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May 15, 2015 - 11:04am
1 week 6 days ago

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities say hackers have tried to break into the internal data system of the German Parliament.

Ernst Hebeker, a spokesman for Parliament, told the dpa news agency Friday that there was an attack on the internal data systems and that specialists were working on the issue. He refused to give any further details.

The weekly Der Spiegel's website reported that information technology specialists were aware of the attempt several days...

May 15, 2015 - 10:52am
1 week 5 days ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Residents of violence-wracked slums near downtown Rio de Janeiro have torched two buses and set up barricades of flaming tires on a main thoroughfare in anger over the deaths of two young men.

Friday's protest comes amid a turf war involving drug trafficking gangs that has killed at least 10 people in downtown slums in recent days. The bodies of two young men were discovered late Thursday in the Sao Carlos slum prompting the fiery demonstration near...

May 15, 2015 - 10:49am
1 week 6 days ago

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — A regional monitoring group says South Sudan's military has launched a full-scale military offensive despite calls for restraint.

The regional bloc known as IGAD, which has been mediating peace talks between South Sudan's warring factions, said in a statement Friday that the latest fighting is "unwarranted and appalling."

Earlier this week, the U.N. announced there were credible reports of atrocities being carried out,...

May 15, 2015 - 10:33am
1 week 6 days ago

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Authorities say at least four Norwegian teenagers are suspected of stealing a Humboldt penguin egg and three newly-hatched penguin babies from an animal park in western Norway.

Police spokesman Yngve Skovly says seven people were seen on a security video climbing over a fence late Wednesday to enter an enclosure where the three-week-old babies lived at the Atlanterhavsparken saltwater aquarium outside Aalesund.

Skovly said...

May 15, 2015 - 9:47am
1 week 6 days ago

CANNES, France (AP) — Woody Allen has shown his latest film, "Irrational Man," in a premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, unveiling a Rhode Island drama about a despairing academic driven to murder.

The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as a flask-swilling philosophy professor who has come to dismiss his subject as "verbal masturbation." As he befriends a young student played by Emma Stone, he contemplates a Dostoyevsky-inspired plot.

It's Allen's 11th film...

May 15, 2015 - 9:40am
1 week 6 days ago

PARIS (AP) — France's main opposition conservative party, the UMP, is seeking to punish a mayor in its ranks who called for banning Islam, the country's No. 2 religion.

Robert Chardon, mayor of the southern town of Venelles, tweeted an appeal to ban Islam on Thursday night. Later he was quoted by Le Monde as proposing a plan for Muslims to practice their religion "in their country of origin."

France has an estimated 5 million Muslims, most of whom...

May 15, 2015 - 9:21am
1 week 5 days ago

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Six bodies were recovered from a flooded gold mine, and rescuers were searching for nine other people still missing, Colombian officials said Friday.

National disaster response chief Carlos Ivan Marquez said rescuers found the bodies Thursday night and Friday.

Red Cross rescue director Cesar Uruena said Friday there was little chance the missing men were still alive. About 100 rescuer workers were involved in the search...

May 15, 2015 - 8:53am
1 week 6 days ago

PARIS (AP) — The U.N. human rights office says France is not doing enough to stop racism against minorities in poor suburbs or to prevent abuse of Roma people and migrants seeking asylum.

In a report released Friday, the Geneva-based agency also urged France to do more to fight online extremism and anyone who incites racist or anti-Semitic hatred. The government has been increasing its tools to do both since terrorist attacks in January.

The agency...

May 15, 2015 - 8:46am
1 week 6 days ago

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Russia's foreign minister has urged the European Union to support the idea of a Moscow-backed pipeline that would bring natural gas across the Black Sea to Turkey and the rest of Europe.

Sergei Lavrov said Friday the pipeline — which could include Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary — would bring "energy stability" to Europe.

Greece's left-wing government has expressed interest in the project, dubbed Turkish Stream. The...

May 15, 2015 - 8:42am
1 week 6 days ago

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Tribesmen allied with al-Qaida's branch in Yemen have imposed a ban on the nation's widely popular plant called qat, which is a mild narcotic, in a southern city overrun by the militants last month.

Yemeni men traditionally chew qat from around midday, stuffing their mouths with the leaves of the plant and letting its narcotic dissolve in their saliva.

Leaflets from the tribesmen organized as "Sons of Hadramawt" have been...

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