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Montenegro to vote on membership in NATO

Predrag Milic, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:44am

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

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:44am

South Korea is contradicting President Donald Trump on missile defense and trade, while Beijing is silent on U.S. claims it's raising the heat on North Korea. Trump has said in an interview that South Korea will renegotiate a trade deal and pay for a new missile defense system, which officials in Seoul deny. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Beijing is threatening unilateral sanctions on North Korea if it conducts further nuclear tests, but China's foreign ministry would not comment.

The Latest: Le Pen says she is David to her rival's Goliath

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:40am

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Germany: Mistakes made in case of soldier planning attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:40am

Germany's Interior Ministry says it will "leave no stone unturned" in trying to determine how a Bundeswehr soldier who spoke no Arabic managed to register as a Syrian asylum seeker.

Macedonian opposition chief shuns emergency political talks

Konstantin Testorides, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:36am

Macedonia's opposition chief rejected the president's call for emergency party leaders' talks Friday, hours after demonstrators — mostly supporters of the country's dominant conservative party — invaded parliament and assaulted opposition lawmakers.

Chemical weapons team ready to visit Syria if safety assured

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:33am

The chief of the international chemical weapons watchdog says his team of experts is ready and willing to travel to the site of a deadly nerve gas attack in Syria if their safety can be assured.

The Latest: Russia says EU and US to blame for Macedonia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:30am

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Poland's ruling Party backs out of plan to expand Warsaw

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:30am

Poland's ruling party says it is halting a plan to expand the capital city following protests, saying it needs more consultation with the people.

1 in critical condition after 5 go thru ice in Arctic Norway

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:20am

Norwegian authorities say a man who was among five Russian tourists who went through the ice in Svalbard fjord on a snowmobile trek remains in an unstable critical condition.

Israeli media: US businessman questioned in Netanyahu probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:20am

Israeli media are reporting that police have questioned an American businessman as part of a corruption probe involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

UK marine who killed injured Taliban fighter freed from jail

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:20am

A British Royal Marine commando who fatally shot an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan has been released from prison after his murder conviction was downgraded to manslaughter.

Human rights group demands India prosecute attacks over cows

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:02am

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.

US talk about Koreas draws China silence, dispute from Seoul

Christopher Bodeen and Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:02am

U.S. assertions about the Koreas drew silence Friday in Beijing, which refused to confirm it was turning up pressure on North Korea, and consternation in Seoul, which dismissed President Donald Trump's claim that he would get South Korea to renegotiate a trade deal and make it pay for a missile defense system.

African dictator's trial opens path to justice elsewhere

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:59am

Souleymane Guengueng was barely able to walk or see when the prison doors swung open and he and hundreds of others were released in Chad in 1990 after dictator Hissene Habre fled. He then began collecting accounts of torture. A quarter-century later, those accounts helped convict and uphold a life sentence for Habre in a landmark trial that sets a precedent for victims elsewhere to pursue justice.

Thai police say they've obtained arrest warrant for Red Bull heir accused of deadly 2012 hit-and-run accident.

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:50am

Thai police say they've obtained arrest warrant for Red Bull heir accused of deadly 2012 hit-and-run accident.

China publishes addresses of corruption suspects abroad

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:42am

Chinese state media have published the names and addresses of 22 people overseas sought by Chinese anti-corruption investigators in an unusual name-and-shame campaign.

Hungary completes 2nd border fence meant to stop migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:42am

Hungary's government says construction has been completed on a second fence on the border with Serbia meant to stop any surge in the flow of migrants toward Western Europe.

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.

EU foreign ministers seek way out of stalemate with Turkey

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:34am

European Union foreign ministers were seeking a way out of a stalemate on membership talks with Turkey on Friday, as ties between the two have sunk to their lowest level in years.