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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:46pm

North Korea conducts live-fire artillery drills and a U.S. guided-missile submarine arrives in South Korea, escalating the standoff over the North's nuclear weapons program. The Trump administration prepares an extraordinary White House briefing for senators. But anticipation that North Korea would mark the 85th anniversary of the founding of its military with a nuclear test explosion or a ballistic missile launch prove unfounded.

Venezuela's chief prosecutor decries violence as deaths rise

Fabiola Sanchez and Christine Armario, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:35pm

Venezuela's chief prosecutor on Tuesday denounced a wave of unrest that has resulted in 26 deaths, vowing to hold all those responsible accountable and calling on both sides of a heated political spectrum to "lower the tone of confrontation."

The Latest: Macron says Le Pen's platform is based on hatred

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:30pm

The Latest on the French presidential runoff on May 7 (all times local):

Israel PM cancels talk with German FM in rare spat with ally

Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:54pm

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu abruptly canceled talks Tuesday with the German foreign minister over the visiting diplomat's plans to sit down with an Israeli rights group, sparking a rare diplomatic feud with one of Israel's closest and most important allies.

Turkey strikes Kurds in Iraq, Syria, drawing condemnation

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:45pm

Turkish warplanes struck suspected Kurdish rebel positions in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, drawing condemnation from Baghdad and criticism from the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, which is allied with Kurdish factions in both countries.

UN chief says Yemen aid conference draws $1.1B in pledges

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:27pm

International donors have pledged $1.1 billion for war-torn Yemen, the U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday, appealing to the fighting sides to grant access to humanitarians and revive diplomatic efforts to end a conflict that has killed over 10,000 civilians.

US urges new sanctions against South Sudan, Russia says 'no'

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:07pm

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley urged the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to impose an arms embargo and additional sanctions on South Sudan to pressure the parties to end the civil war in the world's newest nation — but Russia and China remain opposed.

UN rights expert urges Swiss not to extradite Basque woman

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:35pm

A U.N. human rights expert is calling on Switzerland to reverse its decision to extradite a Basque nationalist to Spain, arguing that her transfer could lead to a conviction based on a confession made under torture.

Anti-Semitism group says 10 tombstones smashed in Romania

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:35pm

An anti-Semitism organization says vandals have smashed 10 tombstones at a cemetery in the Romanian capital in "a premeditated act."

Islamic State car bomb kills 4 tribesmen in Egypt's Sinai

Ashraf Sweilam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:24pm

An Islamic State suicide bomber attacked a tribal checkpoint in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, killing four members of a powerful local tribe and wounding others, Egyptian security officials said.

US F-35 stealth fighters arrive in Estonia for NATO drills

Jari Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 11:47am

Two U.S. F-35 fighter jets arrived on Tuesday in NATO member Estonia to take part in the military alliance's drills as the aircraft saw their first operational deployment in continental Europe.

Council of Europe assembly votes to monitor Turkey again

Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 11:47am

Legislators representing Europe's top human rights body on Tuesday voted in favor of re-opening monitoring procedures in Turkey in a move that reflects its strong concern over the functioning of democratic institutions in the country.

Austrian police arrest 2 people suspected of terror links

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 11:47am

Austrian law enforcement officials say police have arrested two people on suspicion of belonging to a terror organization.

Tanzania expels country head of UN Development Program

Sylivester Domasa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 11:25am

Tanzania's government on Tuesday ordered the expulsion of the head of the United Nations Development Program in this East African country.

Brazil police arrest 9 men suspected of stealing millions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:49am

Ten men suspected of taking part in a dramatic, multimillion-dollar theft from an armored car company in a Paraguayan border city have been arrested in Brazil, officials in the Brazilian Federal Police said Tuesday.

A look at the conflict in Yemen as donors pledge $1B in aid

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:28am

For more than two years, Yemen has been in the grip of a conflict between a Saudi-led military coalition and Shiite rebels that has driven the Arab world's poorest country to the brink of famine.

Slovenian leader wants talks on EU systematic border checks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:15am

Slovenia's prime minister said Tuesday he wants discussions over increased border controls that have led to huge lines of cars forming on the country's border with Croatia.

Germany's Merkel to face challenger Schulz in Sept. 3 debate

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:45am

German broadcasters say that Chancellor Angela Merkel will face challenger Martin Schulz in a single televised debate three weeks before the country's national election.

Researchers: Russia-linked hackers targeted Macron campaign

Raphael Satter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:34am

Researchers with the Japanese anti-virus firm Trend Micro say the campaign of French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by Russia-linked hackers, adding more details to previous suggestions that the centrist politician was being singled out for electronic eavesdropping by the Kremlin.