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The Latest: France blames Assad for escalating Syrian unrest
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The Latest on Syria's civil war (all times local):... 5/4/2016 3:30 PM

Romania: new culture minister sworn in amid opera dispute
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romania's president has urged the country's new culture minister to resolve a major crisis at the country's main opera house that cost her predecessor his job.... 5/4/2016 3:22 PM

Report: Violence against Jews dropped in 2015
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Tel Aviv University report has found a drop in violent attacks against Jews last year, but said the number remains high and that "institutional anti-Semitism" is on the rise.... 5/4/2016 3:21 PM

Lesedi la Rona among largest diamonds ever found
LONDON (AP) -- The 1,109-carat Lesedi la Rona diamond, to be sold by Sotheby's in London on June 29, is one of the biggest gem-quality diamonds ever discovered. It joins an elite list of hefty rocks:... 5/4/2016 3:15 PM

Tensions surface between Turkish president, prime minister
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Long-denied tensions between Turkey's president and prime minister are beginning to surface publicly, leading to speculation from political observers that the country's powerful leader may be considering replacing the premier with a figure more willing to take a backseat role.... 5/4/2016 3:09 PM

Gaza sewage spill floods farmland
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A sewage reservoir in Gaza has collapsed, flooding about 25 acres (10 hectares) of farmland and sending another warning about the worsening water and sewage crisis in the Hamas-run territory.... 5/4/2016 3:06 PM

NATO alliance gets new supreme commander
CASTEAU, Belgium (AP) -- NATO's new supreme allied commander, U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, said Wednesday the alliance should consider what weaponry it could provide so Ukraine can better combat a pro-Moscow insurgency.... 5/4/2016 3:06 PM

Global gender gap in politics wide, women legislators say
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Some 260 women lawmakers from more than 60 countries have come together to find ways to close a global gender gap in politics more quickly.... 5/4/2016 3:03 PM

Residents evacuated as fires threaten Canada oil sands town
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) -- A wildfire forced the evacuation of the Canadian oil sands city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, destroying 80 percent of the homes in one neighborhood and extensively damaging property in a number of others, officials said Wednesday, warning that it could get worse in the coming hours.... 5/4/2016 2:58 PM

Reutersward, Swedish sculptor of twisted gun barrel, dies
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Carl Fredrik Reutersward, one of Sweden's best-known modern artists and the creator of the iconic statue of a revolver barrel tied in a knot, has died. He was 81.... 5/4/2016 2:58 PM

Western countries urge Kenya to take steps for smooth polls
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Eleven representatives of western countries in Kenya say voters must have confidence that the electoral commission and judiciary are impartial and efficient ahead of polls next year.... 5/4/2016 2:56 PM

Group: 13 Peuhls killed in latest attacks in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Pro-government militia killed four members of the Peuhl ethnic group in central Mali and then struck again at the funeral, killing nine more victims, a local community group said Wednesday.... 5/4/2016 2:53 PM

Italian composer Morricone cancels Rome concerts
MILAN (AP) -- Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone has canceled concerts at Rome's Santa Cecilia national academy because of collapsed vertebrae.... 5/4/2016 2:45 PM

UK bows to pressure, will accept Syrian children from Europe
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's government bowed to pressure Wednesday and agreed to take in some unaccompanied children from Syria who have made their way to Europe.... 5/4/2016 2:29 PM

Mining company's stock dives as Brazil sues in dam tragedy
LONDON (AP) -- Shares in miner BHP Billiton tumbled after Brazil's federal prosecutor launched a $43 billion civil suit for a dam break that killed 19 people and caused the worst environmental disaster in the country's history.... 5/4/2016 2:20 PM

The Latest: Italy's PM: Austrian border measures propaganda
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The Latest on Europe's response to the wave of migration from the Middle East and elsewhere (all times local):... 5/4/2016 2:03 PM

Egypt court acquits Mubarak-era premier of graft
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court has acquitted a former prime minister of graft charges in the latest retrial linked to his time serving under longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.... 5/4/2016 1:59 PM

Malta's premier visits Libya to discuss migration, security
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) -- Malta's prime minister became the first head of government to visit Libya since the formation of a unity government following a U.N.-brokered agreement, meeting the Libyan prime minister-designate at a naval base near Tripoli's international airport.... 5/4/2016 1:55 PM

Germany raises tax income forecast, bolstering budget plans
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany has raised its forecast for government tax income thanks to a healthy economy and low unemployment, bolstering its insistence that it can continue to avoid running up new debt.... 5/4/2016 1:48 PM

Airbus advises rotor checks of Norway helicopter crash model
HELSINKI (AP) -- Airbus Helicopters, the manufacturer of the EC-225LP helicopter that crashed in western Norway last week, killing all 13 people on board, has sent an advisory to all customers using the same Airbus model to inspect the suspension bars and fittings of the main rotor, which came loose from the aircraft just before it crashed on a tiny island, the company.... 5/4/2016 1:20 PM



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