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  • Saudi envoy: Aid groups in Yemen urged to ‘be careful’

    GENEVA (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative in Geneva says his country sent letters to the U.N. humanitarian agency chief calling on aid groups to “be careful” to avoid damage from air strikes led by…

  • Spain premier doesn’t shake hands with opposition leader

    MADRID (AP) — Acting Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy didn’t shake hands with Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez during a meeting that’s part of the drive to form a government following an inconclusive national election. Surrounded…

  • Iran sees chance to bring down ‘wall of mistrust’ with US

    MUNICH (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister says the nuclear deal with world powers offers a chance to demolish a “wall of mistrust” between Iran and the United States, but it’s not a task for Tehran…

  • Spain: Civil servant fined after skipping work for years

    MADRID (AP) — The case started with confusion over where a civil servant in southern Spain worked. Now a court has ruled he must pay back nearly 27,000 euros ($30,500) in wages because for years…

  • Saudi foreign minister defends policy at Munich meeting

    MUNICH (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Friday defended his country’s foreign policy and its stance in Yemen and Syria, insisting that the kingdom has no ambitions beyond its borders. Since taking power last…

  • ICC blocks use of 5 witnesses who pulled out of Kenya case

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court appeals judges ruled Friday that statements made by five witnesses who later changed their stories or refused to testify against Kenya’s deputy president cannot be used as…

  • French official: Up to 1,000 must leave Calais migrant camp

    PARIS (AP) — Up to 1,000 people living in a sprawling migrant camp by Calais must leave their makeshift dwellings, the top official in France’s northern Pas-de-Calais region announced on Friday. Prefect Fabienne Buccio said…

  • Serbia passes Holocaust restitution law

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian lawmakers have voted on a bill allowing the restitution of heirless and unclaimed Jewish property expropriated during the Holocaust. The World Jewish Restitution Organization said Friday Serbia is one of…

  • Migrants attacked around Calais, tinderbox of tensions

    CALAIS, France (AP) — Mysterious armed groups are on the prowl, targeting migrants in night attacks in Calais and elsewhere in northern France, sowing fear among the displaced travelers living in squalid slums and deepening…

  • UK factory-owner jailed for exploiting trafficked Hungarians

    LONDON (AP) — A British factory-owner has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for employing Hungarian workers for as little as 10 pounds ($14.50) a week. Mohammed Rafiq’s company Kozee Sleep made beds for…

  • The Latest: Official: Half of Calais camp to be evacuated

    SID, Serbia (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 6:25 p.m. The top official in France’s northern Pas-de-Calais region says that half of a sprawling makeshift migrant camp…

  • Moscow court rejects opposition leader’s suit against Putin

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court on Friday refused to consider suit filed by a prominent Russian opposition figure, who accused President Vladimir Putin of breaking the nation’s anti-corruption law. The papers were filed by…

  • France’s new foreign minister to join Syria talks

    PARIS (AP) — France’s new foreign minister is going to join talks on Syria at a conference in southern Germany on Saturday. Jean-Marc Ayrault, who was prime minister from 2012 to 2014, on Friday formally…

  • Morocco allows Ikea to open after Sahara diplomatic flap

    PARIS (AP) — Moroccan authorities have given furniture giant Ikea the green light to open its first store in the North African kingdom after months of uncertainty. The store was due to open near Casablanca…

  • Irish singer Hozier’s single goes to fight domestic abuse

    LONDON (AP) — Hozier is giving his latest single to charity. “Cherry Wine” — which features in a live version on his self-titled debut record — is described by the 25-year-old Irish singer as “a…