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Naming St Petersburg bridge after Chechen leader angers many
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- About 30,000 people have signed an online petition against naming a new bridge in St. Petersburg after the late Moscow-backed president of Chechnya.... 5/31/2016 6:06 PM

UK pound slides as polls indicate support for EU exit
LONDON (AP) -- The British pound fell sharply Tuesday after two opinion polls for The Guardian newspaper indicated support for a British exit from the 28-country European Union in next month's referendum.... 5/31/2016 6:04 PM

Amid heavy clashes in Fallujah, fears rise for civilians
CAMP TARIQ, Iraq (AP) -- As Iraqi forces pressed an offensive Tuesday to dislodge Islamic State militants from Fallujah, conditions are worsening for tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the city, and a leading aid group raised alarm over an unfolding "human catastrophe."... 5/31/2016 5:54 PM

Canadian Parliament accepts Trudeau's apology and moves on
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not have to deliver any more apologies or face any sanctions for knocking into an opposition lawmaker with his elbow.... 5/31/2016 5:49 PM

EU office estimates almost $1 billion in graft last year
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's anti-fraud office said that almost $1 billion of the bloc's budget was lost to graft and irregularities last year.... 5/31/2016 5:36 PM

Amnesty says 1.2 million Afghans internally displaced by war
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Amnesty International said Tuesday that more than 1.2 million Afghans have been forced to flee their homes due to violence in the past three years and urged the Kabul government and the international community to tackle the country's growing crisis of refugees internally displaced by war.... 5/31/2016 5:35 PM

Prosecutor: Eddy Merckx to be charged in corruption case
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Five-time Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx, considered by many the greatest cyclist of all time, will be charged Wednesday in a Belgian corruption case linked to irregular purchases of equipment by Brussels-area police and municipalities, a Brussels prosecutor said.... 5/31/2016 5:30 PM

Mediterranean Sea disasters swallow up over 1,000 migrants
GENEVA (AP) -- The treacherous Mediterranean Sea crossing from Libya to Italy has claimed the lives of over 1,030 migrants in the last week, mostly as barely seaworthy smuggling boats foundered and sank despite calm seas and sunny skies, a migration agency said Tuesday, citing new accounts from survivors.... 5/31/2016 5:10 PM

Man on trial in London Tube stabbing for 'Syrian brothers'
LONDON (AP) -- Prosecutors say a mentally ill taxi driver attacked passengers at a London subway station with a knife in revenge for Western airstrikes on Syria.... 5/31/2016 5:06 PM

Mexican soccer player beats up kidnapper to free himself
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) -- Caught in a real-life win-or-lose challenge, soccer forward Alan Pulido overpowered a kidnapper, freed himself and then called police for help - a dramatic tale that shows how tough the professional player is, or how incompetent his abductors were.... 5/31/2016 5:05 PM

Western Sahara independence movement leader Abdelaziz dies
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- The head of the independence movement in the Western Sahara, Mohamed Abdelaziz, died on Tuesday after a long illness, the Polisario Front said in a statement. He was in his late 60s.... 5/31/2016 5:01 PM

Man accused in Canada military stabbing faces terror charges
TORONTO (AP) -- Police say a Canadian man accused of stabbing soldiers at a military recruitment center in Toronto and then saying he did it at the behest of Allah is now facing nine terrorism charges.... 5/31/2016 4:49 PM

Ex-employee of Israeli PM's wife wins abuse case against her
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A former employee of the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won a court case against her alleging mistreatment, Israeli media reported Tuesday.... 5/31/2016 4:48 PM

Stowaway found aboard Emirates flight from China to Dubai
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A teenage boy sneaked into the cargo hold of an Emirates passenger plane in China and made it all the way to Dubai before being apprehended, the airline and Chinese media said Tuesday.... 5/31/2016 4:44 PM

Heavy rain drenches swaths of France, disrupts French Open
PARIS (AP) -- Heavy rain drenched parts of France on Tuesday, prompting flood warnings near the English Channel, causing more delays at the French Open and soaking tourists in Paris.... 5/31/2016 4:43 PM

NATO chief says Warsaw summit comes at 'critical time'
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A NATO summit set for Warsaw in July comes at a "critical time" as the alliance deals with Russian assertiveness and the threat of terrorism amid other challenges, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday.... 5/31/2016 4:39 PM

Turkey concerned over Germany's stance on Armenian killings
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday expressed concerns to German Chancellor Angela Merkel over plans in Germany's parliament to recognize the World War I killings of Armenians as genocide.... 5/31/2016 4:33 PM

Many brands opt out of Milan men's runway shows this year
MILAN (AP) -- The Milan Fashion Week men's calendar is full of holes. Zegna, Calvin Klein, Cavalli, Costume National, Ermanno Scervino and Bottega Veneta are among the fashion houses that have opted not to do runway shows in June.... 5/31/2016 4:28 PM

Testimony from families of 9/11 victims sought at Guantanamo
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- Prosecutors at the Sept. 11 war crimes tribunal at Guantanamo Bay want 10 people who lost relatives in the terrorist attack to testify before the long-stalled case goes to trial.... 5/31/2016 4:20 PM

Bahrain releases prominent activist from prison
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Bahraini authorities have released prominent rights activist Zainab al-Khawaja on humanitarian grounds after two and a half months behind bars, her sister told The Associated Press on Tuesday.... 5/31/2016 4:17 PM

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