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The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 10:43am

One-third of the potential jurors questioned in Bill Cosby's sex assault case say they've formed opinions about his guilt or innocence while two-thirds say it would be difficult to serve. And 35 of the 100 people questioned say they or a family member or close friend has been the victim of a sexual assault. The initial questioning Monday in Pittsburgh suggests it may take time to find an unbiased jury.

Israel: Palestinian killed attacking police as Trump visited

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 10:36am

Israeli police said a Palestinian attacker was killed after he tried to stab officers near Jerusalem as President Donald Trump visited the city on Monday, while clashes erupted in the West Bank as Palestinians declared a strike in solidarity with hundreds of hunger striking prisoners held in Israeli jails.

Suspected Syrian militia leader goes on trial in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 10:14am

A Syrian man has gone on trial in Germany for allegedly leading a militia in Syria that was responsible for torture and killings.

The Latest: US 'disappointed' Taiwan not at WHO assembly

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 10:10am

The Latest on the annual World Health Assembly in Geneva (all times local):

Serbia premier reinstates ally sacked after sexist remark

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 9:54am

A Serbia ex-defense minister who was dismissed after insulting a female journalist with a sexist remark will become the new head of the state security agency, the prime minister said Monday.

Trump says he never mentioned Israel in Oval Office meeting with Russian diplomats

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 9:16am

Trump says he never mentioned Israel in Oval Office meeting with Russian diplomats.

Iranian president calls US relations 'a curvy road'

Adam Schreck, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 9:08am

Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani on Monday called relations with the United States "a curvy road," saying he hoped the Trump administration will "settle down" enough for his nation to better understand it.

4 climbers die near top of Mount Everest in tragic weekend

Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 9:08am

The body of an Indian climber was spotted on Mount Everest on Monday, the fourth fatality during a busy and tragic weekend on the world's highest peak.

Turkey slams US over 'aggressive' acts against bodyguards

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:57am

Turkey summoned the U.S. ambassador on Monday to protest what it called "aggressive and unprofessional actions" by American security personnel against Turkish bodyguards in Washington during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit last week.

North Korea says ready to deploy, mass-produce new missile

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:51am

North Korea said Monday it is ready to start mass-producing a new medium-range missile after a weekend test-launch confirmed its combat readiness. It called the missile, capable of reaching Japan and major U.S. military bases there, an "answer" to U.S. President Donald Trump's policies.

Trump avoids pointing to Saudis' human rights failings

Julie Pace and Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:39am

As President Donald Trump opened his keynote address in Saudi Arabia, he lavished praise on the "magnificent" kingdom and "the grandeur of this remarkable place."

The Latest: German court rules in Syrian refugee status case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:19am

The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local):

Man set afire during Venezuela protest as death toll rises

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:19am

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is accusing protesters of setting fire to a government supporter, saying what he calls "Nazi-fascist" elements are take root inside the opposition's ranks.

Clashes in Syrian city of Daraa despite it being 'safe zone'

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 7:55am

Intense clashes broke out in Syria's Daraa on Monday between government forces and insurgents with both sides shelling parts of the southern city that has been declared a safe zone under a recent Russia-sponsored deal, opposition activists and state media said.

Macron, Putin to meet in Versailles next week

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 7:55am

French President Emmanuel Macron will host President Vladimir Putin of Russia in Versailles next Monday, their first meeting after Macron pledged during his election campaign to deal firmly with Russia while also seeking to work with Putin against the Islamic State group.

Trump greeted with selfies and politics on arrival in Israel

Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 7:42am

President Donald Trump got an abrupt Israeli welcome on his arrival in Tel Aviv on Monday, with ministers asking favors and snapping selfies as they sought to get a piece of the commander in chief's attention.

China confirms detention of 6 Japanese amid report of spying

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 7:36am

China confirmed Monday that it is investigating six Japanese citizens, following a Japanese news report that Chinese authorities had detained six men possibly for spying.

Spain PM accuses Catalan leader of blackmail

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 7:36am

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday accused Catalonia's President Carles Puigdemont of blackmailing the state following news reports that the powerful northeastern region has prepared a law to secede from Spain immediately if it is not allowed hold an independence referendum.

3 years after coup, Thailand sees sporadic, unnerving unrest

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 7:28am

Three years after military leaders overthrew a democratically elected government in Thailand, the country is sputtering economically, watched closely for its crackdown on political freedom and still the site of sporadic but unnerving unrest.