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Sri Lankan soldiers recover more bodies from mudslides

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 7:33am

A group of Sri Lankan soldiers carried a body wrapped in a tarpaulin to police for identification, while others dug Monday through piles of mud, unearthing a motorbike, pieces of furniture and clothes, the only signs of 15 homes that stood on Kiribathgala Hill just a few days ago.

Poland gathers data on foreigners in the country

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 7:33am

Poland's deputy defense minister on Monday cited security concerns in Europe as he tried to justify a move to gather data on foreign visitors and residents.

UN: Cyprus still 'very close' to deal despite halt in talks

Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 7:20am

Cyprus remains "very, very close" to an agreement to reunite the ethnically-divided island despite a breakdown in talks last week, a U.N. official said Monday.

11 migrants detained near Romania-Hungary border

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 7:00am

Romanian border police say they have detained 11 Syrian and Iraqi migrants who are suspected of trying to illegally cross the border and reach the Schengen zone.

German security chiefs upbeat on intel cooperation with US

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:53am

Senior security officials in Germany said Monday they are optimistic about intelligence sharing with the United States and Britain, despite friction in other policy areas in recent months.

Indonesia police arrest 3 suspected militants after bombings

Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:43am

Indonesian police said they arrested more suspected militants on Monday following suicide bombings in Jakarta last week that killed three policemen.

Bangladesh ready with evacuation plans as cyclone nears

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:43am

Bangladesh on Monday was bracing for its first cyclone of the year, with more than 1,000 shelters set up for people who may need to evacuate as the storm approaches the low-lying delta nation.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:43am

A Trump administration Cabinet officer is defending White House adviser Jared Kushner, who allegedly sought to open back-channel communications with Russia after the 2016 presidential election. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says on the Sunday news shows he doesn't know whether the reports involving Kushner are true. But he says it doesn't bother him and describes such communications as a "good thing."

Finland's president to seek re-election in 2018

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:40am

Finland's president has announced he will seek re-election next year for another six-year term as the Nordic country's head of state.

South Africa's 'lion whisperer' gets up close with big cats

Renee Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:34am

The male lion brushes through the tall grass and strides into a clearing in a South African wildlife sanctuary. A man beckons the big cat with purring sounds. The lion, Bayetsi, responds with a gentle growl and caresses Kevin Richardson, popularly known as the "lion whisperer," with its mane.

Nepal celebrates anniversary of Mount Everest conquest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:32am

Nepal's mountaineering community celebrated the first conquest of Mount Everest 64 years ago on Monday, as well as this year's climbing season, during which hundreds scaled the world's highest peak.

Iraq paramilitaries move on key town near Syrian border

Sinan Salaheddin and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:32am

An Iraqi government-sanctioned paramilitary force moved on Monday to capture a key town beyond the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, tightening its grip on series of towns and villages near the Syrian border, officials said.

The Latest: Putin arrives in France for talks with Macron

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:30am

The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to France (all times local):

Moldova's Liberals quit ruling coalition after mayor arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:25am

Moldova's pro-European Liberal Party has quit the ruling coalition following the arrest of Chisinau's mayor, but it looks like the government can keep its majority.

Merkel spokesman: Germany still seeking stronger US ties

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:13am

Berlin remains committed to strong trans-Atlantic relations, but Chancellor Angela Merkel's suggestion after meetings with President Donald Trump that Europe can no longer entirely rely on the U.S. "speaks for itself," her spokesman said Monday

In Syria, more airstrikes hit IS de facto capital of Raqqa

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:13am

More airstrikes and artillery shelling on Monday hit the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group, as U.S.-backed fighters pushed closer to the extremists' stronghold, activists said.

Pakistanis protest power cuts, protester killed in clashes

Riaz Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 5:31am

Violence erupted at demonstrations against power cuts in several towns in northwestern Pakistan on Monday, leading to clashes with police that killed a protester and wounded several, officials said.

Philippine authorities seize 605 kilos of meth from China

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 5:24am

Philippine authorities said Monday that they have seized 605 kilograms (1,334 pounds) of high-grade methamphetamine shipped from China following a tip from the Chinese government.

Japan public split on idea to cite military in constitution

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 5:02am

Poll results released Monday show that about half of Japan's population supports a constitutional revision that would clarify the legality of the country's military, a new approach Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is proposing as his party struggles to gain public support for a change.