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Ex-Georgian president named governor of Ukraine region
MOSCOW (AP) -- Former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili on Saturday was appointed governor of Ukraine's troubled Odessa region.... 5/30/2015 6:34 PM

Activists say Syrian army strikes kill 70 people in Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian army airstrikes killed at least 70 people, most of them civilians, and wounded scores in attacks Saturday in the northern province of Aleppo that struck civilian areas, including a packed market in a town held by the Islamic State group, activists said.... 5/30/2015 6:10 PM

Victims of FIFA's scandal: small clubs, youth, local leagues
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The accused in the FIFA scandal are easy to spot: globe-trotting executives charged with diverting millions meant to build the game to their personal accounts. Those who feel victimized aren't as obvious: Youth players with hand-me-down equipment, semi-pro clubs that can't afford to travel and developmental leagues that can't pay referees.... 5/30/2015 6:00 PM

France's Segolene Royal laments sexism in politics
PARIS (AP) -- France's most powerful female politician laments persistent sexism in politics but says things have come a long way since she was "ridiculed" in Parliament in the 1980s.... 5/30/2015 5:43 PM

Bomb blast hits Nigerian city, after rocket grenades kill 13
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- A bomb exploded Saturday afternoon near Maiduguri's main market, after the city was attacked before dawn by Islamic extremists by rocket-propelled grenades that killed at least 13 people, said residents.... 5/30/2015 5:36 PM

EU protests Russian blacklist of European politicians
MOSCOW (AP) -- The European Union on Saturday protested against a Russian list banning entry for nearly 90 European politicians.... 5/30/2015 5:22 PM

AP Interview: France warns climate change threatens security
PARIS (AP) -- Climate change is a threat to international security, France's influential Environment Minister Segolene Royal warned Saturday - adopting an unusually hawkish stance as she heads to the U.S. to push for a global deal on reducing emissions at a landmark Paris conference this year.... 5/30/2015 5:18 PM

Congo to allow some foreign adoptions despite ban
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Congo plans to allow 71 children whose adoptions were interrupted by a 2013 suspension to join families in the U.S. and four other countries next week, an official told The Associated Press on Saturday.... 5/30/2015 5:07 PM

Blatter says FIFA corruption probe won't lead to him
ZURICH (AP) -- Having come through another FIFA election largely unscathed, Sepp Blatter was in a typically defiant mood Saturday when addressing the challenges that still lie ahead.... 5/30/2015 4:59 PM

Powerful quake strikes off Japan; no tsunami warning
TOKYO (AP) -- A powerful earthquake struck near remote Japanese islands and shook most of the country Saturday evening, but it occurred well beneath the earth's surface and did not trigger a tsunami warning. Several people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and there were no reports of deaths or major damage.... 5/30/2015 4:51 PM

US, Iran accelerate nuclear talks a month before deadline
GENEVA (AP) -- A month away from a nuclear deal deadline, U.S. and Iranian diplomats tried to narrow differences over how quickly to ease economic penalties against Tehran and how significantly the Iranians must open up military facilities to international inspections.... 5/30/2015 4:28 PM

Czechs remember ethnic Germans who died in postwar expulsion
BRNO, Czech Republic (AP) -- In a rare gesture of reconciliation, hundreds of Czechs participated on Saturday in a 20-mile walk to remember some 1,700 ethnic Germans who died 70 years ago during their expulsion from the Czech city of Brno.... 5/30/2015 4:10 PM

French conservatives get new name _ and it seems familiar
PARIS (AP) -- Meet France's new conservatives, same as the old conservatives - but with a different name.... 5/30/2015 3:36 PM

Gay-rights activists clash with foes in Moscow, 15 detained
MOSCOW (AP) -- Police in the Russian capital have detained 15 people after a clash broke out between gay-rights advocates and opponents.... 5/30/2015 2:53 PM

Heat wave eases in India after killing nearly 2,000 people
HYDERABAD, India (AP) -- Showers and thunderstorms in parts of southern India on Saturday helped eased a weekslong summer heat wave that has claimed nearly 2,000 lives.... 5/30/2015 2:29 PM

Child sex abuse claims shake UN as revelations continue
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The boys said they approached the French soldiers because they were hungry. Some were so young they didn't quite understand the acts the soldiers demanded in return. One boy, 8 or 9 years old, said he did it several times to the same soldier, "until one day an older kid saw him and told him what he was doing was bad."... 5/30/2015 1:56 PM

Impasse over China's island-building shows no sign of easing
SINGAPORE (AP) -- China vigorously defended its South China Sea land reclamation projects in the face of persistent criticism from U.S. leaders at an international security summit Saturday as the standoff in the Asia-Pacific region shows few signs of abating.... 5/30/2015 1:49 PM

Spain: Scuffles during protest against leftist Podemos party
MADRID (AP) -- Scuffles have broken out during a small demonstration against the radical leftist Podemos (We Can) party in Madrid six days after local elections boosted its power base in several of Spain's regions.... 5/30/2015 1:48 PM

Italy: 4,200 more migrants saved off Libya's coasts, 17 die
ROME (AP) -- More than 4,000 migrants have been rescued off Libya's coast in 22 separate operations in one day, with rescuers finding 17 people dead aboard a rubber dinghy, the Italian Coast Guard said Saturday.... 5/30/2015 1:20 PM

Blatter says he will forgive but won't forget UEFA rebellion
ZURICH (AP) -- Emboldened by his fresh mandate to lead world soccer, Sepp Blatter made it clear there may be consequences for European leaders who tried to oust him from FIFA.... 5/30/2015 1:00 PM

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