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China stocks hit 7-year high, Europe muted ahead of Fed
HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese stocks hit a seven-year high as investors pinned their hopes on further economic stimulus while most other world markets were subdued Friday ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen.... 5/22/2015 11:45 AM

Eiffel Tower closed amid workers' anger about pickpockets
PARIS (AP) -- The Eiffel Tower closed to the public Friday as workers protested a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily.... 5/22/2015 11:44 AM

ECB tells governments: Don't wait to fix Europe's economy
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says governments that share the euro currency shouldn't wait for better times to push through reforms that would boost sluggish growth.... 5/22/2015 11:36 AM

China says work on charter for Asian bank completed
BEIJING (AP) -- Negotiators from 57 governments completed work Friday on a charter for a Chinese-led Asian regional bank that is to be signed in late June, the Chinese finance ministry said.... 5/22/2015 11:32 AM

IS captures Iraqi town, purges opponents in Syria's Palmyra
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Islamic State militants have seized another town in Iraq's western Anbar province less than a week after capturing the provincial capital, a tribal leader said Friday, while in neighboring Syria the group's fighters killed dozens of pro-government forces in the ancient town of Palmyra.... 5/22/2015 11:32 AM

Guinea reports 27 new Ebola cases after previous lull
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- Authorities in the country where the Ebola epidemic began are concerned about a new outbreak of cases just as officials hoped the crisis was coming under control.... 5/22/2015 11:31 AM

UN chief urges peaceful solution of South China Sea dispute
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Friday for a peaceful solution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea, where China's increased assertiveness has alarmed its smaller neighbors.... 5/22/2015 11:29 AM

Iraq deputy PM appeals for more help
SOUTHERN SHUNE, Jordan (AP) -- Iraq's deputy prime minister is appealing for greater international help in fighting the Islamic State group, saying its recent takeover of the key city of Ramadi was a "big disaster" and that the country's own forces could not adequately fight back.... 5/22/2015 11:28 AM

France cracks down on food waste by supermarkets
PARIS (AP) -- France's parliament has voted to forbid big supermarkets from destroying unsold food, encouraging them to donate to charities or farms instead, as part of a national campaign against food waste.... 5/22/2015 11:25 AM

Turkey: 2 trapped in landslide at dam construction site
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish officials say two construction workers are trapped under debris after a landslide at a dam construction site in northeast Turkey.... 5/22/2015 11:25 AM

Michael Fassbender on making 'Macbeth': 'the Scottish film'
CANNES, France (AP) -- Michael Fassbender doesn't know if the "Macbeth" curse carries over to movie adaptations, but he'd rather not test it.... 5/22/2015 11:20 AM

Poland presidential vote could bring return to turbulence
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Presidential candidate Andrzej Duda is a new face in Polish politics, but he may herald a return to an older era when his right-wing party held power.... 5/22/2015 11:20 AM

London homes near Wembley evacuated after WWII bomb is found
LONDON (AP) -- British police have closed roads and evacuated hundreds of homes near London's Wembley Stadium as the army works to defuse an unexploded World War II bomb.... 5/22/2015 11:17 AM

Suicide bomber targets Shiite worshippers in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- An activist says a suicide bomber targeted a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers were commemorating the birth of a revered figure.... 5/22/2015 11:13 AM

Tim Roth deals with death, sadness in Cannes entry 'Chronic'
CANNES, France (AP) -- Tim Roth toned things down for his role in the Cannes Film Festival entry "Chronic."... 5/22/2015 11:03 AM

Man hit by Portuguese policeman alleges aggravated assault
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- A Portuguese soccer fan who was beaten by a police officer in front of his two young sons outside a stadium has filed a complaint accusing the officer of aggravated physical assault, his lawyer said Friday.... 5/22/2015 11:00 AM

Amnesty says torture of Ukraine war prisoners is rife
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are perpetrating war crimes almost daily, including torturing prisoners and summarily killing them, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report Friday.... 5/22/2015 10:55 AM

Female peace activists say Korean DMZ walk is still on
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- A group of female activists, including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Peace Prize laureates, said Friday they will go ahead with their plan to walk across the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas despite reluctance by officials to guarantee their safety and criticism they are being used as propaganda tools by North Korea's government.... 5/22/2015 10:54 AM

Merkel warns 'whole lot left' to do on Greece bailout talks
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- With Greece facing a potential default in two weeks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday sought to add urgency to the talks between the country and its international creditors, warning that "very, very intensive work is still needed."... 5/22/2015 10:47 AM

AP PHOTOS: Firewalkers mark saints' feast day in Greece
AGIA ELENI, Greece (AP) -- Sparks leapt from a glowing carpet of coals as Agia Eleni's firewalkers strolled barefoot across it.... 5/22/2015 10:40 AM

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