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Turkey: 1,000 detained over suspected links to Gulen

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:13am

Turkish police launched simultaneous operations across the country on Wednesday, detaining more than 1,000 people with suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Warrants were issued for the detention of some 2,200 other suspects, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

France says analysis shows Syrian regime behind sarin attack

Thomas Adamson and Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:06am

France's foreign minister said on 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 for the deadly assault.

Correction: Africa-Malaria Vaccine story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:04am

In a story April 24 about tests in Africa for a malaria vaccine, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the World Health Organization is hoping to wipe out malaria by 2040. In fact, WHO wants to reduce malaria mortality rates by at least 90 percent by 2030.

Merkel spokesman backs German FM in spat over Israel visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:00am

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

Rights group: Israel grants permit after earlier rejection

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:50am

An international rights group says Israel has granted a work visa to its regional director that was denied earlier this year.

Anti-Brexit advocate launches tactical UK voting campaign

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:43am

Businesswoman Gina Miller, who took the British government to court in a successful bid to win Parliament a vote on Brexit, launched a campaign Wednesday to back pro-EU candidates at the ballot box.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:43am

The wide-ranging tax cut plan that campaigning presidential candidate Donald Trump promised repeatedly to voters is coming into shape. But Trump's ambitious program of steep rate cuts may be on a collision course with the worsening national debt. Trump is scheduled later today to unveil the broad outlines of his tax overhaul which, among other things, slash the top corporate rate from 35 percent to 15 percent.

EU says up to Turkey to clarify stance on membership talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:40am

The European Union says the referendum in Turkey two weeks ago has raised "serious concerns" within the bloc on the democratic standards in Ankara and said it was up to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to clarify his position whether Turkey still wants to become an EU member.

Strike forces South African Airways to cancel 32 flights

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:33am

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

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

Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:33am

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.

The Latest: Judo federation cancels championship in N. Korea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:33am

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

EU launches legal action over new Hungarian education law

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:30am

The European Union has launched legal action against Hungary over a new higher education law that critics say is aimed at shutting down a university founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

Officials: Egypt tribesmen burned militant alive in Sinai

Ashraf Sweilam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:20am

Egyptian security officials say that members of a prominent local tribe in northern Sinai have burned alive a suspected Islamic State militant.

US Navy fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Persian Gulf

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:02am

A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer fired a warning flare toward an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel coming near it in the Persian Gulf, an American official said on Wednesday, the latest tense naval encounter between the two countries.

14 arrested in 2 separate French anti-terror probes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:02am

French police have arrested 10 people in an investigation of suspected suppliers of weapons to one of the attackers who killed 17 people at Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher store in January 2015, the Paris prosecutors' office said Wednesday.

Thai woman has no anger toward Facebook after girl's killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:02am

The wife of a Thai man who hanged their 11-month-old daughter on Facebook Live said Wednesday her husband is the only person to blame and she bears no anger toward the social media site or the users who shared the horrific video.

EU launches legal action against Hungary, claiming new higher education law infringes EU rules

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 4:50am

EU launches legal action against Hungary, claiming new higher education law infringes EU rules.

The Latest: More than 700,000 granted asylum in EU in 2016

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 4:41am

The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local):

Hong Kong arrests 2 disqualified lawmakers over oath fracas

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 4:32am

Hong Kong police on Wednesday arrested two pro-independence lawmakers who were disqualified in a dispute over their oaths, in the latest round of legal action against activists involved in the Chinese territory's pro-democracy movement.