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May 20, 2015 - 8:27am
2 days 22 hours ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's domestic security agency says it has arrested a Lithuanian citizen suspected of spying.

The Federal Security Service, the main KGB successor agency known under its Russian acronym FSB, said the suspect was caught Tuesday while receiving classified documents from a Russian man. It said in a statement that the suspect admitted being an officer of Lithuanian military intelligence and was put in Moscow's Lefortovo jail.

The agency...

May 20, 2015 - 8:20am
2 days 22 hours ago

PARIAMAN, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court has sentenced a Japanese grandfather to life imprisonment for smuggling methamphetamine into the country.

Masaru Kawada, 73, was arrested in November at Minangkabau Airport in West Sumatra's capital Padang, after customs officials found 2.35 kilograms (5.18 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine in his luggage.

The District Court in Pariaman found Kawada guilty on Wednesday of violating anti-drug law....

May 20, 2015 - 8:14am
2 days 22 hours ago

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say they've found no evidence that there was a plot to attack a popular Carnival parade in Braunschweig, which was canceled in February because police said there was a "concrete threat."

Hannover prosecutor Joerg Froehlich said Wednesday that after more than three months of investigation, authorities found "neither evidence of an imminent attack nor of a criminal group."

Braunschweig police canceled the popular event...

May 20, 2015 - 8:02am
2 days 22 hours ago

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping has warned that religions in China must be independent from foreign influence as Beijing asks domestic religious groups to adapt to Chinese society and pledge loyalty to the state.

China is ruled by the atheist Communist Party and Beijing tries to control a variety of religions and their spread.

Xi made the remarks Wednesday at a high-profile meeting seeking to unite non-Communist Party groups and individuals. His...

May 20, 2015 - 7:46am
2 days 23 hours ago

ROME (AP) — Police say the Moroccan man arrested in connection with the Tunisian museum attack had arrived in Italy aboard a migrant boat a month before the attack and was ordered expelled.

It's not clear how or if he ever left.

Milan chief anti-terrorism investigator Bruno Megale said only that Abdelmajid Touil was identified in Porto Empedocle, Sicily, on Feb. 17 and was issued an expulsion order.

The news fueled criticism of...

May 20, 2015 - 7:45am
2 days 20 hours ago

MADRID (AP) — Princess Leonor, heir to the Spanish throne, has celebrated her first communion in a low-key ceremony that broke with tradition.

First communions have long been major social occasions for the Spanish crown. The event has always been held in the royal palace, with nobody else receiving the sacrament at the same time.

Since King Felipe VI came to the throne last year, he has sought to open up the monarchy and bring it closer to Spaniards...

May 20, 2015 - 7:43am
2 days 23 hours ago

BERLIN (AP) — Some six million Germans are facing difficult commutes after a small train drivers' union began an indefinite strike, paralyzing the country's rail network.

The GDL union gave no indication of how long the walkout, which started Wednesday, would last. It's affecting not only long-distance trains but also some parts of city subway systems.

It is the ninth strike in less than a year in a dispute over pay, working hours and GDL's right to...

May 20, 2015 - 7:27am
3 days 40 min ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The International Monetary Fund says that reconstruction of the Gaza Strip is going "far more slowly than expected" after a devastating war between Israel and the Hamas militant group last year.

In a report released Tuesday, the IMF said that just over a quarter of the $3.5 billion pledged for reconstruction has been disbursed. The pledges were made in an international conference in Cairo hosted after the end of the 50-day war last summer....

May 20, 2015 - 7:22am
2 days 3 hours ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say that Islamic State extremists have seized almost full control of the ancient town of Palmyra, though it remained unclear how close to the famed archaeological site they have come.

The Syrian Observatory for human rights reported that government forces collapsed in the face of IS attacks and withdrew from the town late on Wednesday.

A media collective for Palmyra also says that IS was now in control of most of the...

May 20, 2015 - 7:11am
3 days 1 hour ago

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese movie studio Toho Co. is suing Voltage Pictures and director Nacho Vigalondo, complaining of copyright and trademark infringements in an upcoming film.

Toho spokesman Makoto Hanari said Wednesday that a lawsuit was filed Tuesday in a California court, but declined to discuss details.

Voltage Pictures President and Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Deckter declined to comment.

Toho created Godzilla with its...

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