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Taiwan becomes 1st in Asia to recognize same-sex marriage

Johnson Lai and Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:34am

In a first for Asia, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, punctuating a yearslong campaign by advocates for gay rights in one of the continent's most liberal democracies.

Activists: Fighting, airstrikes target southern Syrian city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:34am

Syrian opposition activists and an independent monitor say government forces battling insurgents in southern Syria have carried out a series of airstrikes on a city that has been declared a safe zone under a recent Russia-sponsored deal.

The Latest: No decision yet on Grande's London concerts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:30am

The Latest on the suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester (all times local):

Polish couple among those killed in Manchester blast

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:24am

The names of the 22 victims killed by a suicide bomber at a Manchester concert on Monday night have not been officially released, but here what's known about them so far:

Australia says its citizen freed in Yemen with Oman's help

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:24am

Australia's Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that an Australian citizen kidnapped in Yemen last year has been released following assistance by the sultanate of Oman.

'In turmoil again': Central African Republic unrest spreads

Zack Baddorf, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:24am

No soldiers or police patrol this remote town in the far southeast of Central African Republic, where armed groups have attacked several times in the past few months. A company of U.N. peacekeepers in town ventures no more than three miles (5 kilometers) from their base.

New WHO chief: Planned US funding cuts not a 'closed issue'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:24am

The new head of the World Health Organization doesn't believe the Trump administration's calls to slash funding for international aid and U.N. agencies like his is a "closed issue."

Russian defense minister boasts about arms upgrade

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:00am

Russia's defense minister says the military has received a steady flow of new weapons allowing it to maintain a "strategic parity" with NATO.

Italy coast guard says at least 20 dead in migrant capsizing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:00am

The Italian coast guard says at least 20 migrants have died after their vessel capsized off Libya's coast.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says militants beheaded local police chief in southern city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:00am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says militants beheaded local police chief in southern city.

Myanmar ethnic groups, government meet for peace talks

Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:52am

Representatives from Myanmar's ethic rebel groups and the government gathered in the capital on Wednesday for peace talks aimed at ending decades of ethnic rebellions in the country.

Italian coast guard says at least 20 dead in migrant ship capsizing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:50am

Italian coast guard says at least 20 dead in migrant ship capsizing.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:41am

Israel's defense minister says he doubts the devastating bombing in Manchester will have any impact on European counterterrorism tactics because of the continent's "politically correct" character. Avigdor Lieberman says every bombing in Europe results in much talk, but little action.

Manchester police say they have made three more arrests over pop concert bombing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:40am

Manchester police say they have made three more arrests over pop concert bombing.

1 killed, dozens injured in caste violence in northern India

Biswajeet Banerjee, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:31am

Police rushed forces to a north Indian town on Wednesday and arrested dozens of people to stop clashes that erupted when upper caste Hindus fired on Dalits belonging to the lowest rung of India's caste hierarchy.

German parliament group scraps Turkey trip at last minute

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:20am

A deputy speaker of Germany's parliament says a parliamentary delegation scrapped long-standing plans to visit Turkey after finding out at the last minute it couldn't hold talks with officials or visit the Turkish parliament building.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says 'we are in state of emergency' and skirmishes with militants are continuing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:10am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says 'we are in state of emergency' and skirmishes with militants are continuing.

Taiwan court rules in favor of same sex marriage, 1st place in Asia to recognize gay unions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:50am

Taiwan court rules in favor of same sex marriage, 1st place in Asia to recognize gay unions.

French president seeks to extend state of emergency

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:40am

French President Emmanuel Macron is seeking to extend a state of emergency, in place since Islamic State attacks on France in 2015, following this week's attack on a concert in Manchester,