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Turkish opposition to challenge referendum at European court

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 8:04am

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.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 7:42am

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.

Thai taxi driver arrested for alleged rape of Brazilian

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 7:32am

Thai police on Wednesday arrested a taxi driver accused of raping a Brazilian woman who had just arrived at a Bangkok airport on an international flight, saying the suspect had a criminal record and had already confessed to the crime.

EU launches legal action over new Hungarian education law

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 7:10am

The European Union on Wednesday launched legal action against Hungary over a new higher education law that critics say is aimed at shutting down a university founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

Russia says it thwarted terror attack, arrested 2 suspects

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:52am

The Russian counterintelligence agency on Wednesday announced the arrest of two suspected supporters of the Islamic State group who it said were planning a terror attack.

United investigates report that rabbit died on flight

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:43am

United Airlines is investigating a report that a giant rabbit died on one of its trans-Atlantic flights.

Student accused of planting bomb on London Tube train

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:43am

Prosecutors say a university student with an interest in weapons and extremism planted a homemade bomb on a London subway train with the intention of causing carnage.

6 inmates dead in Venezuela prison violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:40am

A top prison official says six inmates died and another 11 have been wounded in a brawl among prisoners at a penitentiary in eastern Venezuela.

IS group, Taliban clash in Afghanistan, dozens killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:33am

Afghan officials say Islamic State militants have attacked the Taliban in the northern Jawzjan province, igniting heavy clashes in which dozens of fighters were killed.

Turkey's opposition party to challenge referendum on presidential powers at European court

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:33am

Turkey's opposition party to challenge referendum on presidential powers at European court.

3 government troops killed in eastern Ukraine

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:21am

Ukrainian authorities said Wednesday three of its troops have been killed and four wounded in eastern Ukraine in an apparent flare-up of fighting between government troops and Russia-backed separatists.

Turkey: 1,000 detained over suspected links to Gulen

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:13am

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.

France's Le Pen upstages rival Macron with stop at factory

Chris Den Hond and John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:13am

Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen upstaged her centrist opponent Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday by making a surprise campaign stop to a home appliance factory that's the latest hot-button symbol of French job losses to plants overseas.

France says analysis shows Syrian regime behind sarin attack

Thomas Adamson and Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:06am

France's foreign minister said on 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 for the deadly assault.

Correction: Africa-Malaria Vaccine story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:04am

In a story April 24 about tests in Africa for a malaria vaccine, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the World Health Organization is hoping to wipe out malaria by 2040. In fact, WHO wants to reduce malaria mortality rates by at least 90 percent by 2030.

Merkel spokesman backs German FM in spat over Israel visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:00am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman has backed the country's foreign minister in a spat over his meeting with a rights group in Israel, saying it must be possible to meet critical organizations in a democracy.

Rights group: Israel grants permit after earlier rejection

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:50am

An international rights group says Israel has granted a work visa to its regional director that was denied earlier this year.

Anti-Brexit advocate launches tactical UK voting campaign

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:43am

Businesswoman Gina Miller, who took the British government to court in a successful bid to win Parliament a vote on Brexit, launched a campaign Wednesday to back pro-EU candidates at the ballot box.

EU says up to Turkey to clarify stance on membership talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:40am

The European Union says the referendum in Turkey two weeks ago has raised "serious concerns" within the bloc on the democratic standards in Ankara and said it was up to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to clarify his position whether Turkey still wants to become an EU member.