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May 5, 2015 - 7:29am
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NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A United Nations envoy says Cyprus' rival Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders will decide on the exact date when stalled talks aimed at reunifying the war-divided island nation will resume after they hold their first meeting next week.

Espen Barth Eide said Tuesday Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and new Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have told him they are ready to restart peace talks "without delay" and that there's "no time to...

May 5, 2015 - 7:14am
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PARIS (AP) — The founder of France's far-right National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, has decried the decision to suspend his membership in the party and the attempts to take away his title of honorary president for life.

Twelve hours after the executive board announced his suspension, Jean-Marie Le Pen said Tuesday he's ashamed that his daughter, party president Marine Le Pen, bears his name. He suggested on Europe 1 radio that she marry her companion in order to change her...

May 5, 2015 - 7:04am
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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An official says Turkey's Culture Ministry has launched an inquiry following reports that priceless ancient mosaics had been ruined while being restored and moved to a new museum in southern Turkey.

A newspaper in Hatay province said several mosaics at the Archaeological Museum were badly restored and seriously damaged while being moved to the museum's new premises in the city of Antakya. Hurriyet newspaper published before-and-after pictures of...

May 5, 2015 - 6:59am
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BEIJING (AP) — Chinese education officials say a grade school teacher has been admonished for letting a pupil hold a parasol for her after photos of the incident drew overwhelming criticism on social media.

The Baoshan district education bureau in Shanghai said in a statement Tuesday that it is reminding teachers that they should discipline themselves and care for their students.

Members of the Chinese public have long derided government officials...

May 5, 2015 - 6:35am
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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan has kicked off a two-week military exercise with some 10,000 participants from 18 countries, many members of a U.S.-led military coalition against the Islamic State group, which controls much of neighboring Iraq and Syria.

The kingdom is hosting the "Eager Lion" drill for the fifth year, but amid dramatically different circumstances.

Since the last drill, IS has seized large areas of Syria and Iraq and is seen as a threat...

May 5, 2015 - 6:14am
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ROME (AP) — The Save the Children aid group is reporting another migrant tragedy in the Mediterranean, with survivors saying many of their fellow passengers fell out of a rubber boat and likely drowned as a rescue vessel neared.

Save the Children's Giovanna di Benedetto said from Catania, Sicily, that the exact toll isn't known but that several survivors in their first interviews with aid groups reported that "dozens" of people fell into the sea and couldn't swim....

May 5, 2015 - 6:12am
2 min 19 sec ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Seven Lebanese troops held hostage by al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate have appeared in a video posted online.

The men are among some 20 Lebanese soldiers and policemen who have been held captive by the Nusra Front and the Islamic State group since August.

The seven men who appeared in the 14-minute video posted online Tuesday are being held by the Nusra Front.

In the video, the men are seen sitting on a blanket in front...

May 5, 2015 - 6:09am
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BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland police say a man has been shot to death in a Belfast neighborhood that long has been a power base for the outlawed Irish Republican Army.

The victim's body lay Tuesday in the middle of a residential street, covered by a white sheet, in a Belfast district called the Markets. Rival IRA factions for decades have vied for control of that Irish Catholic neighborhood.

No group has claimed responsibility....

May 5, 2015 - 6:03am
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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's military spokesman says reinforcements are being rushed to the key Beiji refinery north of Baghdad amid heavy fighting there with Islamic State militants.

Brig. Gen. Saad Maan appeared on state TV on Tuesday, denying earlier reports in some Iraqi media that IS had taken over large sections of the refinery.

Ammar Hikmat, the deputy governor for Salahuddin province where the refinery is located, confirmed to The Associated Press...

May 5, 2015 - 5:53am
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say the body of 4-year-old Bulgarian girl believed to have been killed by her father will likely never be found due to the way in which her killer disposed of her remains.

Attica police chief Christos Papazafiri said Tuesday the child's remains were dumped in various trash bins in Athens "in a way that it was not possible to determine they were body parts."

The young girl had been reported missing on April 24 by her...

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