Paris celebrates WWII resistance heroes in Pantheon ceremony

PARIS (AP) — Paris authorities are escorting coffins representing four World War II resistance figures through the French capital toward the Pantheon, the resting place of French heroes. The event Tuesday is part of two days of national ceremonies honoring the two women and...
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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi is missing from global meeting on Rohingya

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An international gathering about the plight of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims boasts a star-studded cast, with three Nobel Peace laureates among those calling on the world to wake up to the unfolding...
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Fire at home for elderly in central China kills 38 people

AP Photo/Zhao Peng BEIJING (AP) — A fire that swept through a privately run home for the elderly in central China killed 38 people and left much of it a charred ruin, raising concerns over the safety of facilities housing the country’s rapidly aging population. The...
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The Latest on IS: Iraq says Anbar offensive won’t take long

AP Photo/Uncredited Noon (0900 GMT) A spokesman for Iraq’s Shiite militias says an operation launched to retake the western Anbar province from the Islamic State group will “not last for a long time” and that Iraqi forces have surrounded the provincial capital,...

Egypt allows Gazans to return home through border crossing

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egypt has opened its border with the Gaza Strip to allow stranded Palestinians to return home. Tuesday’s opening was the first time the Rafah border crossing has operated since March. The director of the Hamas-controlled side of the crossing,...

For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate’s heart

BEIRUT (AP) — The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria’s war. In the capital of the Islamic State group’s self-proclaimed “caliphate,” Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the...

Local media: Several Kenyan police officers killed in ambush

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Local media in Kenya are reporting that several Kenyan police officers have been killed in an attack by suspected Somali militants in the northeastern Garissa county, where 148 students were massacred last month. Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper...
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UN officials didn’t follow up on sex abuse claims for months

AP Photo/Moises Castillo UNITED NATIONS (AP) — For months, the U.N.’s top human rights officials knew about allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic, collected by their own staff. But they didn’t follow up because they...
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Afghan forces struggle as Taliban seeks northern stronghold

AP Photo/Rahmat Gul KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents, their ranks swelled by foreign fighters pushed across the border from Pakistan, nearly surrounded this northern Afghan city last month with an offensive that stunned local authorities and raised concerns...
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Stunning 36 percent rise in US visits to Cuba since January

AP Photo/Desmond Boylan HAVANA (AP) — The thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba has led to a stunning 36 percent increase in visits by Americans to the island, including thousands who are flying into Cuba from third countries like Mexico in order to sidestep U.S....