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The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:49pm

President Donald Trump has concluded his participation in a NATO summit in Brussels and is heading to Sicily for further consultations with his world counterparts. Trump is scheduled to participate in two days of talks in Taormina, Italy, with the leaders of the Group of Seven leading industrial nations. They are the U.S., Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan. Sicily is the fifth and final stop on the first international trip Trump has taken since he became president in January.

Greek ex-prime minister hurt as letter bomb explodes in car

Elena Becatoros and Nicholas Paphitis, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:56pm

Former Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos was injured after a letter bomb exploded inside his car in a central Athens on Thursday in an attack that also left two Bank of Greece employees wounded.

Iraqi forces release videos it says counters claims of abuse

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:45pm

An Iraqi Interior Ministry unit accused of abusing civilian detainees while fighting the Islamic State group in Mosul has released videos it says refutes the allegations reported by Germany's Der Spiegel magazine.

The Latest: NATO meeting over, Trump heads to Sicily for G-7

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:38pm

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

Troops pull out of Brazil capital; president under pressure

Eraldo Peres and Sarah Dilorenzo, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:08pm

Brazil's president on Thursday cancelled an order to deploy the military to the streets of the capital after criticism that the move was excessive and merely an effort to hold onto power amid increasing calls for his resignation.

2 smugglers who escaped US prison captured in Mexico

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:08pm

Federal police in Mexico City have captured two convicted cigarette smugglers who escaped a U.S. penitentiary in Virginia earlier this month, U.S. and Mexican authorities said Thursday.

NATO, the world's biggest military alliance, explained

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 12:30pm

It sounds strange to characterize the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as a huge gun club, but the comparison can be useful in understanding the world's biggest military alliance.

Turkey's leader confronted by France, Germany at NATO summit

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 12:30pm

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was confronted by key allies France and Germany with diplomatic complaints despite him traveling to Brussels to celebrate the unity of the NATO alliance.

NATO leaders meet under intense Trump pressure on spending

Lorne Cook and Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 12:11pm

Meeting fellow NATO leaders for the first time, President Donald Trump aggressively challenged them Thursday to spend more on their own defense, putting the alliance under exceptional pressure to become tougher, sharper and newly relevant.

Hezbollah chief says dialogue with Iran is only way forward

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 11:50am

The chief of Lebanon's Hezbollah group is telling Saudi Arabia that dialogue with Iran is the only way forward, lashing out at the kingdom's lavish royal welcome of U.S. president Donald Trump.

Libyan anti-terror official says alleged Manchester bomber phoned mother hours before concert attack, said "forgive me"

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 11:30am

Libyan anti-terror official says alleged Manchester bomber phoned mother hours before concert attack, said "forgive me"

Trump chastises NATO, vows to crackdown on leaks

Julie Pace and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 11:12am

Surrounded by stone-faced allies, President Donald Trump excoriated fellow NATO members Thursday for failing to meet the military alliance's financial benchmarks, asserting that leaves it weaker than it should be and is "not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States."

Thousands honor Finland ex-president Koivisto before burial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 11:10am

Tens of thousands of Finns have lined the roads in central Helsinki to honor former President Mauno Koivisto as his coffin was borne from the Helsinki Cathedral to the city's main cemetery.

Greek government spokesman describes explosion injuring former prime minister as an 'attack'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 11:10am

Greek government spokesman describes explosion injuring former prime minister as an 'attack'

Soldiers launch attacks in besieged Philippine city

Jim Gomez and Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 10:52am

Backed by tanks and rocket-firing helicopters, Philippine troops launched "precision attacks" Thursday to clear extremists linked to the Islamic State group from a city that has been under siege since a raid that failed to capture one of Asia's most-wanted militants.

Red Cross says it's stepped up aid across Syrian front lines

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 10:52am

Aid deliveries across front lines in war-torn Syria have significantly stepped up, compared to earlier years of the now 6-year-old conflict, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross said in a statement Thursday.

Trump handshake showdown: France's Macron just won't let go

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 10:52am

U.S. President Donald Trump met his match in a handshake showdown with France's new president, Emmanuel Macron.

Forces loyal to LNA seize control of Libyan air base

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 10:50am

A spokesman for the Libyan National Army says forces loyal to the LNA have seized control of an air base in the country's south that had been under control of western militiamen.

Official: At least 13 soldiers killed in south Afghanistan

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 10:37am

At least 13 soldiers were killed and eight others wounded in fighting with Taliban insurgents at several security checkpoints in southern Afghanistan, a government official said Thursday.