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· Japan PM protests Okinawa crime to Obama, who promises cooperation

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a press conference after a bilateral meeting during the 2016 Ise-Shima G7 Summit in Shima, JapanBy Minami Funakoshi and Kiyoshi Takenaka ISE-SHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe protested to U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday about the killing of a young woman in Okinawa which has reignited resentment of the heavy U.S. military presence on the southern Japanese island. Obama, joining Abe ahead of a Group of Seven summit, expressed regrets over the killing for which a U.S. base worker has been charged. "As Japanese prime minister, I protested sternly to President Obama over the recent incident in Okinawa," Abe told a news conference, flanked by the president ahead of a Group of Seven summit meeting starting on Thursday.

· Car bomb kills three security force members in Turkey's mainly Kurdish region
A car bomb attack on a gendarmes station in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast killed three members of the security forces and wounded three others on Wednesday, Interior Ministry officials said. The dead included a soldier and two village guards who belong to a state-backed militia that fights Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels along with soldiers and special police units, security sources said. The PKK has waged a 31-year campaign for greater autonomy in the region.
· Belgian police detain four on suspicion of belonging to terrorist group
Belgian police searched houses in the city of Antwerp on Wednesday and detained four people on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist group and trying to drum up recruits to fight with Islamist militants in Syria or Libya, state prosecutors said. Two were formally arrested while the other two were given a conditional release. "They are suspected of trying to recruit individuals to travel to conflict zones in Syria or Libya," a prosecutors' statement said.
· Russia's Putin pardons Ukrainian pilot, sends her home in prisoner swap

Ukrainian servicewoman Nadiya Savchenko walks at Boryspil International airport outside KievBy Maria Tsvetkova and Pavel Polityuk MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian military pilot Nadiya Savchenko arrived home to scenes of jubilation on Wednesday after her release by Russia in a prisoner swap and she promptly offered to fight again for Kiev in its conflict with pro-Russian separatists. Savchenko's handover, in return for two Russian prisoners - had been demanded by the West and was cast as a humanitarian gesture by Russian President Vladimir Putin a few weeks before the European Union decides whether to extend sanctions against Russia imposed over its support of the rebels. Savchenko, 35, barefoot - it was unclear why - and wearing a T-shirt depicting the Ukrainian coat of arms, emerged from the terminal at Kiev's Boryspil airport to cries of "hero" from a crowd of supporters, among them her sister and mother.

· New Afghan Taliban leader was compromise candidate: sources

Taliban new leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada is seen in an undated photograph, posted on a Taliban twitter feed and identified separately by several Taliban officials, who declined be named.By Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Haibatullah Akhundzada, the Islamic legal scholar appointed leader of the Afghan Taliban on Wednesday, was not the obvious choice when senior members of the militant movement gathered to appoint a new "emir". The "shura", or leadership council, was convened in haste after leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan on Saturday, presenting the Taliban with their second succession in less than a year. Unlike a similar meeting held last July, when an important faction walked out in protest, delegates agreed on the choice of Akhundzada, said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

· Top Shi'ite cleric urges restraint in assault on Iraq's Falluja

Iraqi security forces clash with Islamic State militants near FallujaBy Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric urged government and allied Shi'ite militia forces fighting to retake Falluja from Islamic State militants to spare trapped civilians amid reports of a budding humanitarian crisis in the city. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's appeal reflected concerns that a large civilian death toll in the battle for the mainly Sunni Muslim city could kindle increased sectarian strife in Iraq. The Baghdad government has been led by Shi'ites since the 2003 fall of Saddam Hussein, a member of the Sunni minority.

· The Latest: Le Havre citizens not worried about lack of fuel

The Latest: Le Havre citizens not worried about lack of fuelThe Latest on France's strikes and protests against the government's labor reforms (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Residents in the English Channel port city of Le Havre have mixed feelings about the crippling ...

· French, Italian firms to help search for EgyptAir black boxes

Recovered debris of the EgyptAir jet that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea are seen in this still image taken from videoBy Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has asked European firms to help search for the black boxes of an EgyptAir plane that crashed on May 19 in deep water in the Mediterranean Sea, the airline's chairman and French diplomatic sources said on Wednesday. Nearly a week after EgyptAir flight 804 crashed with 66 people on board, including 30 Egyptians and 15 from France, investigators have no clear picture of its final moments. EgyptAir chairman Safwat Musallam did not name the French and Italian companies involved but told a news conference they were able to carry out searches at a depth of 3,000 meters.

· Markets Right Now: Stocks end solidly higher on Wall Street
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on developments in global financial markets (all times local):
· Czech ruling coalition quarrels over smoking ban
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Parliament has rejected a bill to ban smoking in bars after it failed to get the support of a government coalition partner.
· Church slaying families accept pursuit of death penalty

FILE - This June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof. The Justice Department intends to seek the death penalty against Roof, the man charged with killing nine black parishioners last year in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP, file)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The husband of a woman gunned down at a historic black church in Charleston with eight other people said Wednesday he won't be at peace until the man charged in the slayings is put to death.

· Hamas planning to execute 13 convicted murderers
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Islamic militant Hamas rulers said Wednesday they intend to execute residents convicted of murder even without the needed approval of the Palestinian president.
· A day in the life of the Med's migrant lifesavers

Rescuers take care of a child during a migrant rescue operationon MS Aquarius on May 24, 2016 in the Mediterranean SeaThe sun beats down on a flat sea as a gentle breeze blows up from the Libyan coast but the Mediterranean idyll is soon to be shattered for the crew of migrant rescue ship the MS Aquarius. "We are going to take on a full load today," predicts Alexander Moroz, the Belarusian captain of the vessel chartered by the charities SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to help the search and rescue operation in the waters between Italy and Libya. The Aquarius was one of 23 vessels deployed to help stricken migrant boats and by nightfall the Italian coastguard had counted 3,000 people rescued, bringing the total to 5,600 over the course of 48 hours.

· Hardline Israel alliance raises US 'questions' on peace

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Avigdor Lieberman (L), the head of hardline nationalist party Yisrael Beitenu, sign a coalition agreement on May 25, 2016 at the KnessetIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu concluded an accord Wednesday to appoint nationalist Avigdor Lieberman as defence minister in an alliance Washington said raised "legitimate questions" over his government's commitment to a two-state solution. The Yisrael Beitenu party of Lieberman, a bearded and stocky former foreign minister, will add five lawmakers to Netanyahu's previously wafer-thin majority if the coalition deal is given parliamentary approval as expected. The two men, who have in the past been bitter rivals, announced the deal at a ceremony at parliament, with Lieberman pledging to be "balanced" and saying he was committed to "responsible, reasonable policy".

· Belgium questions 4 IS suspects who may have planned attacks
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian prosecutors said Wednesday they have questioned four suspected Islamic State group recruiters, who may have planned new attacks in the country.
· UCI president expresses concern over Rio venue preparations
The president of cycling's world governing body remains "very, very concerned" that the velodrome under construction for the Rio Olympics will not be completed by the opening in August.
· French Open at a glance
PARIS (AP) — A look at Day 4 of the French Open on Wednesday:
· What next for Greece? Loan averts crisis but debt still huge

Greece's Finance Minister Eucleidis Tsakalotos, right, and Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, left, attend a meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Eurozone finance ministers struck a deal early Wednesday clearing the way for Greece to access a fresh round of bailout funds, while also laying out debt relief measures aimed at securing the involvement of the International Monetary Fund, or IMF. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — It's all but official: this summer's Greek crisis has been called off.

· 'Lost my way': Murray pushed to 5 sets again at French Open

Britain's Andy Murray screams after scoring a point in his second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against France’s Mathias Bourgue at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, May 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)PARIS (AP) — As if ordering room service, Andy Murray's latest unheralded French Open tormenter requested that a can of Coke and a Mars bar be brought to him right there on Court Philippe Chatrier for sustenance during their five-setter.

· NATO's star sculpture is moving to the alliance's new home

FILE - In this March 2, 2014 file photo, the NATO symbol and flags of the NATO nations outside NATO headquarters in Brussels. The giant oxidized steel star that symbolizes NATO will soon be moving to the alliance’s new home that’s being built across the street. The seven-meter (23-foot) tall metal sculpture that has stood in front of alliance headquarters in Brussels since August 1971.(AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)BRUSSELS (AP) — The giant oxidized steel star that has stood in front of NATO's headquarters in Brussels for decades is being moved to the alliance's new home across the street.

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