael Fassbender on making 'Macbeth': 'the Scottish film'
CANNES, France (AP) -- Michael Fassbender doesn't know if the "Macbeth" curse carries over to movie adaptations, but he'd rather not test it.... 5/22/2015 1:16 PM

Nepal assesses if quake-hit villages are at risk before rain
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal's government has sent geologists to earthquake-damaged mountain villages to assess landslide risks before the rainy season begins next month.... 5/22/2015 1:14 PM

Australia in Europe's Song Contest? In a word, yes.
VIENNA (AP) -- For the first time in its 60-year history, the Eurovision Song Contest may be won by - Australia.... 5/22/2015 1:08 PM

Timeline of landmarks in Ireland's changing attitude to gays
DUBLIN (AP) -- Gays in Ireland lived in the shadows for decades, lest they face ridicule, assault or even prison in Victorian times. Friday's referendum asking voters to approve gay marriage is the latest landmark in decades of struggle for Ireland's homosexual minority to gain greater rights and respect.... 5/22/2015 1:03 PM

Toyota promises to help find cause of Takata airbag defects
TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota President Akio Toyoda vowed to help get to the bottom of the problems with Takata air bags, the recalls for which have ballooned to about 53 million vehicles worldwide, stressing that regaining consumer trust is an industry-wide concern.... 5/22/2015 12:58 PM

Polish brown bear crosses borders, highway, seeking mate
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A Polish brown bear went a wooing, little knowing that scientists were following all the way.... 5/22/2015 12:56 PM

Kremlin spokesman: Russia wants to free 2 held in Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman says Moscow is making efforts toward the release of two Russians held in Ukraine, but has declined comment on claims that they are soldiers.... 5/22/2015 12:56 PM

World Bank to lend Albania up to $1.2 billion over 5 years
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- The World Bank has agreed to lend Albania up to $1.2 billion (1.08 billion euros) to support its public finances and invest in infrastructure.... 5/22/2015 12:47 PM

South Sudan alleges Khartoum role in new rebel offensive
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- South Sudan's military on Friday accused the Sudanese government of aiding a new rebel offensive in the southern country where oil fields are now threatened by fresh fighting.... 5/22/2015 12:47 PM

South Korean court frees Korean Air 'nut rage' executive
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A South Korean court on Friday suspended the prison term of a former Korean Air executive whose onboard "nut rage" tantrum delayed a flight last year, immediately ending her incarceration.... 5/22/2015 12:46 PM

Greece, Spain lead Europe's jobless parade
SINTRA, Portugal (AP) -- The European Central Bank has called on governments in the eurozone to clear away bureaucracy that burdens businesses and loosen rules on hiring and firing workers. The goal: bring down chronically high unemployment rates.... 5/22/2015 12:42 PM

Dutch art sleuth helps German police track down Nazi art
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A Dutch art sleuth best known for identifying works looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis said he helped German police recover two massive bronze horse sculptures crafted for Adolf Hitler, as more details emerged Friday about an amazing trove of Nazi-era art seized by authorities this week.... 5/22/2015 12:41 PM

Balkan countries in talks to help each other join the EU
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Foreign ministers from several Balkan countries are to meet in the Albanian capital Tirana to discuss regional cooperation in their efforts to join the European Union.... 5/22/2015 12:37 PM

Cameron: Tough times for EU ahead of UK membership vote
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday warned European Union leaders there will be a rough road ahead as his nation is seeking a drastic reform of the bloc's policies ahead of a referendum on whether to leave.... 5/22/2015 12:36 PM

Endangered antelope dying off in vast numbers in Kazakhstan
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Authorities in Kazakhstan says around one-third of the endangered saiga antelope population in this Central Asian nation has mysteriously died off in the last few days.... 5/22/2015 12:22 PM

Suicide bomber targets Shiite worshippers in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A suicide bomber targeted a mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers were commemorating the 7th century birth of a revered Shiite figure on Friday, an activist and witnesses in the area said.... 5/22/2015 12:17 PM

Ireland votes on gay marriage; Catholic leaders opposed
DUBLIN (AP) -- Ireland's voters were deciding Friday whether to legalize gay marriage in this once-staunchly Catholic land in what the government's equality minister called "a referendum like no other."... 5/22/2015 12:13 PM

18 rebels said killed in Colombian raid on guerrilla camp
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Officials say that at least 18 leftist rebels have been killed in a raid in western Colombia.... 5/22/2015 12:11 PM

UK bomb maker sentenced to life for killing US soldier
LONDON (AP) -- A British man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for making a roadside bomb that killed a U.S. soldier in Iraq in 2007.... 5/22/2015 12:10 PM

Tim Roth deals with death, sadness in Cannes entry 'Chronic'
CANNES, France (AP) -- Tim Roth toned things down for his role in the Cannes Film Festival entry "Chronic."... 5/22/2015 12:05 PM



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