Top Canadian minister to announces he’s leaving politics

Another prominent member of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government will not seek re-election in Parliament in October.

Nigeria’s new president pledges fight against Boko Haram

Muhammadu Buhari takes over a nation in crisis Friday with an Islamic uprising that has made 1.5 million people homeless and coffers emptied by massive corruption.

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Guatemala: Ex-VP’s bank accounts frozen amid graft probe

A Guatemalan court froze bank accounts linked to former Vice President Roxana Baldetti, who resigned this month after a corruption scandal reached into her office, the magistrate who made the ruling said Friday.

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Americans prefer ‘pro-choice’ label by biggest margin in seven years

Despite Americans’ shifting opinions on a range of moral and ethical issues, abortion foes have been encouraged by numbers showing that opposition to abortion rights appeared to have resisted serious slippage, and was even gaining traction.

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Canada gunman praises Allah in unedited pre-shooting video

Footage released Friday of the gunman who killed a soldier at Canada’s national war memorial and stormed Parliament before being gunned down shows him asking Allah to praise his actions before last October’s attack.

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Stocks end week lower following disappointing economic data

Stocks sank Friday following news that the U.S. economy shrank in the first three months of the year.

Chinese weaponry spotted on artificial island, US says

U.S. surveillance detected two large artillery vehicles on one of the artificial islands that China is creating in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said Friday, heightening concerns that Beijing could use the land reclamation projects for military purposes.

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No ‘miracle’ solution at Asian migrant crisis meeting

Thailand hosted a meeting of 17 countries Friday to address an alarming rise in the number of boat people in Southeast Asian waters.

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THE LATEST: Executive pleads not guilty in FIFA scandal

The latest on FIFA developments:

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Officials: Gunmen hijack buses in Pakistan, kill 19

Around 20 armed men hijacked two buses in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, killed 19 passengers and battled with security forces on Friday, a Pakistani official said.

Blatter wins re-election despite FIFA corruption scandal

In the end, nothing could stop Sepp Blatter.

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Gunmen hijack buses in Pakistan, battle with security forces, 19 passengers killed

Gunmen hijack buses in Pakistan, battle with security forces, 19 passengers killed.

Canada to strip citizenship of dual-national terror convicts

Canada can revoke the Canadian citizenship of dual nationals convicted of terrorism or other high crimes under a controversial new law.

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UN nuke agency report shows Iran probe essentially stalled

Diplomats say the U.N.’s atomic agency will be reporting a standstill in attempts to probe allegations Iran worked on nuclear arms, in an assessment later Friday.

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IS claims suicide bombing on Shiite mosque in Saudi, 4 dead

A suicide bomber blew himself up in the parking lot of a Shiite mosque in an eastern Saudi city on Friday and killed four people, the Kingdom’s official news agency said, in the second deadly bombing targeting the religious minority in a week.

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Pope Francis to greet children of prisoners with a train ride and a gift of kites

Pope Francis wants to treat the children of Italian prisoners to a train ride within the Vatican walls, a gesture intended to draw Catholics’ attention to Jesus’ command to minister to prisoners and the poor.

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Russia: Rocket failure was due to vibrations

Russian space officials say this month’s launch failure of a Proton rocket was due to excessive vibrations in the engine of the rocket’s third stage.

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No major breakthrough at meeting on Asian boat people crisis

A regional conference called to address the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia ended Friday with no major breakthroughs, as Myanmar criticized those blaming it for fueling the crisis and warned that “finger pointing” would not help.

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AP Exclusive: UN rights staff fear for jobs amid abuse case

The U.N.’s mishandling of child sexual abuse claims against French soldiers has human rights staffers fearing for their jobs as they struggle with how to respond to highly sensitive allegations in the future, according to a letter to the world body’s human rights chief obtained by The Associated Press.

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Christian teachers in northern Kenya stage walkout because of terrorist fears

Recent attacks by Somalia’s al-Shabab Muslim militant group have forced the closure of dozens of schools in Kenya’s north, as Christian teachers refuse to work because of security fears.

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