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Syrian president acknowledges recent 'setbacks' in war
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad acknowledged on Wednesday what he said were recent "setbacks" in the war against rebels trying to topple him, promising a comeback by his troops entangled in heavy fighting with rebels in northern Syria.... 5/6/2015 12:29 PM

Germany: 4 arrests in alleged plot to attack Islamic targets
BERLIN (AP) -- German authorities conducted raids across the country on Wednesday, seizing explosives and arresting four people accused of founding a right-wing extremist group to attack mosques and housing for asylum seekers.... 5/6/2015 12:28 PM

Opposition, rights groups say Iranian activist detained
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Iranian opposition websites and rights groups focused on the country say prominent human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has been arrested by state security forces.... 5/6/2015 12:23 PM

Israeli-Arab group slams end of police fatal shooting probe
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Arab civil rights group has slammed Israeli police over closing its investigation into the fatal shooting of an Arab that sparked violent protests last year.... 5/6/2015 12:20 PM

GlaxoSmithKline opts to hold on to HIV business
LONDON (AP) -- British-based drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has opted to keep its stand-alone HIV business as it set out its strategy following the completion of its recent deal with Switzerland's Novartis.... 5/6/2015 12:14 PM

Afghan judge sentences 4 to death in mob killing of woman
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan court on Wednesday convicted and sentenced four men to death for their role in the brutal mob killing of a woman in Kabul in March - a slaying that shocked the nation and spurred calls for authorities to ensure women's rights to equality and protection from violence.... 5/6/2015 12:14 PM

Engineers inspect quake-damaged homes in Nepal's capital
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- More than a thousand engineers were checking damaged houses in Nepal's capital Wednesday and advising people about whether they are safe.... 5/6/2015 12:13 PM

Mixed signals emerge for eurozone economy
LONDON (AP) -- Following a solid start to the year, signs emerged Wednesday that the 19-country eurozone economy is losing some traction.... 5/6/2015 11:51 AM

3 suspected of terror attack on train in Czech Republic
PRAGUE (AP) -- A prosecution official says Czech authorities have detained three suspects for allegedly planning a terrorist attack on a train.... 5/6/2015 11:47 AM

Greece makes IMF payment but another, bigger one looms
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- With Greece's cash flow problems growing by the day and negotiations with its creditors on the ropes, Athens managed to make a 200 million euro ($222 million) repayment to the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday.... 5/6/2015 11:47 AM

Philippines says notorious bomb-maker killed by rebels
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A Filipino bomb-maker who was one of the country's top terror suspects was killed by Muslim rebels who earlier signed a peace deal with the government, the Philippine military said Wednesday.... 5/6/2015 11:42 AM

UK 'flash crash' trader: I was just good at my job
LONDON (AP) -- A British financial trader accused of setting off a "flash crash" in U.S. stocks in 2010 from his London home claims he was just good at his job.... 5/6/2015 11:40 AM

Austria: Train collision kills 1, at least 1 seriously hurt
VIENNA (AP) -- Austrian railway officials say two passenger trains have collided head-on near the southern city of Graz, killing one person and leaving at least another seriously injured.... 5/6/2015 11:40 AM

EU plan hopes to help tech companies compete with US giants
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union unveiled Wednesday a long-term strategy to help its technology companies compete with U.S. giants like Google and Amazon by unifying the continent's digital sector and taking a hard line on abuses by dominant firms.... 5/6/2015 11:36 AM

Text message causes tension in Portugal's coalition gov't
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- A cell phone text message is straining relations between the two parties in Portugal's coalition government, which plan to stand together in a general election later this year.... 5/6/2015 11:35 AM

Kerry says he'll discuss pause in Yemen war with Saudis
DJIBOUTI (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he'll discuss with Saudi Arabian officials how to implement a "humanitarian pause" in Yemen's civil war, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that has already caused thousands of people to flee to neighboring countries.... 5/6/2015 11:27 AM

Macedonia: 38 police, 1 protester hurt in overnight clashes
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Authorities say violent clashes overnight between protesters and police in the Macedonian capital Skopje left 38 police officers and one protester injured, while 30 people were detained.... 5/6/2015 11:25 AM

Bollywood star Salman Khan sentenced to 5 years in 2002 case
MUMBAI, India (AP) -- One of India's biggest and most popular movie stars, Salman Khan, was sentenced to five years in jail Wednesday on charges of running over five men sleeping on a sidewalk and killing one in a hit-and-run case that has dragged for more than 12 years.... 5/6/2015 11:21 AM

Tornado causes widespread damage in northeast German town
BERLIN (AP) -- A tornado has caused widespread damage in a small town in northeastern Germany, ripping off most of a church roof and covering streets in debris. Elsewhere, a man was killed by flying debris.... 5/6/2015 11:20 AM

Nigerian troops save 25 more kids, women from Boko Haram
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian troops rescued 25 more children and women from Boko Haram early Wednesday as the soldiers destroyed seven more of the extremists' camps in a northeastern forest stronghold, the army spokesman said.... 5/6/2015 11:19 AM

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