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May 25, 2015 - 3:56pm
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CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities have arrested a woman who danced in a racy music video that went viral on the internet and referred her to misdemeanor court for "inciting debauchery."

The clip, a low-budget production entitled "Hands Off," or "Sib Eddi" in Egyptian Arabic, contains no nudity but plenty of scantily-clad booty shaking by the woman, Reda el-Fouly, who dances to the voice of a singer called Mena.

Ahmed Bakly of the Giza prosecution...

May 25, 2015 - 3:53pm
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DUBLIN (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to the world to find new ways to provide shelter to refugees. People like him.

Speaking Monday to a group of Afghan, Syrian and other war refugees in Ireland, the U.N. chief recalled his family's Korean War escape.

Ban said: "One of my earliest memories is fleeing with my family into the hills surrounding my village. As we climbed in the rain, I looked back on the only world I knew: where...

May 25, 2015 - 3:12pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hundreds of taxi drivers marched through Mexico City chanting "Uber Out!" and demanding city authorities ban the online ride service.

Some drove their pink-and-white cabs in ranks, snarling traffic along the city's main boulevard.

The drivers say that Uber and other ride-sharing services evade the tax, registration and safety laws that regular cabs are subject to.

Taxi drivers' leader Eleazar Romero told the...

May 25, 2015 - 2:35pm
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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's federal high court is ordering drug agents to release a newly-elected senator, and suspend his extradition proceedings. The judge said there shouldn't be any action against the senator until a court ruling Wednesday on a suit he filed to block his extradition.

And he's ordered the country's attorney general and the head of Nigeria's Drug Law Enforcement Agency to appear in court by noon tomorrow to show why they shouldn't be charged with...

May 25, 2015 - 2:09pm
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QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A volcano atop one of the Galapagos Islands has erupted for the first time in 33 years, threatening a fragile ecosystem that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

Ecuador's Galapagos National Park administration said the mile-high (1.7 kilometer-high) Wolf volcano began spewing fire, smoke and lava before dawn Monday.

The volcano lies on the northern tip of Isabela Island, the archipelago's largest. It's far from the...

May 25, 2015 - 1:32pm
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DUBLIN (AP) — Some of Ireland's gay couples planning a civil partnership may receive a surprisingly fast upgrade to marriage.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald announced Monday that the bill to legalize gay marriage, following its landslide approval in Friday's referendum, should be passed before lawmakers' planned July 16 summer recess.

She says as part of the law, those gay couples already scheduled to be wed in civil partnership ceremonies...

May 25, 2015 - 12:31pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans' disgust with corrupt, aloof, high-living politicians has a name, and it's El Bronco. The horseback-riding, boot-clad, tough-talking Jaime Rodriguez lives up to his nickname.

Rodriguez is trying to beat the odds by running as an independent for governor of Nuevo Leon, a wealthy and strategic state bordering Texas.

The June 7 midterm election is the first time the country has allowed unaffiliated candidates, thanks to an...

May 25, 2015 - 12:29pm
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PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — Suriname's President Desi Bouterse is betting that elections to choose the South American country's next Parliament will keep him and his party in power for another five years.

Most recent polls conducted in Suriname give a comfortable majority to Bouterse's party. The 69-year-old was dictator of Suriname twice after leading coups, but was elected democratically to his current term.

Bouterse promises a landslide victory in...

May 25, 2015 - 11:49am
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BERLIN (AP) — Germany is protesting Russia's decision to turn away an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Conservative lawmaker Karl-Georg Wellmann was denied entry into Russia when he arrived at Moscow airport on Sunday, and returned to Germany on Monday.

Wellmann has been an outspoken critic of Russia's actions in eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatist rebels are fighting government forces.

Germany's Foreign Ministry...

May 25, 2015 - 11:37am
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El-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — An Egyptian army official says extremists have killed a conscript and wounded an officer in clashes in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula.

The fighting on Monday near the town of Sheikh Zuweyid pitted troops against Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, militants who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group last year.

The long-restive northern Sinai has seen a spike in attacks targeting security forces since the military...

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