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May 30, 2015 - 6:20am
2 days 15 hours 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
2 days 17 hours ago

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
2 days 19 hours 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...

May 30, 2015 - 5:56am
3 days 26 min ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say at least 45 people have been killed, most of them civilians, and scores of others wounded in Syrian army airstrikes that struck civilian areas in the northern province of Aleppo.

The deaths occurred in two separate incidents when helicopters dropped explosives-filled barrels that struck civilian areas Saturday. One of the so-called barrel bombs hit the rebel-held Shaar neighborhood of the city of Aleppo, while the other hit a busy...

May 30, 2015 - 5:03am
3 days 26 min ago

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian officials say authorities have freed a dual U.S.-Egyptian citizen who had been sentenced to life in prison on charges of financing an anti-government sit-in and spreading "false news."

Mohammed Soltan, the son of a prominent member of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, was arrested in August 2013 when security forces came looking for his father at his house. His family says they didn't find the father at the time, but arrested him instead. His...

May 30, 2015 - 4:42am
3 days 26 min ago

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations' human rights chief is urging several countries to step up efforts to investigate allegations that peacekeepers in Central African Republic may have committed abuses, a call that comes as the U.N. itself faces pressure over child sexual abuse claims against French soldiers.

Zeid Raad al-Hussein said in a statement Saturday that, following the French sexual abuse investigation, his office has taken a deeper look into the extent to which...

May 30, 2015 - 4:22am
3 days 26 min ago

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter has criticized U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and an American federal investigation into soccer corruption.

Blatter tells Swiss broadcaster RTS "there is something that smells" about the timing of dawn raids to arrest soccer officials in Zurich two days before his re-election Friday.

The defiant FIFA chief says Lynch's comments on the bribery and racketeering case "shocked" him.

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May 30, 2015 - 4:14am
3 days 1 hour ago

ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter says he will not forget attempts by European soccer leaders to stop him being re-elected as FIFA president and warned that UEFA cannot live without soccer's global governing body.

UEFA President Michel Platini, who helped Blatter gain the FIFA presidency in 1998, led opposition against his former ally.

Platini championed Prince Ali bin al-Hussein's candidacy but the Jordanian was beaten by Blatter in Friday's election....

May 30, 2015 - 3:52am
3 days 1 hour ago

SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Sen. John McCain says America needs to provide Vietnam with more defensive weapons, as tensions in the Asia Pacific region heighten over China's expanding land reclamation projects in the South China Sea.

McCain says he wants to see a gradual removal of the U.S. ban on providing lethal arms to Vietnam. The Republican senator from Arizona says the U.S. should provide additional defensive weapons that could be used in case of a conflict with China....

May 30, 2015 - 3:20am
3 days 1 hour ago

GENEVA (AP) — Top U.S. and Iranian diplomats are accelerating nuclear talks with a month to go until the deadline for a final deal and several of the biggest questions still unanswered.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif plan to meet in Geneva on Saturday. The talks could extend into Sunday.

They'll wrestle with how quickly Washington and its partners will ease economic sanctions on Tehran and how...

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