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UN council backs new effort to end Western Sahara conflict

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:54pm

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday evening backing the secretary-general's new effort to resolve the 40-year conflict over the Western Sahara, which has pitted Morocco against the Polisario Front independence movement.

Venezuelan formally notifies OAS it will leave amid protests

Fabiola Sanchez and Luis Alonso Lugo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:45pm

Venezuelan formally notified the Organization of American States on Friday of its intention to leave the regional body amid sometimes violent protests at home and international calls for its government to hold delayed elections and release prisoners.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:45pm

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says a North Korean missile flew for several minutes and reached a maximum height of 71 kilometers (44 miles) before it apparently failed Saturday. The launch was North Korea's second such flop this month but a clear message of defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts tests in nearby waters.

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Seoul: N. Korea fails in missile test-fire near its capital

Foster Klug and Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:26pm

A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch Saturday, South Korea and the United States said, the second such test-fire flop in recent weeks but a clear message of defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts drills in nearby waters.

Clarification: Guatemala-Goldman Environmental Prize story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:06pm

In an April 24 story about Goldman Environmental Prize-winner Rodrigo Tot, The Associated Press reported that in the 1980s during Guatemala's civil war he was conscripted into civilian patrols a U.N.-sponsored report has classified as paramilitary groups, some of them unarmed, that were created to assist the army. Tot says his duties consisted solely of manning highway checkpoints that monitored travelers.

The Latest: Venezuela calls OAS forum for 'coercion'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:06pm

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Philippine military chief says an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander and notorious kidnapper has been killed in clash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:56pm

Philippine military chief says an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander and notorious kidnapper has been killed in clash.

IS claims responsibility for Baghdad bomb that kills 4

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:17pm

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a bombing that targeted a police station in Baghdad's center Friday night, and Iraqi officials said the blast killed four people and wounded eight.

South Korean military: North Korea test-fires unidentified missile; no other details released

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:27pm

South Korean military: North Korea test-fires unidentified missile; no other details released.

In Egypt, pope brings a message of peace amid crackdown

Nicole Winfield and Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:15pm

Pope Francis demanded that Egypt's Muslim leaders teach a rejection of violence in God's name during a delicate visit Friday to the Arab world's most populous country, and he strongly backed its uncompromising crackdown on political Islam and militancy.

Far-right candidate bedeviled by France's Nazi history

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:02pm

The horrors of the World War II Nazi death camps moved front and center in France's presidential campaign on Friday, nine days before the election, reawakening the anti-Semitic stigma that has clung to the party of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and that she has spent more than six years trying to erase.

The Latest: France's Macron would keep up Mideast operations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 2:24pm

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NKorea official calls US efforts to rid nukes a 'wild dream'

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:37pm

North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador said Friday that U.S. efforts to get rid of his country's nuclear weapons through military threats and sanctions are "a wild dream."

Montenegro lawmakers back NATO membership in historic move

Predrag Milic, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:37pm

Montenegro's parliament on Friday supported the Balkan country's membership in NATO in a historic turn toward the West amid protests by Russia and the pro-Russia opposition.

Macedonian violence elicits diverging international response

Konstantin Testorides and Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:24pm

Macedonia's night of violence that saw protesters storm parliament and attack lawmakers elicited diametrically opposed reactions from world powers Friday, with Russia blaming the West for meddling in the Balkan nation's internal affairs and the European Union and United States saying the events were inconsistent with democracy.

The Latest: Macedonia protesters seek new election

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:23pm

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Netanyahu says German official crossed line meeting with NGO

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 12:55pm

German officials on Friday defended a decision by the country's top diplomat to meet with an Israeli human rights group, after Israel's prime minister said the move had crossed a "red line."

Stream of quakes rattles Chilean coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 12:44pm

More than a dozen moderate earthquakes have rattled the Chilean coast within just over two hours, the most powerful of them registered at magnitude 5.9.

Iran: Tehran's mayor attacks Rouhani in pre-election debate

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 12:30pm

Tehran's mayor and presidential candidate Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf accused on Friday President Hassan Rouhani's administration of dishonesty, mismanagement and supporting the rich at the expense of the poor in the first debate between the six presidential candidates.