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Swedish leader reshuffles government after gaffes, scandal
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has reshuffled his minority coalition after two ministers from coalition partner the Green Party stepped down amid gaffes and scandals.... 5/25/2016 2:59 PM

Dutch king: European bouquet incomplete without English rose
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Dutch King Willem-Alexander has used a speech to the European Parliament to make a plea for unity less than a month before Britain's referendum on whether to remain in the 28-nation bloc.... 5/25/2016 2:57 PM

Russia: US military flight in Sea of Japan was a safety risk
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's Defense Ministry has spelled out why it believes a U.S. reconnaissance flight over the Sea of Japan was a safety risk, saying the plane risked colliding with civilian airliners.... 5/25/2016 2:55 PM

Poland starts chopping down beetle-infested trees in forest
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Authorities have started chopping down beetle-infested trees in parts of Poland's oldest forest, a move that aims to eliminate dying trees and to ensure safety for tourists, a government official said Wednesday.... 5/25/2016 2:49 PM

The Latest: Council of Europe welcomes Savchenko's release
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- The Latest on Ukrainian pilot Nadezda Savchenko (all times local):... 5/25/2016 2:48 PM

Freed Ukrainian pilot returns home after 2 years in Russia
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia freed Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko on Wednesday after holding her for nearly two years, with President Vladimir Putin pardoning her as part of a swap for two Russian servicemen jailed in Ukraine.... 5/25/2016 2:42 PM

Instagram account for Iranian general briefly inaccessible
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- An Instagram account associated with a powerful general who leads an elite unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guard briefly was inaccessible on the application.... 5/25/2016 2:34 PM

Austrian officials ask for ballot probe in presidential vote
VIENNA (AP) -- Austria's interior ministry has asked the state prosecutor's office to follow up on apparent regional irregularities in the absentee vote count for the country's presidential election.... 5/25/2016 2:33 PM

Kenya military: 21 al-Shabab extremists killed in ambush
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenyan troops in Somalia killed 21 suspected al-Shabab extremists who were plotting an ambush in southern Somalia, said a Kenyan official.... 5/25/2016 2:28 PM

South African rhino endures, 1 year after horrific attack
BELA-BELA, South Africa (AP) -- "Dancing with rhinos," the South African veterinarian joked as he supported the head of his staggering, nearly 2-ton patient, an injured rhino woozy with sedatives.... 5/25/2016 2:21 PM

Burundi: 3 killed in violence linked to president's new term
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Gunmen killed three people including a retired army colonel, in continuing violence associated with President Pierre Nkurunziza's extended time in power, an official and a relative of the deceased said Wednesday.... 5/25/2016 2:18 PM

Swedish court denies detention hearing request by Assange
HELSINKI (AP) -- A Swedish court has turned down a request to overturn the arrest warrant of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.... 5/25/2016 2:13 PM

Azerbaijan court orders release of investigative journalist
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- A court in Azerbaijan on Wednesday ordered a prominent, award-winning investigative journalist to be released on probation following a storm of international protests about her case, which has been widely seen as an attempt to silence a critical voice.... 5/25/2016 2:10 PM

Secret recording in Brazil puts Senate leader on defensive
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A secretly recorded conversation shows the head of Brazil's Senate proposing to weaken one of the key tools prosecutors have used to trap politicians and businessmen in a sweeping corruption scandal.... 5/25/2016 2:08 PM

EU wants quota of European films on providers like Netflix
BRUSSELS (AP) -- On-demand video providers like Netflix, iTunes and Amazon will be required to have a fifth of their films and TV shows on offer in the European Union be Europe-made, under new proposals issued Wednesday.... 5/25/2016 2:05 PM

Tragically Hip to begin tour in July despite singer's cancer
TORONTO (AP) -- The Tragically Hip will play 11 Canadian shows this summer as part of a tour that's going ahead despite lead singer Gord Downie's incurable brain cancer.... 5/25/2016 2:04 PM

Israel's new defense minister could clash with his soldiers
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's incoming defense minister once called for bombing Egypt, suggested just weeks ago that Israel kill Hamas' leader in the Gaza Strip and opposed the prosecution of a soldier accused of killing a wounded Palestinian. These are just a few of the positions that could put former bar bouncer Avigdor Lieberman at odds with the military he now commands.... 5/25/2016 2:04 PM

Yemeni officials: Airstrike kills 11 from same family
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The death toll of a suspected Saudi-led coalition airstrike that hit a family's house in southern Yemen has been raised to 11, including four children from one family, security officials and witnesses said Wednesday.... 5/25/2016 2:02 PM

NATO general: Russia respects power, not compromise
BRUSSELS (AP) -- A NATO general says Russia's recent behavior and actions show its leaders only respect power.... 5/25/2016 2:01 PM

German Cabinet finalizing details on migrant integration
BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet on Wednesday approved a raft of new measures combining "opportunities and obligations" designed to help Germany deal with the influx of about 1.1 million asylum-seekers registered as entering the country last year, and help those who stay become "good neighbors and citizens."... 5/25/2016 1:45 PM

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