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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:41am

Democratic negotiators are getting closer to working out a budget deal in hopes of preventing a partial federal shutdown this weekend. They overcame a major hurdle when President Donald Trump backed away from insisting that money for a border wall with Mexico be included in the budget. White House spokesman Sean Spicer says administration negotiators including Trump's budget chief, Mick Mulvaney, "feel very confident" that a shutdown won't occur.

Thai gov't approves purchase of $393M submarine from China

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:24am

Thailand's top defense official says the government has approved the purchase of its first submarine in more than half a century, calling the $393 million deal with China necessary and a bargain.

Afghan official: Taliban kill 8 police in northern province

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:15am

The Taliban overran three security checkpoints in Afghanistan's northern Takhar province, killing eight policemen and cutting off a key road and two of the region's districts, an Afghan official said on Tuesday.

Seoul: North Korea holds drill to mark military anniversary

Eric Talmadge and Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:15am

South Korea's military said Tuesday that North Korea held major live-fire drills in an area around its eastern coastal town of Wonsan as it marked the anniversary of the founding of its military.

Turkish court rejects opposition bid to appeal referendum

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:15am

Turkey's high administrative court on Tuesday dealt a new blow to the main opposition party's efforts to appeal the result of a referendum that will greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office, rejecting a request that it overturn a controversial decision by the nation's electoral authority.

German FM: Netanyahu cancellation would be regrettable

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:15am

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Tuesday it would be "regrettable" if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancels their planned talks in Jerusalem because of his meeting with groups critical of Israel's actions in the West Bank, but downplayed the spat.

Hungary's prime minister to face critics at EU parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:15am

Hungary's prime minister will face his critics in the European Union parliament when the legislature debates his country's situation, including legal changes seen as limiting academic freedom.

The Latest: US Navy conducting exercises with Japan, S.Korea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:10am

The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local):

UN hosts aid-pledging conference for beleaguered Yemen

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:01am

The U.N. secretary-general is appealing to dozens of countries to boost aid funds for war-torn Yemen, which is considered one of the world's greatest humanitarian crises and faces "the world's largest hunger crisis."

27 people killed in bus-trailer truck collision in Kenya

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:00am

Kenyan police say 27 people have been killed in a collision between a passenger bus and a trailer truck.

France honors police officer killed in Champs-Elysees attack

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:50am

France's top officials and presidential candidates attended a national ceremony Tuesday to honor the police officer killed by an Islamic extremist on the Champs-Elysees.

Spain arrests 9 suspects, probes ties to Brussels attacks

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:34am

Police in northeastern Spain arrested nine suspected members of a jihadi group Tuesday in raids that might help resolve recent deadly attacks in Belgium and France.

Trump asked to work for release of 2 jailed by Iran

George Jahn, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:34am

A relative of two Iranian-American citizens imprisoned in Iran says their health is failing rapidly due to inhumane conditions and is urging U.S. President Donald Trump to take "personal responsibility" for their lives.

A look at Nepal's progress in earthquake recovery

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:24am

Two years ago, Nepal was ravaged by a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people and left another 4 million homeless as their humble homes built from brick and stone were toppled within seconds.

17 women dead as fishing boat capsizes in central Senegal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:50am

A Senegalese radio station says 17 women have drowned and at least 40 others are injured after their boat capsized near a village in central Senegal.

Researchers: Russia-linked hackers targeted Macron campaign

Raphael Satter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:31am

Researchers with the Japanese anti-virus firm Trend Micro say the campaign of French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by Russia-linked hackers, adding more details to previous suggestions that the centrist politician was being singled out for electronic eavesdropping by the Kremlin.

Philippines: Malaysian, 3 Indonesians among slain militants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:10am

Three Indonesians and a Malaysian were among 37 militants killed in a Philippine military assault that captured the southern jungle camp of an extremist band allied with the Islamic State group, the country's military chief of staff said Tuesday.

Iraqi troops capture largest neighborhood in western Mosul

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:00am

Iraqi troops on Tuesday drove out Islamic State militants from the largest neighborhood in the western half of the city of Mosul, a senior military commander said, a major development in the months-long fight to recapture the country's second-largest city.

Far-right contender Le Pen advocates French food

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:41am

French far-right presidential contender Marine Le Pen has called for more food to be produced and consumed in the country.