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May 15, 2015

EU-BRITAIN-SCOTLAND

LONDON — In their first talks since Britain’s national election, Prime Minister David Cameron is meeting Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, who as the leader of the Scottish National Party engineered a stunning victory in last week’s vote. Cameron, who arrived in Edinburgh on Friday, was expected to talk with Sturgeon about transferring greater governing powers from London to Scotland. By Sylvia Hui.

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BRITAIN-POLITICS-LABOUR

LONDON — An up-and-coming British politician who was considered a front-runner to replace Labour leader Ed Miliband abruptly withdrew from the contest Friday, saying he had underestimated the intense scrutiny to which he would be subjected. Chuka Umunna, who announced his leadership bid just three days ago, blamed the “added level of pressure that comes with being a leadership candidate.” By Sylvia Hui.

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POLAND-PAYING TERROR SUSPECTS

WARSAW, Poland — Poland is paying a quarter of a million dollars to two terror suspects allegedly tortured by the CIA in a secret facility in this country — prompting outrage among many here who feel they are being punished for American wrongdoing. Europe’s top human rights court imposed the penalty against Poland, setting a Saturday deadline. Poland is now the only country in the world to face legal repercussions for the secret rendition and detention program which the CIA operated under then-President George W. Bush in several countries across the world after the 9/11 attacks. No other nation involved, from Pakistan and Thailand to Romania and Lithuania, has been held accountable. By Vanessa Gera.

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CYPRUS-PEACE TALKS

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus’ rival leaders met Friday at a United Nations compound to restart talks aimed at ending the small Mediterranean island nation’s four decades of division. In an echo of previous attempts to forge a peace deal, Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots, Mustafa Akinci, arrived at the capital’s derelict airport in search of a breakthrough to one of Europe’s most stubborn conflicts. By Menelaos Hadjicostis.

AP Photos XPK101-0514151159, XPK108-0514151125, XPK103-0514151156, XPK104-0514151131, XPK107-0514151215, XPK109-0514151123, XPK106-0514151224.

EU-GREECE-GOLDEN-DAWN-TRIAL

ATHENS, Greece — Lawyers representing Greece’s extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party are demanding a change of venue for security reasons in the trial of party leaders and members, after their clients were threatened by suspected members of a leftist group being led to another courtroom for a separate trial. Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos and party lawmakers are among 69 defendants accused of running a criminal organization in the closely watched case held in a special courtroom in the country’s largest prison, Korydallos.

GERMANY-ART TROVE

BERLIN — A Matisse painting that was looted by the Nazis and became part of a German collector’s long-hidden trove has been handed to the heirs of a Jewish art dealer. Lawyer Chris Marinello, who represents the heirs of Paris-based dealer Paul Rosenberg, said Friday he is “delighted” that Henri Matisse’s “Woman Sitting in an Armchair” has been returned.

GERMANY-TV SHOW THREAT

BERLIN — A live German television model casting show featuring model Heidi Klum was abandoned after a woman called in a bomb threat. TV channel ProSieben abruptly yanked “Germany’s next Topmodel” off the air Thursday night, initially citing “technical problems.”

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BOSNIA-TERRORISM

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Prosecutors have brought terror charges against 12 Bosnians suspected of having fought for the Islamic State group. A statement Friday from the prosecutor’s office said the suspected radical Islamists have done stints in Syria in 2013 and 2014. Some 200 Bosnians have so far left to fight for IS, prompting the country last year to introduce jail terms of up to 10 years for those who fight in conflicts abroad.

CYPRUS-PEACE TALKS

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus’ rival leaders met Friday at a United Nations compound to restart talks aimed at ending the small Mediterranean island nation’s four decades of division. In an echo of previous attempts to forge a peace deal, Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots, Mustafa Akinci, arrived at the capital’s derelict airport in search of a breakthrough to one of Europe’s most stubborn conflicts. By Menelaos Hadjicostis.

AP Photos XPK101-0514151159, XPK108-0514151125, XPK103-0514151156, XPK104-0514151131, XPK107-0514151215, XPK109-0514151123, XPK106-0514151224.

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