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Yemen militia says it is besieging rebels at strategic base
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Militiamen loyal to Yemen's exiled president besieged an air base once crucial to the U.S. drone program targeting al-Qaida militants in the country, trying to dislodge the Shiite rebels holding the complex, a spokesman said.... 4/18/2015 5:20 PM

Cyprus passes insolvency laws, clears rescue program hurdle
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Lawmakers in Cyprus on Saturday passed key insolvency laws designed to open the taps for more international bailout cash.... 4/18/2015 4:20 PM

Turin Shroud goes back on display for faithful and curious
TURIN, Italy (AP) -- Turin's archbishop says interest in the Shroud of Turin is so keen that many pilgrims who already saw the burial cloth some believe covered Jesus are returning to see the linen again when it goes back on display starting Sunday.... 4/18/2015 4:20 PM

2 Cuban dissidents up for election in unprecedented vote
HAVANA (AP) -- At least two dissidents made it past a first round of voting and are standing as candidates in municipal elections that will be watched on and off the island Sunday as an unprecedented test of Cuba's single-party system.... 4/18/2015 4:05 PM

Sudan newspaper quotes governor as saying rebels kill 136
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) -- Sudanese newspapers are quoting a governor as saying that rebels have killed 136 civilians in attacks during the presidential election that ended last week.... 4/18/2015 4:02 PM

Spain PM says fraud probe into ex-minister damages his party
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's prime minister says an investigation into an ex-minister and former International Monetary Fund chief over alleged fraud and money laundering is damaging his party, which faces a general election late this year.... 4/18/2015 3:52 PM

Afghan suicide bombing blamed on Islamic State kills 35
FAIZABAD, Afghanistan (AP) -- A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a bank branch Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 people in a deadly attack the country's president said was claimed by the Islamic State group.... 4/18/2015 3:31 PM

Iraqi soldiers enter refinery amid Islamic State attacks
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi soldiers surrounded and entered the country's biggest oil refinery Saturday, which has been besieged for days by Islamic State militants, a senior official said.... 4/18/2015 3:25 PM

South Africa faces crisis over anti-immigrant attacks
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's president on Saturday canceled a foreign trip in order to deal with a wave of attacks on immigrants that have killed at least six people. In the latest violence, mobs attacked shops owned by foreign nationals in a poor area of Johannesburg.... 4/18/2015 3:18 PM

Pope asks Europe to do more for migrants flooding into Italy
ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis joined Italy in pressing the European Union Saturday to do more to help the country cope with rapidly mounting numbers of desperate people rescued in the Mediterranean during journeys on smugglers' boats to flee war, persecution or poverty.... 4/18/2015 3:12 PM

Nepal marks anniversary of deadliest Everest avalanche
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal on Saturday marked the anniversary of Mount Everest's deadliest avalanche with a memorial and a government announcement that it will set up a welfare fund for mountaineering and trekking workers in the Himalayan nation.... 4/18/2015 3:08 PM

UN: Assailants attack convoy, kill 2, wound 1 in north Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Two assailants attacked a United Nations convoy of civilian workers in northern Mali, killing two and wounding another, the peacekeeping mission said Saturday.... 4/18/2015 2:26 PM

French replica of revolutionary frigate sets sail for Boston
FOURAS, France (AP) -- With champagne, fireworks and a presidential blessing, a painstakingly built replica of the frigate once used to bring French troops and funds to American revolutionaries is setting sail for Boston.... 4/18/2015 2:12 PM

Bangladesh guardedly welcomes Benetton factory victim pledge
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A Bangladeshi garment industry leader on Saturday guardedly welcomed Italian retailer Benetton's pledge of more than $1 million to victims of a factory collapse that killed over 1,100 people two years ago, saying it had come late but was appreciated.... 4/18/2015 1:59 PM

Egypt runners defy Cairo mayhem as sport's popularity grows
CAIRO (AP) -- Young Egyptians are once again organizing on social media and taking to the streets of Cairo by the hundreds every Friday, not to protest injustice or clash with police, but to enjoy long runs through one of the world's most crowded and chaotic cities.... 4/18/2015 1:58 PM

Afghan parliament approves 16 more Cabinet nominees
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's parliament has approved 16 Cabinet nominees after months of delays.... 4/18/2015 1:15 PM

A bear hug: Croat village shelters bears as good neighbors
KUTAREVO, Croatia (AP) -- Usually in Europe, when bear cubs get used to humans, they cannot survive in the wild. And when they grow too big, they're shot.... 4/18/2015 1:07 PM

Spanish couple arrested in Turkey, accused of jihadist links
MADRID (AP) -- Two Spanish residents have been arrested in Turkey on suspicion of having links to jihadi terrorists and membership in the Islamic State armed group, Spain's Interior Ministry said Saturday.... 4/18/2015 1:07 PM

Pope expresses sadness for Chicago prelate's death
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has expressed sadness for the death of Cardinal Francis George, the retired Chicago archbishop.... 4/18/2015 1:04 PM

Israel, Palestinians agree on tax revenue transfer
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that he has reached an agreement with Israel in which essential tax revenues it collects for the Palestinians will be transferred following a four-month freeze.... 4/18/2015 1:00 PM



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