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  • Sex club seeks Nashville blessing by vowing to be a church

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville swingers club has undergone a conversion — it says it's now a church — in order to win city approval so it can open next to a Christian school. The story began last fall, when a fixture in downtown Nashville called The Social Club sold its building and purchased a new one in a run-down office park several...

  • South Sudan opposition leader says troops surround his home

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — An opposition leader in South Sudan said on Friday that government troops had surrounded his house in the capital, raising fears of insecurity in the city where a fight among the armed forces sparked a nationwide rebellion in 2013. Lam Akol told The Associated Press that security operatives closed the two roads leading...

  • UN rights chief accuses British tabloids of hate speech

    LONDON (AP) — The United Nations' human rights chief on Friday accused Britain's tabloid newspapers of hate speech against immigrants. Zeid Raad al-Hussein, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, said that an article in The Sun comparing migrants to cockroaches used language similar to that employed by the instigators of Rwanda's 1994...

  • Italian authorities: Terror suspects planned Vatican attack

    MILAN (AP) — Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out, an Italian prosecutor said Friday. The alleged foiled plot, known to authorities for years, was revealed as prosecutors announced the results of a...

  • EU doubles emergency aid to nations dealing with migrants

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has doubled the emergency aid to frontline member states Italy, Greece and Malta which have to deal with the massive influx of migrants coming across the Mediterranean to 50 million euros ($54 million) a year. EU Commission spokeswoman Natasha Berthaud said "the entire emergency fund is doubling" following an...

  • Germany: Defendant regrets death of female student

    BERLIN (AP) — An 18-year-old man on trial over the death of German-Turkish student Tugce Albayrak said Friday that he regretted his actions. The defendant, identified only as Sanel M., told a regional court in Darmstadt on the opening day of his trial that he slapped Albayrak in the face before she fell to the ground. The 23-year-old student...

  • Opposition leader accuses Cameron of weakening UK in world

    LONDON (AP) — British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband on Friday accused Prime Minister David Cameron of weakening Britain on the world stage with an isolationist foreign policy and uncertainty about membership in the European Union. In a speech that brought international affairs into Britain's election campaign, Miliband said Cameron's failure...

  • Togo to vote in presidential election amid political unrest

    LOME, Togo (AP) — Togo will vote Saturday in an election that could see its president win a third five-year term, keeping his family in power for nearly 50 years. President Faure Gnassingbe assumed power in 2005 after his father, who ruled Togo for 38 years, died of a heart attack. He won a flawed and violent election later that year and...

  • UN Security Council working on migrant resolution

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France's ambassador to the U.N. says Security Council members are already working on a council resolution to address the spiraling migrant crisis. Ambassador Francois Delattre spoke briefly to reporters Friday, a day after European leaders held an emergency summit in the wake of the deaths at sea of more than 1,300...

  • Arkansas mechanic jailed after fatal pit bull attack

    PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — A mechanic has been arrested after authorities say his pack of pit bull dogs mauled a man to death in central Arkansas. Sixty-two-year-old John Chester Smith of Pine Bluff has been charged with manslaughter and is being held Friday at the Jefferson County Jail. The county prosecutor charged Smith in the March death of...

  • Bangladesh mourns anniversary of garment factory disaster

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Survivors and relatives of victims of a garment factory collapse in Bangladesh marched Friday to demand better compensation on the second anniversary of the disaster that killed more than 1,100 people. Rana Plaza, an illegally constructed building outside Dhaka, housed five garment factories when it collapsed in 2013....

  • Poland protests Mattel game that refers to 'Nazi Poland'

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government has demanded that toy producer Mattel recall a party game and correct a card that refers to "Nazi Poland," officials said Friday. Poles find such language offensive because Poland was never allied with Germany and was in fact subjected to a brutal occupation by Nazi Germany throughout World War II....

  • EU approves more GM food as row simmers

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has authorized the use of more genetically modified food and feed amid a row over whether EU member states should be able to independently ban certain GM products. The EU's executive commission said Friday that it has approved 10 GM foods, including strands of maize, soybean and cotton, after they "have been...

  • Indonesia moves Filipino inmate to island before executions

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A Filipino woman facing the death penalty in Indonesia was moved Friday to an island prison where she and nine other drug convicts are to be executed by firing squad. An armored personnel carrier and a car were seen arriving at a port for the short trip to Nusakambangan island, and prison officials said Mary Jane...

  • Portugal media angered over proposed election coverage rules

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's leading media companies are in uproar over proposals by political parties that would require journalists to submit their election coverage plans to a central committee for approval. The country's three main parties are working on a new law that aims to ensure fairness and impartiality in election coverage. A...

  • Leading Ukraine politician says billionaire inciting unrest

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A leading politician in Ukraine published documents Friday that he says show the country's richest man is plotting to incite unrest to ensure the government steers clear of reforms that would hurt his business. Parliament deputy Mustafa Nayyem, a respected former reporter, wrote in an article on the Ukrainska Pravda...

  • Milan spiffs up for Expo 2015

    MILAN (AP) — Milan has been growing in altitude in preparation for Expo 2015 world's fair opening next Friday with the construction of a dozen new skyscrapers in recent years. City leaders hope a successful world's fair, expected to attract 20 million visitors over the six-month run, will help Italy's fashion and banking capital grow in...

  • Court sentences judge to 10 years, 8 months for bribes

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian court has sentenced a senior judge to 10 years and eight months in prison for demanding money from defendants in exchange for favorable verdicts. Stan Mustata was convicted on six counts of taking bribes, influence peddling and abusing privileged information between October 2013 and April 2014. One count...

  • Bombings in Iraq near market and courthouse kill 7

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say two bombings, one near a marketplace and the other near a courthouse, have killed seven people. Police officials say the first of Friday's attacks took place in the morning, when a bomb exploded near an outdoor market in the Sunni town of Tarmiyiah, killing four people and wounding eight. Tarmiyah is 50...

  • Thousands of South Koreans march in anti-government rally

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of anti-government protesters marched in cities across South Korea on Friday, denouncing the labor policies of the increasingly unpopular President Park Geun-hye. The rallies were orchestrated by one of the country's two major umbrella labor unions. They come about a week after police clashed violently in...

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