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Greek leader: close to deal with creditors
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says his country is close to reaching a deal with its creditors, but stressed that "calm and determination" were needed in the final stretch of negotiations.... 5/27/2015 3:09 PM

World's most powerful democracies discuss how to help growth
DRESDEN, Germany (AP) -- Top finance officials from the Group of Seven wealthy democracies are gathering in Germany this week to discuss ways to strengthen the global economy.... 5/27/2015 3:06 PM

UK's Cameron outlines EU vote plan in Queen's Speech
LONDON (AP) -- Pomp met politics as Queen Elizabeth II donned a diamond-studded crown Wednesday to read out laws planned by Britain's new government, including more autonomy for Scotland and a referendum on whether to remain in the European Union.... 5/27/2015 3:03 PM

Saudi Arabia sanctions 2 senior Hezbollah members
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia says it is sanctioning two senior members of Hezbollah, accusing them of leading terrorist operations in the Middle East.... 5/27/2015 3:03 PM

Letter to Obama discussed at Post reporter's trial in Iran
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A letter a detained Washington Post journalist wrote to U.S. President Barack Obama has become a major topic of his espionage trial in Iran.... 5/27/2015 3:00 PM

France calls for tougher global mobilization against IS
PARIS (AP) -- French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius called on the international community to strengthen its mobilization against the Islamic State group ahead of an international meeting on Iraq organized next week.... 5/27/2015 2:59 PM

THE LATEST: US: FIFA officials solicited bribes since 1991
ZURICH (AP) -- The Latest on FIFA developments:... 5/27/2015 2:57 PM

Ethiopia: Partial results show ruling coalition in huge win
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Preliminary results released by Ethiopia's electoral body show the ruling coalition winning comfortably in parliamentary elections.... 5/27/2015 2:56 PM

Hezbollah says it struck Syria militants with help of drone
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's Hezbollah group says it has struck a group of al-Qaida militants near the border with Syria with the help of a drone for the first time.... 5/27/2015 2:56 PM

Yemeni Health Ministry: Sanaa airstrikes killed 36 police
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Successive airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition jets on Wednesday pounded a police commando headquarters in central Sanaa, killing at least 36 people and sending plumes of black smoke billowing across the capital.... 5/27/2015 2:53 PM

Finland picks populist EU-skeptic as new foreign minister
HELSINKI (AP) -- Finland's next prime minister has chosen the head of the populist Finns Party to be the foreign minister in a three-member ruling coalition, the first time the maverick EU-skeptic party is in the government.... 5/27/2015 2:48 PM

Survivors tell of terror during deadly Mexico tornado
CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico (AP) -- Jose Francisco Contreras and his wife were driving to the bus he takes to his job at a factory in northern Mexico when the winds picked up and torrential rain began to fall.... 5/27/2015 2:48 PM

Trinidad's Warner characteristically defiant amid FIFA raids
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) -- Former international soccer official Jack Warner on Wednesday denied the latest corruptions allegations against him.... 5/27/2015 2:46 PM

APNewsBreak: Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair resigns
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday stepped down from his post as the international community's Mideast envoy, officials said, ending a term that began with great promise but which struggled to deliver dramatic changes in its quest to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians.... 5/27/2015 2:42 PM

Soccer officials arrested in Zurich; World Cup votes probed
ZURICH (AP) -- Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings into FIFA's awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, only hours after seven soccer officials were arrested Wednesday pending extradition to the U.S. in a separate probe of "rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted" corruption.... 5/27/2015 2:38 PM

Video exposes division among Iran officials in nuclear talks
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Amid a new round of Iran nuclear talks, Iranians have been captivated this week by a leaked video showing a vehement argument between a hard-line lawmaker and the country's foreign minister.... 5/27/2015 2:34 PM

Challenging European notions of American food at Milan Expo
MILAN (AP) -- To many European ears, if not taste buds, the phrase American cuisine seems like an oxymoron.... 5/27/2015 2:30 PM

Tunisia begins hearings into ex-dictator's rights abuses
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisian authorities have begun hearings on thousands of human rights abuse claims submitted to the country's Truth and Dignity commission, the body set up to investigate alleged abuses under the regime of ex-dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.... 5/27/2015 2:27 PM

Court rejects Yemenis' case against Germany over US drones
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) -- A German court on Wednesday rejected a lawsuit against the government brought by three Yemeni men who lost two relatives in a U.S. drone strike.... 5/27/2015 2:27 PM

Spanish air controllers call partial strikes in June
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish air traffic controllers have called partial strikes over four days in June as the summer holiday season kicks off, triggering memories of the traffic chaos they caused in 2010.... 5/27/2015 2:26 PM

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