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RUSSELL, Mass. (AP) \u2014 Massachusetts State Police are praising the cowboy skills of one their troopers after he lassoed a llama that was loose on a state highway and led it to safety.

Police say Troopers Matthew Kane and Kyle Minnicucci were called after a llama was spotted on a state roadway Thursday in Russell.

Fearing for the animal's safety, Kane grabbed a rope from his cruiser, fashioned it into a lasso and slung it around the llama's neck. Kane and Minnicucci guided the animal off the road to ensure it wouldn't be hit by passing vehicles.

The troopers were not able to determine where the llama came from, but the owner of a nearby horse farm offered to keep the animal until its owner is found.

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MADRID (AP) \u2014 Spain's economy expanded by 0.8 percent in the first quarter, the National Institute of Statistics said Friday, keeping it as one of the fastest-growing in the European Union.

It was Spain's 14th consecutive quarter of growth since it emerged from a grueling five-year financial crisis in late 2013.

The institute said that over the year, the country's GDP expanded by 3 percent. By comparison, the economy grew 3.2 percent in 2016.

Economy Minister Luis de Guindos on Friday said the government had revised upward its 2017 growth forecast from 2.5 percent to 2.7 percent.

De Guindos said the economy was expected to continue to grow by 2.5 percent in 2018 and by 2.4 percent in each of the following two years.

The conservative government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has made economic growth and job creation its main policies since taking office in 2011.

It has managed to reduce unemployment from a 27 percent high in 2013 to 19 percent but Spain still has the second-highest unemployment rate in the 28-country EU behind Greece.

De Guindos said the government is confident it will be slashed to 11.2 percent in 2020.

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MOSCOW (AP) \u2014 Russian prosecutors requested a 3\u00bd year prison sentence Friday for a blogger charged with inciting religious hatred for playing \"Pokemon Go\" in a church.

Prosecutors made the request as the trial of Ruslan Sokolovsky, 22, wrapped up in the city of Yekaterinburg. A judge said a verdict in the case would be issued May 11.

Sokolovsky posted a video on his blog showing him playing the smartphone game in a church built on the supposed spot where the last Russian tsar and his family were killed. He has been in detention since October.

He is charged with inciting religious hatred. It is the same offense that sent two women from the Pussy Riot punk collective to prison for two years in 2012.

\"Honestly, I'm really in shock that the state prosecutors asked for 3 \u00bd years,\" particularly because it wasn't a violent offense, Sokolovsky was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.

He said he is studying and working and could lose everything, if he is sent to prison.

The state RIA Novosti news agency quoted his lawyer, Alexei Bushmakov, saying he hoped for acquittal or a suspended sentence.

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) \u2014 The leaders of Indonesia and the Philippines have pledged to boost bilateral ties and agreed to launch patrols of their sea borders to prevent kidnappings.

Indonesian President Joko \"Jokowi\" Widodo said on the first day of a state visit Friday that he and President Rodrigo Duterte also agreed to expand cooperation on countering terrorism.

Jokowi said they agreed to launch, along with Malaysia, maritime patrols of their sea borders. There has been a wave of cross-border kidnappings and boat attacks by Abu Sayyaf extremists and other outlaws in the area.

The two leaders are to inaugurate on Sunday a new direct sea link that will halve shipping time and boost trade between two southern Philippine cities and Indonesia's Bitung city.

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CAIRO (AP) \u2014 Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ratified much-contested legal amendments that effectively give him power over the country's courts, as he will be the one appointing heads of judicial bodies.

Those judicial bodies include the Court of Cassation, which was seen as a last refuge for political prisoners.

Rights groups condemned the law after parliament passed it Wednesday. El-Sissi ratified it Thursday and the official Gazette carried the presidential ratification to the so-called Judiciary Commissions Amendments.

Najia Bounaim, North Africa campaign director at Amnesty International, says: \"This law has the potential to undermine the independence of the country's already beleaguered judiciary.\" The group had warned the president against ratifying it saying it would be a \"setback to justice.\"

Previously, the president only confirmed judges' choices of the heads of judicial bodies.

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LONDON (AP) \u2014 Inflation in the 19-country eurozone is back up at the European Central Bank's targeted level as a strengthening economy helps drive up prices, stoking speculation that the bank could start winding down its stimulus measures sooner than thought.

Statistics agency Eurostat said Friday that its headline rate rose to 1.9 percent over the year to April from 1.5 percent the previous month. The increase was a tad more than expected in financial markets and means that inflation is back at the ECB's target of just below 2 percent.

In 2017, eurozone inflation has picked up markedly, mainly thanks to oil prices. The trend continued in April's figures \u2014 energy prices were 7.5 percent higher from a year ago, when they were down an annual 8.7 percent.

The key development in Friday's release, however, was a rise in the core inflation rate, which strips out the volatile items of food, energy, alcohol and tobacco, to 1.2 percent from 0 .7 percent.

Analysts cautioned that the April figures could have been distorted by the timing of Catholic Easter, which can push up prices, especially for food and holidays. Last year, Easter fell in March, this time in April.

Still, most analysts were surprised by the scale of the increase in the core inflation rate, which is an important gauge for policymakers at the ECB.

If the rise in April was more than just Easter-related, it would be indicative of inflation pressures building through such things as higher wages as the eurozone economy gains momentum and unemployment falls.

A raft of economic data recently has shown the eurozone getting stronger despite concerns associated with France's presidential election and the start of Britain's two-year exit from the European Union.

Despite that rosier backdrop, ECB President Mario Draghi cautioned investors on Thursday not to anticipate any tapering off of the stimulus program yet. Among other things, he is not confident that inflation could stay at the ECB's target.

\"Today's rise in core inflation makes that narrative slightly more difficult to maintain,\" said Cathal Kennedy, European economist at RBC Capital Markets.

The reaction in markets suggests investors believe that the April inflation figures may have an impact on the thinking at the ECB. The euro was up 0.6 percent at $1.0935.

Overall, analysts think the ECB will want to see more evidence that the eurozone economy is strong and inflation is consistently higher before committing to a plan to taper the stimulus. The ECB's next policy meeting is on June 8, days after the May inflation figures are published.

\"Today's release will, however, increase the focus on the June meeting and we can expect those voices calling for changes to the ECB's forward guidance language to grow louder in coming weeks,\" Kennedy said.

On Thursday, Draghi walked a tightrope \u2014 while acknowledging the recent improvement in economic data, he discouraged investors, through his comments on inflation, from speculating about the end of the stimulus, which might prematurely drive up market interest rates, blunting its intended benefits.

The ECB has slashed interest rates, including its main one to zero, and embarked on a big bond-buying stimulus program to keep a lid on market interest rates. Its hope is to get inflation back toward its target and then to start easing off the bond-buying program.

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) \u2014 Local authorities in Poland floods or potential flooding have been reported in southern and central Poland following days of heavy rain and snow.

Prime Minister Beata Szydlo was meeting with the firefighters' national command Friday to learn about the situation and steps they are taking to prevent major flooding.

Poland is predominantly a lowland terrain with mountains in the south, where large amounts of snow accumulate in winter. The combination of snow and heavy rains leads to floods.

Firefighters were pumping water from a few areas in central Poland, where rivers spilled into fields and local roads and were threatening houses.

Continued rain is forecast for most of Poland.

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CAIRO (AP) \u2014 The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Egypt (all times local):

2 p.m.

Pope Francis has arrived in Egypt for a historic, two-day visit to show a united Christian-Muslim front against religious militancy.

The Catholic pontiff will hold a series of deeply symbolic meetings with Egypt's religious and political leaders and participate in an international peace conference organized by Al-Azhar, the world's primary seat of Sunni Islamic learning.

He will also show solidarity and bring a message of peace to a country that has for years endured an increasingly emboldened insurgency led by a local affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group.

The pope's Friday-Saturday visit will also lift the spirits of Egypt's large Christian community after three suicide bombings since December hit their churches, killing at least 75 people. IS claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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12:15 p.m.

In Zamalek, an upscale neighborhood on a Nile River island where Pope Francis will overnight in Cairo, streets that will be used by the pontiff's motorcade have been emptied of parked cars.

Some nearby side streets have been blocked for Francis' two-day visit that starts Friday afternoon. Security has also been visibly tightened in the neighborhood, with uniformed and plainclothes police deployed along routes expected to be used by Francis and his entourage.

The pope's visit, however, is unlikely to cause much disruption to the city of some 18 million people as it falls on the Muslim, Friday-Saturday weekend when the usually congested traffic is significantly lighter.

Francis is brushing off security concerns to forge ahead with a two-day trip to Egypt aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front that repudiates violence committed in God's name.

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11:55 a.m.

Security men are posted every hundred yards or so along the 20-kilometer (12-mile) stretch between the airport and central Cairo in anticipation of Pope Francis' arrival in Egypt.

Armored cars are stationed in front of the presidential palace, where Francis makes his first stop Friday.

Banners in the Zamalek neighborhood welcomed Francis, with one from a private company saying \"1,000,000 workers of Sharm el Sheikh welcome the pontiff.\"

Francis is brushing off security concerns to forge ahead with a two-day trip to Egypt aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front that repudiates violence committed in God's name.

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8:40 a.m.

Pope Francis is brushing off security concerns to forge ahead with a two-day trip to Egypt aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front that repudiates violence committed in God's name.

Three weeks after Islamic militants staged twin Palm Sunday church attacks, Francis lands in Cairo on Friday for a series of deeply symbolic encounters with Egypt's religious and political leadership. He will meet with Egypt's president, patriarch and the \"other\" pope, Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church, and pray for victims of the attacks.

Most importantly, he will also visit Al-Azhar, the revered 1,000-year-old seat of learning in Sunni Islam. There, he will meet privately with grand imam Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, and participate in an international peace conference Friday afternoon.

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A prominent Russian reporter who revealed horrific details of a crackdown on gay men in Chechnya has told CNN she is in hiding after receiving death threats.

Elena Milashina, a journalist at the Russian-language Novaya Gazeta newspaper, said she abandoned her apartment in Moscow and plans to leave Russia altogether after Muslim clerics in Chechnya delivered a fiery sermon calling for \"retribution\" against her and other journalists.

\"This is the first time we got that kind of threat, when 15,000 people got together in a mosque and announced jihad against all the staff of Novaya Gazeta,\" Milashina told CNN in an interview. \"It will last forever until the last of us dies.\"

Speaking to a packed mosque in the regional capital, Grozny, the clerics adopted a resolution calling for the \"instigators\" of the reports to be held to account. The sermon was broadcast in full on regional state television in Chechen and independently transcribed for CNN.

The editorial board of Novaya Gazeta released a statement calling the sermon \"an incitement to massacre journalists.\" Shortly afterwards, the newspaper received two envelopes filled with white powder.

\"We still don't know what the powder is. We have asked the security forces to check it,\" Milashina told CNN. \"But all of us, including me, consider this situation is very serious.\"

Reports of torture

The threats come after a series of reports first written by Milashina focusing attention on allegations of mass arrests and torture of gay men in the mainly Muslim republic of Chechnya, in southern Russia.

CNN has spoken to several victims who say they have fled the region after being detained and suffering horrifying abuses.

\"They tied wires to my hands and put metal clips on my ears to electrocute me,\" said one victim, whose identity CNN agreed to hide for his safety.

\"When they shock you, you jump high above the ground,\" he told CNN at an undisclosed location.

Chechen authorities have refused to acknowledge the violence, denying that there are any gay men in Chechnya.

The Kremlin says it has no confirmation of any gay men in Chechnya suffering abuse.

But the reports have clearly struck a nerve. Local Chechen television has broadcast footage of Muslim clerics condemning what they called \"women's gossip\" and \"lies\" in newspaper reports.

Threats against journalists not new

In a country where journalists are routinely beaten up or even killed for their work, the clerics' remarks have been taken as a worrying development.

Novaya Gazeta is no stranger to violent threats against its staff. In 2006, its star Chechnya reporter, Anna Politkovskaya, was gunned down in the elevator of her Moscow apartment building.

And since 2000, at least five other Novaya Gazeta journalists have also been killed in Mafia-style hits, a grim testament to how dangerous reporting in Russia can be and the bravery of reporters like Milashina who continue to report on Chechnya.

\"The only way to stop people who might possibly think of murdering my colleagues is to show them there will be another one,\" she told CNN.

Asked if she was prepared to put her life on the line for that ideal, Milashina replied: \"Yes. Absolutely. That makes me much stronger than my enemies in Chechnya.\"

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BEIJING (AP) \u2014 Beijing's most wanted may be holed up in a Staten Island cul-de-sac or a suburb of California's Inland Empire. Others could be hiding in a waterfront condo in the Carribbean or the east end of London.

Chinese state media on Friday published the names and addresses of 22 people overseas who are being sought by Chinese anti-corruption investigators in an unusual name-and-shame campaign.

China Daily, the government-run English-language newspaper distributed in China and overseas, featured a full-page spread with photos, allegations and addresses \u2014 minus the street numbers \u2014 of people accused of corruption and white collar crime.

The notice appeared to be ramping up pressure on both the suspects themselves and the countries where they are living. The 22 people were said to be in the United States, Canada, Australia and other Western countries that have largely been reluctant to sign extradition treaties with China, citing its opaque justice system.

The ruling Communist Party's anti-corruption watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, released the information about the suspects so that the public might provide clues or drive them away from their residences, an agency official said. It said it was searching for a total of 946 people overseas.

\"We hope the public will provide clues about the fugitives, as well as report corrupt officials who intend to flee,\" Liu Jianchao, director of the CCDI's International Cooperation Bureau, was quoted by China Daily as saying.

Liu said corrupt Chinese officials often flee to the U.S. or Canada because those countries do not have extradition treaties with China. He called on countries harboring the fugitives \"to adhere to international conventions on fighting corruption,\" China Daily said.

The Communist Party has vowed to hunt down corrupt officials no matter where they are as part of an operation called Sky Net. President Xi Jinping has called corruption one of the gravest threats to the party.

Xi's far-reaching campaign has been popular with a Chinese public fed up with endemic corruption but has also been criticized by political dissidents and scholars, who say it has been used as a tool by party factions looking to eliminate political enemies and settle scores.

In some cases, China's overseas manhunts have appeared to blur the line between law enforcement and politics.

China announced last week it had asked Interpol to issue a \"red notice\" seeking the arrest of Guo Wengui, a billionaire who has been accused of bribing a former intelligence official. Guo told the AP he was targeted by Beijing because he pledged to expose personal secrets about top party leaders.

In 2015, China launched an international manhunt for Ling Wancheng, a businessman and brother of a former top presidential aide who was convicted on charges of corruption and leaking state secrets. Ling was widely reported to have information that would have deeply embarrassed top party leaders had he defected to the United States.

Guo, Ling and other high-profile fugitives were not among the 22 people on China Daily's list, which included a utility company executive suspected of embezzling public funds and a village chief allegedly involved in bank fraud.

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CAIRO (AP) \u2014 Pope Francis' plane touches down in Cairo for historic two-day visit to show a united Christian-Muslim front.

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) \u2014 The chief of the international chemical weapons watchdog said on Friday that he has a team of experts ready and willing to travel to the site of this month's deadly nerve gas incident in Syria if their safety can be assured.

\"We are willing to go to Khan Sheikhoun and we have undertaken some actions,\" Ahmet Uzumcu of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons told a small group of reporters in The Hague.

Syrian ally Russia has called for an international investigation into the April 4 attack that killed nearly 90 people. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov this week expressed regret that the OPCW has turned down the Syrian government's offers to visit the site of the attack and investigate. Russia has rejected Western accusations that Syrian President Bashar Assad's government was behind the attack.

Uzumcu said that the area of the town of Khan Sheikhoun where the incident happened is controlled by opposition rebels, adding that the watchdog experts will \"need to strike some deals with them,\" such as a temporary ceasefire, to assure the team's safety before it can deploy.

The OPCW has been extremely cautious about sending investigators to Syria since a team of its experts came under attack there in 2014. Uzumcu said the organization is in daily contact with U.N. authorities about the security situation in Syria.

Uzumcu is not yet calling the April 4 incident a chemical weapons attack, but he has said that tests by his organization have established beyond doubt that sarin or a similar toxin was used.

Other nations, however, already have labelled it an attack and blamed the Syrian government.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said earlier this week that the attack \"bears the signature\" of Assad's government and shows it was responsible. Ayrault said France reached the conclusion after comparing samples from a 2013 sarin attack in Syria that matched the new ones.

Environmental samples, the French ministry said, show the weapons were made \"according to the same production process as the one used in the sarin attack perpetrated by the Syrian regime in Saraqeb\" on April 29, 2013.

Ayrault said French intelligence showed that only Syrian government forces could have launched such an attack \u2014 by a bomber taking off from the Shayrat air base, which was later targeted in a retaliatory U.S. missile strike after Washington also blamed Assad's forces.

Uzumcu said his organization is not yet in a position to confirm the French findings.

The OPCW's team is already gathering evidence from victims and survivors and testing samples outside Syria. Uzumcu said he expects an initial report to be issued in about 10 days. The initial OPCW investigation will not apportion blame \u2014 that is left to a separate investigative mechanism made up of OPCW and U.N. experts.

Uzumcu, who was speaking a day before the OPCW's 20th anniversary, said his organization has received reports of 45 possible chemical weapons attacks in Syria since 2016.

He also warned of the possibility of foreigners fighting with extremist organizations such as the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq returning home and taking with them the \"know-how\" on the development and use of chemical weapons.

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) \u2014 Alarm over North Korea's nuclear ambitions and its intensifying standoff with the United States, and tensions over China's assertive territorial claims in the South China Sea are under the spotlight at an annual summit of Southeast Asian nations in Manila.

Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met under extra heavy security in the Philippine capital on Friday, the eve of the summit of the 10-nation bloc, to discuss regional security and efforts to integrate their economies in response to growing Chinese clout.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is also under the limelight as he hosts his first regional summit amid sharp criticism by Western governments and human rights groups of his bloody crackdown on illegal drugs that has left thousands of suspects dead.

The ASEAN foreign ministers issued a statement expressing \"grave concern\" over North Korea's nuclear missile tests, despite a plea from the North not to be subjected to such pressure.

They said instability on the Korean Peninsula \"seriously impacts the region and beyond.\"

ASEAN also urged North Korea and all parties concerned \"to exercise self-restraint in order to de-escalate the tension and refrain from actions that may aggravate the situation,\" adding its voice to growing international alarm over the crisis involving the North and its rivals, led by the United States.

President Donald Trump's administration has declared that all options, including a targeted military strike, remain on the table. But a pre-emptive attack isn't likely, U.S. officials have said, and the administration is pursuing a strategy of boosting pressure on North Korea with assistance from China, the North's main trading partner and economic lifeline.

North Korea has been reaching out to other nations to ease criticism amid the U.S. threats, according to a Philippine official.

North Korea sent its Thailand-based ambassador to Manila recently \"to suggest that North Korea not be put under pressure\" during the ASEAN meetings hosted by the Philippines, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss the matter with the media.

The ASEAN foreign ministers also discussed long-simmering territorial disputes in the busy South China Sea involving ASEAN members Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam. The most powerful claimant, China, is pressuring ASEAN not to mention an arbitration decision last year that invalidated Beijing's claims to most of the disputed waters, according to three Philippine officials who spoke to the AP on the issue.

A draft of an ASEAN communique to be issued by Duterte at the end of the summit on Saturday does not mention the Philippines' arbitration victory but calls for \"full respect for legal and diplomatic processes,\" which the Chinese also wanted removed because they believe it referred to the ruling, the officials said.

The three officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Chinese Embassy officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Duterte told reporters Thursday that he would not raise the arbitration ruling at the summit, a stance critics say is subservient to Beijing.

Duterte, who has reached out to China to boost trade and seek infrastructure funding, said the ruling is an issue between China and the Philippines and does not concern other ASEAN member states.

Duterte, 72, will also be under the summit spotlight. Just less than a year in power, he faces a mass murder complaint before the International Criminal Court and an impeachment bid at home as bodies continue to pile up in his war on illegal drugs.

Duterte, however, is likely to find solace from the storm of criticism during ASEAN, which has a bedrock policy forbidding member states from meddling in each other's domestic affairs.

That has fostered the 10-nation bloc, founded half a century ago, as it evolved into an unwieldy collective of dictatorships, authoritarian states and a monarchy, along with fledgling democracies.

\"The ratbag of dictators, autocrats and juntas that dominate ASEAN's ranks perceive transparency, accountability and rule of law as existential threats rather than foundations of good governance,\" said Phelim Kine of the U.S.-based group Human Rights Watch.

\"Expect ASEAN leaders to yet again throw the human rights of an Asian country under the bus by remaining silent about Duterte's abusive drug war by implicitly or explicitly invoking the organization's 'non-interference' principle,'\" Kine said.

Once a government prosecutor who fought outlaws and insurgents, Duterte became a longtime mayor of southern Davao city, where he received the nickname \"Duterte Harry,\" after Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry movie character, for his deadly anti-crime campaign.

Since becoming president last June, his crackdown on suspected drug dealers and users has left nearly 2,800 people dead purportedly in gunbattles with police. Another 6,000 deaths are being investigated.

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) \u2014 Buses, trains and metros have been halted across much of Brazil as a general strike kicks off.

Transportation unions and several other groups are protesting changes to labor laws and the pension system being considered by Congress.

Police in Sao Paulo used tear gas Friday morning to break up protesters blocking roads to Congonhas International Airport. It's not shut down, though protesters are attempting to block access to airports in several cities.

Protesters at Santos Dumont Airport in Rio de Janeiro created confusion by running through the terminal and pushing down the line dividers at check-in counters.

President Michel Temer and other conservative politicians have threatened to dock the pay of public workers who don't show up.

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Arkansas executed a fourth inmate in eight days, and The Associated Press checked into executions during the same period in other countries where the death penalty is regularly carried out.

Experts cautioned that international statistics on executions are difficult to obtain because many countries shroud the process in secrecy.

\"I feel quite certain there are more executions that we don't know about,\" said Delphine Lourtau, executive director of the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide, which maintains a database on executions across the globe.

Lourtau said some of the countries where executions may have taken place but have not been confirmed include Iraq, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Vietnam and Yemen.

Here's a look at executions carried out in the past week outside the U.S.:

IRAN

Iran has reportedly executed 10 people since April 20, when Arkansas executed its first inmate since 2005.

Iranian news media reported that 29-year-old Mehdi Mirzaei was executed on April 22 after serving three years in western Iranian city of Khoramabad. He had been sentenced to death for carrying and possession of seven kilograms of amphetamine.

A second person executed the same day was identified by local media as a 21-year-old man sentenced to death for killing another man during an argument about a year and a half ago. He was executed in the northern Iranian city of Babol.

Eight prisoners were hanged in Iran on April 20, according to the Human Rights Activists News Agency, a group run by Iranian human rights activists living outside the Middle Eastern country who collect information from reporters operating in Iran. The agency said the prisoners received death sentences following murder convictions in recent years. No names were given and there was no corroboration by officials, who do not always release details of those executed.

Executions in Iran are typically carried out early in the morning in prison gallows, often with a chair or bench kicked out from under the inmate. Most happen in the presence of families of victims and the condemned.

Public hangings occasionally occur, with the condemned prisoner hoisted up by a crane attached to a rope and noose.

Once a death sentence is imposed in murder cases, the victim's family can halt the execution in lieu of prison time \u2014 often through payments to the victim's family.

SINGAPORE

Citing media reports, the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide said a man previously convicted of drug offenses was hanged in Singapore on April 21. The man's name, age and hometown weren't provided.

SAUDI ARABIA

Three people have been executed since April 20 in Saudi Arabia, all of whom were Saudi men convicted of murder.

One man was executed on April 20 after being found guilty of killing a man with a blow to the head. Three days later, a man convicted of shooting and killing another Saudi was executed. The third execution, on April 24, was of a man convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering a minor.

The kingdom did not say how the executions were carried out. Most executions in Saudi Arabia are done by a sword-wielding executioner who swiftly beheads the prisoner. Some are carried out in public, as a warning to others.

An execution scheduled for April 27 was called off after so-called blood money was paid to the victim's family. The case stemmed from 2009, when a Saudi man fatally stabbed another person in a bout of road rage in the eastern region of Qatif.

Saudi Arabia's legal system allows victims' families in some cases to forgive the convicted murderer or demand compensation in lieu of execution.

CHINA

China is widely believed to execute more people annually than all other countries combined. Dui Hua, a monitoring group with offices in Hong Kong and San Francisco that uses official government data and unofficial reports on China's criminal justice system, estimates about 2,000 were put to death last year.

The precise figure remains a state secret. Death sentences sometimes get reported, but news on actual executions is rare unless cases are especially high-profile or involve foreigners. Executions traditionally have been carried out by firing squad, although the government began introducing lethal injection several years ago.

Despite its reputation, China's execution rate has dramatically decreased from years past. An estimated 24,000 executions were carried out in 1983, after provincial courts were given powers to mete out capital punishment. Courts are now ordered to impose the death penalty only for the most heinous crimes, and all are subject to review by the supreme court.

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Murphy reported from Oklahoma City.

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Associated Press reporters Aya Batrawy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran; and Christopher Bodeen in Beijing contributed to this report.

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Follow Sean Murphy at www.twitter.com/apseanmurphy

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VARNER, Ark. (AP) \u2014 Arkansas wrapped up an accelerated executions schedule with a lethal injection that left the condemned inmate lurching and convulsing before he died, prompting calls for investigations and renewed scrutiny of the state's efforts to put multiple inmates to death on a compressed timeline.

Kenneth Williams on Thursday became the fourth convicted killer executed in Arkansas in eight days as the state sought to carry out as many lethal injections as possible before one of its drugs expires Sunday.

An Associated Press reporter who witnessed the execution said that about three minutes in, Williams' body jerked 15 times in quick succession \u2014 lurching violently against the leather restraint across his chest \u2014 then the rate slowed for a final five movements.

J.R. Davis, a spokesman for Gov. Asa Hutchinson who did not witness the execution, called the movements \"an involuntary muscular reaction\" that he said was a widely known effect of the surgical sedative midazolam, the first of three drugs administered.

Williams' attorneys released a statement calling witness accounts \"horrifying\" and demanding an investigation into what they called the \"problematic execution.\"

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas backed up that call for a review, saying the state may have violated the Eighth Amendment's prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. In a statement Friday, the organization's executive director Rita Sklar said the governor had \"ignored the dangers ... all to beat the expiration date on a failed drug.\"

Davis said he was sure Hutchinson would follow up \"as he does with every execution,\" but that the governor was confident the Department of Correction \"did what it was supposed to do.\"

Arkansas had scheduled eight executions over an 11-day period before one of its lethal injection drugs expires April 30. That would have been the most in such a short time since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, but courts issued stays for four of the inmates. The four lethal injections that were carried out included Monday's first double execution in the United States since 2000.

Williams read a prepared final statement before the execution, apologizing to the families he \"senselessly wronged and deprived of their loved ones.\" He also spoke in tongues, the unintelligible but language-like speech used in some religions. But his prayer faded off as the midazolam took effect. He said, \"The words that I speak will forever be, will forever ...\" before he fell silent.

The inmate breathed heavily through his nose until just after three minutes into his execution, when his chest leaped forward in a series of what seemed like involuntary movements. His right hand never clenched and his face remained what one media witness called \"serene.\"

After the jerking, Williams breathed through his mouth and moaned or groaned once \u2014 during a consciousness check \u2014 until falling still seven minutes after the lethal injection.

A Friday morning tweet from the account of a Republican state Sen. Trent Garner, who witnessed the execution, said Williams did not \"seem in pain. ... It was not cruel, unusual, botched or torture.\"

Williams was sentenced to death for killing a former deputy warden, Cecil Boren, after he escaped from prison in 1999. At the time of his escape in a 500-gallon barrel of hog slop, Williams was less than three weeks into a life term for the death of a college cheerleader.

\"Any amount of movement he might have had was far less than any of his victims,\" said Jodie Efird, one of Boren's daughters, who witnessed the execution.

State officials have called Arkansas' string of executions a success, declaring justice served and \"closure\" for victims' families. Some concerns had been raised about Monday's execution of Jack Jones, whose mouth moved after attorneys said he should have been unconscious, though a federal judge determined it did not appear to be \"torturous and inhumane.\"

All of the Arkansas inmates \u2014 including Williams \u2014 have died within 20 minutes of their executions beginning, a contrast from troubled midazolam-related executions in other states that took anywhere from 43 minutes to two hours. Witnesses to those lengthier executions also described hearing inmates breathe heavily, snore or snort or seeing them struggle against their restraints.

\"The long path of justice ended tonight and Arkansans can reflect on the last two weeks with confidence that our system of laws in this state has worked,\" Hutchinson said in a statement issued after Williams' execution.

Davis stood by his previous description of the state's executions as \"flawless.\"

Dale Baich, an assistant federal public defender who witnessed a flawed 2014 Arizona execution that took two hours, said in an email early Friday that after reading media reports, \"It appears from witness accounts that Mr. Williams was not fully sedated when the paralytic was administered.

\"At a minimum, this was a deviation from the protocol.\"

Williams' lawyers had said he had sickle cell trait, lupus and brain damage, and argued the combined maladies could subject him to an exceptionally painful execution in violation of the U.S. Constitution. They argued that Arkansas' \"one size fits all\" execution protocol could have left him in pain after a paralytic agent rendered him unable to move. State and federal courts rejected the claims.

Williams was sentenced to death for killing Boren after escaping from the Cummins Unit prison in a barrel holding a mishmash of kitchen scraps. He left the prison \u2014 where the execution chamber is located in another part of the facility \u2014 less than three weeks into a life prison term for killing University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff cheerleader Dominique Hurd in 1998. At the conclusion of that trial, he had taunted the young woman's family by turning to them after the sentence was announced and saying \"You thought I was going to die, didn't you?\"

After jumping from the barrel, he sneaked along a tree line until reaching Boren's house. He killed Boren, stole guns and Boren's truck and then drove away to Missouri. There, he crashed into a water-delivery truck, killing the driver. While in prison, he confessed to killing another person in 1998.

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Follow Kelly P. Kissel at www.twitter.com/kisselAP and Andrew DeMillo on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ademillo .

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STOCKHOLM (AP) \u2014 A woman in her 60s who was injured in the April 7 truck attack in Stockholm has died, Swedish authorities said Friday, raising the death toll to five.

The Stockholm police said in a statement the woman, who has not been publicly identified, had been hospitalized in southern Sweden.

A 39-year-old Uzbek man, Rakhmat Akilov, has pleaded guilty to a terrorist crime for ramming the truck into a crowd on a main pedestrian shopping street in the Swedish capital. Police have not disclosed a motive for the attack and no extremist group has claimed responsibility for it.

Akilov's Swedish residency application was rejected last year but police said there was nothing to indicate he might plan an attack. After the rejection, Akilov had been been ordered to leave Sweden in December. Instead, he allegedly went underground, eluding authorities' attempts to track him down.

Akilov was caught in a northern suburb of Stockholm, hours after he drove the stolen beer truck into the crowd of afternoon shoppers outside the upmarket Ahlens store.

Other victims of attack were an 11-year-old Swedish girl, a 31-year-old Belgian woman, a 69-year-old Swedish woman, and a 41-year-old Briton whom the British government identified as Chris Bevington. Fourteen others were injured in the attack.

The attack had shocked Sweden, known for its welcoming policy toward migrants and refugees.

In 2015, a record 163,000 asylum-seekers arrived in the country \u2014 the highest per-capita rate in Europe. The government responded by tightening border controls and curtailing some immigrant rights.

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Associated Press writer Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this report.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) \u2014 Florida agriculture officials say no mosquitoes in the state have tested positive for the Zika virus so far this year.

A statement from the state's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says nearly 90,000 individual mosquitoes have been tested for the virus linked to severe birth defects. None of the mosquitoes from more than 6,500 samples have tested positive for the presence of Zika so far.

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam has said as summer begins, it's important that Florida communities have the resources they need for Zika response efforts.

A Zika outbreak in Miami's Wynwood arts district last year was the first on the U.S. mainland. It lingered for more than a month but was limited to a small geographic area, much like previous outbreaks of mosquito-borne viruses in Florida.

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GENEVA (AP) \u2014 A U.S. ambassador says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will tell the U.N. Security Council about steps the United States believes are needed to \"further isolate\" North Korea and \"to try to bring it back to its senses\" over nuclear issues.

Robert Wood, ambassador to the U.N.'s Committee on Disarmament in Geneva, gave a preview of Tillerson's address later on Friday.

Wood called North Korea the greatest threat to the 47-year-old Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which the secretive regime abandoned in 2003.

Wood told reporters the U.S. will be \"focused like a laser\" on North Korea at a meeting of parties to the NPT starting next week in Vienna.

Wood said the U.S. expects a \"strong course of condemnation\" from attendees in response to North Korea's prohibited nuclear activities and provocations.

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) \u2014 Indonesia's main Muslim women's group has issued an edict against child marriage, urging the government of the world's most populous Muslim nation to increase the legal minimum age for females to marry from 16 to 18 years.

The Congress of Indonesian Women Ulema said in a statement Friday that the religious edict, or fatwa, was decided at a three-day meeting in the West Java town of Cirebon.

The fatwa, which has no legal force but is influential, urges the government to amend a 1974 Law on Marriage to raise the minimum marriage age for women to 18.

UNICEF, the U.N. children's agency, welcomed the edict, describing it as a landmark moment in efforts to end child marriage in Indonesia, where one in four women marries before age 18.

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) \u2014 Turning to diplomacy after flexing military muscle, the United States will urge the U.N. Security Council on Friday to increase economic pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, leaning on China in particular to turn the screws on its wayward ally.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with his counterparts from allies Japan and South Korea before chairing a ministerial meeting of the U.N.'s top decision-making body. The U.S. wants to tighten the implementation of sanctions and build international resolve to isolate North Korea so it eventually disarms.

That's a goal that has eluded U.S. administrations for two decades, and the threat is intensifying. North Korea may already be able to strike its U.S.-allied neighbors with a nuclear-tipped missile, and could have the U.S. mainland within range by the end of President Donald Trump's first term.

Tensions on and around the divided Korean Peninsula have been running high. In an attempt to deter North Korea from more nuclear and missile testing, the U.S. has sent a group of American warships led by an aircraft carrier to the region. North Korea this week conducted large-scale, live-fire exercises on its eastern coast.

However, after weeks of unusually blunt military threats, the Trump administration announced this week its policy is to exert economic and diplomatic pressure with international partners to achieve denuclearization and that it is not aiming for regime change in North Korea. Officials say, however, a military strike is still an option.

While the U.S. is calling for global action, it says the onus is on China to ramp up pressure on North Korea, its main trading partner and source of food and fuel aid. China wants North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program but is wary of destabilizing its traditional ally on whose side it fought in the 1950-53 Korean War.

Tillerson said in an interview Thursday that Beijing has threatened to impose unilateral sanctions on North Korea if it conducts further nuclear tests. It conducted two last year and satellite imagery in recent weeks has suggested another could be imminent.

China \"confirmed to us that they had requested the regime conduct no further nuclear test,\" Tillerson said on Fox News Channel.

China's foreign ministry on Friday refused to confirm or deny Tillerson's assertion \"that if they did conduct further nuclear tests, China would be taking sanctions actions on their own.\"

In February, China said it was suspending for the rest of the year coal imports that are an important revenue source for North Korea. Beijing said that was to adhere to the latest in a series of Security Council resolutions aimed at curbing the North's nuclear and missile programs. Other Chinese economic activity with North Korea remains robust.

In a separate interview with National Public Radio, Tillerson said the U.S. remains open to holding direct negotiations with Pyongyang.

\"But North Korea has to decide they're ready to talk to us about the about the right agenda, and the right agenda is not simply stopping where they are for a few more months or a few more years and then resuming things,\" he said. \"That's been the agenda for the last 20 years.\"

China is eager to see a resumption of negotiations. Multi-nation talks with North Korea on its nuclear program stalled in 2008. The Obama administration attempted to resurrect them in 2012, but a deal to provide food aid in exchange for a nuclear freeze soon collapsed.

North Korea says it needs nuclear weapons because of the \"hostile\" policy of the U.S. toward it, and has threatened nuclear strikes if there is war. It complained this week that the Security Council rejected its request last month to discuss U.S.-South Korea military exercises it says are a rehearsal for invasion.

The U.S. is currently president of the 15-member Security Council. Although South Korea is not currently on the council it will also address the meeting. As of late Thursday, North Korea had not requested to speak.

Tillerson will have separate meetings Friday with British Foreign Secretary Johnson, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told reporters Thursday, \"the world cannot ignore\" the emerging threat of the North's intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear capability. French Ambassador Francois Delattre said it supports America and others in seeking to maximize pressure on the North Korean government.

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) \u2014 The Latest on U.S. efforts to curb North Korea's nuclear program (all times local):

7:35 a.m.

The U.S. will urge the U.N. Security Council to increase economic pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program and to lean on China to turn the screws on its wayward ally.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is meeting with allies Japan and South Korea before chairing a ministerial meeting of the U.N.'s top decision-making body. The U.S. wants to tighten the implementation of sanctions and build international resolve to isolate North Korea so Pyongyang eventually disarms.

That's a goal that has eluded U.S. administrations for two decades, and the threat is intensifying. North Korea may already be able to strike its U.S.-allied neighbors with a nuclear-tipped missile, and could have the U.S. mainland within range by the end of President Donald Trump's first term.

___

4:12 a.m.

China's foreign ministry has refused to confirm or deny U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's assertion that Beijing has threatened to impose unilateral sanctions on North Korea if it conducts further nuclear tests.

Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang repeatedly avoided giving a direct answer when asked about the matter at a daily press briefing.

Tillerson said China told the U.S. it had informed North Korea China would respond to a test by \"taking sanctions actions on their own.\"

China wants North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program, but has opposed unilateral sanctions imposed without a U.N. mandate.

Beijing has come under growing U.S. pressure to use its leverage as North Korea's largest trading partner and main source of food and fuel aid to compel Pyongyang to heed U.N. resolutions.

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BERLIN (AP) \u2014 Germany's Interior Ministry says it will \"leave no stone unturned\" in trying to determine how a Bundeswehr soldier who spoke no Arabic managed to register as a Syrian asylum seeker.

Conceding that mistakes were made, spokesman Tobias Plate said Friday every effort was being made uncover how Franco A. duped authorities and was given a place in a refugee home and collected financial aid.

The 28-year-old lieutenant was arrested Wednesday and charged with preparing an act of violence that he's suspected of planning to blame on refugees.

He allegedly stashed a pistol in a Vienna airport bathroom and was taken into custody when he went to retrieve it in February. He was freed but Austrian authorities informed Germany, and a fingerprint match showed he'd registered as a refugee.

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PARIS (AP) \u2014 The Latest on the French presidential election (all times local):

1:35 p.m.

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is painting herself as David against rival Emmanuel Macron's Goliath as she tries to overcome a poll gap and broaden her support base ahead of a May 7 runoff.

In an interview Friday with regional broadcasters France Bleu and France 3, Le Pen accused pro-business centrist Macron of being the candidate of the \"oligarchy\" and the elite.

Le Pen described Macron and France's employers' lobby, leading trade union and media magnates as \"Goliath.\" She added that \"the love that we have for this country is the stone that David used against Goliath\" to kill him in the biblical tale.

Le Pen has been courting the blue-collar vote, while Macron argues that France needs to make it easier for companies to hire.

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11:30 a.m.

Polish officials have dismissed as \"populist\" recent comments by French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron who said he will press for European Union sanctions on Warsaw if he is president.

Macron spoke with French regional daily \"La Voix du Nord\" after visiting a house appliances factory that is scheduled to move to Poland, where labor costs are cheaper.

He said he would take action on Poland, saying it infringes fundamental EU values and uses fiscal differences to its favor.

Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski said Friday Macron's words were \"pure populism\" and violated the EU's idea of a common market.

Government spokesman Rafal Bochenek said Poland objects to being used in France's campaign ahead of the May 7 runoff between Macron and far-right Marine Le Pen

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9:30 a.m.

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's far-right party is in new turmoil \u2014 its temporary leader is stepping down over allegations he expressed doubt about Nazi gas chambers.

National Front vice president Louis Aliot said on BFM television Friday that interim party leader Jean-Francois Jalkh is leaving his post because of comments reported in a 2000 interview.

Jalkh took over this week after Le Pen said she would step aside to concentrate on her campaign.

Aliot said that Jalkh is contesting allegations of Holocaust denial, a crime in France.

Le Pen has worked hard to detoxify the party, tainted by racism and anti-Semitism in the past. She faces centrist Emmanuel Macron in a highly charged presidential runoff May 7.

Macron is visiting the site of a Nazi massacre later Friday.

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CETINJE, Montenegro (AP) \u2014 Montenegrin lawmakers are set to ratify the Balkan country's membership in NATO on Friday and make a historic turn toward the West amid protests from traditional ally Russia and the pro-Russia opposition.

The Montenegrin parliament will convene in the historic capital of Cetinje to ratify the accession treaty with the Western military alliance. Several hundred pro-Russia opposition supporters rallied in protest outside the hall before the session.

Demonstrators chanted \"Treason!\" and \"Thieves!\" as lawmakers from the ruling pro-NATO coalition arrived for the vote. A banner read: \"NATO murderers, your hands are bloody!\"

\"I feel humiliated because others are making a decision in my name,\" former Montenegrin President Momir Bulatovic said. \"What is happening now is the triumph by force and lies!\"

Montenegro's pro-NATO government has urged lawmakers to approve the entry protocol. Officials said that joining NATO will bring stability and economic benefits after centuries of turmoil.

The government said: \"In the current geopolitical environment, Montenegro must rationally look at all options and make a decision that will best protect its national, security and economic interests.\"

Russia has been angered by NATO expansion in Montenegro, Moscow's traditional zone of interest. Montenegro has accused Russia of being behind a foiled election-day coup in October allegedly designed to throw the country off its path toward NATO. Russia has denied this.

Montenegro has a small military of around 2,000 troops, but it is strategically positioned to give NATO full control over the Adriatic Sea \u2014 the other Adriatic nations, Albania, Croatia and Italy, are already in the alliance.

The country of 620,000 has been historically divided between pursuing pro-Western policies and sticking to an alliance with Orthodox Christian allies Serbia and Russia. Montenegro gained independence from Serbia in 2006.

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