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May 24, 2015 - 5:29am
1 week 3 days ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian nuclear negotiator says his team has agreed to grant U.N. inspectors "managed access" to military sites as part of a deal over its contested program, apparently contradicting earlier comments by the nation's supreme leader.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi's comments, carried by state television Sunday, came after he and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attended a closed session of parliament. The report also quoted...

May 24, 2015 - 5:19am
1 week 3 days ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state TV says a military helicopter has crashed at the northern air base of Kweiras, killing all its crew.

The TV report quoted an unnamed military official as saying that the helicopter crashed Sunday as a result of a technical problem while taking off.

The report did not say how many crew members were on abroad at the time of the crash.

Kweiras military air base is in the northern province of Aleppo and is...

May 24, 2015 - 5:14am
1 week 2 days ago

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A former Pakistani prime minister says he has spoken to his son for the first time since his abduction in 2013.

Yusuf Raza Gilani says he spoke Sunday by phone to his son Ali Haider, who he believes is being held somewhere in Afghanistan.

Gilani said his son appears to be in good condition.

Gunmen seized Haider in May 2013; the Pakistani Taliban later released a video claiming to be holding him....

May 24, 2015 - 4:57am
1 week 3 days ago

CANNES, France (AP) — Just what film directors Joel and Ethan Coen are thinking is a question that has long bedeviled moviegoers. Now they have the Cannes Film Festival on pins and needles, too.

The 68th Cannes Film Festival wraps up with an awards ceremony Sunday night that will bestow the coveted Palme d'Or on one of 19 films in competition. The decision is left up a jury, headed this year by the Coen brothers, who themselves won the Palme d'Or in 1991 for "Barton Fink...

May 24, 2015 - 4:53am
1 week 3 days ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — A senior Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked the U.S. for blocking a global document at the United Nations aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, a rare bright spot amid strained relations between the two countries.

The official says Netanyahu spoke to Kerry on Saturday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn't authorized to discuss the call.

The document, rejected Friday, had...

May 24, 2015 - 4:08am
1 week 3 days ago

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia has confirmed that Friday's suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in the east of the country that killed 21 was carried out by an Islamic State militant, backing up an earlier claim by the group.

The Interior Ministry identified the bomber as Saudi citizen Saleh bin Abdulrahman Al-Qashaami in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency late Saturday.

It says he was wanted for being an active member of...

May 24, 2015 - 3:53am
1 week 3 days ago

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Malaysian home minister says police have discovered mass graves of suspected trafficking victims near the country's border with Thailand.

Home Minister Zahid Hamidi says the graves were located in 17 human trafficking camps that had been abandoned.

It isn't clear how many bodies have been recovered.

Similar camps and dozens of remains were recovered in jungle camps across the border in Thailand...

May 24, 2015 - 3:02am
1 week 2 days ago

MADRID (AP) — Exit polls in Spain's local elections indicate that new parties have won strong support as voters turn their back on the country's traditional political heavyweights.

A poll by television channel Antena 3 showed the governing conservative Popular Party winning most votes in 11 of 13 regions in Sunday's ballot, but with grass-root newcomers We Can and Citizens collecting seats in almost all the regional governments.

The PP also was set...

May 24, 2015 - 2:39am
1 week 3 days ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say a 19-year-old Palestinian man stabbed two Israeli teenagers as they walked to a holy site on a Jewish festival.

Spokeswoman Luba Samri said the Palestinian stabbed the two 17-year-old boys from behind Sunday. Samri says officers later apprehended the suspected attacker and the two boys remain hospitalized.

The assault came on the Jewish Shavuot holiday, when Jews traditionally stay up all night studying religious...

May 24, 2015 - 2:36am
1 week 3 days ago

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopians have started voting in national and regional elections, the country's first since the death in 2012 of longtime leader Meles Zenawi.

More than 38 million voters are eligible to cast ballots in this East African nation of about 90 million people.

Hailemariam Desalegn, a former university professor turned politician, has been leading the country since the death of Meles, who built the ruling coalition into a...

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