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Kerry visits Somalia; 1st such trip for a secretary of state
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Somalia Tuesday in a show of solidarity with a government trying to defeat al-Qaida-allied militants and end decades of war in the African country. He is first top U.S. diplomat ever to visit Somalia.... 5/5/2015 9:22 AM

Start your engines: UK election hopefuls burn rubber
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's candidates are campaigning from Cornwall in southwestern England to the far northern reaches of Scotland in search of votes with the general election just two days away.... 5/5/2015 9:21 AM

NATO to briefly move command HQ to Romania from Naples
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A top NATO commander says the alliance will briefly move its allied joint force command from Italy to Romania as NATO continues to react to Russia's moves in Ukraine.... 5/5/2015 9:10 AM

EU raises eurozone forecast despite bleaker Greek outlook
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union raised its forecast for economic growth across the 19-country eurozone despite a much gloomier outlook for Greece.... 5/5/2015 9:08 AM

Thailand's 87-year-old king makes rare appearance
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance Tuesday to mark the 65th anniversary of his coronation.... 5/5/2015 9:06 AM

IS claims responsibility for Texas cartoon attack
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group is claiming responsibility for an attack at a center near Dallas, Texas, exhibiting cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.... 5/5/2015 9:05 AM

China stocks fall on IPO wave, Australia flat after rate cut
HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese stocks plunged Tuesday as the start of an IPO wave cooled investor sentiment and Australian shares were flat after the central bank cut interest rates to a record low to stimulate the limping economy. Other global benchmarks were mixed with two major Asian markets closed.... 5/5/2015 9:04 AM

Thai police find new trafficker camp, crackdown intensifies
PADANG BESAR, Thailand (AP) -- Police have found a recently abandoned camp on a forested hillside in southern Thailand believed to have held human trafficking victims, days after the grim discovery of 26 bodies at a separate location exposed a thriving human smuggling network.... 5/5/2015 9:04 AM

Climbers leave Everest after Sherpas refuse to rebuild route
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Climbers who stayed in villages close to the Everest base camp are packing their gear and leaving the mountain because Sherpa guides have refused to rebuild a climbing route destroyed by the earthquake-triggered avalanche, mountaineering officials said Tuesday.... 5/5/2015 9:00 AM

Nepali police dig bodies from village and trekking route
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Rescuers were digging Tuesday through thousands of tons of earth from a quake-triggered mudslide in Nepal that wiped out an entire village along a popular Himalayan trekking route and killed at least 60 people.... 5/5/2015 8:39 AM

Greek officials lobby EU, ECB for swift loan payout
PARIS (AP) -- Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis is meeting top European officials in Paris and Brussels as the cash-strapped country seeks the swift release of delayed bailout money that it needs to keep up with its debt payments.... 5/5/2015 8:23 AM

Lufthansa's operating loss narrows on lower fuel costs
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- German airline Lufthansa, still coping with the aftermath of the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, saw its operating losses narrow in the first quarter as fuel costs fell in the wake of lower oil prices.... 5/5/2015 8:04 AM

Canada opposes bail for former Gitmo inmate Omar Khadr
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- The Canadian government was seeking an emergency stay of a judge's decision to give a former Guantanamo Bay inmate bail while he appeals his conviction for war crimes in the United States.... 5/5/2015 7:41 AM

China to lift price controls on most drugs starting June 1
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese regulators will lift price controls on most medical drugs starting June 1 in hopes that a more market-driven pricing system will keep medical costs in check, the National Development and Reform Commission announced Tuesday.... 5/5/2015 7:41 AM

Controversial surveillance bill comes to vote in France
PARIS (AP) -- France's parliament is to vote on a bill aimed at legalizing broad surveillance of terrorism suspects that has drawn an outcry from privacy advocates and others.... 5/5/2015 7:22 AM

Rights group condemns atrocities in Syrian city of Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government forces and insurgents have both committed abuses in the contested northern city of Aleppo, but some of the government's actions amount to crimes against humanity, an international rights group said Tuesday.... 5/5/2015 7:22 AM

Substance or Style? Labour leader banks on geek appeal
LONDON (AP) -- It was an unexpected moment on the campaign trail.... 5/5/2015 6:30 AM

Australia cuts interest rate to record low 2 percent
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low of 2 percent on Tuesday in a bid to jolt the nation's economy which is weighed by falling commodity prices and weakening demand from China.... 5/5/2015 6:23 AM

Afghan poppy farmers say new seeds will boost opium output
ZHARI, Afghanistan (AP) -- It's the cash crop of the Taliban and the scourge of Afghanistan - the country's intractable opium cultivation. This year, many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall as they get ready to harvest opium from a new variety of poppy seeds said to boost yield of the resin that produces heroin.... 5/5/2015 6:04 AM

Shanghai: Officials' close relatives can't run businesses
BEIJING (AP) -- Shanghai officials have implemented China's toughest ban on the business activities of government officials by prohibiting their spouses, children or children's spouses from running private businesses in the city.... 5/5/2015 5:55 AM



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