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Council of Europe assembly wants to monitor Turkey again

Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:55am

Legislators representing Europe's top human rights body on Tuesday voted in favor of re-opening monitoring procedures in Turkey in a move that reflects its strong concern over the functioning of democratic institutions in the country.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:45am

Democratic negotiators are getting closer to working out a budget deal in hopes of preventing a partial federal shutdown this weekend. They overcame a major hurdle when President Donald Trump backed away from insisting that money for a border wall with Mexico be included in the budget. White House spokesman Sean Spicer says administration negotiators including Trump's budget chief, Mick Mulvaney, "feel very confident" that a shutdown won't occur.

Turkey hits Kurdish areas in Iraq's Sinjar, northeast Syria

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:34am

Turkish warplanes carried out airstrikes on Tuesday against suspected Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq and in northeastern Syria, the military said, in a bid to prevent militants from smuggling fighters and weapons into Turkey.

Thai gov't approves purchase of $393M submarine from China

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:34am

Thailand's government has approved the purchase of its first submarine in more than half a century, the country's top defense official said Tuesday, calling the $393 million deal with China necessary and a bargain.

Trump asked to work for release of 2 jailed by Iran

George Jahn, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:34am

A relative of two Iranian-American citizens imprisoned in Iran says their health is failing rapidly due to inhumane conditions and is urging U.S. President Donald Trump to take "personal responsibility" for their lives.

At meat market, the far-right Le Pen backs "eating French"

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:34am

French far-right presidential contender Marine Le Pen has called for more food to be produced and consumed in the country known as the gastronomic center of the Western world.

Greece rejects new Turkish extradition bid for servicemen

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:20am

A Greek court has rejected a new Turkish extradition bid for three of eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece by helicopter after last year's failed military coup in Turkey.

The Latest: France's Marine Le Pen gets criticism from dad

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:00am

The Latest on the French presidential runoff on May 7 (all times local):

Australian prime minister looking forward to meeting Trump

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:51am

Australia's prime minister said Tuesday he is looking forward to meeting soon with U.S. President Donald Trump, three months after their heated telephone conversation over an Obama-era refugee deal.

Afghan official: Taliban kill 8 police in northern province

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:15am

The Taliban overran three security checkpoints in Afghanistan's northern Takhar province, killing eight policemen and cutting off a key road and two of the region's districts, an Afghan official said on Tuesday.

Seoul: North Korea holds drill to mark military anniversary

Eric Talmadge and Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:15am

South Korea's military said Tuesday that North Korea held major live-fire drills in an area around its eastern coastal town of Wonsan as it marked the anniversary of the founding of its military.

Turkish court rejects opposition bid to appeal referendum

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:15am

Turkey's high administrative court on Tuesday dealt a new blow to the main opposition party's efforts to appeal the result of a referendum that will greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office, rejecting a request that it overturn a controversial decision by the nation's electoral authority.

Hungary's prime minister to face critics at EU parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:15am

Hungary's prime minister will face his critics in the European Union parliament when the legislature debates his country's situation, including legal changes seen as limiting academic freedom.

The Latest: US Navy conducting exercises with Japan, S.Korea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:10am

The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local):

UN hosts aid-pledging conference for beleaguered Yemen

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:01am

The U.N. secretary-general is appealing to dozens of countries to boost aid funds for war-torn Yemen, which is considered one of the world's greatest humanitarian crises and faces "the world's largest hunger crisis."

27 people killed in bus-trailer truck collision in Kenya

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:00am

Kenyan police say 27 people have been killed in a collision between a passenger bus and a trailer truck.

France honors police officer killed in Champs-Elysees attack

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:50am

France's top officials and presidential candidates attended a national ceremony Tuesday to honor the police officer killed by an Islamic extremist on the Champs-Elysees.

Spain arrests 9 suspects, probes ties to Brussels attacks

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:34am

Police in northeastern Spain arrested nine suspected members of a jihadi group Tuesday in raids that might help resolve recent deadly attacks in Belgium and France.

A look at Nepal's progress in earthquake recovery

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:24am

Two years ago, Nepal was ravaged by a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people and left another 4 million homeless as their humble homes built from brick and stone were toppled within seconds.