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Report: Iran to cut another portion of gasoline subsidies
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's state news agency is reporting the Islamic Republic will raise gasoline prices by some 40 percent as a result of cutting subsidies.... 5/25/2015 7:26 AM

Sydney siege inquest: Gunman secretive, defiant narcissist
SYDNEY (AP) -- The man who took 18 people hostage at a Sydney cafe last year was educated and erratic, secretive about his own life and public about his many grievances, and a self-obsessed fabulist whose life was spiraling downward in the lead-up to his deadly attack, lawyers told an inquest Monday.... 5/25/2015 7:26 AM

UK airport expansion threatens to take out entire villages
LONDON (AP) -- With its classic red phone booth, pub, and medieval church, Harmondsworth's center looks quintessentially British. But the search for a twee English village isn't what brings millions of people within a stone's throw of its boundaries.... 5/25/2015 7:12 AM

Artsy coffee chain Blue Bottle brews long queues in Tokyo
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan, famous for green tea, is welcoming artisanal American coffee roaster Blue Bottle with long lines that have at times meant a four-hour wait for a cup.... 5/25/2015 7:12 AM

Japan trade gap returns to deficit in April, more red ahead
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan posted a trade deficit in April following a single-month's surplus in March, and economists said shortfalls were likely to persist given the weakness of the yen.... 5/25/2015 7:04 AM

French president revives political duo with his ex
PARIS (AP) -- Someone has been appearing more and more often alongside French President Francois Hollande on official visits abroad and in high-level meetings in Elysee Palace. It's no ordinary someone - it's Segolene Royal, the president's ex-partner and mother of his four children, and one of his most prominent government ministers.... 5/25/2015 7:00 AM

Yemeni politicians say UN peace talks indefinitely postponed
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Three senior Yemeni politicians say a United Nations peace conference set to take place at the end of the month has been indefinitely postponed.... 5/25/2015 6:42 AM

Ex-Israeli Premier Olmert sentenced to 8 months in prison
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter, capping the dramatic downfall of a man who only years earlier led the country and hoped to bring about a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians.... 5/25/2015 6:34 AM

Strong quake rattles Tokyo area, no damage or injury reports
TOKYO (AP) -- A strong earthquake rattled the Japanese capital of Tokyo and its suburbs Monday, with a preliminary magnitude reading of 5.6, shaking buildings and temporarily stopping trains.... 5/25/2015 6:27 AM

Report: Iran adviser says US let Islamic State take Ramadi
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- An Iranian newspaper is quoting the chief of an elite unit in Iran's Revolutionary Guard accusing the U.S. of allowing the Islamic State group to seize the Iraqi city of Ramadi, the latest criticism to follow the fall of the city.... 5/25/2015 6:25 AM

A look at former Israeli Premier Ehud Olmert's career
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison in a case involving allegations he accepted cash-stuffed envelopes from an American supporter.... 5/25/2015 6:09 AM

Son of Pakistan's president escapes bomb attack killing 3
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- Police say the son of Pakistan's president has escaped a roadside bomb attack unharmed after the blast killed three people and wounded 15.... 5/25/2015 5:50 AM

Malaysia finds graves of suspected trafficking victims
WANG KELIAN, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian authorities said Monday they have discovered 139 suspected graves in a series of abandoned camps used by human traffickers on the border with Thailand where Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar were believed to have been held.... 5/25/2015 5:44 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sentenced to 8 months in prison in corruption trial.... 5/25/2015 5:42 AM

Australia appoints 2 new counterterrorism coordinators
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia on Monday moved to increase cooperation between its security agencies against the threat of Islamic State group militants by appointing two new counterterrorism coordinators.... 5/25/2015 5:36 AM

Greece's leftist leaders reject call to miss debt payment
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece will continue paying its debts, after its ruling Radical Left Coalition narrowly rejected a call by party hardliners to miss its next International Monetary Fund loan payment.... 5/25/2015 5:31 AM

Aquino: Philippines to fly usual routes over disputed reefs
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine aircraft will continue to fly their usual routes over disputed reefs in the South China Sea, the country's president said Monday, defying China's challenges to its planes and those of the United States.... 5/25/2015 5:24 AM

Nepali villagers return to homes after river gets unblocked
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Thousands of villagers in northwestern Nepal were able to return to their homes Monday after a mountain river swept away debris from a landslide that had blocked it, allowing waters to flow normally again.... 5/25/2015 4:28 AM

Businesses quietly switch to dollar in socialist Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- It's still possible to buy a gleaming Ford truck in Venezuela, rent a chic apartment in Caracas, and snag an American Airlines flight to Miami. Just not in the country's official currency.... 5/25/2015 4:13 AM

Relatives doubt that 42 men died in shootout on Mexico ranch
MORELIA, Mexico (AP) -- One body was missing an eye and had bruises on its face. Another had its teeth knocked inward. One had a gunshot in the top of the head.... 5/25/2015 4:04 AM

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