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Cyprus official: Ammonium nitrate cache under surveillance
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Cyprus' justice minister says a home where police seized five tons of a chemical compound that can be turned into an explosive had been kept under surveillance for some time before officers moved in.... 6/3/2015 9:36 AM

Afghan anti-corruption body assails nepotism in government
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An independent Afghan anti-corruption body says that nepotism plays a critical role in getting a job as a diplomat in the country's Foreign Affairs Ministry.... 6/3/2015 9:31 AM

Christie's to sell works by Monet, Chagall, Picasso in June
LONDON (AP) -- Christie's auction house is offering works by Claude Monet, Rene Magritte, Joan Miro, Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso this month amid a voracious global appetite for impressionist and modern art.... 6/3/2015 9:28 AM

Interpol issues 'red notice' for 6 linked to FIFA probe
PARIS (AP) -- Interpol added six men with ties to FIFA to its most wanted list on Wednesday, issuing an international alert for two former FIFA officials and four executives on charges including racketeering and corruption.... 6/3/2015 9:27 AM

2 civilians killed in surge of shelling in east Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- At least three civilians have been killed in east Ukraine in a further surge in shelling in several locations along the front line, government and rebel officials said Wednesday.... 6/3/2015 9:23 AM

Growing calls for Thai owners to address Leicester sex video
BANGKOK (AP) -- It remains unclear how the "racist orgy" video was leaked. But it's safe to say the scandal surrounding Leicester City was not the game plan when its Thai owners and sponsors invited the club to tour Thailand.... 6/3/2015 9:23 AM

Spain ex-premier plans Venezuela trip to help politician
MADRID (AP) -- A former Spanish prime minister hopes to travel to Venezuela this weekend to help lawyers defending imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.... 6/3/2015 9:22 AM

Japan, Philippines huddle amid increasing China concerns
TOKYO (AP) -- The Philippine president is on his sixth visit to Japan in less than five years, signaling his country's deepening ties with Tokyo amid increasing concerns by both sides about China's assertiveness in regional seas.... 6/3/2015 9:20 AM

Office of rights activists in Chechnya attacked by mob
MOSCOW (AP) -- Human rights activists in Chechnya say that masked men bashed their way into the group's office, sending the occupants fleeing through the windows.... 6/3/2015 9:19 AM

World stocks dulled by Greek bailout saga, await ECB meeting
TOKYO (AP) -- Global stock markets were lackluster Wednesday as Greece's bailout woes dampened investor sentiment ahead of a European Central Bank meeting.... 6/3/2015 9:12 AM

Global watchdog warns on economic growth, cuts US forecast
PARIS (AP) -- The world economy risks being bogged down in a low growth spiral unless measures are taken to spur demand and incite businesses to boost their stubbornly sluggish investments.... 6/3/2015 9:02 AM

Maggi noodles ordered off India's shelves due to lead level
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Indian shopkeepers withdrew a popular brand of Nestle instant noodles from their shelves Wednesday after tests revealed the snack contained unsafe levels of lead.... 6/3/2015 8:54 AM

S. Korea test-fires missile that can strike all of N. Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea on Wednesday successfully test-fired a domestically built ballistic missile that can hit all of North Korea, an official said, amid continuing animosity between the rivals over the North's push to bolster its nuclear and missile capabilities.... 6/3/2015 8:54 AM

N. Korea races to boost power in time for party anniversary
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea is racing to boost its electricity supply by up to 50 percent with the completion of several generating stations by the end of the year and is pushing alternative resources like solar - already used extensively in the countryside - to ease its chronic shortages, a government expert told The Associated Press in Pyongyang.... 6/3/2015 8:42 AM

China escalates effort to recover missing from capsized ship
JIANLI, China (AP) -- Chinese authorities escalated efforts to recover more than 420 people believed to be trapped inside an overturned river cruise ship Wednesday, deploying scores more divers and a large crane to possibly lift the craft.... 6/3/2015 8:26 AM

Oil and gas turn their backs on coal as climate deal nears
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Chemistry books say there are three fossil fuels: coal, oil and natural gas.... 6/3/2015 7:40 AM

In Turkish parliamentary campaign, Erdogan is everywhere
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- As Turkey's president, Tayyip Recep Erdogan is supposed to be the invisible man in the upcoming general election, constitutionally bound to remain above the fray. Instead, it's been all about him.... 6/3/2015 7:23 AM

Thai army officer surrenders in human trafficking probe
BANGKOK (AP) -- A senior Thai army officer turned himself in Wednesday to face charges over his alleged involvement in a human trafficking scandal that included people from Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia, marking the first arrest of a military official since authorities launched a widening probe last month.... 6/3/2015 7:10 AM

Greek PM heads to Brussels to present latest deal proposal
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is heading to Brussels Wednesday to discuss his radical-left government's proposal for a long-delayed deal with Greece's creditors that Athens hopes will unlock vitally needed bailout funds.... 6/3/2015 6:43 AM

Key questions: Why did Blatter resign and what now for FIFA?
LONDON (AP) -- Sepp Blatter and his mentor Joao Havelange have run global's soccer's governing body since 1974, handing out power to national federations and regional chiefs who awarded the men with loyalty.... 6/3/2015 6:43 AM

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