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THE LATEST: 1st round over in 2015 FIFA presidential vote
ZURICH (AP) -- The latest on FIFA developments:... 5/29/2015 4:32 PM

Syrian militants advance after seizing government stronghold
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say militants led by al-Qaida's branch in Syria are advancing in the northwestern province of Idlib after capturing a government stronghold.... 5/29/2015 4:31 PM

Top Canadian minister to announces he's leaving politics
TORONTO (AP) -- Another prominent member of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government will not seek re-election in Parliament in October.... 5/29/2015 4:04 PM

Kicking the plastic: Senegal among latest to ban flimsy bags
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- At a market in Senegal's capital, the sandy paths are strewn with them. They blow around like feathers in Dakar's coastal breezes, piling up alongside buildings on city streets and clogging canals.... 5/29/2015 4:04 PM

Tunisia PM: Destroying migrant boats won't stop Europe flow
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Tunisia's prime minister says a European Union proposal to destroy boats used by smugglers to ferry migrants to Europe from Libya probably won't work and is risky because it is similar to military intervention.... 5/29/2015 3:47 PM

No major breakthrough at meeting on Asian boat people crisis
BANGKOK (AP) -- A regional conference called to address the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia ended Friday with no major breakthroughs, as Myanmar criticized those blaming it for fueling the crisis and warned that "finger pointing" would not help.... 5/29/2015 3:43 PM

Burundi opposition leader declares election boycott
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Burundi's most prominent opposition leader said on Friday his party is boycotting national elections amid political unrest stemming from the president's bid for a third term.... 5/29/2015 3:27 PM

Croatia passes law compensating rape victims from 1990s war
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- Croatian lawmakers have passed a bill that compensates the victims of rape during the country's war for independence more than twenty years ago - a move hailed as a late but important step in healing the wounds of the 1991-95 conflict.... 5/29/2015 3:25 PM

In South Africa, killer of anti-apartheid leader gets parole
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A man convicted for the 1993 assassination of Chris Hani, a leading opponent of the white minority rule in South Africa at the time, was granted parole on Friday.... 5/29/2015 3:22 PM

Former Tajik commander claims to have joined IS group
MOSCOW (AP) -- Tajikistan authorities have opened an investigation into a high-ranking police official who allegedly has joined the Islamic State group in Syria and is calling for former comrades to rise up against the Central Asian country's authoritarian leadership.... 5/29/2015 3:19 PM

Migrants hide under trucks to board Italy-bound ferries
PATRAS, Greece (AP) -- For hundreds of migrants hoping to build a new life, access to Europe's richest countries lies on the other side of a metal fence surrounding the western Greek port of Patras.... 5/29/2015 3:12 PM

Blatter's future as president at stake in FIFA election
ZURICH (AP) -- The future of soccer's embattled governing body was at stake Friday as Sepp Blatter sought a fifth term as FIFA president amid the biggest corruption crisis in the organization's 111-year history.... 5/29/2015 3:07 PM

EU-skeptic Finnish party joins Cabinet for 1st time
HELSINKI (AP) -- The populist, EU-skeptic Finns Party, known for its opposition to bailing out Greece and its political gaffes at home, on Friday joined the Finnish government for the first time.... 5/29/2015 2:50 PM

Suicide bomber strikes Shiite mosque in Saudi, killing 4
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A suicide bomber blew himself up in the parking lot of a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, killing four people in the second such attack in as many weeks claimed by the Islamic State group.... 5/29/2015 2:39 PM

Death toll from Baghdad hotel bombings rises to 15
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The death toll from car bombs that targeted two prominent hotels in Baghdad a day earlier rose to 15 people, with another 42 wounded, Iraqi officials said Friday, as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.... 5/29/2015 2:37 PM

Muhammadu Buhari takes over Nigeria in crisis
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerians celebrated their newly reinforced democracy Friday, dancing, singing praises and releasing white doves as Muhammadu Buhari, the first candidate to beat a sitting president at the polls, became their president.... 5/29/2015 2:35 PM

Belfast parties to meet in bid to save power-sharing
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- Northern Ireland's power-sharing government is at risk of collapse again, and the British and Irish governments have scheduled talks Tuesday to try to save the peacemaking coalition.... 5/29/2015 2:31 PM

Polish election winner officially named president-elect
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Andrzej Duda, the conservative winner of Poland's presidential election, was officially named president-elect in a solemn state ceremony Friday.... 5/29/2015 2:08 PM

Hungary's Orban reaffirms country's EU and NATO membership
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungary's prime minister said Friday that despite differences of opinion, the country must remain a member of the European Union and NATO.... 5/29/2015 2:02 PM

Merkel: Germany will be 'constructive partner' in EU reform
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel sounded a conciliatory note Friday on Britain's efforts to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union, as Prime Minister David Cameron wrapped up a two-day four country trip to press his case for concessions.... 5/29/2015 1:54 PM



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