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Mexico reports large-scale firefight in cartel stronghold
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Two Mexican officials say a large-scale firefight broke out Friday when federal forces came under fire in an area of western Mexico dominated by drug cartels.... 5/22/2015 7:11 PM

Analysis: At Mideast forum, hoping for future amid chaos
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for long has lagged behind. But present-day reality proved rather difficult to ignore, with the Islamic State group wreaking havoc not far from these Dead Sea shores.... 5/22/2015 7:07 PM

Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes target Shiite rebels in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The Saudi-led coalition on Friday launched heavy airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen, targeting camps and weapons depots in the rebel-held capital, as a U.N. agency said some 234 children were killed in violence over the past two months.... 5/22/2015 7:00 PM

Colombia rebels cancel unilateral cease-fire after army raid
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's largest rebel group on Friday called off a unilateral cease-fire in reaction to a military raid on a guerrilla camp that killed 26 of its fighters, further straining negotiations to end the country's half-century-old conflict.... 5/22/2015 6:51 PM

Currency tumbles as Venezuelans look to offload bolivars
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A staggering plunge in the free market value of Venezuelan currency sent people scrambling to sell off their depreciating bolivars Friday.... 5/22/2015 6:44 PM

UN concerned over human rights, democracy in Macedonia
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- A top United Nations human rights official expressed concern Friday over the political crisis that has triggered mass protests in Macedonia.... 5/22/2015 6:27 PM

Yes or no? Ireland decides whether to legalize gay marriage
DUBLIN (AP) -- Voters in once staunchly Catholic Ireland were deciding Friday whether to legalize gay marriage in what the government's equality minister called "a referendum like no other."... 5/22/2015 6:25 PM

UN agency passes new standards on prisoner treatment
VIENNA (AP) -- The U.N. crime prevention agency has revised international standards on treatment of prisoners to focus on greater respect for human rights.... 5/22/2015 6:19 PM

Romanian ex-mayor sentenced to prison for real estate deals
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A Romanian court has sentenced a former Bucharest district mayor to eight years in prison for illegally selling the city's real estate at a price far below its market value.... 5/22/2015 5:35 PM

Cholera infects 3,000 Burundian refugees, UN calls for help
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- An outbreak of cholera has infected 3,000 people in a Tanzanian border region where refugees fleeing political unrest in Burundi have massed, the U.N. Refugee Agency said Friday.... 5/22/2015 5:23 PM

Montreal Alouettes sign openly gay defensive end Michael Sam
MONTREAL (AP) -- Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, signed a two-year contract Friday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football league.... 5/22/2015 5:21 PM

EU chief Juncker calls Hungary's Orban 'dictator' _ in jest
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker jokingly called Hungary's leader a "dictator" upon his arrival for a European Union summit.... 5/22/2015 5:18 PM

Toyota promises to help find cause of Takata airbag defects
TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota vowed to help pinpoint the cause of a defect in air bags used in more than 50 million vehicles worldwide, saying the auto industry risks losing the trust of car buyers if the problem drags on unresolved.... 5/22/2015 5:14 PM

UK tabloid reporter found guilty in bribery case
LONDON (AP) -- A British tabloid reporter accused of paying police for news tips has been found guilty of aiding and abetting public office misconduct.... 5/22/2015 5:14 PM

Islamic State loyalists claim Saudi mosque attack
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A suicide bomber killed at least 19 people Friday in a blast inside a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers commemorated the 7th century birth of a revered figure, residents and officials said.... 5/22/2015 5:14 PM

Mali separatists say soldiers publicly killed 9 Tuaregs
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Malian soldiers publicly killed nine residents of a Tuareg village in the country's north, a coalition of separatist groups said on Friday, and the U.N. said a team has been sent to investigate.... 5/22/2015 5:12 PM

Venice officials shut down mosque-inside-church art exhibit
MILAN (AP) -- Venice officials have ordered the closure of a working mosque in an ex-church, set up as Iceland's exhibit for the 56th Venice Biennale contemporary art fair.... 5/22/2015 4:51 PM

Lufthansa to propose unannounced drug checks for pilots
BERLIN (AP) -- The chief executive of German airline Lufthansa says unannounced tests to check pilots for prescription drugs might help improve air safety.... 5/22/2015 4:45 PM

Guinea families transport bodies in public taxis
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- Relatives of Ebola victims are transporting their bodies on public transportation in Guinea, seating the corpses upright between other passengers to skirt health controls and contributing to the spread of the deadly disease here, authorities said.... 5/22/2015 4:37 PM

Cameron: Tough times for EU ahead of UK membership vote
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron set off Friday on a whirlwind campaign to change the way the European Union is run, warning of a rough road ahead to achieve the reform needed to keep his country from leaving.... 5/22/2015 4:37 PM

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