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Father says murdered blogger threatened over religious views

Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:34am

The father of a blogger who was killed this week in the Maldives said Friday that his son received death threats for months from local gangs who appeared to hold radical religious views.

Montenegro to vote on membership in NATO

Predrag Milic, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:34am

Montenegrin lawmakers are set to ratify the Balkan country's membership in NATO on Friday and make a historic turn toward the West despite protests from traditional ally Russia and pro-Russian opposition.

Turkey arrests American entering from Syria

Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:12am

A Turkish official says an American man has been arrested after crossing the border from Syria and handing himself over to the authorities.

UK police shoot 1, arrest 6 others in counterterror raids

Gregory Katz and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:01am

British police said Friday they had disrupted an active terrorist plot with raids in London and southeastern England. One woman was shot and seriously injured in the police swoop.

Campaigning candidates consider France's wartime past

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:01am

France's troubled wartime past is taking center stage Friday in the country's highly charged presidential race, as centrist Emmanuel Macron visits a Nazi massacre site and Marine Le Pen's far-right party suffers a new blow over alleged Holocaust denial.

Alarm over N. Korea, sea feud under Manila summit spotlight

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:00am

Alarm over North Korea's nuclear ambitions and intensifying standoff with the United States, and tensions over China's assertive territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea are under the spotlight at an annual summit of Southeast Asian nations in Manila.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:41am

China's foreign ministry has refused to confirm or deny U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's assertion that Beijing has threatened to impose unilateral sanctions on North Korea if it conducts further nuclear tests. Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang repeatedly avoided giving a direct answer when asked about the matter at a daily press briefing. Tillerson said Thursday that Beijing told the U.S. it had informed North Korea China would respond to a test by "taking sanctions actions on their own."

The Latest: Polish officials reject Macron's comments

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:40am

The Latest on the French presidential election (all times local):

Nigeria says president still in charge amid health concerns

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:22am

Nigeria's government is again trying to reassure citizens over the health of President Muhammadu Buhari even while acknowledging that he spends most of his time working from home.

The Latest: Turkey concerned over Macedonia violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:22am

The Latest on the political crisis in Macedonia (all times local):

Macedonia's head seeks emergency talks after parliament riot

Konstantin Testorides, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:13am

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov called an emergency meeting of political leaders Friday, hours after demonstrators — mostly supporters of the country's dominant conservative party — invaded parliament and assaulted opposition lawmakers.

China won't confirm US claim of new pressure on North Korea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:13am

China's foreign ministry on Friday refused to confirm or deny U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's assertion that Beijing has threatened to impose unilateral sanctions on North Korea if it conducts further nuclear tests.

Jail in Philippine police station linked to drug war abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 2:51am

Philippine police relieved the chief of a police station and his staff on Friday after human rights representatives discovered a secret jail cell inside the station where a dozen detainees complained they were being held for extortion.

Germany passes controversial security agreement with Egypt

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 2:34am

Germany's Parliament has approved a measure for closer cooperation with Egypt on security issues to fight terrorism, which rights organizations say could make Germany complicit in Egyptian human rights abuses.

Woman dies after Stockholm truck attack; death toll now 5

David Keyton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 2:14am

A woman in her 60s who was injured in the April 7 truck attack in Stockholm has died, Swedish authorities said Friday, raising the death toll to five.

AP FACT CHECK: US anti-missile system in S. Korea has limits

Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 2:04am

Neat certainties are rare in the North Korean nuclear crisis, which for decades has simmered and occasionally boiled over, without resolution.

Nigeria says 15 suspected Boko Haram fighters shot dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 2:00am

Nigeria's military says at least 15 gunmen believed to be Boko Haram Islamic extremists have been shot dead during a battle with soldiers.

Human rights group demands India prosecute attacks over cows

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:45am

A human rights group on Friday expressed concern over rising brutal attacks in India by self-appointed "cow protectors" against Muslims and lower castes over rumors that they sold, bought or killed cows for beef.

Islamic State suspect arrested in western Germany

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

German authorities have arrested a 23-year-old Syrian on suspicion of membership in a terror organization for allegedly fighting for the extremist Islamic State group in his homeland.