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May 19, 2015 - 6:59am
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HONG KONG (AP) — Several hundred Cathay Pacific flight attendants are camped inside Hong Kong's airport after union members voted for industrial action to protest their treatment by the airline.

Union member Ada So said Tuesday that about 400 cabin staff were camped out in front of the Cathay check-in desks.

She said more than 600 people cast votes, with most in favor of taking action.

They are protesting a cut to some cabin crew...

May 19, 2015 - 6:54am
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CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival is coming under scrutiny for its policy of only allowing women dressed in high heels to walk on the red carpet for its formal premieres.

Many are criticizing the festival after Screen International reported that several middle-aged women were turned away from the Sunday premiere of "Carol" for wearing flats. On Tuesday, actress Emily Blunt called the report "very disappointing."

"Sicario" director Denis...

May 19, 2015 - 6:52am
1 week 2 days ago

BEIRUT (AP) — The mother of an American journalist missing in Syria for nearly three years has pleaded for information about him.

Marking 1,000 days since his disappearance, Debra Tice made a statement in Beirut on Tuesday saying she believes her son, Austin, is still alive.

She says her son is not being held by members of the Syrian opposition. The family has previously said it does not believe he is being held by the Islamic State group or the...

May 19, 2015 - 6:47am
1 week 2 days ago

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The World Health Organization says a severe humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Tanzania as thousands of Burundians seek refuge there because of political tensions back home.

WHO said in a statement Tuesday that the situation is "especially worrisome" in Tanzania's Kagunga village, where the original population of 11,382 has increased to over 90,000 since April.

It said between 500 and 2,000 people are arriving daily,...

May 19, 2015 - 6:44am
1 week 2 days ago

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Royal Navy says a submariner who publicly challenged the safety of the country's nuclear fleet has been apprehended.

A spokesman said Tuesday that Able Seaman William McNeilly is in military police custody at a facility in Scotland. McNeilly had been missing for several days since he released a damning 18-page report on the WikiLeaks website that contained stark warnings about safety and security lapses in Britain's weapons program....

May 19, 2015 - 6:42am
1 week 2 days ago

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's foreign ministry says it is checking the authenticity of a tape that claims a Romanian security worker was kidnapped by a group with ties to the Islamic State group.

Adnan Abu al-Walid al-Sahrawi, who describes himself as the leader of the group, says it is responsible for kidnapping the Romanian on April 4 in Burkina Faso, in an audio statement sent Monday to Mauritanian news site Al-Akhbar. The armed group, active in the Azwad region...

May 19, 2015 - 6:16am
1 week 2 days ago

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Police in central Vietnam have detained two South Korean managers for the Samsung Group over a scaffolding collapse in March that killed 13 workers and injured dozens.

Col. Phan Ke Hien, a spokesman for Ha Tinh provincial police, said Lee Jae-myeong and Kim Jong-wook were taken into custody Tuesday. They are accused of violating labor safety regulations, which carries a penalty of up to 12 years in prison.

All of the victims...

May 19, 2015 - 6:09am
1 week 2 days ago

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A South African judge has extended the bail of retired doubles tennis champion Bob Hewitt, who wants to appeal his conviction for raping and sexually assaulting minors in the 1980s and 1990s.

Judge Bert Bam on Tuesday ordered that Hewitt, who was sentenced to six years in prison on Monday, be confined to his home until a June 19 hearing on whether he can appeal his conviction and sentence.

Bam says he is allowing time...

May 19, 2015 - 6:03am
1 week 2 days ago

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — A Belfast bakery has been found guilty of discrimination for refusing to bake a cake bearing the slogan "Support Gay Marriage."

In Tuesday's ruling, Belfast Judge Isobel Brownlie called the bakery's cancellation of the order "direct discrimination for which there can be no justification." The judge said the bakery was a business, not a religious organization. She didn't immediately specify a punishment.

Northern...

May 19, 2015 - 6:03am
1 week 2 days ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United Nations is using virtual reality technology to help the public experience what it is like to live in a Syrian refugee camp.

"Clouds Over Sidra" is a short documentary film following a day in the life of a 12-year-old Syrian girl living in a refugee camp in Syria's neighbor Jordan.

The Syrian conflict is in its fifth year and has produced an exodus of people.

Using special VR headsets, viewers...

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