Sunday, May 24, 2015

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LAKE TANGANYIKA, Tanzania (AP) - Hundreds of women, many with children strapped on their backs alongside their few belongings, sing melodious tunes expressing their joy as their small boats approach the ferry M.V. Liemba.
SINTRA, Portugal (AP) - What's behind Europe's sluggish recovery and high jobless rate? What can central banks and governments do to get things going?
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The San Andreas Fault awakens, unleashing back-to-back jolts that leave a trail of misery from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Skyscrapers crumble. Fires erupt. The letters of the Hollywood sign topple. Tsunami waves swamp the Golden Gate Bridge.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - Two people have chained themselves to a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell's exploratory oil drilling plans and currently moored in Washington state.
ECUANDUREO, Mexico (AP) - The call for backup went out to local police after 8 a.m. There was a shootout underway at a ranch in the western reaches of Michoacan state and the federal authorities needed help.
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) - Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for long has lagged behind. But present-day reality proved rather difficult to ignore, with the Islamic State group wreaking havoc not far from these Dead Sea shores.
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) - Mideast-weary though it may be, the international community has a duty and an interest in helping the countries of the region both rebuff violent extremists and fix the refugee crisis that in part has resulted from the fight with them - that was the message coming from the regional World Economic Forum Saturday.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - In his first day free, after nearly 30 years on Alabama's death row, Ray Hinton said he kept asking a question to his childhood friend.
BANGKOK (AP) - Shortly after seizing power in a coup that followed months of debilitating street protests, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha vowed to end Thailand's decade of political upheaval once and for all. In his words, "to bring everything out in the open and fix it."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Myvett proposed to his college sweetheart on bended knee in front of the Louvre museum in Paris. Four months later, the pair died in a fiery head-on collision between a FedEx semi-truck and a bus that killed eight others in California, including five promising high school students.
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli police say a 19-year-old Palestinian man stabbed two Israeli teenagers as they walked to a holy site on a Jewish festival.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - Ethiopians have started voting in national and regional elections, the country's first since the death in 2012 of longtime leader Meles Zenawi.
BEIJING (AP) - The death toll in China's latest round of flooding has risen to at least 52, including two schoolchildren aboard a bus carrying more than twice its authorized passenger load that plunged into a pond, authorities said.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Poles are voting in the final round of a cliffhanger presidential election race between the conservative incumbent Bronislaw Komrowski and an even more conservative challenger.
DUBLIN (AP) - Ireland's citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday - a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a "social revolution."
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - Taliban insurgents attacked police checkpoints Sunday in volatile southern Afghanistan, killing at least 10 officers in the ongoing assault, authorities said.
BEIJING (AP) - At first, the numbers and company names flashing on a big board in Beijing's financial district suggest a booming market.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Officials say at least 10 Afghan police officers killed in ongoing Taliban assault in south.
DORASAN STATION, South Korea (AP) - International women activists including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Peace laureates on Sunday were denied an attempt to walk across the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea, but were allowed to cross by bus and complete what one of them called a landmark peace event.
MOSCOW (AP) - President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law Saturday giving prosecutors the power to declare foreign and international organizations "undesirable" in Russia and shut them down.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - The leader of a Burundi opposition party was killed Saturday by unknown assailants in the nation's capital, Bujumbura, local media reported.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Thousands of people fled villages and towns along a mountain river in in northwest Nepal on Sunday after it was blocked by a landslide that could burst and cause flash floods, officials said.
CANNES, France (AP) - The 68th Cannes Film Festival was going out in style this weekend, with Marion Cotillard drawing raves on both carpet and screen at the "Macbeth" premiere and the very cool entourage from the LA indie "Dope" continuing to wow the fest as anticipation grew for Sunday's Palme d'Or finale.
SYDNEY (AP) - Defending 100-meter freestyle champion James Magnussen of Australia will miss the July world swimming championships in Kazan, Russia, due to left shoulder surgery.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The acquittal of a white Cleveland police officer Saturday set off angry but mostly orderly protests while shining little light on how an event that started with a car backfiring could end in a 137-shot barrage, the patrolman firing from the hood of the car and the deaths of two unarmed black suspects.