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May 26, 2015 - 11:15am
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PARIS (AP) — Paris authorities are escorting coffins representing four World War II resistance figures through the French capital toward the Pantheon, the resting place of French heroes.

The event Tuesday is part of two days of national ceremonies honoring the two women and two men, meant to symbolize French efforts against extremist violence in the past and today, four months after deadly terrorist attacks left 20 dead in Paris.

Hearses bearing the...

May 26, 2015 - 11:12am
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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A pressure group says Turkey's top administrative court has confirmed in a ruling that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's 1,150-room mega-palace was illegally constructed on protected land.

Erdogan moved into the palace last year, brushing aside protests by opposition parties and advocacy groups who say the $620 million complex is unlawful.

The Ankara Chamber of Architects, which filed several cases against the palace, said...

May 26, 2015 - 10:58am
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OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Authorities have exhumed human remains from the grave of an assassinated president of Burkina Faso, nearly three decades after he was killed.

A family lawyer confirmed Tuesday that they also found bits of fabric inside the purported grave of former leader Thomas Sankara.

Sankara, a Marxist revolutionary, was killed in 1987 during a coup staged by his once-best friend Blaise Compaore.

Compaore was...

May 26, 2015 - 10:57am
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish radio station has been met with a storm of angry protests after its hosts claimed they clubbed a young rabbit to death on air with a bicycle pump.

Co-host Kristoffer Eriksen from public broadcaster Radio24syv said the Monday morning show stunt was aimed at initiating a debate about "the vast hypocrisy surrounding our relationship with animals."

Zookeeper Jesper Lauritzen told Radio24syv he had advised the channel...

May 26, 2015 - 10:46am
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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz says the country will take in 60 Christian families fleeing violence in Syria.

Kopacz said Tuesday that "for a start" 60 families with children will be brought to Poland. More could follow later.

She said that Poland, a Christian nation should "quickly react" and offer help to Christians who are "persecuted in a barbaric way in Syria."

The decision follows accusations by...

May 26, 2015 - 10:43am
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BEIRUT (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, now a United Nations special education envoy, says Syrian refugees have overwhelmed Lebanese public schools, which need more global support.

Brown said Tuesday that Lebanon has made tremendous efforts, enrolling 106,000 Syrian children by introducing double shifts in more than 150 public schools.

Still, Lebanese Education Minister Elias Bou Saab says more than 400,000 Syrian children need...

May 26, 2015 - 9:57am
34 min 15 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — EU officials are welcoming a French-German push for closer cooperation among the countries that use the euro, while British Prime Minister David Cameron's office says that won't derail his mission to reduce EU involvement in national affairs.

A spokesman for European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Margaritis Schinas, said Tuesday that the Franco-German idea is "key" to efforts to strengthen the eurozone. Newspaper Le Monde reported that France and...

May 26, 2015 - 9:55am
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LONDON (AP) — Music lovers have the chance to own a strand of history.

Auctioneer Sotheby's is selling a lock of hair from the head of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, resting in a gilt locket.

Taking composers' hair as keepsakes was common in the 18th and 19th centuries.

After Mozart died in 1791, aged 35, his widow gave the hair to the mother of German composer Karl Anschutz. It was acquired by the late British composer Arthur...

May 26, 2015 - 9:48am
34 min 15 sec ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — The head of the International Organization for Migration is urging the European Union to accept far more asylum seekers than the 20,000 planned under an EU scheme to resettle people in need of protection.

IOM Director General William Lacy Swing told EU lawmakers on Tuesday that "the 20,000 quota is commendable. We're glad for it," but Europe "needs to go much, much further."

More than 80,000 migrants have reached European shores so...

May 26, 2015 - 9:38am
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MADRID (AP) — Spain's ruling and main opposition parties are preparing for negotiations with anti-establishment newcomer parties in bids to form regional and local power-sharing alliances, while Poland's governing party is assessing how to reconnect with voters who ousted the president.

The moves Tuesday came two days after both countries held elections.

Many voters in the two nations were turned off with established parties that brushed off key...

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