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The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 12:42pm

Federal authorities are investigating dozens of new cases of possible opioid and other drug theft by employees at Veterans Affairs hospitals. It's a sign the problem isn't going away. Data obtained by The Associated Press show 36 cases opened by the VA inspector general's office from Oct. 1 through May 19. The numbers are an increase from a similar period in the previous year.

Tiger kills female zookeeper at zoo in England

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 12:24pm

Police said a tiger killed a female zookeeper Monday at a zoo 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of London.

Israel's ex-con minister grilled in fresh corruption probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 12:20pm

Israel's interior minister and his wife are reportedly among 16 people who were interrogated by Israel police in a major corruption probe.

Police say a female zookeeper has died at a zoo in southeastern England in an incident involving a tiger

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 11:43am

Police say a female zookeeper has died at a zoo in southeastern England in an incident involving a tiger.

Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn to face questions on live TV

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 11:02am

Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will face a live studio audience and a tough TV interviewer as the general election campaign moves to the airwaves.

Bangladesh ready with evacuation plans as cyclone nears

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 10:52am

Bangladesh on Monday was bracing for its first cyclone of the year, with more than 1,000 shelters set up for people who may need to evacuate as the storm approaches the low-lying delta nation.

Greece: 4 days of mourning for former PM Mitsotakis

Demetris Nellas, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 10:52am

Constantine Mitsotakis, a former Greek conservative prime minister remembered for his fierce confrontations with liberal and socialist parties as well for backing free-market reforms, died Monday at 98 after a 60-year political career.

Strong earthquake shakes Indonesia's Sulawesi island

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 10:43am

A strong, shallow earthquake rocked Indonesia's central Sulawesi province Monday evening. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties, and no tsunami warning.

Fears grow of increasing IS foothold in southern Philippines

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 10:41am

Inside this lakeside city dotted with hundreds of mosques, a powerful militant designated by the Islamic State group as its leader in the Philippines has managed to unify a disparate group of gunmen under a single command.

South African ruling party backs scandal-tainted president

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 10:32am

A leader of South Africa's ruling party says calls for the resignation of scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma benefit opposition efforts to dislodge the party that has led the country since the end of white minority rule in 1994.

Strong winds, thunderstorms hit Moscow, killing 11 people

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 10:16am

Thunderstorms and strong winds buffeted Moscow and its surrounding areas on Monday, killing 11 people and injuring dozens, Russian officials said.

The Latest: Macron attacks Russian media outlets

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 10:10am

The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to France (all times local):

Merkel warns against "simple answers" after Trump meetings

David Rising and Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 10:05am

Chancellor Angela Merkel cautioned Monday against seeking "simple answers" to complex global issues, a day after suggesting that Europe's relationship with the U.S. had shifted significantly following NATO and G-7 meetings with President Donald Trump that produced disappointing results.

In Syria, more airstrikes hit IS de facto capital of Raqqa

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 9:38am

More airstrikes and artillery shelling on Monday hit the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group, as U.S.-backed fighters pushed closer to the extremists' stronghold, activists said.

South Africa's 'lion whisperer' gets up close with big cats

Renee Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 9:38am

The male lion brushes through the tall grass and strides into a clearing in a South African wildlife sanctuary. A man beckons the big cat with purring sounds. The lion, Bayetsi, responds with a gentle growl and caresses Kevin Richardson, popularly known as the "lion whisperer," with its mane.

Putin rejects allegations of Russian interference with France's presidential campaign

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 9:38am

Putin rejects allegations of Russian interference with France's presidential campaign.

Serbia adopts Remembrance Day for domestic violence victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 9:24am

Serbia has introduced a Remembrance Day for women killed by their husbands or partners as part of efforts to curb domestic violence in the conservative Balkan country.

French leader Macron says he will be "constantly vigilant" about LGBT rights in Russia's Chechnya region

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 9:20am

French leader Macron says he will be "constantly vigilant" about LGBT rights in Russia's Chechnya region.

Macron, after talks with Putin, says any use of chemical weapons in Syria will lead to "reprisals" from France

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 9:20am

Macron, after talks with Putin, says any use of chemical weapons in Syria will lead to "reprisals" from France.