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May 30, 2015 - 9:47am
57 min 41 sec ago

MADRID (AP) — Scuffles have broken out during a small demonstration against the radical leftist Podemos (We Can) party in Madrid six days after local elections boosted its power base in several of Spain's regions.

Around 200 protesters gathered in downtown Colon Square carrying Spanish flags and shouting slogans against Podemos after the ballot had given them sufficient votes to negotiate the balance of power in the local government.

One journalist...

May 30, 2015 - 9:11am
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MOSCOW (AP) — Local news reports say former Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili has been appointed governor of Ukraine's troubled Odessa region.

President Petro Poroshenko made the announcement on Saturday, according to the reports.

The region includes Odessa city, which has Ukraine's largest seaport. Although the city has not been hit by the fight between government forces and separatists in the east, tensions between nationalists and pro-...

May 30, 2015 - 8:22am
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PARIS (AP) — A court in southeast France has sentenced a farmer to eight years in prison for the shooting death of a suspected truffle thief.

Laurent Rambaud was convicted Friday in the Valence court over the Dec. 20, 2010 killing of Ernest Pardo.

The 37-year-old Rambaud insisted he didn't mean to kill Pardo. He told police he was guarding a truffle patch on his land around nightfall when he was surprised by a man and a dog, and opened fire out of...

May 30, 2015 - 7:58am
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TOKYO (AP) — A powerful but extremely deep earthquake has struck off Japan's Ogasawara islands, but officials say there is no danger of a tsunami.

Japan's Meteorological Agency says the offshore earthquake struck Saturday at 8:24 p.m. at a depth of 590 kilometers (370 miles). The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a magnitude of 7.8 and a depth of 678 kilometers (421 miles).

Public broadcaster NHK said there were no immediate reports of...

May 30, 2015 - 7:42am
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ZURICH (AP) — The latest developments concerning FIFA:


2:15 p.m. (1215 GMT; 8:15 a.m. EDT)ok

FIFA will let Europe bid for the 2026 World Cup despite comments by FIFA chief Sepp Blatter that it would be too soon after Russia hosts the 2018 tournament.

Instead, FIFA's executive committee on Saturday kept an existing rule blocking continents from hosting back-to-back World Cups — so Asia would be excluded in...

May 30, 2015 - 7:05am
57 min 41 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — Paul McCartney says he has given up marijuana after many years of indulgence and now prefers wine or "a nice margarita."

The former Beatle told the Daily Mirror he doesn't want to set a bad example for his children and grandchildren by using marijuana. He said Saturday his decision is "a parent thing."

He says "the last time I smoked was a long time ago."

McCartney had been a long-time marijuana user who spent 10...

May 30, 2015 - 6:20am
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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Witnesses say seven people were killed by rocket-propelled grenades shot into several homes in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri as Boko Haram extremists unleash a new kind of violence.

Resident Mari Madu said he counted at least 40 explosions before dawn Saturday.

Self-defense fighter Abbas Gava said the fatalities occurred when a grenade exploded in a house divided into apartments.

Gava was...

May 30, 2015 - 6:20am
57 min 41 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel is rejecting suggestions her government lied in 2013 about the United States' willingness to negotiate a "no-spy" agreement with Germany.

Merkel's then-chief of staff, Ronald Pofalla, said a few weeks before Germany's 2013 election that the U.S. had offered to negotiate such an agreement. The daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and two broadcasters, however, have reported in recent weeks there was no firm indication the White House would...

May 30, 2015 - 6:15am
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HYDERABAD, India (AP) — A meteorologist says showers and thunderstorms have eased sizzling summer temperatures in southern India, where a weekslong heat wave has claimed nearly 2,000 lives.

Y.K. Reddy, an Indian Meteorological Department director, says the heat wave is expected to continue in parts of worst-hit Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states for another 24 hours.

Heat-related conditions, including dehydration and heat stroke, have killed at...

May 30, 2015 - 6:14am
57 min 41 sec ago

ROME (AP) — The Italian coast guard says it has coordinated the rescue of more than 4,000 migrants off Libya's coast in 22 separate operations.

The rescues, from 13 boats and nine motorized rubber dinghies, took place Friday. The coast guard said Saturday that 17 migrants were found dead aboard one of the vessels. In all, 4,243 rescued migrants were being brought to Italian harbors.

Smugglers are reaping millions by overcrowding unseaworthy boats...

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