Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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NEW YORK (AP) - New York City transit officials say the massive theft of copper cable along subway train tracks has caused major disruptions in service for hundreds of thousands of commuters.
PRAGUE (AP) - Representatives of 39 nations have urged governments to do more for Holocaust survivors in the remaining time they have.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is demanding answers about how identity thieves were able to steal the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website.
The scramble among personal-injury lawyers for clients in the catastrophic Amtrak crash is on. Law firms have held news conferences, advertised on the Internet, and issued news releases. Others with long records of representing clients in train and car wrecks instead are relying on networks of lawyers who refer clients or simply waiting for clients to find them on their own.
PARIS (AP) - Air France says one of its jets had what investigators call a "serious incident" by flying too close to a volcano while maneuvering around a storm on a flight into Cameroon.
ATLANTA (AP) - A legal battle over the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s traveling Bible and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize is headed for court-ordered mediation.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Police in Washington are asking for the public's help after they say surveillance video captured a brutal attack on a 63-year-old man who was robbed of $1.
BERLIN (AP) - Child survivors of the Holocaust have begun receiving additional financial assistance from Germany under a landmark agreement reached last year.
Niger has detained and charged 643 people since February for their links to the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, Security Minister Hassoumi Massaoudou told parliament.
Police in Papua New Guinea vowed to find the men who axed to death a woman accused of using witchcraft to spark a measles outbreak in the country's remote jungle highlands, a missionary said on Wednesday after meeting authorities.
BERLIN (AP) - Doctors say the week-old quadruplets born prematurely to 65-year-old Annegret Raunigk in Berlin are still in intensive care, but have been gaining a little weight and are being given their mother's milk through feeding tubes.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A letter a detained Washington Post journalist wrote to U.S. President Barack Obama and a trip he made to the U.S. Consulate in Dubai have become major topics of his espionage trial in Iran.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Officials in Romania say flooding in the country's northwest has killed at least one person, damaged homes and forced emergency evacuations.
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) - A spokesman of a local Libyan city council says a North Korean couple has been abducted near the stronghold of the country's Islamic State affiliate.
BERN, Switzerland (AP) - The Swiss justice ministry says six of the seven soccer officials arrested in a FIFA corruption probe oppose extradition to the United States.
PRAGUE (AP) - Representatives of 39 nations have urged governments to do more for Holocaust survivors in the remaining time they have.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - The wares in Zimbabwe's capital are laid out for shoppers to browse through: the shoes lined up on the trunk, the shirts and dresses hanging from open doors of the spotlessly clean car.
ZURICH (AP) - Swiss justice ministry says 6 of the 7 arrested in FIFA probe oppose extradition to US.
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) - Egypt's Interior Ministry says a roadside bomb has killed a senior police officer in the northwestern region of the Sinai Peninsula, home of the country's Islamic State affiliate.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - Ethiopia's ruling coalition won a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections, according to partial results released Wednesday. Western countries said the vote was peaceful but criticized what they described as restrictions on civil liberties.
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) - Moldovan police have found Molotov cocktails, detonators, mobile phones and masks at two locations in the capital Chisinau and suspect they were intended to be used against peaceful protesters.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Amnesty International says one of its researchers was denied entry to the United Arab Emirates, where he was planning to speak about companies' responsibility in ensuring the rights of migrant laborers in the Gulf.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - International Criminal Court appeals judges have upheld a ruling that the court can prosecute Ivory Coast's former first lady on charges including murder and rape linked to violence that left 3,000 people dead in the aftermath of the country's disputed 2010 presidential election.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - Burundi's government is asking Burundians to donate money to pay for elections as some foreign donors warn of aid cuts if President Pierre Nkurunziza runs for third term.
DRESDEN, Germany (AP) - Top finance officials from the Group of Seven wealthy democracies are gathering in Germany this week to discuss ways to strengthen the global economy.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan's first lady has broken numerous conventions in a society that traditionally sequesters women behind closed doors - speaking out on issues such as violence against women, the rule of law and the power of religion. But perhaps Rula Ghani's biggest taboo breaker is simply being the country's first presidential spouse in decades to be seen and heard in public.