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China ambassador says North Korean proposal merits study

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 6:21pm

China's U.N. ambassador says a North Korea proposal under which Pyongyang would halt its nuclear program if the U.S. and South Korea suspend joint military exercises merits consideration.

North Korea sends another US citizen to prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 4:14pm

North Korea on Friday sentenced a U.S. citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison with hard labor after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year.

Rising violence kills over 200 in a week in Syria's Aleppo

Albert Aji and Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 2:11pm

The Syrian army and rebels unleashed deadly new attacks on each other Friday in Aleppo, with insurgents shelling a mosque during weekly prayers and government airstrikes hitting opposition neighborhoods in escalating bloodshed the U.N. decried as a "monstrous disregard for civilian lives by all parties."

Norway oil-rig helicopter crash kills 13; flying ban issued

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 1:41pm

A helicopter carrying Statoil workers from an offshore rig in the North Sea crashed Friday on an island off western Norway, killing all 13 people on board, rescuers said.

Guatemala declares 24 missing in garbage landslide at dump

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 1:30pm

Guatemala City authorities say that 24 people are listed as missing two days after a massive slope of trash collapsed, killing at least four people.

UN urges return to full operation of Western Sahara mission

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 12:40pm

The U.N. Security Council called Friday for the urgent return of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the disputed Western Sahara to its full operation, a rebuke to Morocco which expelled most of the mission's civilian staff to protest a perceived slight by the U.N. secretary-general.

Puerto Rico reports 1st US Zika-related death amid outbreak

Danica Coto and Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 12:00pm

Puerto Rico announced Friday that it has recorded the first Zika-related U.S. death amid an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus in the U.S. territory.

Thousands march in Yemen to call for cease-fire

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 11:41am

Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets on Friday to call for an end to the fighting in the country's conflict.

Iran votes in parliamentary runoff as rare shooting wounds 4

Amir Vahdat and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 11:10am

Iranians voted Friday in the country's parliamentary runoff elections, a key poll that will decide how much power allies of moderate President Hassan Rouhani will have in the next legislature after the landmark nuclear deal with world powers.

Cease-fire in east Ukraine set to begin on Orthodox Easter

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 10:10am

The international envoy working to bring peace to eastern Ukraine says agreement has been reached to observe a cease-fire with the start of the Orthodox Easter and May Day holidays.

South Sudan forms new coalition government of national unity

Jason Patinkin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 10:10am

South Sudan's leaders have formed a transitional coalition government bringing together politicians from the government and the armed opposition who have been at war for two and a half years.

Report: Small blaze hits Paris building; no injuries

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 9:50am

French radio says a small blaze broke out in a building under renovation near a major Paris train station.

Survivors of US airstrike on Afghan hospital demand justice

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 9:50am

Survivors and the families of those killed in a U.S. airstrike on a hospital run by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders in Afghanistan said Friday they were dismayed and angry that the U.S. military personnel responsible for mistakes that led to the bombing will not face criminal charges.

The Latest: MSF says Syria hospital bombing killed 50

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 9:41am

The Latest on developments in Syria's civil war (all times local):

Former SS Auschwitz guard apologizes at trial in Germany

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 9:00am

A 94-year-old former SS sergeant admitted in court Friday that he had served as an Auschwitz death camp guard, apologizing to Nazi Holocaust survivors looking on in a German courtroom that even though he was aware Jews were being gassed and their corpses burned, he did nothing to try to stop it.

Bouteflika back in Algeria after medical visit to Geneva

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 8:30am

Algeria's state news agency says President Abdelaziz Bouteflika returned to his country Friday after a five-day visit to Geneva for what his office described as a "periodic medical checkup."

South Africa: Court says charges against Zuma to be reviewed

Stuart Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 8:00am

A South African court has ruled that a decision to drop 738 corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma should be reviewed, adding to the leader's legal troubles.

Cambodia: 5 rights activists helped hide politician's affair

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 7:41am

Cambodian authorities arrested five human rights workers Friday on accusations they tried to help cover up a woman's affair with the deputy leader of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party. The action is the latest in a series by Prime Minister Hun Sen's government putting legal pressure on its critics and political opponents.

Poland again denies entry to nationalist Russian bikers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 7:40am

Poland's foreign minister said Friday that "security regulations" were behind the decision to ban pro-Kremlin Russian bikers from riding through Poland as they mark the anniversary of the end of World War II.