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UN agency passes new standards on prisoner treatment
VIENNA (AP) -- The U.N. crime prevention agency has revised international standards on treatment of prisoners to focus on greater respect for human rights.... 5/22/2015 6:19 PM

Currency tumbles as Venezuelans look to offload bolivars
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A staggering plunge in the free market value of Venezuelan currency sent people scrambling to sell off their depreciating bolivars Friday.... 5/22/2015 6:02 PM

Romanian ex-mayor sentenced to prison for real estate deals
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A Romanian court has sentenced a former Bucharest district mayor to eight years in prison for illegally selling the city's real estate at a price far below its market value.... 5/22/2015 5:35 PM

Cholera infects 3,000 Burundian refugees, UN calls for help
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- An outbreak of cholera has infected 3,000 people in a Tanzanian border region where refugees fleeing political unrest in Burundi have massed, the U.N. Refugee Agency said Friday.... 5/22/2015 5:23 PM

Montreal Alouettes sign openly gay defensive end Michael Sam
MONTREAL (AP) -- Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, signed a two-year contract Friday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football league.... 5/22/2015 5:21 PM

EU chief Juncker calls Hungary's Orban 'dictator' _ in jest
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker jokingly called Hungary's leader a "dictator" upon his arrival for a European Union summit.... 5/22/2015 5:18 PM

Toyota promises to help find cause of Takata airbag defects
TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota vowed to help pinpoint the cause of a defect in air bags used in more than 50 million vehicles worldwide, saying the auto industry risks losing the trust of car buyers if the problem drags on unresolved.... 5/22/2015 5:14 PM

UK tabloid reporter found guilty in bribery case
LONDON (AP) -- A British tabloid reporter accused of paying police for news tips has been found guilty of aiding and abetting public office misconduct.... 5/22/2015 5:14 PM

Islamic State loyalists claim Saudi mosque attack
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A suicide bomber killed at least 19 people Friday in a blast inside a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers commemorated the 7th century birth of a revered figure, residents and officials said.... 5/22/2015 5:14 PM

Mali separatists say soldiers publicly killed 9 Tuaregs
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Malian soldiers publicly killed nine residents of a Tuareg village in the country's north, a coalition of separatist groups said on Friday, and the U.N. said a team has been sent to investigate.... 5/22/2015 5:12 PM

Venice officials shut down mosque-inside-church art exhibit
MILAN (AP) -- Venice officials have ordered the closure of a working mosque in an ex-church, set up as Iceland's exhibit for the 56th Venice Biennale contemporary art fair.... 5/22/2015 4:51 PM

Lufthansa to propose unannounced drug checks for pilots
BERLIN (AP) -- The chief executive of German airline Lufthansa says unannounced tests to check pilots for prescription drugs might help improve air safety.... 5/22/2015 4:45 PM

Guinea families transport bodies in public taxis
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- Relatives of Ebola victims are transporting their bodies on public transportation in Guinea, seating the corpses upright between other passengers to skirt health controls and contributing to the spread of the deadly disease here, authorities said.... 5/22/2015 4:37 PM

Cameron: Tough times for EU ahead of UK membership vote
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron set off Friday on a whirlwind campaign to change the way the European Union is run, warning of a rough road ahead to achieve the reform needed to keep his country from leaving.... 5/22/2015 4:37 PM

Eiffel Tower disrupted amid workers' anger about pickpockets
PARIS (AP) -- The Eiffel Tower closed to the public for most of the day Friday as workers protested a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily.... 5/22/2015 4:36 PM

Colombia rebels cancel unilateral cease-fire after army raid
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's largest rebel group on Friday called off a unilateral cease-fire in reaction to a military raid on a guerrilla camp that killed 26 of its fighters, further straining negotiations to end the country's half-century-old conflict.... 5/22/2015 4:26 PM

Balkan foes find common ground in bid to join 28-nation EU
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Foreign ministers and senior diplomats from several Balkan countries - many with troubled relations stemming from wars in the 1990s - met Friday in the Albanian capital of Tirana to try and advance each others' bids to join the European Union.... 5/22/2015 4:17 PM

Ugandan Islamic extremist fights extradition from Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) -- An Islamic extremist leader appeared in a Tanzania court on Friday to challenge his extradition home to Uganda, where he is wanted for allegedly ordering deadly attacks on civilians in the 1990s.... 5/22/2015 4:14 PM

Cannes favorite Nanni Moretti explores loss in 'My Mother'
CANNES, France (AP) -- Director Nanni Moretti is pleased to hear that some audience members came out of "Mia Madre," his new movie about a filmmaker whose mother is dying, and immediately called their own moms to say "I love you."... 5/22/2015 3:56 PM

Nazi-looted painting from Gurlitt art trove to go on sale
LONDON (AP) -- A painting that was seized by the Nazis and only recently returned to the Jewish owner's heirs is going on auction.... 5/22/2015 3:54 PM



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