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May 22, 2015 - 6:39am
1 day 16 hours ago

SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who has led a massive crackdown on Islamists, says the fight against extremism in the region must go hand-in-hand with pursuing greater "freedom, equality and justice."

El-Sissi spoke Friday at a regional World Economic Forum conference in Jordan.

He says extremism increases because of "desperation, regression of values of justice."

Egypt has waged a sweeping...

May 22, 2015 - 6:38am
1 day 17 hours ago

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a peaceful solution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea, where China's assertiveness has alarmed its smaller neighbors.

Ban told reporters in Hanoi on Friday that he Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang discussed regional security concerns, including the South China Sea. He said he had consistently called on all parties to resolve their disputes through dialogue and in conformity with...

May 22, 2015 - 6:37am
1 day 17 hours ago

LONDON (AP) — A British man has been sentenced to life in prison for making a roadside bomb that killed a U.S. soldier in Iraq in 2007.

Anis Abid Sardar was accused of assembling bombs in Syria that were planted on the western outskirts of Baghdad that year. One of the devices killed Sgt. 1st Class Randy Johnson of 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment. Johnson, from Washington, D.C., died after his armored vehicle struck a bomb on Sept. 27, 2007. Four other soldiers were injured...

May 22, 2015 - 6:34am
1 day 17 hours ago

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch art sleuth best known for identifying works looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis has helped German police recover a trove of Third Reich sculptures that had been missing for decades, including a pair of bronze horses crafted for Adolf Hitler.

Arthur Brand provided tips to German detectives who made the amazing discovery in a series of raids this week, capping a long investigation into illegal art trafficking.

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May 22, 2015 - 6:29am
1 day 17 hours ago

PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower is closed to the public because workers are protesting a recent rise in aggressive pickpockets.

The Paris monument is normally open every day of the year and brings in thousands of visitors daily. It sometimes closes briefly for bomb threats or strikes.

The company that manages the tower said in a statement it did not open Friday because the staff is concerned about petty crime around the site. It said it is working with...

May 22, 2015 - 6:25am
1 day 17 hours ago

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The lawyer representing a man and his elderly father who were beaten by a Portuguese police officer says she has filed complaints accusing the officer of aggravated physical assault.

The alleged offenses carry a combined maximum sentence of eight years in prison.

Lawyer Sonia Carneiro told the AP on Friday the two complaints are on behalf of Jose Magalhaes and his 66-year-old father.

Live video of the...

May 22, 2015 - 6:17am
1 day 18 hours ago

DUNKIRK, France (AP) — Veterans and European officials are marking 75 years since a huge operation to evacuate 338,000 troops trapped by advancing Nazi troops from the shores of Dunkirk in northern France, one of the most dramatic moments in British military history.

Fishing trawlers and passenger ferries were among hundreds of private boats that helped the British Navy carry out Operation Dynamo to rescue Allied soldiers in 1940 and bring them across the English Channel...

May 22, 2015 - 6:12am
1 day 18 hours ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists and state media say Syrian troops who had been besieged for nearly a month in a hospital compound in the country's northwest managed to withdraw.

State TV says the troops pulled out of the compound in the town of Jisr al-Shughour and reached government-held areas as other forces covered their withdrawal with intense shelling and airstrikes.

An unnamed military official is quoted by state TV as saying the troops left the...

May 22, 2015 - 6:10am
1 day 18 hours ago

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Kenyan authorities say they have foiled an attempted attack by suspected Somali militants on a village in the same northeastern county where militants killed 148 college students last month.

The interior ministry said in a statement Friday that Yumbis village in Ijara country was attacked Thursday evening by a gang of armed militants who were repulsed after a gun battle with the security forces, with no casualties.

Al-Shabab...

May 22, 2015 - 6:07am
1 day 18 hours ago

PARIS (AP) — France's parliament has voted to forbid big supermarkets from destroying unsold food, encouraging them to donate to charities or farms instead.

The amendment on food waste approved by the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, late Thursday is part of a larger environmental bill. The overall bill is still under discussion, and will need to go to the Senate for final approval.

The bill would require big supermarket chains to...

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