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Dunkirk marks 75 years since massive Allied rescue mission
DUNKIRK, France (AP) -- Veterans and European officials are marking 75 years since a huge operation to evacuate 338,000 troops trapped by advancing Nazi troops from the shores of Dunkirk in northern France, one of the most dramatic moments in British military history.... 5/22/2015 10:17 AM

Syrian troops evacuate besieged compound in northwest
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists and state media say Syrian troops who had been besieged for nearly a month in a hospital compound in the country's northwest managed to withdraw.... 5/22/2015 10:12 AM

Kenya says attack by Somali militants thwarted in Garissa
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Kenyan authorities say they have foiled an attempted attack by suspected Somali militants on a village in the same northeastern county where militants killed 148 college students last month.... 5/22/2015 10:11 AM

French parliament cracks down on supermarket waste
PARIS (AP) -- France's parliament has voted to forbid big supermarkets from destroying unsold food, encouraging them to donate to charities or farms instead.... 5/22/2015 10:07 AM

Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes target Shiite rebels in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The Saudi-led coalition has launched heavy airstrikes on Shiite rebels in Yemen, targeting camps and weapons depots in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa.... 5/22/2015 10:04 AM

EU, Ukraine sign $2 billion loan deal at Eastern summit
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- The European Union offered more money and the promise of visa-free travel to some post-communist nations Friday in an East-West partnership that has tempered its ambitions after Russia's military intervention in Ukraine.... 5/22/2015 10:04 AM

Abbas: Israeli settlement expansion blocks any peace deal
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Israel stands in the way of any peace deal because it is perpetuating its military occupation and keeps expanding settlements.... 5/22/2015 10:02 AM

Australia in Europe's Song Contest? In a word, yes.
VIENNA (AP) -- For the first time in its 60-year history, the Eurovision Song Contest may be won by - Australia.... 5/22/2015 9:52 AM

Turkey: businessmen, police detained in new raids
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Officials say police have detained dozens of businessmen and police officers in a new wave of raids against people suspected of links to a movement led U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, which the government accuses of attempting to topple the government.... 5/22/2015 9:51 AM

Ireland votes on legalizing gay marriage; Church is opposed
DUBLIN (AP) -- For months, Ireland has debated whether to legalize gay marriage. Now it's time to vote, and the choice is a simple yes or no.... 5/22/2015 9:49 AM

Q&A on origins of Rohingya conflict and why it persists
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Many of the thousands of migrants abandoned at sea in Southeast Asia this month are Rohingya Muslims who fled their home country of Myanmar. Here are facts about the history and persecution of the ethnic and religious minority:... 5/22/2015 9:46 AM

IS forces capture, kill dozens in Syria's Palmyra
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists and officials say Islamic State fighters are combing Palmyra, detaining and killing dozens of people two days after seizing the historic Syrian town.... 5/22/2015 9:40 AM

South Sudan alleges Khartoum role in new rebel offensive
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- South Sudan's military is accusing the government of Sudan of aiding a new rebel offensive against South Sudanese government forces in the state of Upper Nile, where oil fields are now threatened by fresh fighting.... 5/22/2015 9:34 AM

ECB tells governments: Don't wait to fix Europe's economy
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says governments that share the euro currency shouldn't wait for better times to push through reforms that would boost sluggish growth.... 5/22/2015 9:22 AM

Japan's first lady visits controversial shrine to war dead
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's first lady visited the Yasukuni Shrine honoring the country's war dead, including convicted war criminals, this week in a move that risks outraging neighboring countries that suffered under Japan's World War II aggression.... 5/22/2015 9:19 AM

Amnesty says torture of Ukraine war prisoners is rife
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Amnesty International says both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are almost daily perpetrating war crimes, including torture and summary killings of prisoners.... 5/22/2015 9:15 AM

China says work on charter for Asian bank completed
BEIJING (AP) -- Negotiators from 57 governments completed work Friday on a charter for a Chinese-led Asian regional bank and it is due to be signed in late June, the Chinese finance ministry said.... 5/22/2015 9:14 AM

US readies air patrols in search for Rohingya boat people
BANGKOK (AP) -- Attention turned Friday to the seas off Southeast Asia's west coast as naval vessels from Myanmar and Malaysia searched for stranded boat people and the U.S. military prepared air patrols to step up its involvement.... 5/22/2015 9:11 AM

China stocks hit 7-year high, Europe muted ahead of Fed
HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese stocks hit a seven-year high as investors pinned their hopes on further economic stimulus while most other world markets were subdued Friday ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen.... 5/22/2015 9:10 AM

Merkel says 'a whole lot left' to do on Greece bailout talks
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday added urgency to the talks between Athens and its international creditors, saying after a meeting with Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras that "very, very intensive work is still needed."... 5/22/2015 9:07 AM

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