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Albanian Parliament speaker picked as new president

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 11:04am

The Albanian Parliament elected its leader as the country's new president Friday, abandoning efforts to build a consensus with boycotting opposition lawmakers after two weeks of delays.

Germany arrests 2 Japanese, 1 American in darknet drug case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 11:04am

German prosecutors say authorities have arrested two Japanese citizens and an American on suspicion of selling millions of euros worth of drugs online.

Spaniard's public 'love letter' sparks mixed response

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:56am

A young Spaniard who was smitten with a woman he saw on a tram posted fliers on lamp posts hoping to make contact. Someone claiming to be the woman responded by pleading with him to leave her alone.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:46am

New government rules that would require restaurants to tell you how many calories are in that order of burger and fries could be put on hold, again. The rules were set to go into effect next week after years of delays. But there has been a big pushback from grocery stores, convenience stores and pizza delivery chains. The Food and Drug Administration says it "is taking these concerns seriously as it considers how to best fulfill its public health mission while minimizing regulatory burden."

Macedonian opposition chief shuns emergency political talks

Konstantin Testorides, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:35am

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.

The Latest: Macron visiting Nazi site: Don't repeat history

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:35am

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

Reports: US troops deploy along Syria-Turkish border

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:30am

A Syrian war monitor and Kurdish activists say U.S. armored vehicles have deployed in areas in northern Syria along the border with Turkey, a few days after a Turkish airstrike that killed 20 U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters.

The Latest: On NKorea, Russia says world wonders about war

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:20am

The Latest on U.S. efforts to curb North Korea's nuclear program (all times local):


US urges new sanctions on NKorea and warns of catastrophe

Matthew Pennington and Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:17am

The United States called for new sanctions on North Korea Friday and threatened to punish international companies doing banned business with the pariah nation's nuclear and missile programs. Doing nothing could be "catastrophic," top diplomat Rex Tillerson told a special U.N. Security Council session he chaired.

Opposition lawmaker applies to European court for referendum

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:16am

A lawmaker from the main opposition party in Turkey has submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights to annul the results of April's referendum on expanding presidential powers.


Pope urges Egypt imams to teach and preach tolerance, peace

Nicole Winfield and Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:11am

Pope Francis urged Egypt's leading imams on Friday to teach their students to reject violence in God's name and preach messages of peace and tolerance instead, forging ahead with a delicate visit to the Arab world's most populous country following a spate of deadly Islamic militant attacks against Christians.

EU leaders to address Ireland's future in wake of Brexit

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:07am

European Union leaders are set to acknowledge on Saturday that Northern Ireland could join the bloc in the future if its people vote to unite with EU member state Ireland, officials said Friday.

Palestinians say dozens wounded at protests for prisoners

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:55am

Dozens of Palestinians were hurt in clashes with Israeli soldiers at demonstrations across the West Bank Friday in support of hundreds of prisoners observing the 12th day of an open-ended hunger strike, Palestinian health officials said.

Montenegro lawmakers back NATO membership in historic move

Predrag Milic, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:55am

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.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:55am

Tehran's mayor and presidential candidate Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf has accused 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.

Ethiopia sentences 2 accused al-Shabab members to prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:40am

Ethiopia says two men accused of trying to establish a cell of the al-Shabab extremist group inside the country have been sentenced to six years in prison.

Taliban announce spring offensive, vow to build institutions

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:34am

The Afghan Taliban announced the beginning of their spring offensive on Friday, promising to build their political base in the country while focusing military assaults on the international coalition and Afghan security forces.

France's dark Nazi history colors presidential campaign

Sylvie Corbet and Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:25am

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

The Latest: Death penalty described as red line for Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:14am

The Latest on Turkey's membership talks with the European Union (all times local):