United Kingdom votes in most unpredictable election in decades

The election today could spur the country to a referendum on European Union membership, kindle a renewed drive for Scottish independence.

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Israeli PM Netanyahu cements coalition to retain post

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formed a new governing coalition by the narrowest of margins.

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World briefs: Kerry seeks pause in Yemen war so aid can reach civilians

Plus: 4 get death sentence; EU probes U.S. tech giants; Germany breaks up far right group; German Catholic bishops; Bollywood start;

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France: Germanwings pilot practiced controlled descent on previous flight

Cockpit data shows Andreas Lubitz put the plane into descent mode five times in a 4 1/2-minute period during the Duesseldorf-Barcelona leg.

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 Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohammed on Tuesday at the airport in Mogadishu in a show of solidarity with the Somalian government trying to defeat al-Qaida-allied militants and end decades of war in the African country. He is the first secretary of state ever to visit the country.

Kerry talks diplomatic ties on surprise visit to Somalia

The United States will begin the process of reestablishing a diplomatic mission in Somalia after a more than 20-year break, he said.

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Lawmakers in France move to vastly expand surveillance

The bill, in the works since last year, now goes to the Senate, where it seems likely to pass.

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 In this photo made available by the Nigerian military taken last Wednesday, a Nigerian soldier speaks to a woman and children that were allegedly rescued by the Nigerian military after being taken by Islamic extremists in Sambisa Forest, Nigeria.

Nigerian troops who fled Boko Haram now have them on the run

Nigerian soldiers are rescuing hundreds of kidnapped girls and women from the last forest stronghold of the Islamic insurgents.

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 This May 10, 2013, file photo shows the world’s oldest complete copy of the Ten Commandments, written on one of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem.

Oldest complete copy of Ten Commandments displayed in Israel

The 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll has never before been publicly displayed in Israel, said Pnina Shor of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

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World Briefs: Art looted during WWII returned

Plus: Burundi high court rules; family squabble; child soldiers to be freed; and more.

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Gunmen who attacked Texas event likely inspired by Islamic State, officials say

Two gunmen were killed after wounding a security guard at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas.

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Israel vets shed light on Gaza war policies

An Israeli veterans group’s survey of soldiers documents lax rules of engagement.

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Yemen says Aden troops were locals trained in the Gulf

Special forces troops fighting the Houthi militia in Aden were Yemenis, not foreign troops.

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Syrian forces kill attackers in Damascus

Rare attack in Damascus, Syria’s capital, results in the deaths of attackers, including one who detonated explosives.

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Quake toll adds to dearth of young men in Nepal

Nepal can ill afford the losses of many young men.

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World briefs: U.S. group said to planvisit to Iran

Plus: Spy agency defended; Burundi unrest persists; Kerry buoys Kenya; Report perturbs China.

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 Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and their newborn baby princess, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, wave to the public as they leave St. Mary's Hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing in London on Saturday.

Britain's new princess named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

The princess is the second child of Prince William and his wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.

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Afghan, Taliban representatives meet in Qatar

For once, neither side denied that the sessions were taking place.

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Nigerian military is accused of killing civilians

Community leaders and residents of central Plateau state say the killings were to avenge the deaths of six soldiers.

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Nepal bureaucracy blamed for quake aid ‘bottleneck’

Officials of aid organizations and Western governments have been grumbling about Nepal’s government since the earthquake struck April 25.

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Italy says 5,800 migrants rescued

The recoveries come as part of one of the biggest rescue operations this year.

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In U.K. politics, all eyes turn to Scotland – again

Polls show that the Scottish National Party will win the majority of Scottish constituencies in the British general election Thursday.

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Pilot prepares for flight in solar-powered craft

No one before has attempted a solar-powered flight over such a large expanse of ocean — 5,070 miles.

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World briefs: New princess meets British royal family

PLUS: Arab coalition troops land; Spy investigation launched; Al-Qaida claims killing.

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 An Israeli man from the Ethiopian community is wounded Sunday after clashes with Israeli security forces in the coastal city of Tel Aviv during a protest against alleged police brutality and institutionalized discrimination.

Israel protest turns violent

An anti-racism protest descended into one of the most violent demonstrations in Israel’s commercial capital in years.

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 Nepalese army distribute drinking water and packed noodles Sunday for people who have had their homes damaged and living in tents after the April 25 earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. With monsoon rains expected in a few weeks, Nepal has pleaded with donors to send tents and temporary shelters for earthquake victims who have been living in the open for more than a week.

Rescuers find 3 survivors after earthquake in Nepal

Surya Prasad Upadhaya, a government administrator, says two men and a woman had been pulled from the rubble near Syauli village.

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Analysis: Conservative Party's fortune is cautionary tale for GOP

Striking a balance between energizing the party’s conservative base and attracting new voters through modernizing efforts is far from easy.

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Islamic State captures half of Iraqi oil refinery

The surprise IS advance came despite U.S.-led aerial bombardment of IS positions in central Iraqi city of Baiji, which includes the

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Dozens tried for mob killing of Afghan woman that sparked outcry

The attack was captured by mobile phone video and distributed online.

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World briefs: U.S. troops to help get aid to Nepal

Plus: Yemen rebels’ appeal; bodies, trafficking tied; N. Korea holds student.

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 Britain's Prince William, right, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, with their newborn daughter pose for the media outside St. Mary's Hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing, London, Saturday. The duchess gave birth to the princess on Saturday morning.

It’s a girl! Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to princess

The royal baby, fourth in line to the throne, weighs 8 pounds 3 ounces. The announcement was greeted by cheers outside the hospital.

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 Mylan headquarters stands July 14, 2014, in Canonsburg.

Mylan created Dutch-style poison pill to protect itself

The poison pill could help Mylan thwart a hostile, $43 billion takeover bid from Israeli drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

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 Tony Appleton, a town crier, announces the birth of the royal baby outside the Lindo Wing, St. Mary's Hospital, London, Saturday.

Oyez! Eccentric, unofficial town crier announcing royal baby's birth captures world attention

Town crier Tony Appleton took to the steps Saturday outside London’s St. Mary’s Hospital to loudly proclaim the birth of Britain’s princess.

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 A member of the Houthi group sits on the rubble of houses destroyed by an overnight Saudi-led airstrike on a residential area in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital, on Friday.

Saudi-Yemen border clash kills 3 Saudi troops, Yemeni rebels

Also, Saudi-led airstrikes continued to bomb rebel positions inside Yemen on Friday.

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White House looks to ease Arab fears over Iran nuclear pact

The Obama administration wants to persuade Arab allies this month at a Camp David that the United States has their backs.

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 Protesters run with the portrait of Turkish far-left revolutionary Deniz Gezmis, founder of the People’s Liberation Army of Turkey, during a May Day rally at Sihhiye Square in Ankara on Friday.

Police fire tear gas and water cannons at Istanbul protesters

At least 250 people were detained, according to the Istanbul Bar Association.

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NSA scandal rekindles in Germany, with an inward twist

The uproar shaking the halls of power here could aptly be titled, “NSA Scandal II, the Sequel.”

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World Briefs: Labour leader clouds U.K. politics

Plus: Nepal aid needs persist; Iranian politician derided; clashes in Maldives; Mexico drug violence; and more.

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 Mobs of Vietnamese people scale the wall of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam, trying to get to the helicopter pickup zone, a day before the end of the Vietnam War on April 30, 1975.

40 years ago, U.S. Marines heard ‘Tiger out,’ the message that meant the Vietnam War had ended

The last U.S. Marines to depart the Vietnam war from the U.S. Embassy roof in Saigon recall the helicopter chaos.

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 Earthquake survivor Krishna Devi Khadka, 24, is rescued Thursday by joint rescue team members from Norway, France and Israel after Saturday's earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Moments of joy in Nepal as 2 are rescued 5 days after quake

Two survivors, a teen boy and a young woman, are rescued in Kathmandu five days after the quake that devastated Nepal.

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U.S. Navy escorting cargo ships in Hormuz

Navy ships are accompanying U.S.-flagged cargo vessels and may join refueling tankers passing through the Strait of Hormuz.

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National briefs: Chicago to get Obama library, sources say

Also: $612 billion defense bill; Smith picked to head USAID; FBI agent in Bulger trial lied; Atlanta cheating sentences reduced.

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World briefs: Germany foils suspected terror attack

Plus: Malala’s attackers jailed; Joint naval drills; Conservatives lead in polls; Greek concessions

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 Ashok Gurung, from Bhutan near Nepal, holds a sign during a candle vigil for the people of Nepal on Wednesday. The Vigil for Nepal was held in Market Square.

Pittsburgh Nepalis heartened by communitywide offers of help

A vigil in Pittsburgh’s Market Square for victims of the earthquake in Nepal drew comments from residents with family members there.

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 Pemba Tamang is carried on a stretcher after being pulled, dazed and dusty, from the wreckage of a seven-story Kathmandu building that collapsed around him five days ago when an enormous earthquake shook Nepal.

Rescuers pull out survivor five days after Nepal quake

Hundreds cheered as 18-year-old Pemba Tamang was pulled out of the wreckage.

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 Police stand in front of a home in the courtyard of a building where suspected Salafist Islamist extremists are believed to live, in Oberursel near Frankfurt, Germany, today.

Report: German police foil planned Islamist attack near Frankfurt

Police began surveillance after the couple bought large quantities of chemicals that could be used to make home-made bombs.

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 Prince Mohammed bin Nayef was named crown prince in a historic move.

A Saudi royal shake-up with a goal of stability

The 79-year-old king promoted the two princes most responsible for the kingdom’s security into the line of succession.

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U.S. attacks in Afghanistan go beyond White House’s pledges

Administration officials have insisted that the troops’ role is relegated to counterterrorism.

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 Nepalese riot police officials stand alert on a street in Kathmandu on Wednesday as earthquake survivors desperate to leave the Nepalese capital show their anger after promised special bus services failed to materialize.

Hope of finding more Nepal quake survivors fades as toll tops 5,200

But after days of complaints, a somewhat stronger presence of foreign search and rescue teams and assistance convoys was evident.

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 A rendering of the proposed Oncology Institute at the Hospital International de Colombia (HIC).

UPMC to develop, help manage oncology center in Colombia

UPMC will act as co-manager of the Oncology Institute at the Hospital International de Colombia and provide visiting staff from Pittsburgh.

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Iran official warns Congress about nuclear deal

The foreign minister said the U.S. will isolate itself if lawmakers act to nullify a nuclear deal the White House is working to finalize.

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