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Haiti confronts avalanche of presidential candidates

Port-au-prince - A three-year political crisis that delayed local and parliamentary elections has done nothing to dampen Haiti's enthusiasm for democracy, judging by the avalanche of hopefuls now running for president.

'China's Jerusalem' targets party members of faith

Shanghai - The city known as China's centre of Christianity, Wenzhou, has launched a crackdown on Communist Party members with religious beliefs, the local government said, following tighter regulation of church buildings.

Syrian rebels 'seize hospital holding 150 soldiers'

Damascus - Islamist rebels on Friday overran a hospital in northwest Syria where at least 150 regime forces and dozens of civilians were trapped for nearly a month, a monitor said.

Islamist Shebab gunmen storm Kenya village

Nairobi - Islamist gunmen raided a village in northeastern Kenya, the interior ministry said Friday, the latest in a string of brazen attacks by the Somali-led, Al-Qaeda affiliated insurgents.

Boat people grateful for sanctuary, baffled by Gambia offer

Indonesia - Boat people who have come ashore in Southeast Asia after harrowing journeys are delighted that Indonesia and Malaysia will give them temporary shelter -- although some were baffled by an offer of sanctuary in a tiny African nation they had never heard ...

UK PM predicts 'ups and downs' in EU renegotiation bid

Riga - Prime Minister David Cameron predicted there would be "ups and downs" in Britain's bid to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union as he arrived at a summit in Riga Friday.

Myanmar navy carries out first rescue of migrant boat: official

Cox's Bazar - Myanmar's navy has carried out its first rescue of a migrant boat, bringing 208 people to shore, an official told AFP Friday, as it faced mounting international pressure to tackle a regional migration crisis."A navy ship found two boats...

Many jobless Americans have given up on looking for employment

The unemployment rate officially dropped to 5.4 percent in April, but a closer examination shows that 40 percent of America's 8.5 million unemployed people have given up on the job search. This data suggests that the labor market is worse than it seems.

Cameron makes British reform case to EU peers

Riga - British Prime Minister David Cameron takes his case for far-reaching reform to his EU peers Friday as they meet six former Soviet states, some of whom would gladly swap places with London in the bloc.

Ireland votes in historic referendum on gay marriage

Dublin - Ireland took to the polls on Friday to vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legal, in a referendum that has exposed sharp divisions between communities in this traditionally Catholic nation.

Elephant grabs B.C. man's GoPro, snaps adorable 'elphie'

Vancouver - An enterprising elephant grabbed a Vancouver tourist's GoPro camera and snapped an "elphie" with the student. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity for Christian LeBlanc, who's a University of British Columbia student.

Small Thai anti-junta groups vow protests on coup anniversary

Bangkok - Small groups of anti-junta activists have vowed to hold protests Friday marking one year since Thailand's generals seized power from the elected government, but widespread dissent is unlikely in a country still locked down by the military.

Chinese political enemy given funeral 50 years later

Bejing - A funeral has finally been held for one of the Chinese Communist party's early high-profile political targets nearly 50 years after he disappeared, but state-run media said Friday it was not a moment to reevaluate the past.

Gaza facing 'dangerous fiscal crisis': World Bank

Jerusalem - The Gaza Strip has the world's highest unemployment and Palestinians, Israelis and donors must take action to avoid a "dangerous fiscal crisis," the World Bank said Friday.

Tibetan father of four sets himself alight in China: Reports

Bejing - A Tibetan father-of-four set himself on fire in protest at China's rule over the Himalayan region, overseas media and rights groups said, adding it was unclear whether he survived.

Colombia air strike kills 18 FARC rebels as talks resume

Estanzuela - A Colombian air strike killed 18 FARC guerrillas, the deadliest attack since President Juan Manuel Santos lifted a suspension of air strikes against the group last month, an official said.

US planes keep distance from Chinese 'islands' -- for now

Washington - US surveillance aircraft and naval ships have yet to test China's territorial claims around artificial islands built in the South China Sea, but the Pentagon warned that could be "the next step".

Anti-corruption blogger decapitated in Brazil

A Brazilian blogger known for denouncing government corruption was found decapitated. He had been missing for five days before his body was found outside of Padre Paraíso, which is located in one of Brazil’s poorest rural regions.

Police threatened after Texas biker gang brawl

Washington - Waco police said they had received threats after a mass brawl between rival motorcycle gangs in the Texas city left nine people dead and saw nearly 200 people arrested.

Summer food safety tips for a healthy Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day is set aside to remember and honor the men and women who gave their lives to ensure America's freedom. It is also the unofficial start of summer, and many Americans will celebrate with cookouts, picnics and other food-related activities.
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