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Mortar shells hit pro-army rally in eastern Libya; 3 killed

Rami Musa, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 12:00pm

Mortar shells slammed Friday into a rally in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi where hundreds had gathered in support of a military offensive on the Islamic State-held central city of Sirte, killing three people and wounding 20, hospital officials said.

South Sudan: Minister forced out of meeting over bow tie

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 11:50am

A South Sudanese government minister says the president ordered him to leave a Cabinet meeting of the new coalition government for wearing a bow tie.

Global Fund: $3.8 million fraud, stops aid to Nigeria agency

Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 11:41am

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has suspended payments to Nigeria's AIDS agency over evidence that $3.8 million was stolen by its workers and consultants, the Geneva-based agency said Friday.

Turkish media say prominent journalist sentenced to more than 5 years in prison hours after escaping attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 11:31am

Turkish media say prominent journalist sentenced to more than 5 years in prison hours after escaping attack.

Reports: Turkish editor sentenced to over 5 years in prison

Neyran Elden, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 11:31am

Turkish media reports say a court in Istanbul has sentenced a prominent journalist to more than five years in prison hours after he escaped an attack by a gunman.

UN envoy warns that Iraq's political crisis helps extremists

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 11:21am

The top U.N. envoy in Iraq strongly urged the country's leaders and civil society on Friday to work together to resolve the current political deadlock, warning that the ongoing crisis and chaos are only serving the interests of Islamic State extremists.

Russian, Syrian officials deny their planes hit refugee camp

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 11:20am

Russian and Syrian officials denied Friday that their aircraft struck a camp for people displaced by fighting in an airstrike that killed 28 the previous evening. The denials came as activists said a coalition of rebels and militants, including Syria's al-Qaida branch, seized a strategic village from pro-government forces near the contested city of Aleppo.

Netanyahu offers history lesson to UN staff over resolution

Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 11:10am

Israel's prime minister offered on Friday to personally host a lecture on Jewish history for local U.N. staff following outrage over a resolution adopted by the U.N. cultural agency that put the Western Wall in Jerusalem — Judaism's holiest site — in quotation marks and described other Jewish sites as "so-called."

France to host meeting over Syria next week

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 11:00am

France has announced it will host a ministerial meeting of 10 countries over the situation in Syria next week.

Biennale makes lifetime architecture award to Paolo Mendes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 10:40am

The Venice Biennale has announced that the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement in architecture is being awarded to Brazilian architect Paolo Mendes.

Khan could become London's first Muslim mayor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 10:31am

The son of a bus driver from Pakistan is poised to become the first Muslim mayor of London.

NATO official says Montenegro membership means stability

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 10:11am

NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow says membership in the alliance will bring long-term stability to Montenegro, which is the next in line to join despite strong opposition from Russia.

Convoy begins as stranded evacuees move south

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 10:11am

A massive convoy is under way, moving evacuees who were stranded at oil field camps north of the fire-ravaged Canadian community of Fort McMurray, Alberta. They're being driven through the community to safe areas south of the city. Police and military have been overseeing the procession of about 1,500 vehicles.

Kenya: Hundreds homeless as condemned buildings demolished

Tom Odula and Ben Curtis, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 10:02am

As emergency workers retrieved four bodies from a building that collapsed a week ago, bringing the death toll to 41, hundreds of Nairobi residents were evicted Friday from nearby buildings that are being torn down to prevent other deadly disasters.

WHO raises concerns after 12 newborns die in southern Libya

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 9:40am

The U.N. health agency has expressed concerns over the death of 12 newborns in a southern impoverished Libyan province, warning of a "major breakdown" of the health system in the war-torn North African country.

UN establishes a trust fund to help combat the Zika virus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 9:40am

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has established a U.N. trust fund to help finance urgent priorities in combatting the Zika virus.

Sadiq Khan leads London race, could be 1st Muslim mayor

Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 9:20am

Labour Party politician Sadiq Khan, the son of a bus driver from Pakistan, led London's mayoral race Friday, opening a lead over Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith that left him poised to be the city's first Muslim mayor.

Prosecutor in Kosovo charges 2 with Syria terror offenses

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 9:20am

A Kosovo prosecutor has charged two ethnic Albanians with terror offenses for allegedly joining an Islamic group in Syria.

Candidates asked to unite vs Filipino mayor likened to Trump

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 9:00am

The Philippine leader Friday made a desperate call on presidential candidates to agree to an alliance to defeat a front-running mayor he describes as a threat to democracy.