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Iraqi protesters pour into Green Zone, storm parliament

Anti-government protesters tore down walls and poured into the Iraqi capital's heavily fortified Green Zone on Saturday, where they stormed parliament in a major escalation of a political crisis that has simmered for months.

Recovery a year after Nepal's earthquake is in disarray

– As the anniversary of Nepal’s devastating earthquake came and went in April, Tilakmananda Bajracharya peered up at the mountainside temple his…

Sweden celebrates king's 70th with ABBA's 'Dancing Queen'

Royals from around the world flew in, loyal Swedes lined the streets of Stockholm and the sounds of ABBA's "Dancing Queen" rang out from an army band on Saturday as Sweden celebrated King Carl XVI Gustaf's 70th birthday.

Educated migrants have edge as Germany aims for integration

Wafaa Askar arrived in Germany barely a year and a half ago from her Syrian homeland, but she already speaks German fluently and counts more Germans than Syrians as friends. Orhan Sahin arrived from Turkey more than three decades ago, but still feels like a foreigner and speaks in broken German.

Scandal-plagued Rome is becoming a 'do it yourself' city

Armed with shovels and sacks of cold asphalt, Rome's residents fill potholes. Defying rats, they yank weeds and bag trash along the Tiber's banks and in urban parks. Tired of waiting years for the city to replace diseased trees, neighbors dig into their own pockets to pay for new ones for their block.


20 Egyptians get life in prison over 2013 storming of jail

An Egyptian court has sentenced 20 people to life in prison for storming a prison in the Suez Canal city of Port Said in January 2013.


Worker dies after falling ill at World Cup stadium site

World Cup organizers say a worker has died after falling ill on the site of one of the stadiums being constructed for the 2022 tournament in Qatar.


33 rescued lions arrive in South Africa in airlift

The roars of lions filled the cargo section of Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport Saturday evening as 33 lions rescued from South American circuses landed in South Africa where they will be released into a bush sanctuary for big cats.


South Africa: Opposition leader warns president to step down

Fiery South African opposition politician Julius Malema told 40,000 cheering supporters that President Jacob Zuma should step down before the army turns on him because of the corruption allegations against him.


Sudanese army transport plane crashes, killing all 5 crew

Sudan's army says a military transport plane has crashed due to a technical failure while landing in the country's south, killing all five crew members.


Gibraltar pushes for airport to be under EU aviation laws

Gibraltar's authorities have joined air-travel industry leaders in calling for the small British territory on Spain's southwestern tip to be included in the European Union's laws governing European aviation.


Thousands claim vote rigging by Serbia's ruling populists

Thousands of opposition supporters have protested in front of the Serbian state electoral commission against what their leaders are saying is widespread vote rigging by the ruling populists.


Rising violence kills over 200 in a week in Syria's Aleppo

The Syrian army and rebels unleashed deadly new attacks on each other Friday in Aleppo, with insurgents shelling a mosque during weekly prayers and government airstrikes hitting opposition neighborhoods in escalating bloodshed the U.N. decried as a "monstrous disregard for civilian lives by all parties."


16 blamed for mistakes in deadly US attack on Afghan clinic

Human error, violations of combat rules and untimely equipment failures led to the mistaken U.S. aerial attack on a charity-run hospital in Afghanistan last fall that killed 42 people, a senior American general said Friday. Investigators called the attack a "disproportional response to a threat that didn't exist."


At the Vatican, Biden seeks common cause with pope on cancer

Vice President Joe Biden found common cause with Pope Francis on Friday at the Vatican for a global commitment to fund cancer research.


Eurozone GDP scrapes back to precrisis level

  By one measure, the economic crisis that has long ravaged Europe is finally over. On Friday, the European Union released data showing that the…


The Latest: Iraq tightens security after Green Zone breach

The Latest on anti-government protests in Iraq (all times local):


Kremlin: Japan's PM Abe to visit Putin in Russia next week

The Kremlin has announced that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Russia next week to meet with President Vladimir Putin, a step toward deepening relations overshadowed by a World War II territorial dispute.


Holy fire ceremony in Jerusalem draws thousands

Thousands of Christians have gathered in Jerusalem for an ancient fire ceremony that celebrates Jesus' resurrection.