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Italy vows to be ready in time to host G-7 in Sicilian town
TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) -- Italy still needs to build two helicopter landing pads and repave miles of road, but a top government official promised Friday that everything will be ready for the May 26-27 G-7 summit being held in a stunning Sicilian town overlooking the sea....

Ukrainian lawmaker visits rebel east, urges prisoner release
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Ukrainian lawmaker visited the rebel-held east on Friday to meet with Ukrainian prisoners there, a trip that irked many in Ukraine....

France opens full fake jobs inquiry into candidate Fillon
PARIS (AP) -- The French financial prosecutor's office decided Friday to open a judicial inquiry surrounding the allegedly fake parliamentary aide jobs that conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon gave to his wife and two of his children, pushing the case to a higher and riskier level for the man hoping to become the next president of France....

Greece's Tsipras: the era of austerity is over
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's era of austerity is over, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras claimed Friday, as he painted a positive picture of the reforms his government has agreed to take after the bailout program ends in 2018....

IS stashed treasures in trenches, smashed walls to shock
PARIS (AP) -- For the roomful of archaeologists, scholars and Iraqi cultural officials on Friday, each neighborhood conquered in Mosul brought them one step closer to learning the fate of the ancient sites and artifacts seized by the Islamic State group....

Turkish diplomats seek asylum in Germany after failed coup
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany is continuing to receive requests for asylum from Turks with diplomatic passports in the wake of a crackdown on the opposition following last year's failed coup, the Interior Ministry said Friday....

UN report indicates Iran is honoring its end of nuke deal
VIENNA (AP) -- The U.N. agency tasked with monitoring Iran's nuclear deal with six world powers has issued a report that indicates Tehran is honoring its end of the deal....