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Colombia says 2 more journalists missing in rough area

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 8:20am

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says two additional journalists are missing in a lawless part of the country where security forces are already hunting for a Spanish journalist.

The Latest: Russia denies losing helicopters at Syrian base

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 8:11am

The Latest on the violence in Syria a day after deadly attacks claimed by the Islamic State group targeted government strongholds (all times local):

Ukraine: 7 soldiers killed, 9 wounded in eastern clashes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 8:11am

Ukrainian officials say seven soldiers have been killed over the past day in fighting in eastern Ukraine.

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

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 8:10am

Police are trying to use Spain's public security law to fine a woman for carrying a bag bearing the initials A.C.A.B., which they 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 - 8:00am

Relatives of a dozen primary-school girls who died in a dormitory fire in northern Thailand are awaiting the results of DNA tests, because all but five of the bodies were too disfigured to be identified by sight.

Israeli watchdog report slams Netanyahu over travel expenses

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 7:50am

Israel's government watchdog has released a lengthy report detailing a "fear of criminality" over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's travel expenses before he took office.

Senior Taliban figure says death of leader could unify group

Mirwais Khan and Lynne O'Donnell, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 7:40am

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.

Pro-squatter protesters clash with Barcelona police, 15 hurt

Alan Clendenning, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 7:40am

Protesters supporting squatters in Barcelona have set trash containers and vehicles ablaze and clashed with police, leaving at least 15 people injured.

Obama pushes for better rights in Vietnam after arms deal

Foster Klug and Nancy Benac, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 7:40am

President Barack Obama on Tuesday pressed Vietnam to allow greater freedoms for its citizens, arguing that better human rights would improve the communist country's economy, stability and regional power.

Upset Cyprus president calls off peace talks meet

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 7:31am

Talks aimed at reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus stumbled Tuesday when the Greek Cypriot president called off a meeting with the breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader after he attended a dinner of heads of state at the invitation of Turkey.

Poland's PM, EU leader discuss ending political crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 7:30am

A senior European Union leader met with Poland's prime minister on Tuesday to discuss ways of solving a political crisis in the country that has strained its ties with Brussels.

The Latest: White House protests to Vietnam over activists

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 7:20am

The Latest on U.S. President Barack Obama's first visit to Vietnam (all times local):

Tony Blair says defeating IS requires 'proper ground war'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 7:10am

The Islamic State group will be defeated only with a ground war involving Western troops, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday.

Forensic expert: EgyptAir human remains suggest explosion

Sam Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 7:10am

Human remains retrieved from the crash site of EgyptAir Flight 804 have burn marks and are very small in size, suggesting an explosion on board may have downed the aircraft in the east Mediterranean, a senior Egyptian forensics official said Tuesday.

Top UK court rules against expats over EU referendum voting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 7:00am

Britain's Supreme Court has rejected a bid by two Britons who live abroad to vote in next month's referendum on European Union membership.

Hard-line cleric voted leader of Iran's Assembly of Experts

Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 6:30am

A hard-line Iranian cleric who has been in the country's power structure since its 1979 Islamic Revolution was chosen on Tuesday to lead the Assembly of Experts, a clerical body that picks the country's next supreme leader.

Turkey's Erdogan approves new government led by ally

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 6:20am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan 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.

Iraq says clashes with IS outside Fallujah briefly subside

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 5:40am

Clashes between Iraqi government forces and the Islamic State group outside the city of Fallujah briefly subsided on Tuesday, the second day of a large-scale military operation to drive militants out of their key stronghold west of Baghdad.

Death toll rises in bombing of Syria government strongholds

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 5:40am

A suicide bomber who targeted a hospital in a Syrian coastal city the previous day killed 43 people, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, as an activist group raised the overall death toll from the day's unprecedented wave of attacks on government strongholds to 161.