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Egypt to try 200 suspected of terrorist attacks

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's chief prosecutor charged 200 suspected militants Saturday with carrying out over 50 terrorist attacks, killing 40 policemen and 15 civilians and conspiring with the Palestinian militant group Hamas, in the first mass trial of a Jihadi group since the country's recent turmoil.


Arkansas issues same-sex marriage licenses

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Gay marriage arrived in the Bible Belt on Saturday, beginning with two women who had traveled overnight to ensure they'd be first in line.


Nigeria refused help to search for kidnapped girls

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The president of Nigeria for weeks refused international help to search for more than 300 girls abducted from a school by Islamic extremists, one in a series of missteps that have led to growing international outrage against the government.


Arkansas clerk issues 1st gay marriage license

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Two women were married on a sidewalk outside a county courthouse in Arkansas on Saturday, breaking a barrier that state voters put in place with a constitutional amendment 10 years ago.


Eastern Ukraine's vote: a key moment

MOSCOW (AP) — People in two regions of restive eastern Ukraine — Donetsk and Luhansk — will vote Sunday on declaring sovereignty. The plebiscites, hastily arranged by pro-Russia insurgents who have seized government buildings over the past month, are denounced both by the central government in Kiev and the West, and it is unclear whether they will be recognized by Moscow in light of Russian President Vladimir Putin's call for the vote to be postponed. Issues of legitimacy aside, the vote is sure to add to tensions in an area already gripped by rebellion and sporadic clashes between militants and Ukrainian forces.

Thousands of Syrians enter Homs after rebels leave

HOMS, Syria (AP) — Thousands of Syrians streamed into war-battered parts of the central city of Homs for the first time in nearly two years Saturday, many making plans to move back just days after rebels surrendered their strongholds to pro-government forces.


First lady gives weekly address on Nigerian girls

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama on Saturday criticized the kidnapping of scores of Nigerian schoolgirls as an "unconscionable act" carried out by a terrorist group she said is determined to keep them from getting an education — "or grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls."


Looming street protests a test for Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese anger toward China is running at its highest level in years after Beijing deployed an oil rig in disputed waters. That's posing a tricky question for Vietnam's leaders: To what extent should they allow public protests that could morph into those against their own authoritarian rule?


Michelle Obama 'outraged' over Nigeria kidnapped girls

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama took the rare step of delivering her husband President Barack Obama's weekly radio address on Saturday to express outrage over the kidnapping of some 200 girls in Nigeria last month. \"Like millions of people across the globe, my husband and I are outraged and heartbroken over the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school dormitory in the middle of the night,\" Mrs. Obama said in the address. \"This unconscionable act was committed by a terrorist group determined to keep these girls from getting an education - grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls.\" Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on Friday he believed the girls, abducted by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, were still in his country. The United States offered this week to send a team of experts to Nigeria to support the government's response effort, which has been criticized for being slow.


Ukraine president decries eastern sovereignty

MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) — As two of the most tense regions in eastern Ukraine prepare to vote on declaring sovereignty, the country's acting president is warning them against self-destruction.

Ukraine's leader gains stature with honest image

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — When new Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk invited anti-corruption activists to his apartment in Kiev last month, the first thing he showed off was his toilet. "See for yourself," Yatsenyuk joked. "It's not gold."


Reports: Hot-air balloon catches fire in Virginia

DOSWELL, Va. (AP) — A hot-air balloon is believed to have caught fire and crashed in Virginia after colliding with a power line, according to state police, who were searching for the wreckage, a pilot and two passengers after eyewitnesses said they saw the balloon in flames and heard screams for help.


Judge opens door to gay weddings in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge has opened the door for gay couples in Arkansas to wed, ruling that the state's ban on same-sex marriage has "no rational reason" for preventing gay couples from marrying.


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