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Dutch sending unarmed police to Ukraine crash site

 The Dutch prime minister says he is sending 40 unarmed military police to eastern Ukraine as part of a ramped-up effort to find the last victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 still at the wreckage site. More>>

Uruguay leader thirsty for Paraguay's yerba mate

 Paraguayan yerba mate producers say Uruguay's president is thirsty for more of the traditional tea for his country and is asking them to fill the need at a lower price. More>>

3 charged in Nicaragua bus attacks that killed 5

 Nicaragua's top prosecutor says three men have been charged with murder and organized crime involving weekend attacks on two buses carrying supporters of the Central American country's governing party. Five people were killed and 28 wounded. More>>

Trinidad pair cleared of caging protected animals

 A judge in Trinidad & Tobago has angered environmentalists by dismissing charges against a couple who were found with 55 protected animals caged at their home amid a no-trapping, no-hunting moratorium in the Caribbean nation. More>>

6 to stand trial in group home case in Mexico

 A Mexican judge has ordered six employees of a group home raided amid charges of abuse and filthy conditions to stand trial. More>>

UN urges quick implementation of CAR cease-fire

 The U.N. Security Council is welcoming the signing of a cease-fire agreement between armed groups in the Central African Republic and calling on all parties to immediately implement it. More>>

Witness: Teen's plane didn't show obvious distress

 A man who saw a plane flown by a teen killed during an around-the-world flight says the aircraft was flying low but didn't show any obvious signs of distress before diving into the ocean. More>>

Australian reporter imprisoned in Egypt to appeal

 An Australian Al-Jazeera journalist will appeal his conviction on charges that he aided Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brortherhood. More>>

S.Korea lab fails to find out how ferry owner died

 South Korea's state-run forensic lab says it has failed to find out how a fugitive billionaire blamed for April's ferry disaster died. More>>

Chicken off McDonald's HK menu after food scandal

 McDonald's restaurants in Hong Kong have taken chicken nuggets and chicken burgers off the menu after a mainland Chinese supplier was accused of selling expired meat. More>>

Obama: FAA took 'prudent action' on Israel flights

President Barack Obama says the Federal Aviation Administration took "prudent action" in temporarily banning U.S. flights in and out of Israel. More>>

Burkina official: Plane wreckage found in Mali

A Burkina Faso official says the wreckage of the Air Algerie plane that went missing has been found in Mali. More>>

UN urges quick implementation of CAR cease-fire

The U.N. Security Council is welcoming the signing of a cease-fire agreement between armed groups in the Central African Republic and calling on all parties to immediately implement it. More>>

French minister: Missing plane 'probably crashed'

France's foreign minister says the Air Algerie flight that has gone missing over Mali has "probably crashed. More>>

Israeli fire hits UN facility in Gaza, killing 15

Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside. More>>

GOP senators demand say on Iran nuclear deal

Republican senators are insisting that the House and Senate sign off on any potential nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers or else sanctions on Tehran that had been temporarily lifted could kick back in. More>>

Thousands attend tense pro-Gaza march in Paris

 Days after two banned pro-Gaza protests degenerated into violence, thousands of demonstrators were marching through Paris under the eye of hundreds of riot police, this time in a legal protest. More>>

Sierra Leone doctor fighting Ebola catches disease

 Sierra Leone's health minister confirms that the doctor in charge of battling the current Ebola outbreak has himself become ill with the deadly disease. More>>

Bloomberg lands in Israel in show of support

 Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has landed in Israel, despite a U.S. ban on flying there amid rocket fire during the war in Gaza. More>>

Central African Republic's rebels sign cease-fire

Representatives of the Muslim and Christian factions battling in Central African Republic have signed a cease-fire agreement in Brazzaville, capital of neighboring Republic of Congo.

Hamas calls for end to blockade of Gaza border

 Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal is calling for the opening of Gaza's borders and the end of a more than seven-year-long blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt on the Palestinian strip. More>>

Canadian man faces terror charge

 A Canadian man has been charged under a new anti-terrorism law for allegedly leaving the country to join Islamist fighters in Syria. More>>

UN chief 'alarmed' at rockets put at UN Gaza site

 The U.N. secretary-general says he is "alarmed" to hear that rockets were placed in a U.N.-run school in Gaza and that "subsequently these have gone missing." More>>

Quebec police try to prevent auction of locomotive

 Quebec provincial police say they've taken steps to prevent the U.S. auction of the locomotive from the runaway oil train that derailed and exploded in the town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people. More>>

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader goes on trial

 A top leader of the anti-government protests that wracked Venezuela for months this spring is getting his day in court. More>>

Jamaica police arrest 41 suspected scammers

 Police in Jamaica say they have detained more than three dozen people as suspected lottery scammers. More>>

Puerto Rico to pay for chikungunya virus testing

 Puerto Rico's health department is paying for laboratory tests that determine whether someone has the chikungunya virus amid an epidemic in the U.S. territory. More>>

Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down

 Senior Shiite politicians say Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected an attempt by top ally Iran to persuade him to step down, underlining his determination to push for a third term in office. More>>

Malaysia jet victims' bodies arrive in Netherlands Video included

Two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have landed in the southern city of Eindhoven. More>>

Report: Plane crashes in Taiwan, killing 51 people

Taiwan's Central News Agency says a plane has crashed in a failed emergency landing, killing 51 people. More>>

Crash scene still not secure

 Although the remains of victims from the downed Malaysia Airlines jetliner are on their way to the Netherlands, and the black box recorders are being turned over to the airline, similar progress isn't being seen at the crash site itself. More>>

European agency urges airlines to avoid Tel Aviv

 The European Aviation Safety Agency says it "strongly recommends" that airlines refrain from operating flights to and from Tel Aviv. More>>

Nigerian president meets with parents of abducted girls

 Nigeria's president has met today for the first time with parents of 219 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, and with dozens of their classmates who managed to escape from Islamic extremists. More>>

Israel tells airlines not to cancel flights

 Israeli officials are urging foreign airlines to reverse their decision to cancel flights into Israel's main airport. More>>

Puerto Rico police probe deaths of 16 cats, dogs

 Police in Puerto Rico have launched an investigation into the deaths of at least 16 cats and dogs found near a bridge where dozens of animals were thrown to their deaths seven years ago in a case that sparked international outrage. More>>

Qatar, Saudi rulers meet on Gaza cease-fire talks

 A senior Saudi official says Qatar's emir has flown to Saudi Arabia and met with King Abdullah to discuss cease-fire efforts to end the war in the Gaza Strip. More>>

Mexico's circuses caught up in animal rights spat

Mexico's "circus wars" are heating up, as a growing movement to ban circus animals meets growing anger from circus workers. More>>

At least 21 dead in Iraq checkpoint car bombing

 A suicide driver rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint at the entrance to Baghdad's Khazimiyah district killing 21 people, including seven policemen manning the post. More>>

US: No evidence of direct Russian link to plane Video included

Senior U.S. intelligence officials say they have no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. More>>

FAA tells US airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv

The Federal Aviation Administration is telling U.S. airlines they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel after a Hamas rocket exploded nearby. More>>

Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia

Hillary Rodham Clinton says the U.S. and Europe should work together to develop tougher sanctions on Russia and says she backs President Barack Obama's calls for a thorough investigation into the passenger jet that was shot down last week over Ukraine. More>>

Bolivian president vows to expand coca crops

 Bolivian President Evo Morales has been re-elected head of the country's largest union of coca growers and promises to expand crops if he wins a third term as the nation's leader. More>>

Philippines: 17 rebels, 1 soldier dead in clashes

 A Philippine military official says 17 Muslim rebels from a breakaway faction and a soldier have died in renewed clashes. More>>

Artistic director of women's wear leaving Hermes

 Christophe Lemaire, the artistic director of Hermes women's ready-to-wear line, is parting ways with the luxury house after four years. More>>

Protesters denounce Israel at embassy in Cyprus

 Several hundred pro-Palestinian protesters have demanded a halt to military action in Gaza during a peaceful protest near the Israeli embassy in the Cypriot capital. More>>

Romania: president blames Russia for downing plane

 Romania's president says Russia is acting as a "partner for terrorists" in eastern Ukraine and responsible for the downing of a Malaysian jetliner. More>>

Kuwait strips citizenship of 5 opposition figures

 Kuwait has stripped five well-known opposition figures of their citizenship, including the owner of a newspaper and television station. More>>

Bolivian president vows to expand coca crops

 Bolivian President Evo Morales has been re-elected head of the country's largest union of coca growers and promises to expand crops if he wins a third term as the nation's leader. More>>

UN passes resolution calling for plane crash probe

 The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved an Australia-proposed resolution calling for an international investigation into the Malaysian plane downed over eastern Ukraine and an end to military activities around the site. More>>

Islamic militants kill 2 tribal leaders in Egypt

 Security officials in Egypt say suspected Islamic militants have gunned down two tribal leaders in the restive northern region of the Sinai Peninsula over their alleged connection to authorities. More>>

Kerry arrives in Cairo in search for Mideast peace

 Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Cairo to push for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. More>>

More deaths on both sides, as peace effort continues

 As top diplomats from the United States and the U.N. try to work out a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, the top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip is signaling that his group won't agree to an unconditional truce. More>>

Officials: Pot haul seized on Caribbean cargo ship

 U.S. authorities say they have seized a haul of marijuana from a Guyana-flagged cargo ship in the Caribbean south of Puerto Rico. More>>

US blasts Russia despite support for crash probe

 The United States is blasting Moscow for its support of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine where the Malaysia Airlines plane went down, while welcoming Russia's support of a U.N. resolution calling for an investigation of the crash site. More>>

Officials find 5 bodies in northern Mexico pits

 Authorities in the northern Mexico state of Sinaloa say they have the found the bodies of five men in a clandestine burial site. More>>

US to send $47M in humanitarian aid to Gaza Strip

 The U.S. is sending $47 million in humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip to help tens of thousands of Palestinians there who have been forced from their homes since war broke out two weeks ago. More>>

Official: Turkish soldier killed in clash

 An official says Turkish soldiers have clashed with a group of suspected smugglers on the Turkish-Syrian border. One soldier was killed and two others were wounded. More>>

Train with plane crash bodies leaves rebel town

A refrigerated train bearing the bodies of many of the 298 people killed in the Malaysia Airlines plane disaster has pulled away from a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine. More>>

UPDATE: Obama calls for immediate access to crash site

President Barack Obama will speak about the downed plane in Ukraine from the White House Monday morning. More>>

Many killed as extremists attack Nigerian town

 Survivors say Boko Haram gunmen invaded a northeastern Nigerian town just 85 kilometers  (53 miles)from Maiduguri city before dawn, killing many villagers and setting homes ablaze. More>>

Reports: 100 killed in seizure of Syria gas field

 Activists say some 100 soldiers, guards and employees were killed when jihadis seized a gas field in central Syria on Thursday. More>>

Fidel Castro: Ukraine to blame for downed airliner

 Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro is blaming the Ukrainian government in Kiev for the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane. More>>

UK court orders 'Glee' name change in legal row

 Glum news for "Glee" -- Britain's High Court says the musical TV show must change its name because it breaches the trademark of a chain of comedy clubs. More>>

Coroner clears travel firm in polar bear mauling

 A British coroner has cleared a travel company of blame in the fatal mauling of a teen by a polar bear during an Arctic expedition. More>>

Electrolux posts Q2 loss on restructuring costs

 Swedish home appliance maker Electrolux has posted a second-quarter net loss of 92 million ($13.5 million) kronor, citing large restructuring charges, but says demand in Europe and the United States is picking up. More>>

UPDATE: What's known 1 day after Ukraine crash

BRUSSELS (AP) -- One day after the crash of a Malaysian jetliner carrying 298 people in eastern Ukraine, here's what is known, and what has been claimed:


Palestinians threaten legal action against Israel

 The Palestinian U.N. ambassador is threatening to go to U.N. and international courts which would likely include the International Criminal Court if the Security Council doesn't act to protect Palestinian civilians from Israeli attack and end the conflict in Gaza. More>>

Rebel suggests Malaysia plane victims long dead

 A top pro-Russia rebel commander in eastern Ukraine has given a version of events surrounding the Malaysian jetliner crash -- suggesting many of the victims may have died days before the plane took off. More>>

Obama opens Eastern Seaboard to oil exploration

A decision by the Obama administration is going to be welcomed by the oil industry, but not by environmentalists. More>>

UN chief Ban heading to Mideast in Gaza peace bid

 A U.N. official says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will leave Saturday for the Middle East to help mediate the conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas. More>>

Ugandan police abuse homeless kids, says report

 Human Rights Watch says homeless children in Uganda's urban centers face violence including sexual abuse at the hands of police and local officials. More>>

2 critics of Swaziland government convicted

 A lawyer in Swaziland says two government critics there have been found guilty of contempt of court in a case that focused attention on human rights in the landlocked African kingdom. More>>

66-yard crater appears in far northern Siberia

 Russian scientists say they believe a 60-meter (66-yard) wide crater discovered recently in far northern Siberia could be the result of changing temperatures in the region. More>>

Pope schedules back-to-back trips to Naples area

 Pope Francis is planning rare back-to-back trips to the city of Caserta near Naples, one official and one private. More>>

Afghan airport reopens following attack

 Operations have returned to normal at Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan, which was shut down early today as gunman carried out a pre-dawn rocket attack. More>>

Top American spy in Germany has left country

 The top U.S. intelligence official in Germany has left the country, a week after the government in Berlin asked him to go. More>>

Iranian president backs extension of nuclear talks

 Iran's president is backing an extension of nuclear negotiations with world powers underway in Vienna, saying it would be in the "interest of all" if the talks went on past their planned July 20 deadline. More>>

Israel approves call-up of 18,000 more reservists

 The Israeli military says Israel's Cabinet has authorized the call-up of an additional 18,000 reserve soldiers. More>>

US intel says Malaysian plane shot down by missile Video included

A U.S. official says that American intelligence authorities now believe a surface-to-air missile took down the Malaysian passenger plane as it flew over eastern Ukraine Thursday. More>>

Suspended Canadian senator faces 31 charges

 The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have laid 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery against a suspended senator who is accused of receiving $90,000 from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's former chief of staff. More>>

Britain asks for emergency UN meeting on Ukraine

Britain has asked for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Ukraine. Britain's U.N. Mission said Thursday the time of the meeting has not been set. More>>

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Ukraine: Recordings show rebels shot down plane

Ukraine's security services produced what they said were two intercepted telephone conversations that they said showed rebels were responsible for downing a Malaysian airliner. More>>

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AP: Malaysia Airlines flight shot down in Ukraine

A Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in eastern Ukraine, Russian news agency Interfax reported Thursday. More>>

Paris bans pro-Palestinian protest amid tensions

 Paris police are forbidding pro-Palestinian protesters from holding a march, after violence marred a recent protest amid tensions in France around the fighting in Gaza. More>>

Macedonia to ban gay marriage in constitution

 Macedonia's parliament has agreed to consider proposed constitutional amendments to effectively ban gay marriage and impose limits on public debt. More>>

EU leaders haggle over new foreign policy chief

 European Union leaders are haggling over who will get the prestigious job as the 28-nation bloc's new foreign policy chief. More>>

UN chief speaks on Dominican citizenship issue

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging legislators in the Dominican Republic to find a humanitarian solution to a fiercely debated court decision that could render thousands of people of Haitian descent stateless. More>>

Morocco warns of terror plot from Syria, Iraq

 Morocco's interior minister says that Moroccan extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria are plotting terror attacks on prominent figures and sites back home. More>>

Uruguay teachers protest attacks by parents

You could call them helicopter parents on steroids. More>>

Nigeria seeks to borrow $1 billion for military

 Nigeria's president says he wants to borrow $1 billion from abroad for equipment and training for the military fighting an Islamic insurgency. More>>

Uruguay teachers protest attacks by parents

 Teachers in this South American country are going on a 24-hour strike to protest a wave of physical attacks on educators by students' mothers and fathers. More>>

Israeli army agrees to 'humanitarian' pause

 The Israeli military says it has agreed to a U.N.-brokered five-hour pause in its strikes on the Gaza Strip to allow Palestinians to restock supplies. More>>

Puerto Rico gov pledges new plebiscite on status

 Puerto Rico's governor says he will hold a new plebiscite by 2016 to decide the future of the island's political status. More>>

Rescue workers: Ukraine airstrike kills civilians

 Rescue workers say an airstrike has demolished an apartment block in eastern Ukraine, killing at least nine civilians. More>>

Rush-hour Moscow subway derails; 20 dead

 Investigators now say it wasn't a power surge that caused this morning's deadly subway train derailment in Moscow. More>>

Greece: Hospital probe into bribery-death claim

 A judicial inquiry is taking place at a state hospital in Athens where a 67-year-old heart patient died after allegedly being denied timely surgery by a doctor seeking a bribe. More>>

Kenya postelection violence victims seek justice

 An international human rights group says victims of the violence in Kenya that killed more than 1,000 people and displaced more than 600,000 from their homes six years ago are still seeking justice and reparation. More>>

200 tons of Syrian chemicals in UK for destruction

 A 200-ton shipment of Syrian chemicals once stockpiled to make weapons has arrived in Britain where it will be destroyed. More>>

Parents of abducted girls refuse to meet president

 Organizers say parents of some of the 219 schoolgirls held captive by Boko Haram extremists are refusing to meet Nigeria's president. More>>

UK lawmakers debate emergency data-retention law

 British lawmakers are debating the balance between privacy and security during an unusual one-day session designed to rush an online surveillance bill through parliament. More>>

Netanyahu says Israel will hit Hamas hard

 Israel's leader says the country will exert "great force" against Gaza's Hamas rulers after the Islamic militants rejected a truce agreement. More>>

Officials rule out terrorism in subway wreck that killed more than 20

 Officials in Moscow are vigorously dismissing terrorism as a possible cause of today's subway derailment that killed at least 21 people. The accident sent 136 others to the hospital, many with serious injuries. More>>

Pope seeks protection of young US-bound migrants

 Pope Francis has called for "urgent intervention" to welcome and protect minors traveling on their own from Central and South America to the United States in increasing numbers. More>>

AP INTERVIEW: Afghan hopeful credits US deal

 Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah says Afghanistan was on the verge of a "very, very serious situation" before he struck a U.S.-brokered deal with his rival to avert the crisis by holding a fully audited vote count. More>>

19 dead, 150 injured in Moscow subway derailment

Russian emergency officials say a rush-hour subway train has derailed in Moscow, killing 19 people and sending at least 150 others to the hospital, many with serious injuries. More>>

Attorney: Guam rampage suspect assaulted in jail

 The lawyer for a Guam man accused of killing three tourists in a crash and stabbing rampage says her client was assaulted in jail by another inmate. More>>

UK foreign minister William Hague stepping down

 The British government says Foreign Secretary William Hague is leaving his job, a surprise announcement that precedes a major shakeup of the Conservative-led administration. More>>

Mary Robinson named UN envoy for climate change

 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former Irish president Mary Robinson as his special envoy for climate change. More>>

After a week of fighting, Egypt proposes a temporary cease-fire between Israel and Hamas

 Both Israel and Hamas say they are seriously considering a cease-fire proposal presented by Egypt. More>>

Bolivia: Morales officially candidate for 3rd term

 Bolivian President Evo Morales' candidacy for a third consecutive term is now official. More>>

For Bastille Day, France commemorates World War I

 Soldiers carrying the flags of 76 countries are walking down the Champs-Elysees in Paris, as France's traditional Bastille Day military parade commemorates the centenary of World War I. More>>

2 killed in Egypt clashes during Islamist protests

 An Egyptian health official says two people have been killed in clashes during a demonstration by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. More>>

US border effort sputters as migrants cross again

 A U.S. effort to discourage immigrants' repeated attempts to enter the country illegally by dropping them back in Mexico hundreds of miles away from where they were caught has been sharply scaled back after producing relatively modest gains. More>>

Thousands protest Gaza strikes in London, Paris

 Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators have turned out on the streets of London and Paris to call for an end to Israeli military strikes on Gaza. More>>

Thousands protest Gaza strikes in London, Paris

 Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators have turned out on the streets of London and Paris to call for an end to Israeli military strikes on Gaza. More>>

Biggest security detail in Brazil history at final

More than 25,000 soldiers and police, the biggest security detail in Brazil's history, will be deployed around Rio de Janeiro to control Sunday's World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium. More>>

Kerry meets with Afghan presidential candidates

 Secretary of State John Kerry has been trying to work out a deal today between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates. More>>

Quake hits Japan, tsunami advisory issued

 A 6.8-magnitude earthquake has hit Japan's northern coast near the nuclear power plant crippled in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. More>>

Canadian man found guilty on 2 terror charges

 A Canadian man has been convicted of two terrorism-related charges in an alleged plot against targets in Canada and abroad. More>>

Mexico rescues 8 child migrants held by kidnappers

 Mexican authorities say they rescued eight Salvadoran migrant youths who had been kidnapped by an equally youthful gang in northern Mexico. More>>

Virtual Neruda walks streets of Chile's capital

 Forty years after his death, Pablo Neruda will once again write and recite love poems, and walk through Santiago's streets to the admiring gazes of Chileans -- virtually, that is. More>>

Workers conclude repairs on Brazil's Christ statue

 Brazil's famous Christ the Redeemer statue has been fitted with new gear to protect it from future storms. More>>

Canada imposes further sanctions against Ukraine

 Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada will impose economic sanctions and a travel ban on 14 more members of pro-Russian separatist groups in Ukraine. More>>

UN chief names de ap to be Syria point man

 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has officially named veteran Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura to be the new U.N. point man on Syria, with a mandate to try to end the conflict now in its fourth year. More>>

Iraq says 'terrorists' seize chemical weapons site

 Iraq has informed the United Nations that the Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad where 2,500 chemical rockets filled with the deadly nerve agent sarin or their remnants were stored along with other chemical warfare agents. More>>

11 Honduran miners trapped in small gold mine

 Rescue workers using picks and shovels are clearing rubble as they try to reach 11 miners trapped since Wednesday inside a wildcat gold mine in southern Honduras. More>>

8 of Honduran miners rescued from small gold mine

 A Honduran official says eight miners have been rescued from a small gold mine while three remain trapped. More>>

Lawyers: Ex-Ivory Coast leader eager for trial

Lawyers for Ivory Coast's former president say their client is eager to stand trial on charges of crimes against humanity so those truly responsible for his country's crisis will be brought to justice. More>>

Aid, recovery workers targeted in southern Mexico

Prosecutors in Mexico's southern Guerrero state say drug gang members were responsible for the killing of three government aid workers whose beaten bodies were found in a clandestine burial site.

Greece's first public revenues chief steps down

Greece's first public revenues chief, whose job was created in 2012 at the insistence of bailout creditors, has stepped down citing "personal grounds," the country's finance ministry says.

Egypt's government levies $25 tax on tourists

An Egyptian airport official says authorities have levied a new airport tax on tourists leaving the country, a move that has been criticized as being a further deterrent for vacationers considering the country as a holiday destination. More>>

German Parliament extends Holocaust pensions

Germany's Parliament has unanimously approved a measure extending pension payments for thousands of elderly Jews who were forced to work for the Nazis in ghettos. More>>

Austria: Imam alleged to recruit Islamic fighters

An Islamic preacher has been arrested on suspicion of recruiting young Chechens living in Austria to fight for Islam in Syria. More>>

Witnesses: Boko Haram seizing villages in Nigeria

Witnesses report that militants from the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram (BOH'-koh hah-RAHM') are taking over villages in northeastern Nigeria, killing and terrorizing civilians and political leaders. More>>

3 officers killed, 2 injured in Canada shooting

Police say three officers have been shot dead and two others injured and they are searching for a suspect in the east coast Canadian province of New Brunswick. More>>

China says 29 arrested in anti-terror crackdown

China says 29 people have been arrested in what it calls an anti-terrorism crackdown in the northwestern region of Xinjiang following a series of deadly attacks blamed on Muslim extremists. More>>

Ax-hefting Dutch clown, friends punished for prank

A Dutch court has convicted three men of threatening behavior after one dressed up as a clown and chased unsuspecting cyclists with an ax. More>>

Moose disrupts handicraft class at Swedish school

Schoolchildren in western Sweden received a surprise visit during their handicraft class when a moose jumped through the window. More>>

Lebanon takes measures to stop Syrian refugees

Lebanon has begun implementing measures to stop the flow of Syrian refugees into the tiny country. More>>

Hospital: Released soldier Bergdahl is stable

A U.S. military hospital in Germany says Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is in "stable condition and receiving treatment for conditions requiring hospitalization" after arriving from Afghanistan and five years of captivity. More>>

Cuba agent: US-Afghan prisoner swap a precedent

A Cuban intelligence agent who spent years in jail in the United States says the exchange of five Taliban detainees for a U.S. Army sergeant held captive in Afghanistan could set a precedent for a similar swap with Cuba. More>>

France hosts dueling dinners for Obama, Putin

French President Francois Hollande certainly won't go hungry this Thursday night. He's dining twice -- first with U.S. President Barack Obama, then with Russian President Vladimir Putin. More>>

Mob torches Christian shops in Egypt ahead trial

A mob of angry Islamic extremists burned shops owned by Coptic Christians near the ancient city of Luxor on Monday, hours before a trial for a Coptic Christian accused of blasphemy, a security official said. More>>

Nigerian police ban protests over kidnapped girls

Nigerian police said Monday they have banned protests in the capital demanding that the government rescue more than 200 girls still held captive by Boko Haram militants. More>>

Thai army chief: elections could occur in 1 year

The head of the military junta that took control of Thailand in a coup last week says elections may not take place for more than a year because peace and reforms must be achieved first. More>>

Vandals deface Jewish graves in northern Greece

Greek authorities say vandals have attacked the Jewish cemetery of Thessaloniki, whose Jewish population was nearly wiped out during World War II. More>>

Clashes between rebels, tribesmen kill 12 in Yemen

Security officials and tribal leaders in Yemen say clashes between Shiite rebels and tribesmen backed by national army units have killed at least 12 people. More>>

Faux 'shaman' jailed for 10 years for fraud

A fraudulent faith healer who convinced victims she was a shaman and conned them out of almost 1 million pounds ($1.7 million) has been jailed for 10 years. More>>

Pakistan arrests 4 suspects in woman's stoning

Pakistani police said Friday that they have arrested four more people in connection with the killing of a pregnant woman who was beaten and stoned to death by her family for marrying without their permission. More>>

Thousands rally to support renegade Libya general

Several thousand Libyan protesters have taken to the streets for a second week to support a renegade general who launched an armed campaign against Islamist militias in the restive east of the country. More>>

Sudan won't install Iranian anti-aircraft missiles

Sudan's Foreign Ministry says the country won't install Iranian anti-aircraft missiles in the country after earlier exploring the idea following suspected Israeli airstrikes there in 2012. More>>

Magnate Carlos Slim opens aquarium in Mexico

Mexican magnate Carlos Slim has inaugurated a four-level, underground aquarium that is the biggest in Latin America, housing 3,000 animals belonging to 230 species. More>>

North Korea sentences S. Korean missionary to life

North Korea says it has sentenced a South Korean missionary to hard labor for life for allegedly trying to set up underground churches and spying. More>>

Hagel: China territorial claims destabilize region

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is warning an international security conference that the U.S. "will not look the other way" when nations such as China try to restrict navigation or ignore international rules and standards. More>>

6 US men detained in Honduras for weeks

The U.S. State Department has confirmed that six American men who were aboard a ship have been detained in Honduras since May 5. More>>

Indigenous groups demonstrate in Brazil's capital

Police say more than 300 indigenous people of different ethnic groups are rallying again in front of Brazil's Justice Ministry to protest against legislation that would reduce the size of some Indian reservations. More>>

Bulgarian ex-minister gets 4 years in jail

A former Bulgarian interior minister has been sentenced to four years in prison for obstructing an investigation against a senior police official. More>>

Liberian women protest for dead husbands' benefits

Dozens of women who claim their husbands were killed in Liberia's 14 years of conflict have staged a protest demanding the payment of their late husbands' benefits.

Truckloads of Thai soldiers block protest as junta bans all anti-coup demonstrations

More than 1,000 Thai troops and police have sealed off one of Bangkok's busiest intersections to prevent a planned protest, as authorities say they will no longer allow demonstrations against last week's military coup. More>>

Vatican: Israel, Palestine prayer meeting June 8

The Vatican says the prayer meeting at the Vatican with the pope and the Israeli and Palestinian presidents will take place on June 8. More>>

Iran reports its first death from MERS virus

Iran's official news agency is reporting the Islamic Republic has suffered its first fatality from the Middle Eastern respiratory virus. More>>

Pakistan: Slain woman's husband killed 1st wife

A senior police official in Pakistan says the husband of a woman stoned to death by her family earlier this week was arrested for killing his first wife, though the case against him was withdrawn. More>>

UN has record number of about 118,000 peacekeepers

The U.N. peacekeeping chief says a record number of about 118,000 peacekeepers are currently deployed in 16 missions around the world, and he's hoping that countries withdrawing their forces from Afghanistan will strengthen U.N. forces with their high-tech assets. More>>

Ex-Ecuadorean president calls charges political

Former Ecuadorean President Jamil Mahuad says an arrest warrant issued for him on corruption charges is unfounded political persecution. More>>

Quake rattles Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck in the waters between the Dominican Republic and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico on Wednesday, shaking buildings in both places. More>>

UN: Syria won't meet deadline to destroy chemicals

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the U.N. Security Council that the June 30 deadline for totally eliminating Syria's chemical weapons will not be met. More>>

30 percent of world is now fat, no country immune

Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades, according to a new global analysis. More>>

Mexico vigilantes urge more 'self-defense' groups

Human rights activists and vigilante leaders who rose up to fight a drug cartel in western Mexico are urging Mexicans to form "self-defense" groups to demand public security and justice. More>>

Barrick reaches deal with Pascua-Lama detractors

Barrick Gold says it has reached an initial deal with an indigenous group in Chile that has opposed the blocked Pascua-Lama mine high in the Andes. More>>

Guyana has first cases of virus new to region

Guyana has reported its first cases of a mosquito-borne virus that has been rapidly spreading in the Caribbean. More>>

Pregnant woman stoned to death in Pakistan buried

The husband of a pregnant woman stoned to death in Pakistan says her family had to bury her before dawn over the gruesome injuries she suffered. More>>

Ukraine's new leader gets D-Day invite from France

The French president has invited the newly-elected Ukrainian leader to attend June 6 ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day. More>>

Turnout low on extra day of voting

Voting has been extended for a third day in Egypt's presidential election, but few people are showing up at polling places. More>>

1 reported dead in shooting in Cape Town airport

South African media say one person has died in a shooting in Cape Town International Airport. More>>

GE chief woos French leader, seeking Alstom deal

The chief executive of General Electric is promising to create jobs in France and trying to charm the French president into backing a $17 billion GE buyout of manufacturer Alstom's energy operations. More>>

Al-Qaida foreign fighters expand its global reach

A U.N. sanctions committee says al-Qaida's recruitment of foreign fighters has expanded its global reach, which could lead to new pan-Arab and pan-European networks of extremists. More>>

Priest: 30 killed at Central African Rep. church

 A priest in Central African Republic says at least 30 people have been killed after suspected Muslim rebels attacked a church where Christians were seeking refuge. More>>

Venezuela implicates US envoy in opposition plot

Venezuela's government is implicating the U.S. ambassador to Colombia in a plot to destabilize President Nicolas Maduro's rule. More>>

Egypt extends presidential election voting 1 day

State TV says Egypt's election commission has extended voting in the presidential election for a third day amid reported low turnout. More>>

2 British men plead guilty in terrorism case

Two British brothers have pleaded guilty to conspiracy for planning to attend a terrorist training camp in Syria. Hamza Nawaz, 24, and 30-year-old Mohommod Nawaz were arrested in September in Dover after arriving in England from France. More>>

Chemical weapons inspectors attacked in Syria, but all staff safe, officials say

The international chemical weapons watchdog agency says all its staff members are safe after a convoy of inspectors came under attack in Syria. More>>

Hurricane Amanda regains force, still no threat

Hurricane Amanda unexpectedly regained some strength on Tuesday, but remained far off Mexico's Pacific coast and posed no threat to land. More>>

Official: Tunisia assembly must set election date

The head of Tunisia's electoral commission has urged the assembly to hurry up and set a date for upcoming elections. More>>

54 killed in new attacks in Nigeria, say officials

Nigerian officials say that 54 people were killed in two attacks in northern Nigeria suspected to be by Islamic extremists. More>>

Colombia chocolate thief sentenced to 5 months

It's enough to make a candy junkie give up the sweet stuff forever. More>>

UN to focus on protecting civilians in South Sudan

The U.N. Security Council has voted unanimously to change the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan to focus on the protection of civilians instead of nation building. More>>

Once world's heaviest man cremated in Mexico

A Mexican man once listed as the world's heaviest human has been cremated after dying Monday at the age of 48. More>>

US, EU urge political solution in Libya's standoff

The U.S. Embassy and European diplomatic missions in Tripoli have expressed concern over the escalating violence in Libya as a renegade general's offensive against Islamists further splits the country. More>>

UN: Iran cuts uranium closest to nuke-arms grade

The U.N. nuclear agency says Iran has neutralized about four-fifths of its stockpile of higher-enriched uranium that could be turned quickly into the core of a nuclear weapon. More>>

Church of England dioceses approve female bishops

The Church of England says all its dioceses have voted to let women serve as bishops, leaving just one major hurdle to changing centuries of church practice. More>>

Radicals barred from Jerusalem ahead of pope visit

Police have barred several Israeli extremists from Jerusalem ahead of Pope Francis's visit to the Holy Land.

S Sudan famine risk remains despite $600M pledge

The good news for hundreds of thousands of hungry South Sudan residents is that international donors this week pledged an additional $600 million to help a country upended by conflict. The bad news is that perilous security and flooded roads mean famine remains a real possibility. More>>

UN: Iran cuts uranium closest to nuke-arms grade

Iran has neutralized most of its stockpile of higher-enriched uranium that could be turned quickly into the core of a nuclear weapon, the U.N. nuclear agency said Friday, leaving the country with only about a fifth of what it would need for such a purpose. More>>

UN: Iran cuts uranium closest to nuke-arms grade

Iran has neutralized most of its stockpile of higher-enriched uranium that could be turned quickly into the core of a nuclear weapon, the U.N. nuclear agency said Friday, leaving the country with only about a fifth of what it would need for such a purpose. More>>

Clashes at Egypt rallies kill 2 ahead of election

Authorities in Egypt say two people have been killed in clashes between Islamist protesters and their opponents on the final day of campaigning before next week's presidential election. More>>

Poland's Walesa says the US no longer world leader

Poland's former president and Nobel Peace laureate, Lech Walesa, says he plans to deliver some critical words to President Barack Obama when he visits Poland in June to mark 25 years since the country emerged from communism. More>>

Israeli police detain extremists before pope visit

Israeli police says it has issued restraining orders against several Jewish extremists who had planned to "disrupt" the upcoming visit of Pope Francis. More>>

Mexico City slammed for breast feeding ads

Mexico City thought it had a racy but catchy ad campaign to raise low levels of breast feeding, but instead has drawn a storm of protest from mothers and women's groups. More>>

Armstrong stripped of France's Legion of Honor

 Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his award in the Legion of Honor, the best-known recognition in France. More>>

Malian army flees Kidal amid rebel fighting

Residents say Malian soldiers have retreated from the northern town of Kidal after heavy gunbattles with ethnic Tuareg separatist rebels. More>>

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