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AP PHOTOS: Firewalkers mark saints' feast day in Greece
AGIA ELENI, Greece (AP) -- Sparks leapt from a glowing carpet of coals as Agia Eleni's firewalkers strolled barefoot across it.... 5/22/2015 10:40 AM

Egypt's president: Lack of 'justice' fueling extremism
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who has led a massive crackdown on Islamists, says the fight against extremism in the region must go hand-in-hand with pursuing greater "freedom, equality and justice."... 5/22/2015 10:40 AM

UN chief calls for peaceful solution to sea disputes
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a peaceful solution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea, where China's assertiveness has alarmed its smaller neighbors.... 5/22/2015 10:38 AM

UK bomb maker sentenced to life for killing US soldier
LONDON (AP) -- A British man has been sentenced to life in prison for making a roadside bomb that killed a U.S. soldier in Iraq in 2007.... 5/22/2015 10:37 AM

Dutch art sleuth helps German police track down Nazi art
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A Dutch art sleuth best known for identifying works looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis has helped German police recover a trove of Third Reich sculptures that had been missing for decades, including a pair of bronze horses crafted for Adolf Hitler.... 5/22/2015 10:34 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 10:31 AM

Eiffel Tower closed amid workers' anger about pickpockets
PARIS (AP) -- The Eiffel Tower is closed to the public because workers are protesting a recent rise in aggressive pickpockets.... 5/22/2015 10:29 AM

Amnesty says torture of Ukraine war prisoners is rife
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are perpetrating war crimes almost daily, including torturing prisoners and summarily killing them, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report Friday.... 5/22/2015 10:26 AM

Man hit by Portuguese policeman alleges aggravated assault
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- The lawyer representing a man and his elderly father who were beaten by a Portuguese police officer says she has filed complaints accusing the officer of aggravated physical assault.... 5/22/2015 10:25 AM

5 things to know about Ireland's gay marriage referendum
DUBLIN (AP) -- Ireland's voters decide Friday whether to legalize gay marriage. While 19 other nations and most U.S. states have already done so, Ireland is the first to hold a national vote. Though voting is Friday, results won't be announced until Saturday.... 5/22/2015 10:24 AM

Spanish opposition parties challenge new 'gag law'
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish opposition parties have filed an appeal against the conservative government's new Public Security Law, known as the "gag law," before the Constitutional Court, a court spokeswoman said Friday.... 5/22/2015 10:21 AM

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

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