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Taliban announce start of spring offensive

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 8:09pm

Afghanistan's Taliban have announced the start of a spring offensive, promising to build their political base in the country while focusing military assaults on coalition and Afghan security forces.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 7:43pm

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says China has asked North Korea to conduct no further nuclear tests. Tillerson says China also told the U.S. that it had informed North Korea "that if they did conduct further nuclear tests, China would be taking sanctions actions on their own." The top U.S. diplomat made the remarks in an interview Thursday on Fox News Channel.

Mexico Senate OKs disappearance law, calls for search system

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 6:36pm

Mexico's Senate approved a legislation Thursday that would impose long prison sentences for forced disappearances and calls for a national system for searching for missing persons.

Rio governor asks for federal help to fight violence in slum

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 6:06pm

The governor of Rio de Janeiro called on Thursday for Brazil's federal government to help put more police officers on the streets following a spike in violence.

Top official's son calls out his dad as Venezuela quits OAS

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 5:57pm

The son of Venezuela's top human rights official is urging his father to prevent further bloodshed tied to anti-government street clashes as officials defy international criticism by withdrawing from the Organization of American States.

The Latest: Police say 77 injured in Macedonia clashes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 5:55pm

The latest on the political crisis in Macedonia (all times local):

'I cannot go back': South Sudan refugee clan begins new life

Jerome Delay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 5:06pm

Eighty-year-old Alfred Wani walks across the wooden bridge over the Kaya River, the border between South Sudan and Uganda, clinging to his Bibles and family photo album, with his wife, three goats and 27 relatives in tow. Missing are a few sons (off fighting) and his cattle (stolen).

$11.7 million heist biggest in Paraguay's history

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:33pm

The gang that blasted into an armored company's vault this week got away with $11.72 million in cash — the biggest heist in Paraguay's history, prosecutors said on Thursday

The Latest: France's Macron would formalize first lady role

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:45pm

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Macedonia police use flash grenades, clash with protesters outside parliament after assault on lawmakers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:06pm

Macedonia police use flash grenades, clash with protesters outside parliament after assault on lawmakers.

Gulf Arab royals meet in Saudi capital to unify Iran stance

Abdullah Al-Shihri and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:55pm

Royals from Gulf Arab countries met on Thursday in Saudi Arabia to discuss regional security and try and formulate a unified voice on rival Iran.

Israeli strikes inside Syria pick up tempo in proxy war

Philip Issa and Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:55pm

Syria's military said Israel struck a military installation southwest of Damascus International Airport before dawn Thursday, setting off a series of explosions and raising tensions further between the two neighbors.

Macedonia's president calls for calm, summons political leaders for meeting, after violence in parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:34pm

Macedonia's president calls for calm, summons political leaders for meeting, after violence in parliament .

Albanian Parliament fails to elect president for 3rd time

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:25pm

The Albanian Parliament on Thursday failed for the third time to elect the country's new president because no candidates have been nominated.

The Latest: Russia criticizes French report on Syria attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:44pm

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Prosecutor defends allegation of collusion by migrant NGOs

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:24pm

An Italian prosecutor on Thursday defended his accusation that non-governmental organizations operating rescue boats in the Mediterranean are colluding with migrant smugglers after one humanitarian organization said the charge threatened its work and requested proof for the allegation.

Argentina leader calls for keeping up pressure on Venezuela

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:23pm

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US envoy accuses Russia of allowing Syria to deny needed aid

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:05pm

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Russia on Thursday of providing cover for the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons and denial of desperately needed aid to hundreds of thousands of besieged people — and she urged international pressure on Moscow "to stop this."

Turkey's electoral board releases final referendum tally

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:05pm

Turkey's electoral authority on Thursday released the official tally of the country's referendum, saying President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "yes" camp won narrowly in the vote that will greatly boost the powers of his office.