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May 19, 2016 - 11:27am
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BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A spokesman of a Libyan militia says two suicide bombings by the Islamic State group have killed 32 of the militia's fighters.

Mohammed Shamia of the Misrata militia, which is loyal to Libya's new U.N.-brokered unity government, told The Associated Press that the attack happened on Wednesday night.

He says two suicide bombers rammed their large vehicles packed with explosives into militia positions in the al-Washka and Bourayat...

May 19, 2016 - 11:12am
1 week 4 days ago

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A U.S. State Department official says a decision by Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov to pardon politicians accused in a major wiretapping scandal has damaged the country's credibility.

Hoyt Brian Yee, who is Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, called on Macedonia's squabbling political leaders Thursday to "act urgently to repair the damage done by these pardons."

Speaking to journalists in Skopje...

May 19, 2016 - 11:12am
1 week 4 days ago

MADRID (AP) — Spain's national court has revoked an arrest warrant for a senior Russian official who was sought for questioning in a money-laundering and criminal association investigation.

A three-judge panel ruled Thursday in favor of Vladislav Reznik's appeal against the warrant. Reznik is a member of parliament's lower house for the main Kremlin party and deputy chairman of its financial markets committee. He is viewed as an ally of President Vladimir Putin....

May 19, 2016 - 11:10am
1 week 4 days ago

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has announced a $25 billion loan from Russia for the building of a nuclear power plant.

Thursday's announcement came in a decree by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. The Russian loan will cover 85 percent of the expenses of the plant's construction.

Egypt, which will cover the other 15 percent, is to repay the loan over a 22-year period, starting in 2029, with a 3 percent annual interest rate.

Egypt and Russia...

May 19, 2016 - 11:00am
1 week 4 days ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The International Monetary Fund is calling on Greece's European creditor nations to ease the country's debt repayment terms substantially, but agrees that no outright cut to the loans is needed.

In a briefing Thursday, IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said the European creditors — the other countries in the 19-member eurozone — should provide "very long repayment periods and low interest rates."

He said if the repayment terms were...

May 19, 2016 - 10:56am
1 week 4 days ago

GENEVA (AP) — The eurozone is scrapping its 500-euro ($564) note out of concern over its popularity with money launderers. But Switzerland is making clear that it sees no need to kill off its own 1,000-franc bill — currently worth $1,018.

In a reply published Thursday to questions from center-left lawmaker Margret Kiener Nellen, the government said authorities know of no money laundering cases in which the huge bill was a relevant factor.

It said it'...

May 19, 2016 - 10:49am
1 week 4 days ago

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino says he will announce his salary "as soon as it has been confirmed."

The decision comes after claims he refused a 2 million Swiss franc ($2.02 million) offer.

Infantino writes in Swiss daily Neue Zuercher Zeitung that "it should be lower than the salaries of the previous FIFA president and secretary general."

In 2015, FIFA paid base salaries of 2.96 million Swiss francs ($3 million)...

May 19, 2016 - 10:44am
1 week 4 days ago

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's leading opposition candidate is being charged with recruiting mercenaries according to an announcement made on state television.

The development was broadcast Thursday a week after Moise Katumbi was summoned to court on the allegations.

Katumbi has announced his intent to run in November elections against longtime incumbent President Joseph Kabila. The president's critics fear he will delay the vote in a bid to stay in...

May 19, 2016 - 10:37am
1 week 4 days ago

TOKYO (AP) — Police have arrested an American working on a U.S. military base in Okinawa on suspicion of abandoning a body believed to be that of a missing woman.

Police said the 32-year-old man was arrested Thursday after he was questioned and investigators found the body at a location he provided.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the body is that of a 20-year-old woman missing since April 28, when she messaged her boyfriend that she...

May 19, 2016 - 10:29am
1 week 4 days ago

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to address Parliament a day after elbowing a female lawmaker in the chest and forcibly grabbing another lawmaker.

Trudeau apologized twice on Wednesday evening for what he called the accidental encounter and a spokesman said he will address the matter again Thursday.

Opposition lawmaker Ruth Ellen Brosseau said she had to leave the House of Commons chamber after being elbowed. TV footage shows...

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