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The Latest: 4 European nations reject EU asylum overhaul

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 7:30am

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

Turkish president says IS is in for heavy losses

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 7:10am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned the Islamic State group will suffer heavy losses if it continues attacking Turkey.

Egyptian riot police cordon off journalists' union in Cairo

Sam Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 7:00am

Egyptian riot police cordoned off the headquarters of the journalists' union and limited access to the building on Wednesday in an escalating standoff following a raid on the premises and the arrest of two journalists.

Malta PM makes lightening visit to Libya

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:50am

Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has become the first head of government to visit Libya since the formation of a Libyan unity government following a United Nations-brokered agreement.

People holding blanket save mom, kids from fire in S. Korea

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:40am

Residents in a South Korean city rescued a woman and her three children from a fire by safely catching them with a blanket as they fell four floors, fire department officials said Wednesday.

Coalition vows to build up further against Islamic State

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:40am

An international coalition leading the military campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq agreed Wednesday to accelerate their contributions but did not publicly specify what those would be. The group also called on Iraqi leaders to reconcile political differences.

NATO alliance gets new supreme commander

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:30am

NATO has a new supreme allied commander, the former top American general in Korea who has said the Western alliance must stand up to Russia and give Ukraine weapons to defend itself.

Syrian state media say rebel shelling kills 3 in Aleppo

Albert Aji, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:00am

Three people were killed on Wednesday in renewed shelling by Syrian rebels of government-held areas in the deeply contested northern city of Aleppo, state media and opposition activists said.

Israeli tanks open fire at Gaza after mortar attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 5:40am

The Israeli army says a tank has fired at a target in the northern Gaza Strip following an explosion on the Palestinian side of the border.

EU moves on granting visa-free travel to Turkish citizens

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 5:40am

The European Union's executive Commission is recommending that Turkish citizens be allowed to travel to Europe without visas on short vacations and business trips, a major step toward fulfilling a key part of an agreement with Turkey to deal with the migrant crisis.

Russia to boost troops levels along borders to counter NATO

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 5:40am

Russia says it will form new military divisions to be stationed along the country's borders with Europe to counter a planned NATO buildup.

UK councils face court challenge over Israel boycotts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 5:30am

A Jewish group has launched a lawsuit against British local authorities that called for boycotts of goods from Israeli settlements, claiming the actions are anti-Semitic.

EU Commission recommends Turkish citizens can travel to Europe without visas on short vacations and business trips

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 5:10am

EU Commission recommends Turkish citizens can travel to Europe without visas on short vacations and business trips.

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.

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.

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.