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Syrian media: Israel attacked installation near Damascus

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 5:08am

Syrian state media blamed Israel on Thursday for an early morning missile attack on a military installation near Damascus International Airport that shook the capital with the force of the blasts.

The Latest: Syria condemns French remarks on sarin attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 5:00am

The Latest on Syria (all times local):

Militant group: Pakistan using prisoner for propaganda

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:53am

The spokesman for a key militant group says Pakistan's intelligence service is using a captured militant leader to give the impression that his group is being funded by foreign spy agencies for attacks in Pakistan.

Thai prosecutors to seek arrest warrant for Red Bull heir

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:53am

An heir to the Red Bull fortune failed to show up Thursday to face charges over an alleged hit-and-run that killed a Thai police officer almost five years ago, as prosecutors declared they would now seek a warrant for his arrest.

Merkel: Britain should hold no illusions exit will be easy

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:53am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday sought to dash British hopes that its exit from the European Union will have only a limited impact on the relations, rights and privileges it now has.

German soldier arrested on suspicion of planning attack

Frank Jordans and David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:45am

Police have arrested a German soldier who had posed as a Syrian refugee on suspicion he was planning an attack, apparently motivated by anti-foreigner sentiment, in a case that German prosecutors said Thursday was "more than strange."

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:45am

The White House says President Donald Trump has told the leaders of Canada and Mexico that at least for now he won't pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The surprise announcement came just hours after administration officials said Trump was considering a draft executive order to get out. The White House also says the U.S., Mexico and Canada are taking steps to renegotiate NAFTA to "the benefit of all three countries."

'I cannot go back': South Sudan refugee clan begins new life

Jerome Delay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:34am

Eighty-year-old Alfred Wani walks across the wooden bridge over the Kaya River, the border between South Sudan and Uganda, clinging to his Bibles and family photo album, with his wife, three goats and 27 relatives in tow. Missing are a few sons (off fighting) and his cattle (stolen).

A look at North Korea's evolving brinkmanship

Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:31am

North Korea observers have long marveled at the ability of a small, impoverished, autocratic nation to go toe-to-toe with the world's superpowers.

Boris Johnson says UK likely to strike Syria if asked by US

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:10am

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Thursday that the U.K. will probably join the United States in further military action against Syria if asked to do so, whether or not Parliament gets a vote on it.

UN says slight drop in war deaths, but more women among them

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:02am

The number of civilians dying in Afghanistan's protracted 16-year war dropped slightly during the first three months of this year, the United Nations reported Thursday, but in a surprising twist more women and children are among the dead and wounded than in previous casualty reports.

3 Indian soldiers, 2 suspected rebels killed in Kashmir

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:02am

At least three Indian soldiers and two suspected rebels were killed on Thursday after militants stormed a military camp close to the heavily militarized Line of Control dividing the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir between India and Pakistan, officials said.

French court refuses to extradite Kosovo ex-prime minister

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:42am

A French court on Thursday refused to extradite a former Kosovo prime minister to Serbia to face war crimes charges. His arrest had aggravated tensions between the rival neighbors.

25 detained and 236 suspended for links to US-based cleric

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:33am

Twenty-five people were detained in Turkey and more than 200 police officers temporarily suspended from their jobs Thursday for suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, following a massive sweep the day before.

Angry Turkey protests Czech parliament's genocide vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:30am

Turkey is protesting the Czech Parliament's vote that recognizes the killing of Armenians a century ago as genocide.

Germany: Turkey must answer reports of election fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:30am

Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany is closely watching to see how Turkey will respond to reports from international election monitors who noted a series of irregularities in a referendum to increase powers for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

UNICEF urges Malaysia to ban corporal punishment in schools

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:20am

The U.N. children's agency on Thursday urged Malaysia to ban corporal punishment in schools, following the death of an 11-year-old boy who was allegedly abused at a religious school.

2 police wounded in shooting on French island of Reunion

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:10am

A man suspected of links to radical Islam shot two police officers on the French island of Reunion as they tried to arrest him Thursday, officials said. The incident is under investigation by national counterterrorism prosecutors.

Officials: Suspected Islamic radical shoots, wounds 2 police on French island of Reunion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:40am

Officials: Suspected Islamic radical shoots, wounds 2 police on French island of Reunion.