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June 3, 2015 - 6:11am
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BEIRUT (AP) — Activists and Syrian state media say that militants from the Islamic State group have launched a major attack on the predominantly Kurdish city of Hassakeh in a northeastern Syrian province by the same name.

The push appears to be an attempt by IS extremists to reverse some of the advances made recently by Kurdish fighters in the province.

State TV says IS extremists are battling for control of a juvenile prison still under construction...

June 3, 2015 - 5:40am
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BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say they have successfully restarted the world's biggest particle collider after a two-year shutdown and upgrade and it's now producing almost double the collision energy of its first run.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, said Wednesday the Large Hadron Collider will now run around the clock for the next three years.

The collider underwent a $150 million upgrade after its first run, which produced...

June 3, 2015 - 5:36am
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NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' justice minister says a home where police seized five tons of a chemical compound that can be turned into an explosive had been kept under surveillance for some time before officers moved in.

Ionas Nicolaou told The Associated Press Wednesday that authorities put the Larnaca home in their sights after being tipped off, but did not reveal the source.

Police are holding a 26-year-old Lebanese-Canadian man in connection...

June 3, 2015 - 5:30am
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An independent Afghan anti-corruption body says that nepotism plays a critical role in getting a job as a diplomat in the country's Foreign Affairs Ministry.

In a report released on Wednesday, the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee says favoritism and patronage often prevail over merit and ability in diplomatic appointments.

The committee's executive director, Ahmad Rashed Behroz, says such...

June 3, 2015 - 5:22am
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MADRID (AP) — A former Spanish prime minister hopes to travel to Venezuela this weekend to help lawyers defending imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

Felipe Gonzalez will travel to Colombia on Thursday and will decide after arriving in Bogota whether to visit Venezuela, according to Gonzalez's spokesman, Joaquin Tagar.

Gonzalez was widely criticized by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after announcing he would advise Lopez and his...

June 3, 2015 - 5:18am
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MOSCOW (AP) — Human rights activists in Chechnya say that masked men bashed their way into the group's office, sending the occupants fleeing through the windows.

The Committee against Torture wrote on its Twitter account on Wednesday that several young men, wearing surgical masks and armed with crowbars, attacked the group's office in the capital of Grozny. The employees escaped through the windows, the group said.

The Committee against Torture is a...

June 3, 2015 - 5:16am
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JIANLI, China (AP) — Chinese authorities have escalated efforts to recover more than 420 people believed to be trapped inside an overturned river cruise ship.

The number of divers at the scene has grown from 13 yesterday to more than 180 today. And a large crane has been brought in that could be used to try to lift the ship.

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said the bodies of 19 victims have been recovered. There are 14 known survivors. But the vast...

June 3, 2015 - 4:32am
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PARIS (AP) — Interpol has put six men with ties to FIFA on its most wanted list, issuing an international alert for two former FIFA officials and four executives on charges including racketeering and corruption.

The "Red Notices" announced Wednesday were for former FIFA vice president Jack Warner of Trinidad and former executive committee member Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay.

Others listed were Argentinians Alejandro Burzaco and brothers Hugo and Mariano...

June 3, 2015 - 4:31am
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PARIS (AP) — The world economy risks being bogged down in a low-growth spiral unless measures are taken to spur demand and incite businesses to boost their stubbornly sluggish investments.

That's the conclusion of the latest economic forecast from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Paris-based body made up of 34 of the world's most developed countries.

In its biannual checkup on the world's economic health, the OECD has...

June 3, 2015 - 3:46am
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in east Ukraine say two civilians in a government-controlled area have been killed amid a surge of shelling as combat flares between the armed forces and separatist rebels.

Luhansk region governor Hennadiy Moskal said in a statement on his official website that an elderly couple died when their car was struck by mortar fire Wednesday morning. The statement said the strike occurred 20 kilometers (12 miles) into government-held territory....

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