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EU envoy defends grants after Philippines' aid rejection

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:31am

The European Union's ambassador to the Philippines says grant money from his grouping is meant to promote development, not system change, in foreign countries.

Nepali climbers say outcrop near top of Everest is intact

Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:22am

Nepali climbers said Tuesday that a rocky outcrop near the top of Mount Everest known as the "Hillary Step" is intact, disputing a British climber's claim the feature had collapsed.

Trump bemoans loss of life in Manchester bombing at the hands of 'evil losers in life'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:20am

Trump bemoans loss of life in Manchester bombing at the hands of 'evil losers in life'

Parched Cape Town imposes water restrictions due to drought

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:17am

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

'Conspiracy bill' draws backlash in Japan over state powers

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:13am

Japan's lower house approved a bill Tuesday allowing authorities to punish those found guilty of planning serious crimes, legislation that opponents say could be used to undermine basic civil liberties.

Gestures tell of friendship that toppled S. Korea president

Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:03am

A steely gaze from one woman. A slight, apologetic bow from another. On the first day of the biggest trial in South Korea in years, two small gestures reflect the state of a friendship that toppled a president.

Computer beats Chinese champion in ancient board game of go

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:46am

A computer defeated China's top player of the ancient board game go on Tuesday in the latest test of whether artificial intelligence can master one of the last games that machines have yet to dominate.

Trump tests waters for Mideast peace in meeting with Abbas

Jonathan Lemire and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:46am

Testing the waters for Middle East peace, President Donald Trump traveled Tuesday through the barrier ringing biblical Bethlehem to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Yemen officials confirm clashes between US troops, militants

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:46am

Yemeni security officials and tribesmen say U.S. helicopters airlifted soldiers to the Arab country's central Marib province where they clashed with suspected al-Qaida militants.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:46am

Manchester police say the man who set off an improvised explosive device at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England died in the attack. Police said Tuesday 22 people died in the attack Monday night. It wasn't clear if that included the suspected suicide bomber. Dozens more were injured.

2 men in Indonesia caned dozens of times for gay sex

Heri Juanda, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:13am

Two men in Indonesia's Aceh province were publicly caned dozens of times Tuesday for consensual gay sex, a punishment that intensifies an anti-gay backlash in the world's most populous Muslim country and which rights advocates denounced as "medieval torture."

Analysis: In Mideast, Trump pushes shared worries over Iran

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:03am

As he hopscotches through the Middle East, President Donald Trump is urging Israel and its Arab neighbors to unite around a "common cause": their deep distrust of Iran.

U.S delivers 6 coastal patrol boats to Vietnam coast guard

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:15am

The United States has delivered six coastal patrol boats to Vietnam's coast guard in a move that expands the two nation's security cooperation amid tension in the disputed South China Sea.

Abbas adviser says Trump visit could reopen path to talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:14am

A senior Palestinian official says he expects President Donald Trump's visit to the Holy Land to reopen a path toward resuming long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Disruptive passenger in Trump cap delays Shanghai flight

Gerry Shih, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 11:43pm

A disruptive passenger on a United Airlines flight from Shanghai to New Jersey was asked to get off the plane in a politically tinged altercation, resulting in an unscheduled stop in San Francisco and an arrival delayed by eight hours.

Timeline: The rise and fall of South Korea's Park Geun-hye

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 11:22pm

Handcuffed and her inmate number put on her clothing, South Korea's disgraced ex-President Park Geun-hye was brought to a Seoul court on Tuesday to stand trial on a slew of corruption charges that have already led to her ouster from office and arrest.

The Latest: S.Korea's Park leaves court after start of trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 10:54pm

The Latest on the bribery trial of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye (all times local):

Corruption trial begins for ex-South Korean President Park

Kim Tong-Hyung and Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 10:45pm

Former President Park Geun-hye stared straight ahead and denied that she engaged in bribery and leaking government secrets at Tuesday's start of the criminal trial that could send South Korea's first female leader to prison for life if she is convicted.

Human rights watchdog condemns Thailand hospital bomb

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 9:44pm

A human rights watchdog condemned the bombing of a Thai hospital that wounded more than 20 people on the third anniversary of a military coup, saying the blast was an inexcusable crime.