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UN envoy warns that Iraq's political crisis helps extremists

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 3:31pm

The top U.N. envoy in Iraq strongly urged the country's political 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.

Ethiopia: Activist charged with terrorism over Facebook post

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 3:01pm

A court in Ethiopia has charged a social media activist for inciting violence and other terror-related offenses citing Facebook posts as evidence.

Egypt rights lawyer arrested, another detained in Cairo

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 2:30pm

A prominent Egyptian rights lawyer who had raised a legal suit against the president's decision to hand two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia was arrested early on Friday and ordered held in custody for 15 days, pending investigation into a list of allegations, including attempts to overthrow the government.

Mexico says officials should be fired for school sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 2:21pm

Mexico's federal Education Department is recommending local officials be fired for not preventing sex abuse at a Mexico City school for young children.

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

Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 1:51pm

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 leader hits back at Europe on anti-terrorism laws

Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 1:22pm

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had harsh words Friday for Europe, saying his nation won't reform its anti-terrorism legislation just for the sake of getting visa-free travel for its citizens there.

Mexican commission calls for reparations in vaccine case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 1:11pm

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission blames the country's public health system for sickening 31 babies in a remote village last year. Two of the infants died.

Irish Prime Minister Kenny re-elected after 70-day deadlock

Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 1:11pm

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny won narrow re-election Friday on his fourth try, ending 70 days of deadlock and forging a novel but fragile minority government containing independent voices.

Reports: Turkish editor sentenced to over 5 years in prison

Neyran Elden, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 12:51pm

A Turkish court on Friday sentenced a prominent journalist to more than five years in prison hours after he escaped an attack by a gunman, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Correction: Panama money laundering story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 12:30pm

In a story May 5 about the arrest of a businessman from Panama on money laundering charges, The Associated Press incorrectly described Abdul Waked's relationship with Nidal Waked. He is Nidal Waked's uncle, not his father.

Russian, Japanese leaders plan peace treaty consultations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 12:20pm

A meeting between the leaders of Russia and Japan has ended with no indication of whether significant progress was made toward resolving a territorial dispute that has overshadowed Moscow-Tokyo relations since World War II.

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.

The Latest: UN chief calls for consequences for Syria strike

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 11:32am

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

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.

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.