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The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 8:43am

President Donald Trump is thanking the men and women who died in service to the United States. In the first of two tweets Trump sent out on Monday, he says: "Today we remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving. Thank you, God bless your families & God bless the USA!" In the second, Trump says: "I look forward to paying my respects to our brave men and women on this Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery later this morning."

UN pulls backing for Palestinian women's center over naming

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 8:40am

The U.N. says it has stopped supporting a Palestinian community center in the West Bank that was named for a woman who participated in a deadly 1978 attack in Israel.

Gunmen kill district governor, son in eastern Afghanistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 8:40am

Gunmen have killed a district governor and his son in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province.

Nepal celebrates anniversary of Mount Everest conquest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 8:14am

Nepal's mountaineering community celebrated the first conquest of Mount Everest 64 years ago on Monday, as well as this year's climbing season, during which hundreds scaled the world's highest peak.

Philippine forces make gains in southern city under siege

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 8:01am

Philippine forces control most of a southern city where militants linked to the Islamic State group launched a bloody siege nearly a week ago, authorities said Monday, as the army launched airstrikes and went house-to-house to crush areas of resistance.

Philippine authorities seize 605 kilos of meth from China

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 7:42am

Philippine authorities said Monday that they have seized 605 kilograms (1,334 pounds) of high-grade methamphetamine shipped from China following a tip from the Chinese government.

Greek air force fighter jet crashes, pilot safely ejects

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 7:40am

Greek authorities say an air force pilot has been rescued after his fighter jet crashed during a training flight into the Aegean Sea.

Putin visits France, hopes to mend strained ties with West

Vladimir Isachenkov and Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 7:33am

On a visit likely to shape Russia-France ties for years, French President Emmanuel Macron hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin at the sumptuous Palace of Versailles on Monday for what the newly-elected French leader said would be "demanding" talks on Syria, the Ukrainian crisis and other thorny issues driving the rift between Russia and the West.

Sri Lankan soldiers recover more bodies from mudslides

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 7:33am

A group of Sri Lankan soldiers carried a body wrapped in a tarpaulin to police for identification, while others dug Monday through piles of mud, unearthing a motorbike, pieces of furniture and clothes, the only signs of 15 homes that stood on Kiribathgala Hill just a few days ago.

Poland gathers data on foreigners in the country

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 7:33am

Poland's deputy defense minister on Monday cited security concerns in Europe as he tried to justify a move to gather data on foreign visitors and residents.

UN: Cyprus still 'very close' to deal despite halt in talks

Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 7:20am

Cyprus remains "very, very close" to an agreement to reunite the ethnically-divided island despite a breakdown in talks last week, a U.N. official said Monday.

11 migrants detained near Romania-Hungary border

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 7:00am

Romanian border police say they have detained 11 Syrian and Iraqi migrants who are suspected of trying to illegally cross the border and reach the Schengen zone.

German security chiefs upbeat on intel cooperation with US

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:53am

Senior security officials in Germany said Monday they are optimistic about intelligence sharing with the United States and Britain, despite friction in other policy areas in recent months.

Indonesia police arrest 3 suspected militants after bombings

Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:43am

Indonesian police said they arrested more suspected militants on Monday following suicide bombings in Jakarta last week that killed three policemen.

Bangladesh ready with evacuation plans as cyclone nears

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:43am

Bangladesh on Monday was bracing for its first cyclone of the year, with more than 1,000 shelters set up for people who may need to evacuate as the storm approaches the low-lying delta nation.

Finland's president to seek re-election in 2018

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:40am

Finland's president has announced he will seek re-election next year for another six-year term as the Nordic country's head of state.

South Africa's 'lion whisperer' gets up close with big cats

Renee Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:34am

The male lion brushes through the tall grass and strides into a clearing in a South African wildlife sanctuary. A man beckons the big cat with purring sounds. The lion, Bayetsi, responds with a gentle growl and caresses Kevin Richardson, popularly known as the "lion whisperer," with its mane.

Iraq paramilitaries move on key town near Syrian border

Sinan Salaheddin and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:32am

An Iraqi government-sanctioned paramilitary force moved on Monday to capture a key town beyond the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, tightening its grip on series of towns and villages near the Syrian border, officials said.

Moldova's Liberals quit ruling coalition after mayor arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:25am

Moldova's pro-European Liberal Party has quit the ruling coalition following the arrest of Chisinau's mayor, but it looks like the government can keep its majority.