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June 24, 2015 - 7:15am
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BERLIN (AP) — Germany's main national history museum is launching an exhibition tracing 150 years of gay history, including the first uses of the term "homosexual" and the brutal Nazi-era repression of gays.

The exhibition at the German Historical Museum in Berlin, which is staging it together with the capital's Gay Museum, has been four years in the planning but opens amid a new debate in Germany over whether to allow full-fledged marriage for gay couples....

June 24, 2015 - 7:10am
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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Volcanic ash from Indonesia's smoldering Mount Sinabung has blanketed parts of Medan, the provincial capital of North Sumatra, forcing residents to wear masks.

Head of the local disaster mitigation agency, Subur Tambun, said smoke spewing Wednesday from the mountain is being carried by winds toward Medan.

TV footage showed ash blanketing parts of the city which is about 50 kilometers (31 miles) northeast of the mountain....

June 24, 2015 - 6:30am
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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's foreign minister says the government has decided to build a temporary fence on the border with Serbia as fast as possible to stop the flow of illegal migrants.

Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said Wednesday that several laws needed to be amended before construction could begin but he did not say when the work on the border could start.

Szijjarto said the fence, which is opposed by Serbia, "is not a bilateral issue...

June 24, 2015 - 6:13am
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BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian official says the Islamic State group has destroyed two mausoleums in the historic central town of Palmyra.

Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of the Antiquities and Museums Department in Damascus, tells The Associated Press that one of the tombs belongs to Mohammad Bin Ali, a descendant of Islam's Prophet Muhammad's cousin Imam Ali.

Abdulkarim said Wednesday that the tomb was just north of Palmyra.

He said the...

June 24, 2015 - 6:02am
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — A spokesman for the international aid group Save the Children says the government of Pakistan has allowed it to reopen its offices.

Saeed Ahmed, the group's spokesman in Pakistan, says authorities removed a lock Wednesday on the gate to the group's main office in Islamabad. That comes two weeks ago after the government accused the group of violating its own charter, without elaborating.

The group has been under intense scrutiny in...

June 24, 2015 - 5:50am
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ISTANBUL (AP) — Authorities in the Turkish city of Izmir say six migrants drowned in waters off the nearby Greek island of Kos.

The Izmir governorship said Wednesday that six coast guard vessels and a helicopter were involved in a rescue of migrants off a sinking ship early Tuesday.

Turkey's coast guard says it rescued 70 migrants from the ship, including a five-year-old girl.

Video released by the coast guard shows terrified,...

June 24, 2015 - 5:34am
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PARIS (AP) — France's economy minister is heading to the U.S. to urge more American companies to invest in France, as he tries to reform a country with a reputation for strikes and high labor costs.

Macron, a former investment banker, is touting the creativity of French start-ups, especially in digital technology and biotechnologies. The government launched this year "French tech visas" to attract young entrepreneurs from abroad willing to create start-ups in France....

June 24, 2015 - 5:28am
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway's domestic intelligence agency says there are no illegal listening devices in central Oslo, near government buildings, Parliament or elsewhere, as claimed last year by a local newspaper.

The Scandinavian country's security police agency PST said Wednesday it found no illegal eavesdropping devices, adding the reports were based on "inadequate information based on misinterpretations" and "insufficient expertise in the area in general."...

June 24, 2015 - 5:26am
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TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police say one officer has been killed and two others injured from shots coming from suspected criminal gangs operating in the southern village of Lazarat, the target of a massive raid last year to crack down on major cannabis production.

Spokesman Ardi Bita said Wednesday that shots fired from a house in Lazarat killed a 31-year-old special forces officer and injured two others after police forces at a roadblock outside the village...

June 24, 2015 - 5:06am
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BRUSSELS (AP) — Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has flown to Brussels to huddle with Greece's international creditors in hopes of clinching a bailout deal that might keep his country from defaulting on its debt and falling out of the euro currency bloc.

The 18 other nations using the euro and the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday will seek to build on the guarded welcome they had for the latest set of tax and austerity proposals that Athens proposed....

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