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Israel fills UN hall for anti-BDS conference

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 6:00pm

Over 1,500 students filled the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday for a conference sponsored by the Israeli mission on how best to combat a movement on many U.S. campuses calling for a boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians.

Western Sahara independence movement leader Abdelaziz dies

Aomar Ouali and Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 3:51pm

Mohamed Abdelaziz, the head and co-founder of the Polisario Front independence movement in the Western Sahara, died Tuesday after a long illness, the group said. He was in his late 60s.

Surfer loses leg in shark attack off west Australia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 3:50pm

A 29-year-old surfer was hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday after a shark tore a leg off at an Australian west coast beach, officials said.

Mediterranean Sea disasters leave more than 1,000 dead

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 3:50pm

The treacherous Mediterranean Sea crossing from Libya to Italy claimed the lives of at least 1,083 migrants over the past week — mostly because barely seaworthy smuggling boats foundered and sank despite calm seas and sunny skies, a migration agency said Tuesday, citing new accounts from survivors.

Ivory Coast opens war crimes trial against ex-leader's wife

Isidore Kouadio and Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 3:00pm

Ivory Coast's highest criminal court opened its trial Tuesday against former first lady Simone Gbagbo for crimes against humanity for her alleged role in 2010-2011 postelection abuses that led to the deaths of thousands.

Mexico starts removal of invasive goats from Baja island

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 2:40pm

Environmental authorities in Mexico have begun removing 800 to 900 wild goats from Espiritu Santo island off Baja California.

Family of 3 Americans slain in Serbia demands justice

Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 1:22pm

The family of three American citizens killed during fighting in Serbia in 1999 said Tuesday the Balkan country's prime minister has failed on his promises to bring the suspects to justice despite repeated pledges to do so.

Ex-Dominican president who helped topple dictator dies at 95

Ezequiel Abiu Lopez, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 1:20pm

A former Dominican president and general who was the last survivor of a group that toppled a brutal dictator died on Tuesday. Antonio Imbert Barrera was 95.

Amid heavy clashes in Fallujah, fears rise for civilians

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 1:20pm

As Iraqi forces pressed an offensive Tuesday to dislodge Islamic State militants from Fallujah, conditions are worsening for tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the city, and a leading aid group raised alarm over an unfolding "human catastrophe."

Naming St Petersburg bridge after Chechen leader angers many

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 12:10pm

About 30,000 people have signed an online petition against naming a new bridge in St. Petersburg after the late Moscow-backed president of Chechnya.

Canadian Parliament accepts Trudeau's apology and moves on

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 11:50am

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not have to deliver any more apologies or face any sanctions for knocking into an opposition lawmaker with his elbow.

Stowaway found aboard Emirates flight from China to Dubai

Adam Schreck, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 11:40am

A teenage boy sneaked into the cargo hold of an Emirates passenger plane in China and made it all the way to Dubai before being apprehended, the airline and Chinese media said Tuesday.

Amnesty says 1.2 million Afghans internally displaced by war

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 11:40am

Amnesty International said Tuesday that more than 1.2 million Afghans have been forced to flee their homes due to violence in the past three years and urged the Kabul government and the international community to tackle the country's growing crisis of refugees internally displaced by war.

Man on trial in London Tube stabbing for 'Syrian brothers'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 11:10am

Prosecutors say a mentally ill taxi driver attacked passengers at a London subway station with a knife in revenge for Western airstrikes on Syria.

Ex-employee of Israeli PM's wife wins abuse case against her

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 10:50am

A former employee of the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won a court case against her alleging mistreatment, Israeli media reported Tuesday.

Philippine president-elect offers bounties for drug lords

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 10:50am

The Philippine president-elect said Tuesday he will pay bounties to police or military officials who capture suspected drug lords "dead or alive," adding that there is enough reward money to leave "100 persons dead."

Man accused in Canada military stabbing faces terror charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 10:50am

Police say a Canadian man accused of stabbing soldiers at a military recruitment center in Toronto and then saying he did it at the behest of Allah is now facing nine terrorism charges.

Heavy rain drenches swaths of France, disrupts French Open

Angela Charlton and Mstyslav Chernov, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 10:50am

Heavy rain drenched parts of France on Tuesday, prompting flood warnings near the English Channel, causing more delays at the French Open and soaking tourists in Paris.

Turkey concerned over Germany's stance on Armenian killings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 10:40am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday expressed concerns to German Chancellor Angela Merkel over plans in Germany's parliament to recognize the World War I killings of Armenians as genocide.