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China seeks global support for South China Sea policies
BEIJING (AP) -- China is seeing mixed results in its effort to enlist friendly states in its push to exclude the U.S. and its allies from the festering South China Sea dispute, underscoring the limits of Chinese diplomacy despite its massive economic clout.... 5/6/2016 7:14 AM

Services in Greece grind to halt in 3-day strike
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Services ground to a halt in Greece Friday as workers walked off the job at the start of a three-day general strike protesting new bailout austerity measures they say will further reduce incomes, in a sign of growing discontent with the left-led coalition government.... 5/6/2016 7:10 AM

Israeli cowboys live frontier life on Syria's doorstep
KIDMAT ZVI, Golan Heights (AP) -- With his wide-brimmed hat, Wrangler jeans and ornate belt buckle, Yehiel Alon could easily pass for one of the Montana ranchers he once worked with. But the 53-year-old is an Israeli cowboy on the Golan Heights bordering worn-torn Syria, where frontier life takes on a whole new meaning.... 5/6/2016 6:59 AM

Vote-counting taking place across Britain
LONDON (AP) -- Votes are being counted throughout Britain to determine London's new mayor, control of many city councils, and national assemblies in Northern Ireland and Wales.... 5/6/2016 6:50 AM

Asian shares lower ahead of closely watched US jobs report
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian markets were mostly lower in nervous trading Friday ahead of a closely watched U.S. jobs-report that may influence interest rate decisions and the value of the U.S. dollar.... 5/6/2016 6:41 AM

Scotland's pro-independence party scores big gains in vote
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- The pro-independence Scottish National Party Friday secured a third term in government with an historic third consecutive victory in the county's parliamentary elections.... 5/6/2016 5:58 AM

Canada evacuating 8,000 wildfire evacuees by air
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) -- Canadian officials will start moving thousands of people from work camps north of devastated Fort McMurray in a mass highway convoy Friday morning if it is safe from a massive wildfire raging in Alberta.... 5/6/2016 5:40 AM

Chinese province orders religion out of school
BEIJING (AP) -- A heavily Muslim Chinese province has demanded strict adherence to a ban on religion in schools after a video circulated online in which a kindergartener recites verses from the Quran.... 5/6/2016 5:35 AM

South Korea's latest online celebrities: Stray cats eating
JANGSEONG, South Korea (AP) -- The stars of the latest online trend in South Korea stay out of sight most of the day. Viewers don't seem to mind waiting for hours while nothing happens. When the stray cats finally come to eat the food left out for them, people watching online sit enraptured by their feline charms.... 5/6/2016 5:26 AM

North Korea congress starts; foreign media kept out so far
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea slowly lifted the curtain Friday on the first full congress of its ruling party since 1980, bringing foreign journalists to the venue without immediately letting them in, or revealing just how leader Kim Jong Un will make use of possibly his greatest spotlight yet.... 5/6/2016 4:25 AM

Mexico City lifts smog alert, allowing more cars on streets
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico City has discontinued a pollution alert after three days of persistently high smog levels and will allow more cars on the streets Friday.... 5/6/2016 12:50 AM

3 nations move against alleged big money launderer in Panama
PANAMA CITY (AP) -- Authorities have arrested a prominent Panama businessman and dismantled an empire of banking, real estate and retail businesses that the U.S. says were part of a top worldwide money-laundering organization for drug traffickers.... 5/6/2016 12:32 AM

Survivors found 6 days after Kenyan building collapse
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Rescuers found four survivors Thursday in the rubble of an apartment building that collapsed six days ago amid heavy rains in the Kenyan capital, raising hopes that more people might still be alive in a disaster that has left dozens dead and missing.... 5/6/2016 12:08 AM

120 nations accuse US top court of violating law over Iran
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The 120-nation Nonaligned Movement headed by Iran accused the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday of violating international law by ruling that nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets can be paid to victims of attacks linked to the country.... 5/5/2016 11:17 PM

Russian orchestra plays in Palmyra ruins as strikes kill 28
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A renowned Russian conductor led a triumphant concert Thursday in the ruins of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, once terrorized by the Islamic State group, even as an airstrike on a refugee camp in the north left at least 28 people dead and dozens wounded, including many children.... 5/5/2016 11:08 PM

Brazil's high court suspends house speaker, foe of president
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil's top court voted unanimously Thursday to suspend the scandal-tainted leader of the lower house of Congress from his duties.... 5/5/2016 10:38 PM

The Latest: UN says Aleppo attack could be war crime
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):... 5/5/2016 9:20 PM

"Flight of the Navigator" star charged with bank robbery
SECHELT, British Columbia (AP) -- A man who starred in Disney's 1986 adventure flick "Flight of the Navigator" when he was a child has been charged in connection with a bank robbery in British Columbia.... 5/5/2016 8:15 PM

Panama reports 4 cases of Zika-related microcephaly
PANAMA CITY (AP) -- Health authorities in Panama said Thursday that they have identified four cases of the birth defect microcephaly linked to the Zika virus.... 5/5/2016 8:12 PM

EU official Tusk: Idea of one European nation is 'illusion'
ROME (AP) -- Worried about anti-European Union sentiment fueling nationalism on the continent, a top official said Thursday that the bloc must "stop the radicals" from gaining power by making citizens feel safe amid the migrant crisis.... 5/5/2016 8:08 PM

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