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Survey finds bribery runs highest among courts in Mideast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 11:20pm

A new report by an anti-corruption watchdog shows that on average, 30 percent of people in nine countries surveyed in the Middle East have had to pay a bribe to access some kind of public service.

Refugee sets herself alight at immigration camp on Nauru

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 8:01pm

A Somali refugee was critically injured when she set herself on fire at an Australian immigration camp on the Pacific island nation of Nauru three days after an Iranian refugee died of injuries sustained in a similar apparent protest, officials said.

Senegal, US sign defense cooperation agreement

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 5:41pm

The United States and Senegal signed an agreement Monday to ease access for U.S. troops should they need to deploy to the West African nation in the case of a humanitarian or security crisis.

Jamaica police seek motive in killing of 2 US missionaries

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 4:51pm

Jamaican police said Monday they are trying to determine the motive in the weekend slayings of two American missionaries in the north coast area where they lived and worked.

Judge investigating drug traffickers arrested in Argentina

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 4:20pm

An Argentine judge who had investigated thousands of drug trafficking cases has been arrested on accusations he helped drug dealers in exchange for money.

Venezuela opposition delivers petitions to remove president

Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 4:12pm

The opposition turned in petitions to Venezuelan electoral authorities Monday that it said carried signatures of 1.8 million voters seeking President Nicolas Maduro's removal in a nationwide referendum.

New Mexico City smog alert orders 40 pct of cars off streets

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 4:01pm

Mexico City authorities have declared a new pollution alert and will require 40 percent of cars to keep off the streets Tuesday.

Brazil attorney general requests probes into top politicians

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 3:20pm

The Brazilian attorney general's office said Monday that it has asked the country's highest court to authorize corruption investigations into a prominent opposition figure and other top politicians.

US defense chief: NATO ponders ground force in Baltics

Robert Burns and Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 2:50pm

The NATO alliance is considering establishing a rotational ground force in the Baltic states and possibly Poland, reflecting deepening worry about Russian military assertiveness, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday.

Israel to hold Palestinian journalist 4 months without trial

Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 2:50pm

Israel's military on Monday ordered a well-known Palestinian journalist to be held for four months without charges or trial, in so-called administrative detention.

Austria registers spike in far right extremist crime

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 2:00pm

Austria's interior ministry says xenophobic and racist crimes committed by far right sympathizers have spiked by more than 50 percent in a year, with Muslims, Jews and other minorities the main targets.

Kosovo airport shuts after flight leaves runway on landing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 2:00pm

Kosovo's main airport says it has temporarily shut down after a Turkish Airlines flight appeared to have overshot a runway while landing in rainy weather.

Egypt journalists stage protest over police raid at union

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 1:31pm

Egypt's journalists' union called for the dismissal of the interior minister and launched an open-ended sit-in at its headquarters in downtown Cairo on Monday, protesting the detention of two journalists on its premises the previous night.

Italy: Hague tribunal OKs marine's return from India for now

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 1:01pm

An international tribunal in The Hague has decided that an Italian marine being held in India in the shooting deaths of two Indian fishermen mistaken for pirates can return home for the duration of arbitration, the Italian foreign ministry said Monday.

Ukrainian city marks 2nd anniversary of fire that killed 43

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 1:00pm

Demonstrators have gathered in the Ukrainian city of Odessa to mark the second anniversary of the street clashes that culminated in a fire that killed 43 people as they took shelter from opponents.

Diplomats: Norway's Solheim to be new UN environment chief

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 12:30pm

U.N. diplomats say Norway's former environment and development minister Erik Solheim has been chosen by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to head the U.N. environment agency.

Turkey and US-led coalition pound IS group in Syria

Dominique Soguel and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 12:10pm

The Turkish military said Monday that artillery shelling and drone attacks by the U.S.-led coalition have struck Islamic State positions in Syria and killed a total of 63 militants.

Iran leader urges for nuclear weapons-free Korean Peninsula

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 11:30am

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Monday appealed for a Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons during a visit to Tehran by his South Korean counterpart, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Chinese police patrol in Italy to make tourists feel safer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 11:20am

Chinese policemen are in Italy to start patrols with Italian officers in Rome and Milan in a two-week experiment.