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Polish election winner officially named president-elect
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- The conservative winner of Poland's presidential election, Andrzej Duda, has been officially named president-elect in a state ceremony.... 5/29/2015 12:40 PM

In South Africa, killer of anti-apartheid leader gets parole
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A South African judge has granted parole to a man convicted for the 1993 assassination of Chris Hani, a leading opponent of the white minority rule at the time.... 5/29/2015 12:38 PM

THE LATEST: Cameron: Blatter must resign as soon as possible
ZURICH (AP) -- The latest on FIFA developments:... 5/29/2015 12:35 PM

UN nuke agency report shows Iran probe essentially stalled
VIENNA (AP) -- Amid accelerated international efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, the U.N. atomic agency on Friday reported that work on a key element - an assessment of allegations that Tehran worked on atomic arms - remains essentially stalled.... 5/29/2015 12:34 PM

Greece still weighs on markets as China stocks see-saw again
LONDON (AP) -- Ongoing uncertainty over the state of Greek bailout talks and further market volatility in China kept stocks in check on Friday.... 5/29/2015 12:33 PM

IS group claims attack on Saudi Shiite mosque that killed 4
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- The Islamic State group has claimed a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia that killed at least four people.... 5/29/2015 12:27 PM

Japan, EU agree to step up defense, economic ties
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese and European leaders agreed Friday to step up defense and economic ties, and expressed concern about rising tensions in the South China Sea.... 5/29/2015 12:22 PM

US says China has artillery vehicles on artificial island
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Two large artillery vehicles were detected on one of the artificial islands that China is creating in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said Friday, underscoring ongoing concerns that Beijing may try to use the land reclamation projects for military purposes.... 5/29/2015 12:22 PM

Turkish paper probed over images of spy agency trucks
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The Istanbul prosecutor's office has launched an investigation of newspaper editor following the publication of images of truckloads of ammunition, which the paper says proved that a convoy which was stopped on its way to Syria on a Turkish intelligence mission was carrying arms to rebels.... 5/29/2015 12:20 PM

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Islamic State group claims suicide bombing of Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia.... 5/29/2015 12:16 PM

Biblical soap opera enjoying ungodly success in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The actress agonizes on her deathbed, her hair and makeup impeccable, as the hunky male lead clutches her hand. Tears pour down his face while her eyelids flutter to a final close.... 5/29/2015 12:13 PM

Merkel: Germany will be 'constructive partner' in EU reform
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has sounded a conciliatory note on Britain's efforts to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union, saying "when there is a desire there should be a way."... 5/29/2015 12:13 PM

Blatter says vote for Russia, Qatar the root of FIFA crisis
ZURICH (AP) -- The worst corruption crisis in soccer history stems from the governing body's decision to award Russia and Qatar the next two World Cup tournaments, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Friday.... 5/29/2015 12:09 PM

Volcano erupts in southern Japan, spewing ash high into sky
TOKYO (AP) -- A volcano erupted in spectacular fashion on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, spewing out rocks and sending black clouds of ash 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) into the sky. Authorities told people on the island to evacuate.... 5/29/2015 11:59 AM

Vatican's anti-money laundering norms taking hold
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican's financial watchdog agency said Friday it received 147 reports of suspicious financial transactions last year, a sign that tough new anti-money laundering norms are taking hold at its scandal-marred bank.... 5/29/2015 11:46 AM

Madagascar's president faces impeachment attempt
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) -- Political instability is looming in Madagascar, where lawmakers voted this week to impeach the country's president, who disputed the outcome and whose supporters say the result was falsified.... 5/29/2015 11:44 AM

India's heat wave tests water supply; death toll over 1,800
HYDERABAD, India (AP) -- Dizzying temperatures caused water shortages in thousands of Indian villages and killed hundreds more people over the past day, driving the death toll from a weekslong heat wave to at least 1,826, officials said Friday.... 5/29/2015 11:43 AM

Russia steps up propaganda push with online "Kremlin trolls"
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Deep inside a four-story marble building in St. Petersburg, hundreds of workers tap away at computers on the front lines of an information war, say those who have been inside. Known as "Kremlin trolls," the men and women work 12-hour shifts around the clock, flooding the Internet with propaganda aimed at stamping President Vladimir Putin's world vision on Russia, and the world.... 5/29/2015 11:34 AM

China destroys more than 660 kilograms of smuggled ivory
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities Friday destroyed 662 kilograms of ivory that was seized after being smuggled into the country, as part of a crackdown on the illegal trade.... 5/29/2015 11:26 AM

Iraqi authorities raise Baghdad attacks death toll to 15
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The death toll from bombings that targeted two prominent hotels in Baghdad a day earlier rose to 15 people, with another 42 wounded, Iraqi authorities said on Friday, as a lawmaker warned that the capital is vulnerable to more attacks.... 5/29/2015 11:26 AM

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