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May 29, 2015 - 12:31pm
20 min 32 sec ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say militants led by al-Qaida's branch in Syria are advancing in the northwestern province of Idlib after capturing a government stronghold.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees said Friday that the so-called Fatah Army has captured several villages near the town of Ariha, which the insurgents seized the day before. Ariha had been one of the last major government strongholds in Idlib.


May 29, 2015 - 11:47am
50 min 34 sec ago

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Tunisia's prime minister says a European Union proposal to destroy boats used by smugglers to ferry migrants to Europe from Libya probably won't work and is risky because it is similar to military intervention.

Prime Minister Habib Essid told reporters Friday during a visit to Lisbon that authorities must fight the root of the illegal migration problem by helping raise living standards in the countries the migrants come from.


May 29, 2015 - 11:33am
1 hour 10 min ago

TORONTO (AP) — Another prominent member of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government will not see re-election in October.

Justice Minister Peter MacKay, a former foreign affairs minister and defense minister, will make the announcement later Friday. The prime minister's office said Harper will deliver remarks alongside him.

MacKay and Harper were instrumental in uniting the right in Canada in 2003. MacKay was leader of the Progressive Conservative...

May 29, 2015 - 11:25am
1 hour 30 min ago

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian lawmakers have passed a bill that compensates the victims of rape during the country's war for independence more than twenty years ago — a move hailed as a late but important step in healing the wounds of the 1991-95 conflict.

The law entitles the victims to a one-time compensation of some 13,000 euros ($14,000), a monthly allowance, as well as health care, counseling and legal aid.

Parliament passed the legislation on...

May 29, 2015 - 11:18am
1 hour 30 min ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Tajikistan authorities have opened an investigation into a high-ranking police official who allegedly has joined the Islamic State group in Syria and is calling for former comrades to rise up against the Central Asian country's authoritarian leadership.

News reports say Gulmurod Khalimov, who had commanded the country's OMON special police troops, made the claim in a video. The full video is no longer online, but an edited version shows Khalimov speaking...

May 29, 2015 - 10:41am
1 hour 30 min ago

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi's most prominent opposition leader says his party is boycotting elections amid political unrest stemming from the president's bid for a third term.

Agathon Rwasa, who leads the opposition party known by its initials as FNL, told The Associated Press on Friday that he is pulling out because he no longer feels safe on the campaign trail. He added that he believes credible elections cannot be held amid persistent violence as the security...

May 29, 2015 - 10:31am
1 hour 30 min ago

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland's power-sharing government is at risk of collapse again, and the British and Irish governments have scheduled talks Tuesday to try to save the peacemaking coalition.

The Northern Ireland administration says it faces a cash crisis as Sinn Fein, the main Irish Catholic-backed party, refuses to support welfare reforms demanded by Britain and supported by the main Protestant party, the Democratic Unionists. That deadlock has...

May 29, 2015 - 10:08am
1 hour 40 min ago

HELSINKI (AP) — The populist, EU-skeptic Finns Party, known for its opposition to bailing out Greece and its political gaffes at home, has joined the Finnish government for the first time.

President Sauli Niinisto on Friday appointed the Nordic country's new center-right Cabinet, a three-party coalition made up of the Finns, the pro-EU Conservatives and the Center Party, whose leader Juha Sipila was named the new prime minister.

The Finns' maverick...

May 29, 2015 - 8:58am
3 hours 50 min ago

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister says that despite differences of opinion, the country must remain a member of the European Union and NATO.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday in a speech celebrating five years in government that while some EU proposals "border on the insane," he opposes any attempt to make Hungary exit the EU or NATO.

Orban, whose Fidesz party holds a comfortable majority in parliament, said it is in Hungary's...

May 29, 2015 - 8:57am
3 hours 50 min ago

PARIS (AP) — Any hope that the love locks clinging to Paris' famed Pont des Arts bridge would last forever will be unromantically dashed by the city council's plan to dismantle them Monday — for good.

The padlocks — signed and locked by lovers on the metal grills on the bridge's sides by lovers — are widely regarded as an eyesore on Paris' most picturesque bridge, which overlooks the Eiffel Tower.

Last summer, they also became symbol of danger after...

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