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France says analysis shows Syria regime behind sarin attack

Thomas Adamson and Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:51am

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.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:43am

President Donald Trump's plan to provide massive tax breaks to corporations faces big challenges as Washington struggles with mounting debt. The populist president is also trying to make good on promises to bring jobs and prosperity to the middle class. Trump is scheduled to unveil the broad outlines of a tax overhaul later today that would reduce the top corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent.

United investigates report that rabbit died on flight

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:40am

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

Libya asks EU for motorboats, helicopters to patrol coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:30am

Libya is asking the European Union for motorboats and helicopters to help patrol the Mediterranean Sea for ships carrying migrants.

Strike forces South African Airways to cancel some flights

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:30am

South African Airways says it is experiencing some domestic flight delays and cancellations because of a strike by some cabin crew.

AP Explains: Why S. Korea is debating US anti-missile system

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:22am

Amid alarm over North Korea's expanding nuclear weapons and missile arsenal, Washington and Seoul are speeding ahead with the installment of an advanced U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea to cope with the growing threats.

Berlin subway attack suspect charged, faces up to 10 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:20am

German authorities have charged a 27-year-old caught on camera kicking a woman down a flight of stairs in a Berlin subway station with assault causing serious bodily harm.

S. Korean presidential hopeful accused of anti-gay comments

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:11am

South Korean presidential front-runner Moon Jae-in outraged persecuted sexual minority groups by saying during a television debate that he opposes homosexuality, something his supporters say he had to do to win office in the deeply conservative country.

Thai woman has no anger toward Facebook after girl's killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:01am

The wife of a Thai man who hanged their 11-month-old daughter on Facebook Live said Wednesday her husband is the only person to blame and she bears no anger toward the social media site or the users who shared the horrific video.

Deadly ambush raises fears of rebel resurgence in India

Nirmala George and Ashwini Bhatia, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:00am

Women wailed as Indian soldiers carried a flag-draped coffin holding the body of one of their colleagues killed this week in a deadly ambush by autonomy-seeking Maoist rebels.

US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power

Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:51am

In a defiant bit of timing, South Korea announced Wednesday that key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system have been installed a day after rival North Korea showed off its military power.

3 government troops killed in eastern Ukraine

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:50am

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

US Navy fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Persian Gulf

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:30am

A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer fired a warning flare toward an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel coming near it in the Persian Gulf, an American official said on Wednesday, the latest tense naval encounter between the two countries.

French foreign minister says sarin gas used in Syria attack bears chemical 'signature' of the regime

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:30am

French foreign minister says sarin gas used in Syria attack bears chemical 'signature' of the regime .

Turkey: hundreds more detained over suspected links to Gulen

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:21am

Police have launched simultaneous operations across the country on Wednesday, detaining hundreds of people with suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

2nd suspect in Stockholm truck attack released

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:12am

Swedish authorities say they have released a second person arrested in connection with the April 7 truck attack that killed four people and injured 15 others in Stockholm.

10 arrested in probe of Paris attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:02am

The Paris prosecutors' office has announced 10 arrests in an investigation of suspected suppliers of weapons to one of three attackers who killed 17 people at Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher store in January 2015.

Iran confirms rejecting appeal by held British-Iranian woman

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 12:10am

Iran has confirmed that the final appeal by a British-Iranian woman detained in Iran while on a trip with her toddler daughter of having her five-year prison sentence overturned has been denied.

Japan minister resigns over remark about 2011 tsunami

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:52pm

Japan's disaster reconstruction minister resigned over his remark that "it was good" that the March 2011 quake and tsunami had hit northern Japan instead of areas closer to Tokyo.