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Local elections in Spain test upstart parties' voter appeal
MADRID (AP) -- Local elections in much of Spain could see two upstart parties end nearly four decades of dominance by the conservative Popular Party and the center-left Socialists.... 5/24/2015 7:02 AM

Israeli police say Palestinian stabs teens on Jewish holiday
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police say a 19-year-old Palestinian man stabbed two Israeli teenagers as they walked to a holy site on a Jewish festival.... 5/24/2015 6:40 AM

Ethiopians vote in 1st election without former strongman
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Ethiopians have started voting in national and regional elections, the country's first since the death in 2012 of longtime leader Meles Zenawi.... 5/24/2015 6:36 AM

52 dead in China floods, including 2 kids on overloaded bus
BEIJING (AP) -- The death toll in China's latest round of flooding has risen to at least 52, including two schoolchildren aboard a bus carrying more than twice its authorized passenger load that plunged into a pond, authorities said.... 5/24/2015 6:28 AM

Poles vote in cliffhanger presidential election runoff
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poles are voting in the final round of a cliffhanger presidential election race between the conservative incumbent Bronislaw Komrowski and an even more conservative challenger.... 5/24/2015 6:23 AM

'Bold' Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage in landslide
DUBLIN (AP) -- Ireland's citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday - a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a "social revolution."... 5/24/2015 6:13 AM

At least 10 Afghan police officers killed in Taliban assault
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- Taliban insurgents attacked police checkpoints Sunday in volatile southern Afghanistan, killing at least 10 officers in the ongoing assault, authorities said.... 5/24/2015 6:03 AM

China readies national carbon market to fight climate change
BEIJING (AP) -- At first, the numbers and company names flashing on a big board in Beijing's financial district suggest a booming market.... 5/24/2015 5:39 AM

Thousands evacuated in Nepal after landslide blocks river
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Thousands of people fled villages and towns along a mountain river in northwest Nepal on Sunday after it was blocked by a landslide that could burst and cause flash floods, officials said.... 5/24/2015 4:31 AM

Putin signs Russian law to shut 'undesirable' organizations
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law Saturday giving prosecutors the power to declare foreign and international organizations "undesirable" in Russia and shut them down.... 5/24/2015 4:18 AM

Women's walk across Koreas' DMZ denied; they cross on bus
DORASAN STATION, South Korea (AP) -- International women activists including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Peace laureates on Sunday were denied an attempt to walk across the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea, but were allowed to cross by bus and complete what one of them called a landmark peace event.... 5/24/2015 4:07 AM

Jailed Venezuelan leader starts hunger strike, urges protest
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez said he is beginning a hunger strike and called for a mass anti-government protest next week in a video leaked Saturday.... 5/24/2015 3:40 AM

Local media: Burundi opposition figure shot dead in capital
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- The leader of a Burundi opposition party was killed Saturday by unknown assailants in the nation's capital, Bujumbura, local media reported.... 5/24/2015 3:39 AM

Ireland gives resounding 62.1 percent `yes' to gay marriage
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.... 5/24/2015 2:44 AM

Year-old Thai coup imposes superficial calm but little else
BANGKOK (AP) -- Shortly after seizing power in a coup that followed months of debilitating street protests, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha vowed to end Thailand's decade of political upheaval once and for all. In his words, "to bring everything out in the open and fix it."... 5/24/2015 2:16 AM

Sweden wins Eurovision Song Contest while Russia is booed
VIENNA (AP) -- Sweden beat Russia to win the 60th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, in an event described by organizers as beyond politics but marred by boos for the Russian that were apparently prompted by the Ukraine conflict and the Kremlin's anti-gay policies.... 5/24/2015 1:03 AM

Myanmar president signs off on contested 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.... 5/24/2015 12:39 AM

CANNES WATCH: Going out In style
CANNES, France (AP) -- The 68th Cannes Film Festival was going out in style this weekend, with Marion Cotillard drawing raves on both carpet and screen at the "Macbeth" premiere and the very cool entourage from the LA indie "Dope" continuing to wow the fest as anticipation grew for Sunday's Palme d'Or finale.... 5/24/2015 12:34 AM

Defending 100-meter champion Magnusssen out of swim worlds
SYDNEY (AP) -- Defending 100-meter freestyle champion James Magnussen of Australia will miss the July world swimming championships in Kazan, Russia, due to left shoulder surgery.... 5/23/2015 11:12 PM

Nigerian airlines cancel flights amid fuel crisis
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian airlines grounded flights Saturday and radio stations were silenced as a months-long fuel shortage aggravated by striking oil tanker drivers worsened in Africa's biggest oil producer.... 5/23/2015 10:55 PM



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