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Australia says most dangerous Australian IS operative killed

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:40pm

Australia's most dangerous known Islamic State movement operative had been killed in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq, the government said Thursday.

Pregnant woman dies at Haiti hospital amid strike by staff

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:40pm

A bleeding pregnant woman dropped dead at the gates of Haiti's largest public hospital after failing to get help Wednesday amid a weeks-old strike by resident doctors, nurses and other staff.

UN diplomat says Islamic State seeking new revenue streams

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:31pm

The Islamic State extremist group is looking to increase revenue from taxation, smuggling antiquities "and potentially kidnap for ransom" after losing some territory and oil revenue following the destruction of significant oil facilities, the chair of the U.N. committee monitoring sanctions against the militant group and al-Qaida said Wednesday.

Former head of Argentine air force on trial for abduction

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 4:30pm

The former head of Argentina's air force and two ex-subordinates are on trial for alleged abduction and disappearance of activists during the South American nation's 1976-1983 dictatorship.

US declares Aleppo cease-fire, Syria says only for 48 hours

Albert Aji and Mathew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:20pm

Sporadic violence persisted in Aleppo on Wednesday as U.S. officials announced an agreement had been reached with Russia to extend Syria's fragile cease-fire to the deeply contested northern city. The Syrian military said the truce would last only 48 hours.

The Latest: UN aid chief describes 'carnage' in Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:42pm

The Latest on Syria's civil war (all times local):

Iranian commander threatens to close Strait of Hormuz to US

Amir Vahdat, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:20pm

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 Wednesday.

The Latest: 16 Syrians detained in Albania

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:10pm

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

Syrian military confirms 48-hour cease-fire in northern city of Aleppo after U.S.-Russian agreement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:00pm

Syrian military confirms 48-hour cease-fire in northern city of Aleppo after U.S.-Russian agreement.

Kenya: Baby rescued from collapsed building out of danger

Andrew Njuguna, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 12:50pm

A baby who survived for nearly four days under the debris of a collapsed building is out of danger, a Kenyan hospital official said Wednesday.

Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza after mortar fire

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 12:31pm

Israeli aircraft struck five Hamas targets in Gaza on Wednesday in response to mortar rounds fired at Israel from the coastal territory run by the Islamic militant group, the military said.

Global gender gap in politics wide, women legislators say

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 12:10pm

Encouraging women to enter local politics, setting quotas in parliaments and pushing legislation on gender equality help narrow gender gaps in politics, participants at a conference of women lawmakers said Wednesday.

Egypt's journalists warn of strike if minister stays

Sam Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 12:00pm

Hundreds of Egyptian journalists rallied in Cairo on Wednesday in an escalating standoff with police, threatening a possible strike by media workers if demands including the dismissal of the interior minister are not met.

UN-brokered talks resume in Kuwait on ending Yemen war

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 11:50am

U.N.-brokered talks aimed at ending Yemen's civil war resumed in Kuwait on Wednesday.

Morocco arrests suspect linked to Islamic State group

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 11:50am

Morocco's Interior Ministry says a person suspected of ties with the Islamic State group in Libya has been arrested.

Western countries urge Kenya to take steps for smooth polls

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 11:40am

Kenyan voters must have confidence that the electoral commission and judiciary are impartial and efficient ahead of polls next year, 11 diplomats from western countries said Wednesday.

Israel marks annual Holocaust remembrance day

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 11:20am

Israel is marking its annual Holocaust remembrance day, in memory of the 6 million Jews killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators.

EU moves on visa offer to win Turkey's help with migrants

Lorne Cook and Kerstin Sopke, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 11:20am

The European Union pressed ahead Wednesday with efforts to persuade Turkey to stop asylum seekers from reaching Europe and take back thousands more by offering Turkish citizens the prospect of visa-free travel within the bloc.

Kenya: 2 men challenge constitutionality of anal probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 10:50am

A lawyer said Wednesday she has submitted the arguments during the first day of a hearing where two men are seeking a Kenyan court ruling to stop enforced anal examinations of men accused of being gay.