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Pakistani army chief confirms death sentences for 11 Taliban

Asif Shahzad, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 4:00am

Pakistan's army chief signed off on the death sentences of 11 members of the Taliban convicted of terrorism, kidnappings, attacks on civilians as well as assaults on police and army officers, an army statement said.

UN envoy says talks resume in Kuwait on ending Yemen war

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 4:00am

The U.N. envoy trying to negotiate an end to the war in Yemen said peace talks resumed Wednesday in Kuwait.

Iranian commander threatens to close Strait of Hormuz to US

Amir Vahdat, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 4:00am

The deputy commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard said Iranian forces will close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the United States and its allies if they "threaten" the Islamic Republic, Iranian state media reported on Wednesday.

US Defense Sec'y Carter: Campaign against IS 'far from over'

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:50am

The combat death of an American Navy SEAL in Iraq shows that despite recent gains against the Islamic State in Iraq, "this fight is far from over," U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday.

The Latest: Paris police, protesters scuffle over migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:10am

The Latest on Europe's response to the wave of migration from the Middle East and elsewhere (all times local):

After ships and planes, Chinese singers assert sea claims

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:01am

China's military has dispatched ships and planes — even constructed new islands to assert its maritime claims. Now it's deploying a new set of tools to uphold Chinese sovereignty: Magicians, singers and actors.

EU countries could face hefty fines for rejected refugees

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:00am

European Union countries that refuse to accept refugees under proposals to overhaul the EU's failed asylum laws could face large fines for each asylum seeker rejected.

Syrian state media say rebel shelling kills 3 in Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:50am

Syrian state media say three people have been killed in renewed rebel shelling of government-held areas in the deeply contested northern city of Aleppo.

Car bomb attack in southeast Turkey kills 1, wounds 6

Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:10am

Turkey's state-run news agency says a soldier was killed and six others were wounded in a car bomb attack against their outpost in southeastern Turkey.

Wildfire forces residents to evacuate Canadian town

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:30am

The entire population of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada has been ordered to evacuate from a wildfire that officials say has destroyed whole neighborhoods.

9 Muslim Albanians jailed for recruiting for terror groups

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:30am

An Albanian court has sentenced nine Muslims to jail terms ranging from seven to 18 years for inciting terror, recruiting and sending more than 70 men to join rebel groups in Syria.

Syria's volunteer sappers improvise mine-clearing methods

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 12:21am

Volunteers in opposition-held areas of Syria are forced to improvise as they carry out one of the world's most dangerous tasks: dismantling cluster munitions, land mines and explosive booby-traps as they work to make battle-torn areas safe for civilians to return.

Prime minister says Australia to have July 2 election

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 9:01pm

Australia's election campaign will officially start soon with climate change policy and union corruption in the national building industry shaping into key battlegrounds for the July 2 poll.

US combat death in Iraq reflects intensifying war

Robert Burns and Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 8:51pm

The combat death of a U.S. Navy SEAL who was advising Kurdish forces in Iraq coincides with a gradually deepening American role in fighting a resilient Islamic State, even as the Iraqis struggle to muster the military and political strength to defeat the militants.

The Latest: UN Security Council to hold meeting on Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 8:11pm

The Latest on Syria's civil war and the escalating violence in the contested northern city of Aleppo (all times local):

UN needs $80 million for schools for Palestinian refugees

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 7:31pm

The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees expressed hope Tuesday that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait will come up with $80 million to ensure that 500,000 boys and girls who are refugees can start the next school year on time in August.

Prime minister says Australia will have an election on July 2

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 7:01pm

Prime minister says Australia will have an election on July 2.

UN chief names choices for top UN environments posts

Edith M. Lederer and Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 6:00pm

The newly-appointed head of the U.N. environment agency said Tuesday he wants to change the organization to relate more to the average person and plans to further engage the private sector to achieve global environmental goals.

Mexico: 3 kidnapped Americans freed in northern border state

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 5:10pm

Three American citizens abducted last month in the northern state of Tamaulipas, across the border from Texas, were rescued by Mexican police in a confrontation in which a suspected kidnapper was killed, authorities said Tuesday.