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May 22, 2015 - 9:14am
1 min 56 sec ago

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's government has sent geologists to earthquake-damaged mountain villages to assess landslide risks before the rainy season begins next month.

Home Ministry official Laxmi Prasad Dhakal said Friday the geologists went this week to villages in the districts that were the most affected by the earthquakes.

Dhakal said the geologists would check the soil and the government would then decide which villages are in danger of...

May 22, 2015 - 8:56am
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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish brown bear went a wooing, little knowing that scientists were following all the way.

Starting from the Tatra Mountains, the bear crossed borders and a highway as it covered some 380 kilometers (235 miles).

Nuria Selva, a researcher with the Polish Academy of Sciences, said Friday she found it fascinating that the 5-year-old bear, collared last year and named Iwo, cleverly avoided danger.

Walking...

May 22, 2015 - 8:47am
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TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The World Bank has agreed to lend Albania up to $1.2 billion (1.08 billion euros) to support its public finances and invest in infrastructure.

A statement from the bank Friday said the board of directors agreed on a 2015-2019 lending program to support Albania's growth as it tries to join the European Union.

The money will be used for fiscal stability, infrastructure projects and strengthening the private sector in Albania. The...

May 22, 2015 - 8:40am
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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman says Moscow is making efforts toward the release of two Russians held in Ukraine, but has declined comment on claims that they are soldiers.

In video published Friday by the newspaper Novaya Gazeta, the two men repeated assertions that they were on active duty with the Russian military in rebellious eastern Ukraine when they were captured Saturday.

Russia consistently denies Ukrainian and...

May 22, 2015 - 8:37am
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TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Foreign ministers from several Balkan countries are to meet in the Albanian capital Tirana to discuss regional cooperation in their efforts to join the European Union.

Friday's meeting brings together representatives of countries that have long had troubled relations in the volatile region: Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia. It comes ahead of a planned historic visit to Tirana next week of Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar...

May 22, 2015 - 8:22am
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Kazakhstan says around one-third of the endangered saiga antelope population in this Central Asian nation has mysteriously died off in the last few days.

Kazakhstan's agriculture ministry said Friday the number of saiga that have died may have reached 85,000.

The ministry says it suspects the animals, which are recognizable for their distinctive humped snout, may have been struck by an epidemic of pasteurellosis...

May 22, 2015 - 8:11am
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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Officials say that at least 18 leftist rebels have been killed in a raid in western Colombia.

A military official says the operation in Cauca province was carried against the 29th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on Thursday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment publicly.

President Juan Manuel Santos is expected to provide details early Friday....

May 22, 2015 - 7:30am
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CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Authorities in the country where the Ebola epidemic began are concerned about a new outbreak of cases just as officials hoped the crisis was coming under control.

Guinea has recorded 27 new cases within a week, compared to seven in the previous week, according to the World Health Organization.

Health officials are particularly alarmed that some of the cases are in an area near the border with Guinea-Bissau, a deeply...

May 22, 2015 - 7:28am
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SOUTHERN SHUNE, Jordan (AP) — Iraq's deputy prime minister is appealing for greater international help in fighting the Islamic State group, saying its recent takeover of the key city of Ramadi was a "big disaster" and that the country's own forces could not adequately fight back.

Saleh al-Mutlaq, speaking to AP at a regional conference of the World Economic Forum in Jordan on Friday called for a "new strategic plan" for Iraq and for international coalition forces to "...

May 22, 2015 - 7:25am
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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials say two construction workers are trapped under debris after a landslide at a dam construction site in northeast Turkey.

Adil Sabanci, a regional hydraulic works official, told the state-run Anadolu Agency that two other workers were rescued Friday from the landslide at the Hamzadere Dam construction site in Ipsala, close to Turkey's border with Greece.

Anadolu said the landslide occurred while workers were...

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