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France: Analysis shows Syrian government behind sarin attack

Thomas Adamson and Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 9:22am

France said Wednesday that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month "bears the signature" of President Bashar Assad's government and shows it was responsible.

Iraqi forces say they've seized Hatra antiquities site

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 9:22am

Iraqi paramilitary forces said Wednesday that they have captured Hatra, a 2,000-year-old historical site near the northern city of Mosul, where U.S.-backed forces have been battling the Islamic State group for months.

The Latest: Admiral says US ships can blunt N. Korean attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 9:20am

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


US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power

Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 9:15am

Hours after a display of North Korean military power, rival South Korea announced Wednesday the installation of key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system meant to counter the North.

Le Pen upstages Macron in battle over saving French jobs

Chris Den Hond and John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 9:05am

Battling for France's blue-collar vote and employing all of her political guile, far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen upstaged her centrist rival Emmanuel Macron by making a surprise campaign stop Wednesday to a home appliance factory threatened with closure.

Azerbaijan former minister sentenced to 3 more years

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 9:05am

A former health minister of Azerbaijan who has been imprisoned since 2005 has been sentenced to seven more years behind bars.

Saudis thwart attempted attack on oil facility near Yemen

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 8:56am

Saudi Arabia said Wednesday its security forces thwarted an attempted attack on an Aramco oil distribution center involving an unmanned boat from Yemen, where the kingdom is at war with Shiite rebels.

Strike forces South African Airways to cancel 32 flights

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 8:53am

South African Airways on Wednesday cancelled nearly three dozen flights, most of them domestic, because of a strike by some cabin crew.

Merkel spokesman backs German minister in Israel visit spat

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 8:42am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman backed the country's foreign minister on Wednesday in a spat over his meeting with a rights group in Israel, saying that it must be possible to meet critical organizations in a democracy.

10 years later, UK police still pursuing missing girl case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 8:42am

British detectives say they are still pursuing "critical" leads in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, 10 years after the girl — then three years old — vanished from a vacation home in Portugal.

1 person dies in Kenya's primary elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 8:42am

A Kenyan police official says one person has died and another was injured in hotly contested primary elections in the capital Nairobi.

WFP says food shipment blocked by Burundi has turned back

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 8:40am

The U.N.'s World Food Program says a convoy of food aid blocked from entering Burundi has returned to Rwanda.

Student accused of planting bomb on London Tube train

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 8:32am

A university student with an interest in weapons and extremism was accused Wednesday of planting a homemade bomb on a London subway train with the intention of causing carnage.

Lawmakers say Briton killed in drone strike was threat to UK

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 8:20am

British lawmakers say a U.K. man killed by a Royal Air Force drone strike in Syria was an Islamic State group attack planner who posed a "very serious threat" to Britain.

Death of giant rabbit adds to United Airlines woes

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 8:14am

United Airlines is investigating the death of a giant rabbit on one its trans-Atlantic flights, adding to a growing list of customer complaints for the U.S. carrier.

The Latest: Germany criticizes mass detentions in Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 8:10am

The Latest on mass detentions in Turkey related to last year's failed coup (all times local):

Turkish opposition to challenge referendum at European court

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 8:04am

Turkey's main opposition party said Wednesday it would challenge the outcome of the country's April 16 referendum on expanding the president's powers at the European Court of Human Rights a day after a high court rejected its appeal.

Canadian firefighters rescue woman from crane in Toronto

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 8:00am

A woman stuck on the top part of a construction crane in downtown Toronto for hours has been rescued after being strapped to a rappelling firefighter and lowered to the ground.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 9:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 7:42am

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says President Donald Trump's tax plan will amount to _ in Mnuchin's words _ "the biggest tax cut" and the "largest tax reform" in U.S. history. Mnuchin gave that description during a speech in Washington on Wednesday morning. The White House is set to release the broad outlines of his proposed overhaul later in the day. Trump wants cuts for individuals and businesses, even as the government struggles with mounting debt.