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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:46am

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says President Donald Trump's tax plan will amount to _ in Mnuchin's words _ "the biggest tax cut" and the "largest tax reform" in U.S. history. Mnuchin gave that description during a speech in Washington on Wednesday morning. The White House is set to release the broad outlines of his proposed overhaul later in the day. Trump wants cuts for individuals and businesses, even as the government struggles with mounting debt.

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):

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:27am

Gaza's ruling Hamas movement says it will not be cowed by threatened funding cuts, signaling escalating tensions between the militant group and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Death of giant rabbit adds to United Airlines woes

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:18am

United Airlines is reviewing the handling of a giant rabbit that died after it was shipped across the Atlantic on one of the carrier's flights, adding to a growing list of customer complaints for the U.S. carrier.

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.

French state faulted in case of girl who went to Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 9:40am

A high court has ordered the French state to pay damages to the parents of a teenage girl who managed to go to Syria in an apparent attempt to join Islamic extremists even though they had reported her missing to the police.

1 person dies in Kenya's primary elections

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 9:32am

One person has died and another was injured in hotly contested primary elections in the capital Nairobi, a Kenyan police official said Wednesday.

Hungary premier dismisses university fear as EU takes action

Lorne Cook and Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 9:24am

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.

France: Analysis shows Syrian government behind sarin attack

Thomas Adamson and Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 9:22am

France said Wednesday that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month "bears the signature" of President Bashar Assad's government and shows it was responsible.

Iraqi forces say they've seized Hatra antiquities site

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 9:22am

Iraqi paramilitary forces said Wednesday that they have captured Hatra, a 2,000-year-old historical site near the northern city of Mosul, where U.S.-backed forces have been battling the Islamic State group for months.