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Thai police arrest British journalist for possessing armor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 4:53am

Thai police have arrested a British journalist at a Bangkok airport and charged him with arms possession for attempting to carry protective gear onto a flight to war-torn Iraq.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 4:41am

The death of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega has brought a muted response from opposition figures. Aurelio Barria, who led the Civil Crusade (Cruzada Civilista) opposition movement, says Noriega's death "ends a period that we should try not to forget so it is not repeated in Panama." Noriega died Monday at age 83.

Romanian air traffic controllers stage 4-hour strike

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 4:41am

Romanian air traffic controllers staged a four-hour strike on Tuesday to demand better working conditions, leading to some cancellations and delays.

S. Korea's new leader orders probe of US missile launchers

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 4:41am

Calling it a "very shocking" incident, South Korea's new president on Tuesday demanded an investigation into why his office wasn't told by defense officials about the arrival of several additional launchers for a contentious U.S. missile defense system meant to cope with North Korea's nuclear threat.

Merkel: US relations important, but must also look elsewhere

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 4:40am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says her country's relations with the United States are of "outstanding importance" but it must also engage with other key nations going forward.

Bangladesh storm kills 3, destroys hundreds of homes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 4:32am

A tropical storm lashed southern Bangladesh on Tuesday, killing at least three people and destroying thousands of poorly built homes in some remote islands in the Bay of Bengal, officials said.

UN report shows hundreds of Central African Republic abuses

Krista Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 4:31am

A sweeping new United Nations report identifies hundreds of human rights violations in Central African Republic since 2003 that may amount to war crimes, including massacres, gang rapes and entire villages burned to the ground.

Copenhagen's Little Mermaid statue doused with paint _ again

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 4:20am

Danish officials on Tuesday hosed down Copenhagen's famed Little Mermaid after the statue was found doused with red paint.

Albania authorities stop sale of a bear cub on the internet

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 4:20am

Albanian environment officials say they have stopped the sale of a 3-month-old bear cub on the internet.

Egypt sacks local security chief after attack on Christians

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 4:10am

Egypt has fired the security chief of a province south of Cairo where Islamic State militants last week killed 29 Christians traveling to a remote desert monastery.

Nighttime, early morning bombings in Baghdad kill 27

Murtada Faraj, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 3:50am

A massive bombing by the Islamic State group outside a popular ice cream shop in central Baghdad and a rush hour car bomb in another downtown area killed at least 27 people on Tuesday, Iraqi officials said.

McCain urges Australia to stick by US despite Trump jitters

Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 3:50am

U.S. Sen. John McCain urged Australia on Tuesday not to abandon its alliance with America despite jitters over President Donald Trump, saying the U.S. needs its allies more than ever to remind it of its principles.

Migrant dinghy catches fire at sea, forcing dramatic rescue

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 3:50am

Portuguese and Spanish rescue services have saved 34 migrants who leaped into the sea after their inflatable craft caught fire in the Mediterranean.

Governor of German state quits after cancer diagnosis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 3:40am

The governor of Germany's northeastern Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania state, whose popularity helped the center-left Social Democrats win a regional election last year, says he's stepping down for health reasons.

Death toll from thunderstorm in Moscow climbs to 16

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 3:30am

The death toll from a powerful thunderstorm in Moscow and its suburbs has reached 16 as dozens still remain in hospital, Russian officials said on Tuesday.

Cambodian gov't accused of intimidation ahead of local polls

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 2:52am

Amnesty International has accused Cambodia's government of using its grip on the judiciary system to intimidate human rights defenders and political activists ahead of local elections.

The Latest: Opposition reaction muted to Noriega's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 2:50am

The Latest on the death of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega (all times local):

Indian divers to join Sri Lanka flood rescue as toll climbs

Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 2:22am

Tens of thousands of people marooned by severe flooding and mudslides in Sri Lanka remained in relief camps Tuesday, as aid teams bolstered by Indian navy divers and doctors pushed forward with rescue efforts.

Islamic State militants shell besieged Syrian city, kill 13

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 2:10am

Syria's state media and a war monitoring group say that at least 13 civilians were killed when Islamic State militants shelled government-held neighborhoods in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour.