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US official urges vigilance over Russia's role in Balkans

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:54am

A U.S. official has urged vigilance over Russia's policies in the troubled Balkans, where Moscow has sought to increase its influence and undermine that of the West.

Nepal's prime minister announces resignation

Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:47am

Nepal's prime minister announced his resignation Wednesday so the leader of his coalition partner party can succeed him, in line with an agreement between the two parties.

Taiwan becomes 1st in Asia to recognize same-sex marriage

Johnson Lai and Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:47am

In a first for Asia, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, punctuating a yearslong campaign by advocates for gay rights in one of the continent's most liberal democracies.

France: Macron ally faces nepotism allegations, amid cleanup

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:47am

French President Emmanuel Macron's effort to clean up politics has suffered its first blow, with a newspaper report suggesting a dubious property deal by one of his ministers.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:47am

Manchester police made an arrest early Wednesday at a house just a 10-minute walk from the home of suicide bomber Salman Abedi. Omar Alfa Khuri, who lives across the street, said he was awakened at 2:30 a.m. by a loud noise and saw police take away the father of the family that lives there in handcuffs. He says "there was a policeman, armed policeman, shouting at my neighbor ... and I realized there is something wrong here ... they arrested the father."

UNICEF: Lives of 24 million children threatened by conflict

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:40am

Violence and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa threaten the lives of over 24 million children, most of them in Yemen, Iraq and Syria, the United Nation's children agency said in a report Wednesday.

NATO rolls out the red carpet, buffs its image for Trump

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:30am

NATO is not only rolling out the red carpet for U.S. President Donald Trump in Brussels Thursday, the military alliance — which Trump once declared obsolete — has been busy repackaging its image and is ready to unveil a new headquarters worth more than 1 billion euros.

The Latest: Manchester police arrest man near home of bomber

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:20am

The Latest on the bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead (all times local):

UK school confirms student, 15, killed in Manchester blast

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:11am

The names of the 22 victims killed by a suicide bomber at a Manchester concert on Monday night have not been officially released, but here what's known about them so far:

Pakistani police: Chinese couple abducted in the southwest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:11am

A Pakistani police spokesman says gunmen have abducted a Chinese couple who were teaching at a private language school in the country's southwest.

Putin hopes for democratic end to Macedonia political crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:10am

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow hopes for a democratic settlement of Macedonia's political situation.

Activists: Fighting, airstrikes target southern Syrian city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:51am

Syrian government forces battling insurgents carried out a series of airstrikes on Wednesday on a city in southern Syria that has been declared a safe zone under a recent Russia-sponsored deal, opposition activists and an independent monitor said.

UN envoy: aim for final Cyprus summit deal by week's end

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:40am

The United Nations envoy to Cyprus says he's working to get the rival leaders of the ethnically divided island nation to agree by the end of the week on holding a final summit that'll aim to conclude an overall reunification deal.

French president seeks to extend state of emergency

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:31am

French President Emmanuel Macron is seeking to extend a state of emergency, in place since Islamic State attacks on France in 2015, following this week's attack on a concert in Manchester,

New WHO chief: Planned US funding cuts not a 'closed issue'

Jamey Keaten and Maria Cheng, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:30am

The new head of the World Health Organization doesn't believe the Trump administration's calls to slash funding for international aid and U.N. agencies like his is a "closed issue."

1 killed, dozens injured in caste violence in northern India

Biswajeet Banerjee, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:04am

Police rushed forces to a north Indian town on Wednesday and arrested dozens of people to stop clashes that erupted when upper caste Hindus fired on Dalits belonging to the lowest rung of India's caste hierarchy.

Australia says its citizen freed in Yemen with Oman's help

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:04am

Australia's Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that an Australian citizen kidnapped in Yemen last year has been released following assistance by the sultanate of Oman.

Iraq probes allegations of human rights violations in Mosul

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:04am

Iraq's Interior Ministry said it launched an investigation into allegations of human rights violations perpetrated by its forces fighting the Islamic State group in Mosul.

Danes ponder license for jet skis after fatal crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:54am

Denmark's government wants to introduce a license for riding jet skis after two American students were killed in a crash earlier this month in Copenhagen's harbor.