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Obama reaches out to people a day after Vietnam arms deal

Foster Klug and Nancy Benac, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 11:20am

After knocking down one of the last vestiges of Cold War antagonism with a former war enemy, President Barack Obama on Tuesday took his push for closer ties directly to the Vietnamese people, meeting with activists and entrepreneurs. Amid the geopolitical statecraft, he faces calls to more strongly address what's seen as an abysmal human rights record.

Turkey's president approves new government led by ally

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 11:11am

Turkey's president on Tuesday approved a new government formed by one of his most trusted allies, who immediately asserted the intention to institute constitutional reforms that would expand the powers of the presidency.

Rights group: South Sudan army violated civilians in Wau

Jason Patinkin, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 10:41am

South Sudanese government soldiers killed, raped, tortured, and detained dozens of civilians in and around Wau town in the country's western Bahr el Ghazal state in recent months, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Tuesday.

UN laments absence of G-7 from key humanitarian summit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 10:41am

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has criticized the leaders of the world's wealthiest countries for failing to attend a pivotal humanitarian summit in Turkey.

Police arrest young couple in Chinese student's slaying

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 10:31am

German police say they have arrested a young couple on suspicion of involvement in the slaying of a Chinese student whose body was found earlier this month in the eastern town of Dessau-Rosslau with severe head injuries.

EU leader pledges help in ending Poland's crisis soon

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 10:31am

A senior European Union leader has pledged support in finding a solution soon to Poland's political crisis that has strained the country's ties with Brussels.

Colombia says 2 more journalists missing in rough area

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 10:21am

Two more journalists have gone missing in a lawless region in Colombia where security forces are already carrying out a massive search for a prominent Spanish journalist, President Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday.

Pro-EU ad urges UK youth to get 'votin,' leaves some fumin

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 10:11am

Campaigners for Britain to remain in the European Union have been mocked online for a video urging young people to vote in next month's membership referendum.

Pakistan: DNA tests to confirm Taliban leaders death

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 10:01am

Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Tuesday that authorities will perform DNA tests on the body of a man who was killed in an American drone strike to determine whether the slain man is actually Taliban chief Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour.

Indian police say they've killed key Kashmiri rebel leader

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 9:21am

Indian police said Tuesday that they have killed the operations head of a major militant group in the Indian portion of Kashmir in a gunbattle.

Cats or Cops? Spain police seek fine for lettering on bag

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 9:11am

A woman in Spain may be fined under the country's public security law for carrying a bag bearing the initials A.C.A.B., which police interpreted to stand for "All Cops Are Bastards" and not "All Cats Are Beautiful," as was written on the bag.

DNA tests needed to identify Thai school fire victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 9:10am

Relatives of a dozen primary-school girls who died in a dormitory fire in northern Thailand are awaiting the results of DNA tests because the bodies of all but five of the 17 victims are too disfigured to be recognizable.

Paris attack victims' families meet investigators

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 9:10am

Survivors and families of the 130 victims of last November's Islamic extremist attacks in Paris have met for the first time with six magistrates investigating what happened that horrifying night.

Israeli watchdog report slams Netanyahu over travel expenses

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 9:01am

Israel's official government watchdog released a lengthy report Tuesday into Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's travel expenses before he took office, raising a "fear of criminality" over an alleged double-billing scheme.

UN: Worsening humanitarian, security situation in Niger

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 9:00am

The United Nations Refugee Agency says humanitarian conditions are worsening and insecurity is increasing in Niger's southeast Diffa region as thousands displaced by violence are forced to resettle.

1 of 3 deaths in EU avoidable if optimal care was available

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 8:50am

The European Union's statistical agency says that one out of three deaths in the 28-nation bloc would be avoidable if optimal health care was available.

Senior Taliban figure says death of leader could unify group

Mirwais Khan and Lynne O'Donnell, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 8:50am

The death of the leader of the Afghan Taliban in a U.S. drone strike last week could make the insurgent movement stronger by bringing back dissident commanders and unifying the movement's ranks, a senior Afghan Taliban figure said on Tuesday.

Model admits taking vehicle of British millionaire shot dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 8:41am

A Slovakian model on trial in the fatal shooting of her millionaire British ex-boyfriend testified Tuesday she fled the scene in his vehicle because she was scared after he threatened her and was shot in a struggle over a handgun.

Greek police evacuate hundreds from Idomeni refugee camp

Costas Kantouris, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 8:31am

Greek authorities began the gradual evacuation of the country's largest informal refugee camp Tuesday, persuading more than 1,500 people to leave the Idomeni site for other organized facilities in northern Greece.