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UN says slight drop in war deaths, but more women among them

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:02am

The number of civilians dying in Afghanistan's protracted 16-year war dropped slightly during the first three months of this year, the United Nations reported Thursday, but in a surprising twist more women and children are among the dead and wounded than in previous casualty reports.

3 Indian soldiers, 2 suspected rebels killed in Kashmir

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:02am

At least three Indian soldiers and two suspected rebels were killed on Thursday after militants stormed a military camp close to the heavily militarized Line of Control dividing the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir between India and Pakistan, officials said.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:02am

The White House says President Donald Trump has told the leaders of Canada and Mexico that at least for now he won't pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The surprise announcement came just hours after administration officials said Trump was considering a draft executive order to get out. The White House also says the U.S., Mexico and Canada are taking steps to renegotiate NAFTA to "the benefit of all three countries."

French court refuses to extradite Kosovo ex-prime minister

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:42am

A French court on Thursday refused to extradite a former Kosovo prime minister to Serbia to face war crimes charges. His arrest had aggravated tensions between the rival neighbors.

The Latest: FS says UK might strike Syria if asked by US

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:40am

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Syrian media: Israel attacked installation near Damascus

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:33am

Syrian state media blamed Israel on Thursday for an early morning missile attack on a military installation near the Damascus International Airport that shook the capital from the force of the blasts.

25 detained and 236 suspended for links to US-based cleric

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:33am

Twenty-five people were detained in Turkey and more than 200 police officers temporarily suspended from their jobs Thursday for suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, following a massive sweep the day before.

Angry Turkey protests Czech parliament's genocide vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:30am

Turkey is protesting the Czech Parliament's vote that recognizes the killing of Armenians a century ago as genocide.

Germany: Turkey must answer reports of election fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:30am

Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany is closely watching to see how Turkey will respond to reports from international election monitors who noted a series of irregularities in a referendum to increase powers for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Reports: German soldier planning attack arrested

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:21am

German police say they have arrested a German soldier who had posed as a Syrian refugee, on suspicion he was planning an attack that would be blamed on foreigners.

UNICEF urges Malaysia to ban corporal punishment in schools

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:20am

The U.N. children's agency on Thursday urged Malaysia to ban corporal punishment in schools, following the death of an 11-year-old boy who was allegedly abused at a religious school.

2 police wounded in shooting on French island of Reunion

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:10am

A man suspected of links to radical Islam shot two police officers on the French island of Reunion as they tried to arrest him Thursday, officials said. The incident is under investigation by national counterterrorism prosecutors.

The Latest: Le Pen goes fishing for votes _ literally

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:52am

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Merkel wants dialogue before Brexit negotiations

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:44am

Britain must answer questions about its plans to exit the European Union before negotiations on the split can begin, and can't be under any illusions that it will retain the same rights and privileges as a member of the bloc, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday.

Thai prosecutors to seek arrest warrant for Red Bull heir

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:42am

Thai prosecutors will ask police to issue an arrest warrant for an heir to the Red Bull fortune if he does not show up to face charges over an alleged hit-and-run that killed a police officer almost five years ago, officials said Thursday.

Officials: Suspected Islamic radical shoots, wounds 2 police on French island of Reunion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:40am

Officials: Suspected Islamic radical shoots, wounds 2 police on French island of Reunion.

Polish premier: no regrets about opposing Tusk re-election

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:20am

Poland's prime minister says she has no regrets about trying to block the re-election of Donald Tusk as president of the European Council and would do the same again.

French tourist recovers in New Zealand after shark attack

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:55am

A French tourist was recovering in a New Zealand hospital Thursday after a shark mauled her leg while she was bodyboarding at a remote beach.

Pope faces balancing act in Egypt amid security fears

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:54am

Pope Francis is facing a religious and diplomatic balancing act as he heads to Egypt this weekend, hoping to comfort its Christian community after a spate of Islamic attacks while seeking to improve relations with Egypt's Muslim leaders.