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Civilians bear brunt as fresh Syria strikes kill 35, says UN

Bassem Mroue and Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 8:46am

A fresh wave of airstrikes in eastern Syria killed at least 35 civilians including women and children, state media and a monitoring group reported Friday, the U.N. human rights chief said civilians are increasingly paying the price of escalating attacks against the Islamic State group in the country.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 8:46am

First lady Melania Trump joined other G-7 leaders' spouses for an Italian aperitivo and lunch near Catania's City Hall. The guests included German Chancellor Angela Merkel's husband, Joachim Sauer, who rarely joins his wife abroad, Shinzo Abe's wife, Akie Abe, and Italian host Paolo Gentiloni's wife, Emanuela Mauro.

Report: Estonia to expel 2 Russian diplomats

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 8:46am

The Baltic region's largest news agency says Estonia has informed Russia that two of its diplomats in the Baltic country will be expelled.

Mudslides, floods in Sri Lanka kill at least 28; 66 missing

Bharatha Mallawarachi and Eranga Jayawardena, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 8:36am

Floods and torrents of red mud unleashed by monsoon rains have killed at least 28 people in western and southern Sri Lanka and left 66 others missing, as officials warned Friday the situation could get worse.

IOM: More than 60,000 migrants reach Europe by sea in 2017

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 8:36am

The International Organization for Migration says more than 60,000 migrants have reached the shores of Europe so far in 2017, a sizeable decrease compared to the same period last year.

The Latest: US takes 'full responsibility' for inquiry leaks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 8:36am

The Latest on the concert bombing in England (all times local):

Sri Lankan government says death toll from floods, mudslides has risen to 91; 110 are missing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 8:36am

Sri Lankan government says death toll from floods, mudslides has risen to 91; 110 are missing.

The Latest: Melania Trump lunches with G-7 leaders' spouses

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 8:10am

The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local):

Spain marks WWI anniversary of boat's sinking near Cape Town

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 7:56am

Spanish officials in South Africa are marking the centenary of the sinking of a steamer vessel that killed 134 Spanish passengers and crew members during World War I.

UK campaigning resumes 4 days after concert attack

Gregory Katz and Rob Harris, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 7:48am

Four days after a suicide bombing plunged Britain into mourning, political campaigning resumed Friday for next month's general election with the main opposition leader linking deadly terrorism at home to foreign wars like the one in Libya.

Attempt to broker South Sudan political agreement fails

Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 7:26am

South Sudan's government and opposition groups have failed to reach a political agreement mediated by Uganda's president in the latest setback to efforts to end the country's civil war.

The Latest: US says 3 IS fighters killed in last 2 months

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 7:26am

The Latest on Syria developments (all times local):

South African opposition leader barred entry to Zambia

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 7:07am

The leader of South Africa's main opposition party on Friday sharply criticized Zambian officials who denied him entry to their country as he tried to show support for a jailed opposition leader.

Indonesia arrests 3 suspects in bombings that killed police

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 7:04am

Indonesian police arrested three suspected militants Friday for their alleged involvement in twin suicide bombings that killed three people in Jakarta, while the Islamic State group claimed it was responsible for the attack.

Former Greek prime minister recovering from bombing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:57am

Greek former Prime Minister Lucas Papademos was recuperating well Friday from injuries suffered when a parcel bomb exploded inside his car in central Athens, health officials said.

At least 15 Afghan soldiers killed southern Kandahar

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:46am

An Afghan official says Taliban fighters attacked an army camp in southern Kandahar province, killing at least 15 soldiers.

How a Haiti child sex ring was whitewashed in UN system

Katy Daigle and Paisley Dodds, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:40am

The general sat on a plastic lawn chair in the garden of his mother's home, the scent of tropical blooms filling the air as he talked about the alleged rape and sodomy of a Haitian teenager by a Sri Lankan peacekeeper.

How a Haiti child sex ring was whitewashed in UN system

Katy Daigle and Paisley Dodds, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:39am

When a Haitian teenager alleged that she had been raped and sodomized by a Sri Lankan peacekeeper, the government here dispatched a high-ranking general suspected of war crimes to lead the investigation.

AP PHOTOS: Bavarians crown finger wrestling champion

Matthias Schrader, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:38am

Georg Schoettl's workout routine is intense, but it involves just one finger. That — plus a high tolerance for pain — is all he needs to compete in the unique sport of "Fingerhakeln," or finger wrestling.