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May 24, 2015 - 11:35am
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DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian official says the army is deploying troops in areas near the ancient town of Palmyra (pahl-MEER'-uh) in apparent preparation for a counterattack to retake the city from the Islamic State group.

Gov. Talal Barazi of the central province of Homs (hohms), which includes Palmyra, tells The Associated Press that Syrian troops are battling Islamic State gunmen in the area and that there are plans "for a military act in Palmyra."...

May 24, 2015 - 10:36am
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BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi lawmaker says U.S. military commanders are pointing fingers for their own failure to properly support the Iraqi military in the fight against the Islamic State group.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter stirred controversy Sunday morning by claiming in a television interview that Iraqi soldiers had superior numbers but lost the city of Ramadi to the Islamic State group because they "showed no will to fight."

Hakim al-Zamili, the...

May 24, 2015 - 9:55am
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MARGRATEN, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has paid tribute at a Memorial Day ceremony to U.S. troops who fought and died liberating the Netherlands from Nazi occupation in World War II.

Thousands of people sat under blue skies and wispy white clouds for Sunday's ceremony at the American cemetery in Margraten that covers 65.5 acres and contains 8,301 headstones.

The cemetery is on land close to the Dutch border with Germany that...

May 24, 2015 - 9:54am
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MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of Russians have filled Red Square to join the patriarch of Russia's Orthodox Church in celebrating Slavic literature and the two ninth-century monks considered to be the creators of the Cyrillic alphabet.

The religious and patriotic holiday celebrations were in keeping with Kremlin efforts to promote national pride and consolidate society as Russia is under pressure from the West and its economy is heading toward recession.

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May 24, 2015 - 9:44am
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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's leading cell phone provider says it urgently needs diesel to prevent shutting down services across Africa's biggest oil producer.

A months-long fuel shortage already has grounded many aircraft and vehicles and silenced some radio stations.

An erratic electricity supply has most businesses dependent on diesel generators.

MTN Nigeria posted a message on Twitter overnight saying most of its base...

May 24, 2015 - 8:43am
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BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Separatist rebels in northern Mali say they are holding 19 soldiers from the national army following recent fighting.

Moussa Ag Acharatoumane, a spokesman for the Coordination of Azawad Movements, a separatist coalition, said the soldiers were captured Friday following clashes between the army and rebels in the northern town of Tessit.

Col. Diarran Kone, an adviser with Mali's defense ministry, confirmed that some soldiers were in...

May 24, 2015 - 7:36am
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KALLABARI, Nepal (AP) — Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon is urging tourists to come to Nepal, where two powerful earthquakes in the last month killed thousands of people and made several hundreds of thousands homeless.

Sarandon is in Nepal for five days, staying with the famed Kung-fu nuns in a Buddhist monastery and later in an orphanage that was damaged in one of the quakes.

She said people should make reservations to come to Nepal...

May 24, 2015 - 7:35am
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BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Thousands of people in Burundi's capital attended the funeral of an opposition leader killed in a drive-by shooting.

Young people singing patriotic songs carried the coffin of Zedi Feruzi on Sunday, stopping traffic in Bujumbura, the capital, as they marched for 90 minutes to a Muslim cemetery.

Feruzi and a body guard were killed Saturday night in a drive-by shooting. The killing has caused many of Burundi's opposition...

May 24, 2015 - 7:34am
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CANNES, France (AP) — As the Palme d'Or sits in its cushioned box awaiting Sunday's Cannes winner, the film festival's top prize might be taking stock of its own lifetime of achievements — on this, its 60th birthday.

The iconic award — with its gold palm branch that was redesigned last year by Chopard — was honored at this year's festival. A film directed by Alexis Veller, called "The Legend of the Palme d'Or," was screened, including interviews with many of the award's...

May 24, 2015 - 7:03am
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged pilgrims filling St. Peter's Square on Pentecost Sunday to take "the heroic examples" of a slain El Salvadoran bishop and an Italian nun who worked in Kenya who were beatified this weekend.

Francis stressed that Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was killed out of hatred of his faith, saying "he chose to be among his people, especially the poor and the oppressed, even at the price of his life." Romero was assassinated as he...

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