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Gun salutes mark Queen Elizabeth II's 89th birthday
LONDON (AP) -- Some people get a cake. Queen Elizabeth II has received gun salutes from mounted artillery to mark her 89th birthday.... 4/21/2015 3:05 PM

Iraqi troops retake some Ramadi districts from Islamic State
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq security forces have recaptured areas lost earlier to the Islamic State group in and around the battleground city of Ramadi, security officials said Tuesday.... 4/21/2015 3:05 PM

EU gives Ukraine $267 million in low interest loans
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union has given Ukraine 250 million euros ($267 million) in low interest loans as part of a package to help revive the country's lackluster economy.... 4/21/2015 3:05 PM

Somalia police: 9 killed by car bomb in capital
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A car bomb killed at least nine people and wounded many others at a restaurant in Somalia's capital on Tuesday, police said.... 4/21/2015 3:00 PM

Chemical weapons watchdog remembers 1915 chlorine gas attack
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has marked the centennial of the first large-scale use of gas during World War I with a commemoration to pay tribute to all victims of such arms over the past century.... 4/21/2015 2:53 PM

Toyota adviser nominated for Japan central bank board
TOKYO (AP) -- The Japanese government has nominated a former executive at Toyota Motor Corp., one of the biggest corporate beneficiaries of drastic monetary easing, to be a board member of the central bank.... 4/21/2015 2:50 PM

Court sentences ousted Egypt president to 20 years in prison
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison on charges linked to the killing of protesters in 2012, the first verdict to be issued against the country's first freely elected leader.... 4/21/2015 2:48 PM

Libya chaos spurs human smuggling, government spokesman says
CAIRO (AP) -- Libya's chaos has spurred human trafficking, a spokesman for the country's internationally recognized government said Tuesday, urging the world community to help his administration gain control of the rest of the country.... 4/21/2015 2:46 PM

UNHCR: Weekend shipwreck deadliest ever in Mediterranean
CATANIA, Sicily (AP) -- The United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday that it believes more than 800 people drowned when a boat packed with migrants trying to reach Europe sank on Saturday, making it the worst such incident ever in the Mediterranean.... 4/21/2015 2:39 PM

Saudi airstrikes pound Yemen's Shiite rebels, killing 20
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The Saudi-led coalition pounded Shiite rebels in Yemen on Tuesday, killing 20 in a city in the country's west as the civilian death toll rose to 38 from airstrikes the day before in the capital, Sanaa, officials said.... 4/21/2015 2:36 PM

Eritrea, North Korea called world's most censored states
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The small African nation of Eritrea tops even North Korea in its restrictions on the media, a new global report says.... 4/21/2015 2:35 PM

South Africa deploys army to end anti-immigrant attacks
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The South African army has been deployed to areas that remain volatile after a spate of attacks targeting immigrants, the defense minister announced on Tuesday.... 4/21/2015 2:29 PM

Fierce storm lashes southeast Australia; 3 feared dead
SYDNEY (AP) -- A fierce storm lashing southeast Australia destroyed homes, stranded dozens of people in swirling floodwaters and may have led to three deaths, officials said Tuesday.... 4/21/2015 2:27 PM

Anger simmers in southern Chile over bishop appointment
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Parishioners in a southern Chile diocese are gathering wherever their new bishop appears, but their presence is not the sort of assembly the Catholic Church would expect.... 4/21/2015 2:27 PM

US artist unites divided Bosnian youths to make street art
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- American graffiti artist Caleb Neelon, creator of street murals in numerous cities around the world, has enlisted youths from different sides of Bosnia's ethnic divide to work on a peace-promoting project.... 4/21/2015 2:25 PM

Protest held in Ethiopia over killings by Islamic extremists
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Hundreds of Ethiopians in Addis Ababa on Tuesday protested the killings of dozens of Ethiopian Christians by Islamic extremists in Libya as parliament weighed a response to the killings.... 4/21/2015 2:19 PM

Pope OKs resignation of US bishop for not reporting abuse
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis accepted the resignation Tuesday of a U.S. bishop who pleaded guilty to failing to report a suspected child abuser, answering calls by victims to take action against bishops who cover up for pedophile priests.... 4/21/2015 2:18 PM

Dozens killed in fighting in southern Syria, activists say
BEIRUT (AP) -- Fierce clashes between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters in the country's south killed dozens on both sides over the past two days as rebel factions regained much of the ground they lost earlier, activists said Tuesday.... 4/21/2015 2:17 PM

Summer sports suspend membership in umbrella body in protest
SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- Summer Olympic sports suspended their membership in the umbrella body for international federations on Tuesday after its leader launched a blistering attack on the IOC.... 4/21/2015 2:09 PM

Bomb blasts in Afghanistan kill 4
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- A bomb blast near a police station in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday killed three people and wounded 17, while a separate bomb killed one person and wounded five in the north, officials said.... 4/21/2015 2:09 PM

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