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Europe marks V-E day...Cameron reappoints cabinet...Officer gets posthumous promotion

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 8, 2015 at 12:01 p.m.



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PARIS (AP) — Leaders and ordinary citizens across Europe today have been marking 70 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany, and the end of a war that ravaged the continent. The Champs Elysees (shahmz ehl-ee-ZAY') in Paris was closed to traffic today, to make way for a procession of official motorcades and mounted military escorts to the Arc de Triomphe (ahrk dih tree-OHMPF') -- site of France's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. ambassador to France joined France's foreign minister in laying a wreath at the tomb.

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron has reappointed senior members of his Cabinet after winning a surprise victory in Britain's election. Philip Hammond remains as foreign secretary and Michael Fallon is to continue as defense secretary. Because the Conservatives now don't need a coalition partner to govern, Cameron will be in position to reward his favorites with Cabinet seats vacated by the Liberal Democrats, his former government partner.

PARIS (AP) — Saudi Arabia's foreign minister says a five-day cease-fire in Yemen will start on Tuesday. He says the halt in fighting will be renewable, depending on compliance by Yemen's Houthi (HOO'-thee) rebels and their allies. He urged them to cease fighting. The cease-fire is supposed to allow some desperately needed humanitarian supplies to reach millions of people who've been trapped amid the war in Yemen.

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — Unless the United States writes the rules for the global economy now, China will do it. That warning comes today from President Barack Obama, who says the U.S. needs to put international trade agreements into effect while it's in a position of economic strength. If China is allowed to take the lead on that, he says, Chinese workers would get the upper hand and lock Americans out of jobs. He spoke at the Oregon headquarters of the clothing and shoe company Nike.

SEAFORD, N.Y. (AP) — New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton has promoted a young officer after he was fatally shot on the job. Bratton promoted Officer Brian Moore to detective first grade during his funeral on Long Island today. Bratton noted that Moore's death comes amid debate over the role of police officers and controversy over deaths of civilians at the hands of police. He said officers "are increasingly bearing the brunt of loud criticism." He added, "We cannot be defined by that criticism."

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