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May 6, 2015 - 12:43am
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SYDNEY (AP) — Staffers at an Australian hospital's emergency department have received a rather unusual late night visitor — a koala.

Security cameras captured the marsupial casually strolling in through the automatic doors of Hamilton Base Hospital in Victoria state at 3:30 a.m. on April 20. The koala wandered around for a few minutes, before seeing itself out.

The Western District Health Service released footage of the koala's hospital visit on...

May 6, 2015 - 12:08am
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TORONTO (AP) — Canada's most conservative province has elected a left-of-center government, ending a 44-year-long conservative party dynasty

The western oil-rich province of Alberta elected a New Democratic Party government on Tuesday. Few predicted such a result just 28 days ago when the election was called by then Progressive Conservative Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, a former cabinet minister in Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative federal government...

May 5, 2015 - 11:27pm
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Internet file-storage company Mega Ltd., launched in 2013 by indicted entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, has failed in a bid to list on New Zealand's stock market.

Mega announced plans last year to list through a maneuver known as a reverse takeover.

But TRS Investments, the intended vehicle for the listing, filed a notice with the market Wednesday saying Mega had failed to get approval from its shareholders for the takeover....

May 5, 2015 - 7:11pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. statement says peacekeepers have been ambushed by unidentified attackers in eastern Congo, and a U.N. official says it appears that two peacekeepers were killed and 10 injured in the attack.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the details of the ambush.

The statement issued Tuesday by the head of the peacekeeping mission in Congo, Martin Kobler, condemned...

May 5, 2015 - 5:32pm
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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's finance minister says Africa's richest economy is borrowing money to pay salaries as it struggles through a "difficult cash crunch" brought on by halved oil prices.

Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala tried to be upbeat in a speech after the legislature Tuesday approved a 2015 budget thrice revised because of slashed oil prices. Oil provides 80 percent of revenues for the government of Africa's biggest petroleum producer.

She...

May 5, 2015 - 5:16pm
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CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The lawyer for Guinea's former junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara, says he has been appointed to head a political party.

Jean Baptiste Jocamey Haba on Tuesday said Camara had resigned from the army and is being invested in by people who trust him. He said Camara was named chair of the Patriotic Forces for Democracy and Development on Sunday.

The announcement comes ahead of elections slated for October.

Camara...

May 5, 2015 - 4:58pm
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HAVANA (AP) — The Obama administration has approved the first ferry service in decades between the United States and Cuba, potentially opening a new path for the hundreds of thousands of people and hundreds of millions of dollars in consumer goods that travel between Florida and Havana each year.

Baja Ferries, which operates passenger service in Mexico, said it had received a license from the Treasury Department on Tuesday. Robert Muse, an attorney for Baja Ferries, said...

May 5, 2015 - 4:57pm
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CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin islands (AP) — Authorities in the U.S. Virgin Islands say a 24-year-old Massachusetts man is suspected of fatally stabbing his elderly parents during a family vacation.

Acting Police Commissioner Delroy Richards said Tuesday the bloody bodies of Kenneth and Jane Young of Sudbury, Massachusetts, were found the previous day by police in a rental condominium in an eastern area of the U.S. territory's main island of St. Thomas....

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.

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