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May 22, 2015 - 5:14am
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Amnesty International says both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are almost daily perpetrating war crimes, including torture and summary killings of prisoners.

In a new report, the rights group said Friday it has heard accounts from former captives of government and separatist forces of savage beatings, torture with electric shocks, kicking and stabbings.

Amnesty says it interviewed 17 captives of the separatists and 16 others...

May 22, 2015 - 4:56am
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SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — A deputy Russian foreign minister says external players cannot solve the Syria crisis and that "short-sighted'" Western policies in the Middle East have helped destabilize countries such as Syria, Iraq and Libya.

Vasily Nebenzya spoke Friday at a regional World Economic Forum conference.

Russia has been a key ally of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad and has shielded him diplomatically.

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May 22, 2015 - 4:49am
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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says governments that share the euro currency shouldn't wait for better times to push through reforms that would boost sluggish growth.

Draghi said tough measures to clear away bureaucracy and make hiring and firing more flexible are needed quickly to energize the economy.

He rejected arguments that looser hiring and firing rules only work over the long term and could hurt the hesitant...

May 22, 2015 - 4:48am
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MADRID (AP) — Five Spanish opposition parties are challenging the legality of the conservative government's new Public Security Law, known as the "gag law," before the country's top court.

The law, due to come into force July 1, allows for the summary expulsion of migrants caught entering the country's North African enclaves illegally and sets hefty fines for protests outside parliament buildings or strategic installations.

United Nations human...

May 22, 2015 - 4:41am
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BEIJING (AP) — China says 57 governments that want to join a planned Chinese-led Asian regional bank have finished work on a charter and it is due to be signed in late June.

The Chinese finance ministry said the agreement Friday followed a three-day meeting in Singapore of envoys from proposed member governments. It gave no details of the charter.

China's proposal for the bank attracted unexpectedly widespread support from Western governments...

May 22, 2015 - 4:36am
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ISTANBUL (AP) — "Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes-Benz?"

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his office will provide a Mercedes to the country's top Muslim cleric, who returned one following an uproar over his extravagance.

Mehmet Gormez, head of the government body that regulates religious affairs, returned his Mercedes after news media reported that his office had spent 1 million Turkish lira ($384,000) on the new car....

May 22, 2015 - 4:26am
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BAGHDAD (AP) — A tribal leader says Islamic State militants have seized another town in Iraq's western Anbar province, less than a week after capturing the provincial capital, Ramadi.

Sheikh Rafie al-Fahdawi said Friday that the small town of Husseiba fell overnight. He says police and tribal fighters withdrew after running out of ammunition.

Husseiba is about seven kilometers (four miles) east of Ramadi, where IS militants routed Iraqi forces in...

May 22, 2015 - 4:19am
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RIGA, Latvia (AP) — The European Union and Ukraine have signed a 1.8 billion euro ($2 billion) loan deal in an effort to help revive the cash-strapped country's economy.

EU and Ukrainian officials signed the agreement Friday at a summit of leaders of EU nations and six post-Soviet countries.

The deal requires Ukraine to adopt a series of reforms including anti-corruption measures to remedy structural problems in its economy.

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May 22, 2015 - 4:05am
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TOKYO (AP) — Japan's first lady has visited the Yasukuni shrine honoring the country's war dead, including convicted war criminals, in a move that risks outraging neighboring countries that suffered under Japan's World War II aggression.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie does not hold political office, but her visit could be seen as symbolic.

Visits by politicians to Yasukuni have in the past angered Japan's neighbors, such as China and South...

May 22, 2015 - 3:52am
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RIGA, Latvia (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron is warning the European Union of tough times ahead as his nation is seeking a drastic reform of the bloc ahead of a referendum on whether to leave.

In his first meeting with his EU counterparts since his election victory, Cameron said that "there will be lots of noise, lots of ups and downs along the way."

Cameron has pledged to hold a national vote on whether Britain should leave the EU before...

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