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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:00pm

President Donald Trump has reaffirmed his support for gun rights, telling attendees of a National Rifle Association convention that "the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end." Trump is the first sitting president to address the group's annual convention in more than 30 years. He assured the audience he would defend their right to bear arms in a campaign-like speech reminiscent of his election rallies.

Venezuelans march to prison to demand freedom for activists

Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:47pm

Hundreds of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro marched to a military prison outside Caracas on Friday to demand the release of Leopoldo Lopez and other jailed activists they consider political prisoners.

South Korean military: North Korea test-fires unidentified missile; no other details released

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:27pm

South Korean military: North Korea test-fires unidentified missile; no other details released.

Iraqi officials: Car bomb kills 4 and wounds 8

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:15pm

A car bomb at a police station in central Baghdad killed four people and wounded eight late Friday night, according to Iraqi police and hospital officials.

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In Egypt, pope brings a message of peace amid crackdown

Nicole Winfield and Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:15pm

Pope Francis demanded that Egypt's Muslim leaders teach a rejection of violence in God's name during a delicate visit Friday to the Arab world's most populous country, and he strongly backed its uncompromising crackdown on political Islam and militancy.

Far-right candidate bedeviled by France's Nazi history

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:02pm

The horrors of the World War II Nazi death camps moved front and center in France's presidential campaign on Friday, nine days before the election, reawakening the anti-Semitic stigma that has clung to the party of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and that she has spent more than six years trying to erase.

The Latest: France's Macron would keep up Mideast operations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 2:24pm

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NKorea official calls US efforts to rid nukes a 'wild dream'

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:37pm

North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador said Friday that U.S. efforts to get rid of his country's nuclear weapons through military threats and sanctions are "a wild dream."

Montenegro lawmakers back NATO membership in historic move

Predrag Milic, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:37pm

Montenegro's parliament on Friday supported the Balkan country's membership in NATO in a historic turn toward the West amid protests by Russia and the pro-Russia opposition.

Macedonian violence elicits diverging international response

Konstantin Testorides and Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:24pm

Macedonia's night of violence that saw protesters storm parliament and attack lawmakers elicited diametrically opposed reactions from world powers Friday, with Russia blaming the West for meddling in the Balkan nation's internal affairs and the European Union and United States saying the events were inconsistent with democracy.

The Latest: Macedonia protesters seek new election

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:23pm

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Netanyahu says German official crossed line meeting with NGO

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 12:55pm

German officials on Friday defended a decision by the country's top diplomat to meet with an Israeli human rights group, after Israel's prime minister said the move had crossed a "red line."

Stream of quakes rattles Chilean coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 12:44pm

More than a dozen moderate earthquakes have rattled the Chilean coast within just over two hours, the most powerful of them registered at magnitude 5.9.

Iran: Tehran's mayor attacks Rouhani in pre-election debate

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 12:30pm

Tehran's mayor and presidential candidate Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf accused on Friday President Hassan Rouhani's administration of dishonesty, mismanagement and supporting the rich at the expense of the poor in the first debate between the six presidential candidates.

EU says membership talks still open if Turkey wants them

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 12:27pm

The European Union is keeping the door ajar for Turkey to become a member, but says Ankara must provide clearer signals on whether it intends to meet the entrance criteria in such areas as human rights and rule of law.

The Latest: NKorea official calls US efforts a 'wild dream'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 12:18pm

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Pakistan: Thousands of activists rally against PM Sharif

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 12:07pm

Thousands of supporters of Pakistan's popular opposition leader Imran Khan have rallied in the capital Islamabad to call for the resignation of the country's prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, over his alleged corruption.

Reports: US troops deploy along Syria-Turkish border

Sarah El Deeb and Bob Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 11:56am

U.S. armored vehicles are deploying in areas in northern Syria along the tense border with Turkey, a few days after a Turkish airstrike that killed 20 U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, a Syrian war monitor and Kurdish activists said Friday.

Russia seeks arrest of former Ukraine prime minister

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 11:56am

Russia has sent a request to the international police agency Interpol for the arrest and extradition of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, claiming he killed Russian soldiers in Chechnya in the 1990s.