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Tensions rise after Turkish attack on Syrian Kurds

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 12:46pm

Russia on Wednesday criticized Turkey's airstrikes against Kurdish forces in Syria and Iraq, saying they hindered efforts to combat the Islamic State group, as Turkish troops and Syrian Kurdish fighters traded fire across the increasingly tense frontier.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 12:46pm

House and Senate Republican leaders offered mild praise for President Donald Trump's outline to overhaul the nation's tax code. In a joint statement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan said the principles released by the Trump administration would serve as "critical guideposts" for overhauling the tax system.

Russia bans Khodorkovsky's 'Open Russia' group

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 12:36pm

Russian authorities have banned the British-based organization Open Russia, which is a strong critic of the Kremlin, but the group's Russia branch claims it is administratively separate and can continue to operate.

Venezuela threatens to exit OAS as pressure on Maduro mounts

Fabiola Sanchez and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 12:29pm

Venezuela is threatening to pull out of the Organization of American States as the socialist government's response to political unrest that has been blamed for 27 deaths in recent weeks draws rebuke from the hemisphere's major powers.

Hamas in Gaza says it won't be cowed by Abbas' threats

Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 12:20pm

Gaza's ruling Hamas will not be cowed by threatened funding cuts, a senior leader said Wednesday, signaling escalating tensions between the militants and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Death of giant British rabbit adds to United Airlines' woes

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 12:07pm

United Airlines is reviewing its handling of a giant showcase rabbit that died after being shipped across the Atlantic from Britain on one of its flights, the latest in a growing list of customer complaints.

Hungary premier dismisses university fear as EU takes action

Lorne Cook and Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 12:07pm

Hungary's prime minister on Wednesday dismissed concerns about his country's new higher education law after the European Union launched legal action amid fears the legislation is aimed at shutting down a university founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

The Latest: Iowa man "mourning" after death of giant rabbit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:37am

The Latest on a giant rabbit that died following a trans-Atlantic flight (all times local):

Le Pen upstages Macron in battle for blue-collar votes

Chris Den Hond and John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:20am

Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen turned an appliance factory into a battleground Wednesday for France's blue-collar vote, upstaging rival Emmanuel Macron with a surprise campaign stop at the plant threatened with closure.

New South Sudan fighting displaces 25,000 people

Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:18am

At least 25,000 people were displaced after fighting in the town of Kodok, according to a spokesman for the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, one day after the top United Nations official in South Sudan warned of a government offensive on the town.

US ups Korean defenses, top admiral says forces are capable

Richard Lardner and Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:18am

Ahead of an extraordinary White House briefing for senators, close ally South Korea on Wednesday started installing key parts of a contentious U.S. defense system against missiles from North Korea. And America's Pacific commander said any North Korean missile fired at U.S. forces would be destroyed.

Turkish opposition to challenge referendum at European court

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:06am

Turkey's main opposition party said Wednesday it would challenge the outcome of the country's April 16 referendum on expanding the president's powers at the European Court of Human Rights a day after a high court rejected its appeal.

Canadian firefighters rescue woman from crane in Toronto

Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:56am

A woman who was stuck on the top part of a construction crane in downtown Toronto for hours was rescued Wednesday after being strapped to a rappelling firefighter and lowered to the ground.

The Latest: Cardin wants to hear Trump plan on North Korea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:40am

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

Turkey: 1,000 detained over suspected links to Gulen

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:26am

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.

20 more deaths in volatile central Congo, UN mission says

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:15am

The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo says at least 20 people have been killed as violence mounts in the country's center.

Trekker missing for 47 days rescued in Nepal, friend dead

Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:03am

A Taiwanese man who was missing on a mountain in Nepal for 47 days was rescued Wednesday, but his girlfriend died just three days before they were discovered, trekking officials said.

S.Korea presidential hopeful criticized for anti-gay comment

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:03am

South Korean presidential front-runner Moon Jae-in outraged persecuted sexual minority groups by saying during a television debate that he opposes homosexuality, something his supporters say he had to do to win office in the deeply conservative country.

Israel says it repelled a wide-ranging cyberattack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 9:55am

Israel says it has repelled a large cyberattack on government offices and private citizens.