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Sister: Chinese activist may be severely ill and needs care

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 4:00am

The sister of a prominent imprisoned Chinese political activist says she is worried her brother is seriously ill and is urging the authorities to allow him access to better medical care.

US Navy commander says canceled HK visit a minor hurdle

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 3:50am

The commander of the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet on Friday dismissed the cancellation of a planned port visit to Hong Kong by an American aircraft carrier as a "minor hurdle" in relations between the two militaries.

Pakistan treating 2 brothers who become paralyzed each night

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 3:00am

The two brothers have come to be known as the "solar kids" and their case has mystified Pakistani doctors.

Vote-counting taking place across Britain

Danica Kirka and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 2:40am

Voters punished the opposition Labour Party in Scotland as the first results appeared Friday for local and regional elections across the United Kingdom.

Algerian faces trial over New Year sexual assault in Cologne

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 2:10am

An Algerian man is due to go on trial for allegedly being part of a group that groped a woman on Cologne on New Year's Eve. He's the first person to appear in court for a sexual offense after the events that heightened tensions over Germany's migrant influx.

Video: Canada evacuating 8K wildfire evacuees by air

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 11:28pm

Canadian officials will start moving thousands of people from work camps north of devastated Fort McMurray in a mass highway convoy Friday morning if it is safe from a massive wildfire raging in Alberta.

Scotland's pro-independence party scores big gains in vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 11:20pm

The pro-independence Scottish National Party has secured a third term in government with an overwhelming victory in parliamentary elections.

Mexico City lifts smog alert, allowing more cars on streets

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 7:01pm

Mexico City has discontinued a pollution alert after three days of persistently high smog levels and will allow more cars on the streets Friday.

3 nations move against alleged big money launderer in Panama

Juan Zamorano and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 6:41pm

Authorities have arrested a prominent Panama businessman and dismantled an empire of banking, real estate and retail businesses that the U.S. says were part of a top worldwide money-laundering organization for drug traffickers.

Survivors found 6 days after Kenyan building collapse

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 6:10pm

Rescuers found four survivors Thursday in the rubble of an apartment building that collapsed six days ago amid heavy rains in the Kenyan capital, raising hopes that more people might still be alive in a disaster that has left dozens dead and missing.

120 nations accuse US top court of violating law over Iran

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 5:20pm

The 120-nation Nonaligned Movement headed by Iran accused the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday of violating international law by ruling that nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets can be paid to victims of attacks linked to the country.

Russian orchestra plays in Palmyra ruins as strikes kill 28

Albert Aji and Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 5:10pm

A renowned Russian conductor led a triumphant concert Thursday in the ruins of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, once terrorized by the Islamic State group, even as an airstrike on a refugee camp in the north left at least 28 people dead and dozens wounded, including many children.

Brazil's high court suspends house speaker, foe of president

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:40pm

Brazil's top court voted unanimously Thursday to suspend the scandal-tainted leader of the lower house of Congress from his duties.

The Latest: UN says Aleppo attack could be war crime

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 3:21pm

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EU official Tusk: Idea of one European nation is 'illusion'

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 2:11pm

Worried about anti-European Union sentiment fueling nationalism on the continent, a top official said Thursday that the bloc must "stop the radicals" from gaining power by making citizens feel safe amid the migrant crisis.

Intense effort to close Alberta wildfire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 1:11pm

Despite the efforts of more than 1,100 firefighters and a squadron of helicopters and air tankers, a raging Canadian wildfire in the province of Alberta has grown to more than 210,000 acres.

Israeli general touches raw nerve with Holocaust comments

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 1:00pm

In a reflection of the deep divisions plaguing Israel, a top general set off a controversy Thursday after appearing to liken the atmosphere in Israel to that of Nazi-era Germany during a speech marking the country's Holocaust memorial day.

Amid political crisis, Iraqi PM calls for focus on IS fight

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 12:50pm

Iraq's prime minister on Thursday called on the Iraqi people to prioritize the battle against the Islamic State group amid a deepening political crisis in the country.

Libya official: IS suicide bomber kills 5 militiamen in west

Rami Musa, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 12:41pm

An Islamic State suicide bomber on Thursday rammed his car into a checkpoint in the country's west manned by a militia from the western city of Misrata, killing five militiamen, according to a Libyan militia leader in the city.