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  • Dunkirk marks 75 years since massive Allied rescue mission

    DUNKIRK, France (AP) — Veterans and European officials are marking 75 years since a huge operation to evacuate 338,000 troops trapped by advancing Nazi troops from the shores of Dunkirk in northern France, one of the most dramatic moments in British military history. Fishing trawlers and passenger ferries were among hundreds of private boats...

  • 5 things to know about Ireland's gay marriage referendum

    DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland's voters decide Friday whether to legalize gay marriage. While 19 other nations and most U.S. states have already done so, Ireland is the first to hold a national vote. Though voting is Friday, results won't be announced until Saturday. ___ WHY IS IRELAND VOTING? Ireland's 1937 constitution, written by then-Prime...

  • Spanish opposition parties challenge new 'gag law'

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish opposition parties have filed an appeal against the conservative government's new Public Security Law, known as the "gag law," before the Constitutional Court, a court spokeswoman said Friday. The law, due to come into force July 1, allows for the summary expulsion of migrants caught illegally entering the country's North...

  • Amnesty says torture of Ukraine war prisoners is rife

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are perpetrating war crimes almost daily, including torturing prisoners and summarily killing them, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report Friday. Amnesty said in a statement that it has heard from former captives of both Ukrainian government and separatist forces who...

  • Man hit by Portuguese policeman alleges aggravated assault

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The lawyer representing a man and his elderly father who were beaten by a Portuguese police officer says she has filed complaints accusing the officer of aggravated physical assault. The alleged offenses carry a combined maximum sentence of eight years in prison. Lawyer Sonia Carneiro told the AP on Friday the two...

  • ECB tells governments: Don't wait to fix Europe's economy

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says governments that share the euro currency shouldn't wait for better times to push through reforms that would boost sluggish growth. Draghi said tough measures to clear away bureaucracy and make hiring and firing more flexible are needed quickly to energize the economy. He...

  • Eiffel Tower closed amid workers' anger about pickpockets

    PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower is closed to the public because workers are protesting a recent rise in aggressive pickpockets. The Paris monument is normally open every day of the year and brings in thousands of visitors daily. It sometimes closes briefly for bomb threats or strikes. The company that manages the tower said in a statement it...

  • UK bomb maker sentenced to life for killing US soldier

    LONDON (AP) — A British man has been sentenced to life in prison for making a roadside bomb that killed a U.S. soldier in Iraq in 2007. Anis Abid Sardar was accused of assembling bombs in Syria that were planted on the western outskirts of Baghdad that year. One of the devices killed Sgt. 1st Class Randy Johnson of 2nd Stryker Cavalry...

  • UN chief calls for peaceful solution to sea disputes

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a peaceful solution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea, where China's assertiveness has alarmed its smaller neighbors. Ban told reporters in Hanoi on Friday that he Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang discussed regional security concerns, including the South...

  • Merkel warns 'whole lot left' to do on Greece bailout talks

    RIGA, Latvia (AP) — With Greece facing a potential default in two weeks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday sought to add urgency to the talks between the country and its international creditors, warning that "very, very intensive work is still needed." Merkel and French President Francois Hollande spoke for about two hours with their...

  • Egypt's president: Lack of 'justice' fueling extremism

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who has led a massive crackdown on Islamists, says the fight against extremism in the region must go hand-in-hand with pursuing greater "freedom, equality and justice." El-Sissi spoke Friday at a regional World Economic Forum conference in Jordan. He says extremism...

  • Female peace activists say Korean DMZ walk is still on

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A group of female activists, including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Peace Prize laureates, said Friday they will go ahead with their plan to walk across the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas despite reluctance by officials to guarantee their safety and criticism they are being used as propaganda tools by...

  • Tim Roth deals with death, sadness in Cannes entry 'Chronic'

    CANNES, France (AP) — Tim Roth toned things down for his role in the Cannes Film Festival entry "Chronic." The British actor known for his explosive turns in films from "Made in Britain" to "Pulp Fiction" is tense and taciturn as a nurse who cares for the dying in the English-language debut of Mexican director Michel Franco. Roth's character,...

  • Suicide bomber targets Shiite worshippers in Saudi Arabia

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — An activist says a suicide bomber targeted a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers were commemorating the birth of a revered figure. Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry reports an explosion at a mosque in the eastern province of Qatif after Friday prayers, without providing further details. The...

  • London homes near Wembley evacuated after WWII bomb is found

    LONDON (AP) — British police have closed roads and evacuated hundreds of homes near London's Wembley Stadium as the army works to defuse an unexploded World War II bomb. The 50-kilogram (110-pound) bomb was discovered by builders working near the stadium. It is believed to have been dropped over London during German bombing raids in the early...

  • Blues great B.B. King's daughter to host Vegas Strip event

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King's eldest daughter says she'll host a free musical tribute event at a Las Vegas Strip venue after a public viewing of her father's body at a funeral chapel. Shirley King says when people are done being sad about her dad's death, she wants them to come out Friday night and let the good times roll. B.B. King died May...

  • Suspect in killings of wealthy DC family arrested

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities have arrested an ex-convict who was accused in the killings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper. Members of a fugitive task force arrested Daron Dylon Wint, 34, on Thursday around 11 p.m., about a week after authorities said the family was killed and their mansion set on fire. Wint has been...

  • Syrian troops evacuate besieged compound in northwest

    BEIRUT (AP) — Activists and state media say Syrian troops who had been besieged for nearly a month in a hospital compound in the country's northwest managed to withdraw. State TV says the troops pulled out of the compound in the town of Jisr al-Shughour and reached government-held areas as other forces covered their withdrawal with intense...

  • EU, Ukraine sign $2 billion loan deal at Eastern summit

    RIGA, Latvia (AP) — The European Union offered more money and the promise of visa-free travel to some post-communist nations Friday in an East-West partnership that has tempered its ambitions after Russia's military intervention in Ukraine. Meeting in Riga for the Eastern Partnership summit, EU and Ukrainian officials signed a 1.8 billion euro...

  • Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes target Shiite rebels in Yemen

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition has launched heavy airstrikes on Shiite rebels in Yemen, targeting camps and weapons depots in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa. Yemenis awoke to the sound of explosions early Friday when warplanes targeted weapons caches in Noqum mountain, sending up bursts of flames and columns of smoke. Airstrikes...

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