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UN envoy: IS poised to become 'serious threat' in Libya
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- Islamic State extremists can pose "a very serious threat" to divided Libya if rival governments there fail to reach a unity deal quickly, the United Nations envoy to the North African country said Saturday.... 5/23/2015 2:38 PM

El Salvador hosting beatification of slain Archbishop Romero
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Huge crowds were expected at Saturday's ceremony to beatify Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was cut down by an assassin's bullet 35 years ago and declared a martyr for his faith this year by Pope Francis.... 5/23/2015 2:29 PM

Thousands attend Italian nun's beatification in Kenya
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Tens of thousands of people gathered in a central Kenyan town Saturday to attend the beatification ceremony of an Italian nun who worked for many years in the East African nation.... 5/23/2015 2:27 PM

What will get Europe's economy rolling again?
SINTRA, Portugal (AP) -- What's behind Europe's sluggish recovery and high jobless rate? What can central banks and governments do to get things going?... 5/23/2015 2:12 PM

Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage, both sides say
DUBLIN (AP) -- Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world's first national vote on the issue.... 5/23/2015 2:10 PM

Nigerian airlines cancel flights amid fuel crisis
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian airlines are canceling flights as a months-long fuel shortage is aggravated by a strike disrupting fuel deliveries in Africa's biggest oil producer.... 5/23/2015 2:06 PM

Countries approve plan for $100M health emergency fund
BERLIN (AP) -- Diplomats have approved the creation of a $100 million fund to help the World Health Organization respond rapidly to emergencies.... 5/23/2015 1:54 PM

Congo electoral commission updates voter list
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Congo's national electoral commission has updated the country's electoral list ahead of local and provincial elections later this year, the commission said.... 5/23/2015 1:54 PM

Southeast India heat wave kills about 230 in past 5 weeks
HYDERABAD, India (AP) -- About 230 people have died since mid-April in a heat wave sweeping two southeast Indian states, officials said Saturday.... 5/23/2015 1:41 PM

UN chief says save migrants, deal with cause of flight
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged Southeast Asian nations to deal with the causes behind a growing humanitarian crisis that has forced thousands of people from Myanmar and Bangladesh to flee by sea, leaving many still stranded in boats.... 5/23/2015 1:35 PM

6 missing after fire at guesthouse in southern Germany
BERLIN (AP) -- Six people are missing and feared dead after a fire at a guesthouse in southern Germany, police said Saturday.... 5/23/2015 1:23 PM

Egypt court acquits 17 in protest that saw mother shot dead
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court acquitted 17 people on Saturday over taking part in an unsanctioned demonstration earlier this year that saw a young mother shot to death in downtown Cairo.... 5/23/2015 1:13 PM

Greece will not accept 'humiliating' terms, premier says
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has told leaders of the governing Radical Left Coalition that Greece is ready to accept a "viable and long lasting" deal with its lenders, but not on "humiliating terms."... 5/23/2015 1:10 PM

China-Taiwan talks seek to maintain momentum for closer ties
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Negotiators from Taiwan and China met Saturday for talks in an attempt to maintain momentum for the forging of closer ties in the face of a skeptical Taiwanese public.... 5/23/2015 12:49 PM

Myanmar president signs off on controversial population law
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's president has signed off on a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by a visiting senior U.S. diplomat and rights activists, who worry it could be used not only to repress women, but also religious and ethnic minorities.... 5/23/2015 12:25 PM

Cyprus' rival leaders take stroll through divided capital
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Rival Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders took a stroll together on both sides of the divided capital's medieval center on Saturday to raise the feel-good factor as talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically split island kick into gear.... 5/23/2015 12:13 PM

AP Interview: Top UN official says Europe must open borders
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- Borders must be "open to Syrians everywhere," including in Europe, to help ease the burden of Middle Eastern countries that have absorbed close to 4 million Syrian refugees, the head of the U.N. refugee agency said Saturday.... 5/23/2015 12:07 PM

Syrian official: Islamic State militants in Palmyra's museum
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Islamic State fighters broke into the museum of the ancient town of Palmyra, though its artifacts have been removed and are safe, a Syrian official said Saturday.... 5/23/2015 12:02 PM

Roadside bomb kills 2, including Afghan district chief
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says a roadside bomb has killed two people, including a district administrative chief, in the country's south.... 5/23/2015 11:39 AM

Japan pledges climate change aid to Pacific island nations
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen ($450 million) in aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea levels and natural calamities as a result of global warming.... 5/23/2015 11:39 AM

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