Ukraine president decries eastern sovereignty

MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) — As two of the most tense regions in eastern Ukraine prepare to vote on declaring sovereignty, the country’s acting president is warning them against self-destruction. The Sunday ballots seek approval for declaring so-called sovereign...

Norwegian cows get full pampering in Bosnia

KOZARAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — There is reason to envy Jusuf Arifagic’s cows. In a country where half of the population is living in poverty, his animals sleep on mattresses in a barn with a computerized air conditioning and lighting system. They are bathed...
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Thousands of Syrians enter Homs after rebels leave

Syrian civilians return to Homs, Syria on Friday, May 9, 2014, where bulldozers cleared rubble from the streets of battle-scarred districts in the central Syrian city after government troops entered the last rebel-held neighborhoods as part of an agreement that also granted...
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Thousands of Syrians enter Homs after rebels leave

Syrian civilians return to Homs, Syria on Friday, May 9, 2014, where bulldozers cleared rubble from the streets of battle-scarred districts in the central Syrian city after government troops entered the last rebel-held neighborhoods as part of an agreement that also granted...
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New Benghazi probe inspires partisan animosity

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks at her weekly news briefing Friday, May 9, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Democrats stand deeply divided over whether to participate in a Republican-led investigation of the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic...
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Incumbent favorite in Lithuania presidential vote

Local residents stand near an election poster showing Lithuanian Labour Party leader Arturas Paulauskas, a presidential candidate, in Vilnius, Lithuania, Friday, May 9, 2014. The poster reads ” For justice and a strong state.” Lithuanians will ballot Sunday, May 11,...
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Ousted Thai PM supporters rally in show of force

Anti-government protesters march through a main road in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, May 9, 2014. Thailand’s anti-graft commission indicted ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday on charges of dereliction of duty in overseeing a widely criticized rice...

South Sudan peace deal hailed, but will it hold?

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The top U.N. aid official in South Sudan is calling on two warring parties to open access for aid after signing a new peace deal, the conflict’s second. Toby Lanzer on Saturday called on the government and rebel fighters to open roads for truck...
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Ukraine’s leader gains stature with honest image

FILE – In this April 29, 2014 file photo, Ukrainian Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, speaks to lawmakers during a session at the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev. Yatsenyuk’s interim government is seeking to carry out sweeping reforms to break from a culture of...
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Putin hails ‘return’ of Crimea; fighting kills 7

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a parade marking the Victory Day in Sevastopol, Crimea, Friday, May 9, 2014. Presiding over a triumphant spectacle of warships and fighter jets, Putin hailed the return of Crimea to Russia as the restoration of “historic...