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Voting starts for next chief of World Health Organization

Jamey Keaten and Maria Cheng, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 8:40am

Health ministers, diplomats and other high-level envoys were voting Tuesday to choose the next director-general of the World Health Organization, a post with considerable power in setting medical priorities that affect billions of people and declaring when crises like disease outbreaks evolve into global emergencies.

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Trump pushes for Mideast peace, but avoids thorny details

Jonathan Lemire and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 8:12am

President Donald Trump on Tuesday pushed for elusive peace between Israel and the Palestinians, calling on both sides to put aside the "pain and disagreements of the past."

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 9:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 8:00am

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande show in England that left 22 people dead and sent young concertgoers fleeing, some still wearing the American pop star's trademark kitten ears and holding pink balloons. Teenage screams filled the Manchester Arena just after the explosion Monday night, and members of the audience tumbled over guardrails and each other to escape.

Czech president pardons convicted contract murderer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 7:40am

Czech President Milos Zeman has used his power to pardon a man convicted of a double contract murder.

The Latest: Pakistani doctor makes pitch to be WHO chief

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 7:40am

The Latest on the World Health Organization's new chief (all times local):

Roger Moore's family says former James Bond star has died after a short battle with cancer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 7:36am

Roger Moore's family says former James Bond star has died after a short battle with cancer.

Parched Cape Town imposes water restrictions due to drought

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 7:28am

South Africa's city of Cape Town is instructing people to severely restrict water use because of the area's worst drought in more than a century.

The Latest: Trump departs Israel. Next stop: Rome

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 7:28am

The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local):

Vietnam, Indonesia vessels clash in South China Sea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 7:17am

Indonesia says several Vietnamese fishing vessels escaped its waters following a show of force by Vietnam's coast guard in the South China Sea.

Germany nabs Taliban suspect accused of killing policeman

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 7:17am

German authorities have arrested an Afghan man accused of being a member of the Taliban and participating in the killing of an Afghan police officer.

Authorities say an 8-year-old girl, Saffie Roussos, was among the 22 who died in the Manchester bombing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 7:00am

Authorities say an 8-year-old girl, Saffie Roussos, was among the 22 who died in the Manchester bombing.

Trump condemns against 'wicked ideology' behind terror

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 6:48am

President Donald Trump on Tuesday condemned a deadly attack at a pop concert in Manchester, England as the act of "evil losers" and called on nations to band together to fight terrorism.

UK ambulance official: 12 children under age of 16 were among 59 injured in concert attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 6:38am

UK ambulance official: 12 children under age of 16 were among 59 injured in concert attack.

The Latest: 71 Syrians stopped trying to reach Greece by sea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 6:20am

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Philippine troops battle IS-linked gunmen in southern city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 6:12am

Philippine troops battled heavily armed militants backing the Islamic State group in a southern city Tuesday, as months of sporadic fighting in the countryside shifted alarmingly into an urban area.

After scare, Virgin Atlantic flight leaves Dubai for London

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:47am

A Virgin Atlantic flight from Dubai to London that was evacuated over unspecified concerns earlier Thursday in the United Arab Emirates was cleared after a security check and took off for Britain, officials said.

New WFP leader calls South Sudan's famine 'deplorable'

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:36am

The new American director of the World Food Program called the suffering in South Sudan's famine "deplorable" as he visited the country and called on the government to allow aid groups safe access.

2 army rangers killed in troubled southern Thailand

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:07am

Attackers in southern Thailand fatally shot two army rangers at close range Tuesday, police said, the latest killings in a region that has been plagued by a long-running Muslim separatist insurgency.

Britons rescued from sinking yacht after whale collision

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:50am

The Portuguese Navy says three Britons have been rescued in the Atlantic after their yacht collided with a whale and started to sink.