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  • Death toll from Baghdad hotel bombings rises to 15
    Associated Press | May 29, 2015 7:40 am
    The death toll from car bombs that targeted two prominent hotels in Baghdad a day earlier rose to 15 people, with another 42 wounded, Iraqi officials said Friday, as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Belfast parties to meet in bid to save power-sharing
    Associated Press | May 29, 2015 7:36 am
    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.
  • Polish election winner officially named president-elect
    Associated Press | May 29, 2015 7:13 am
    Andrzej Duda, the conservative winner of Poland's presidential election, was officially named president-elect in a solemn state ceremony Friday.
  • Hungary's Orban reaffirms country's EU and NATO membership
    Associated Press | May 29, 2015 7:04 am
    Hungary's prime minister said Friday that despite differences of opinion, the country must remain a member of the European Union and NATO.
  • Stocks open slightly lower after economic data disappoints
    Associated Press | May 29, 2015 6:48 am
    U.S. stocks are opening slightly lower after the government reported that the domestic economy contracted in the first three months of the year.
  • Ruble rebound threatens 'Made in Russia' industry revival
    Associated Press | May 29, 2015 6:44 am
    Russia's ruble is on a roller-coaster. After being the world's second worst-performing currency against the dollar last year, it is among the best in 2015.
  • India's heat wave tests water supply; death toll over 1,800
    Associated Press | May 29, 2015 6:20 am
    Dizzying temperatures caused water shortages in thousands of Indian villages and killed hundreds more people over the past day, driving the death toll from a weekslong heat wave to at least 1,826, officials said Friday.
  • Japan, EU agree to step up defense, economic ties
    Associated Press | May 29, 2015 6:10 am
    Japanese and European leaders agreed Friday to step up defense and economic ties, and expressed concern about rising tensions in the South China Sea.
  • Eternal love dashed: Paris lovers' locks to be dismantled
    Associated Press | May 29, 2015 6:04 am
    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.
  • Spain makes US rapid force at Moron base permanent
    Associated Press | May 29, 2015 5:54 am
    The Spanish government has approved an accord permanently granting the U.S. military a presence at a southwestern base as a center for a rapid reaction force to deal with crises in Africa.
  • Turkish paper probed over images of spy agency trucks
    Associated Press | May 29, 2015 5:25 am
    The Istanbul prosecutor's office has launched an investigation of newspaper editor following the publication of images of truckloads of ammunition, which the paper says proved that a convoy which was stopped on its way to Syria on a Turkish intelligence mission was carrying arms to rebels.
  • Biblical soap opera enjoying ungodly success in Brazil
    Associated Press | May 29, 2015 5:21 am
    The actress agonizes on her deathbed, her hair and makeup impeccable, as the hunky male lead clutches her hand. Tears pour down his face while her eyelids flutter to a final close.
  • Merkel: Germany will be 'constructive partner' in EU reform
    Associated Press | May 29, 2015 5:18 am
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has sounded a conciliatory note on Britain's efforts to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union, saying "when there is a desire there should be a way."
  • Volcano erupts in southern Japan, spewing ash high into sky
    Associated Press | May 29, 2015 5:05 am
    A volcano erupted in spectacular fashion on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, spewing out rocks and sending black clouds of ash 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) into the sky. Authorities told people on the island to evacuate.
  • Madagascar's president faces impeachment attempt
    Associated Press | May 29, 2015 4:48 am
    Political instability is looming in Madagascar, where lawmakers voted this week to impeach the country's president, who disputed the outcome and whose supporters say the result was falsified.