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May 5, 2015 - 3:08pm
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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top investigative agency says it is conducting a search of Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery, considered the world's top collection of Russian fine art, in connection with an art smuggling case.

The Investigative Committee said in a statement Tuesday that the search comes after the arrest last week at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport of a man who was carrying five paintings whose removal from the country is prohibited or restricted. The statement said the total...

May 5, 2015 - 2:57pm
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Cuban President Raul Castro will visit Pope Francis this Sunday at the Vatican.

A brief statement from Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi late Tuesday said Francis would receive Castro in the Apostolic Palace for a "strictly private audience."

Lombardi noted that Castro has publicly thanked Francis for his role in bringing about the rapprochement between the United States and Cuba.


May 5, 2015 - 2:47pm
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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi King Salman has fired the chief of royal protocol after he was caught on camera slapping a photographer.

The official Saudi Press Agency and local media reported Tuesday that Mohammed al-Tobayshi was replaced by Khalid al-Abbad, though no reason was given for the change.

The move came just days after video appeared online of al-Tobayshi apparently slapping a photographer who was taking pictures of the Saudi monarch...

May 5, 2015 - 2:24pm
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BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A spokesman for a coalition of separatist groups in Mali says members have attacked a town in central Mali, moving violence further south after a cease-fire was broken last week.

Moussa Ag Attaher of the Coordination of Azawad Movements said Tuesday that they attacked the town of Tenenkou in the central Mopti region. He said the violence was a reaction to the attack against the town of Menaka last week by groups allied with the government, which broke...

May 5, 2015 - 2:07pm
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VIENNA (AP) — Austria is asking for a legal investigation of allegations that the German intelligence service helped the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdrop on the country's political leaders.

Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said Tuesday her ministry has filed a criminal complaint against unnamed persons or entities on suspicion of "secret intelligence activities to the detriment of Austria." She said "we need and want total clarification."

May 5, 2015 - 12:15pm
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VIENNA (AP) — Diplomats say that the next round of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers will take place next week in Vienna.

The two diplomats say the talks will be held among political directors, the highest level below a meeting of foreign ministers. They say the round is tentatively scheduled to start next Tuesday and end Friday.

The U.S. and five other nations are aiming for a deal by June 30 that puts long-term curbs on Iranian...

May 5, 2015 - 12:05pm
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DUBLIN (AP) — Police in Northern Ireland say a former Irish Republican Army commander linked to one of the outlawed group's most notorious killings was shot to death at close range this morning on a street near his home in Belfast.

Jock Davison was a Belfast IRA commander in 2005 when he allegedly ordered IRA comrades to attack a man at a Belfast pub following an exchange of insults. Robert McCartney was fatally stabbed. The attack happened in front of dozens of...

May 5, 2015 - 11:57am
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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scrambling to get his governing coalition together ahead of a deadline Wednesday.

Netanyahu has had a tough time striking deals with potential partners to form a majority coalition in the 120-seat parliament. If he fails by the end of the day Wednesday, President Reuven Rivlin will task someone else with the job.

Netanyahu hit a snag Monday when a key ally, Foreign Minister Avigdor...

May 5, 2015 - 11:38am
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BANGUI, Central Africa Republic (AP) — The United Nations says that armed groups in Central African Republic have agreed to release any children they are holding and not to recruit child soldiers.

U.N. Children's Agency representative Mohamed Malick Fall said Tuesday that this is a major step forward though challenges remain, including rehabilitation for the children when they are released.

UNICEF said between 6,000 and 10,000 children have been...

May 5, 2015 - 10:44am
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SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's opposition leader has accused the country's prime minister of attempting to cover up the 2011 death of a 22-year-old beaten by police during postelection celebrations.

Social Democrat head Zoran Zaev released a dozen audio recordings Tuesday in which people purported to be Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, the country's intelligence chief, its interior minister and other officials discuss how to cover up the death of Martin Neskoski....

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