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Australian lawmaker links trade dispute with asylum seekers
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's deputy prime minister has come under fire for suggesting that a temporary ban on cattle exports to Indonesia five years ago hindered ties with Jakarta that contributed to an influx of asylum seekers reaching Australian shores by boats from Indonesian ports.... 5/26/2016 12:38 AM

UN: Food aid reaches 41.9 percent of those besieged in Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Food aid has reached nearly half the civilians trapped in besieged areas of Syria, but much more remains to be done to help the 13.5 million in need across the war-torn nation, according to a United Nations report issued Wednesday.... 5/26/2016 12:34 AM

Israel's Netanyahu adds hard-liner to coalition
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named one of Israel's most polarizing politicians as defense minister on Wednesday, solidifying his parliamentary majority at the risk of antagonizing the international community and his own military - and clouding already slim hopes for a resumption of peace efforts.... 5/26/2016 12:06 AM

Recordings put pressure on allies of Brazil's acting leader
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Secretly recorded conversations hit two more key allies of Brazil's acting president Wednesday, leaving the country wondering if there are more taps that could affect the interim government after only 13 days in office.... 5/25/2016 11:29 PM

UN envoy says radically more must be done for Mideast peace
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Palestinians in Gaza are growing ever more desperate and unless "radically more" is done to address the situation, it is only a matter of time before there is another escalation of violence, the U.N.'s top Mideast envoy told the Security Council on Wednesday.... 5/25/2016 11:20 PM

UN lifts last sanctions on Liberia in sign of support
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to lift the last remaining sanctions on Liberia in a sign of support for the government's progress toward peace after two civil wars.... 5/25/2016 11:00 PM

UN health agency gets OK for revamp of emergency response
GENEVA (AP) -- Stung by failures in its response to Ebola, the World Health Organization is revamping how it responds to emergencies to become nimbler, more reactive and more operational in "one of the most profound transformations" ever at the U.N. health agency.... 5/25/2016 10:58 PM

Colombia: Missing journalist may not be hostage of rebels
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's president said Wednesday that a Spanish journalist missing in a lawless region might not be a hostage of leftist rebels as has been widely thought in this war-weary country, but instead is reporting from inside a rebel camp.... 5/25/2016 10:19 PM

Gisele Bundchen to fight illegal animal trafficking
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Gisele Bundchen is fighting for sea turtles.... 5/25/2016 10:12 PM

Russia accuses Turkey of supplying Islamic State extremists
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Russia has accused Turkey of supplying the Islamic State extremist group with components for improvised explosive devices.... 5/25/2016 9:42 PM

Venezuela breaks up drug ring, seized 3.4 tons of cocaine
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Authorities in Venezuela say they dismantled a drug-trafficking ring with links to a Mexican cartel after seizing more than 3.4 metric tons of cocaine.... 5/25/2016 9:41 PM

Lawyer for Mexico drug lord demands payment from US networks
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A lawyer for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman said Wednesday that he will sue television networks if they air a new series on the imprisoned Mexican drug lord's life without paying him.... 5/25/2016 9:04 PM

Lions lick tent while campers inside it in Botswana park
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Two South African campers had a close encounter with lions who licked the tent they were in at a campsite in Botswana.... 5/25/2016 8:57 PM

The golden voice of Cameroon, Anne Marie Nzie, dies at 84
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) -- Singer Anne Marie Nzie, known as the golden voice of Cameroon, has died. She was 84.... 5/25/2016 8:54 PM

Rights group: 2 aid workers kidnapped in eastern Congo
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- A Congo-based organization says two humanitarian workers have been kidnapped in Congo's eastern North Kivu province.... 5/25/2016 8:51 PM

UK looks into Italian claims that WWII sub has been found
ROME (AP) -- Britain's Royal Navy says it's looking into claims by an Italian diver that he located the long-lost wreck of the HMS P311 submarine, which was downed off Sardinia during World War II.... 5/25/2016 8:45 PM

The Latest: Le Havre citizens not worried about lack of fuel
PARIS (AP) -- The Latest on France's strikes and protests against the government's labor reforms (all times local):... 5/25/2016 8:31 PM

UN chief calls for restraint amid Congo political tension
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on politicians in the Congo to place the interests of their country ahead of their own, amid reports of rising political tension in the African nation.... 5/25/2016 8:18 PM

Hamas planning to execute 13 convicted murderers
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza's Islamic militant Hamas rulers said Wednesday they intend to execute residents convicted of murder even without the needed approval of the Palestinian president.... 5/25/2016 8:07 PM

Belgium questions 4 IS suspects who may have planned attacks
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Belgian prosecutors said Wednesday they have questioned four suspected Islamic State group recruiters, who may have planned new attacks in the country.... 5/25/2016 7:54 PM

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