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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:42pm

President Donald Trump won't answer new questions about ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Trump ignored questions throughout the day Thursday on news that the Pentagon's acting inspector general has launched a probe of Flynn's work on behalf of foreign interests. That includes work for RT, the state-supported Russian television network, and a company linked to Turkey's government.

Gulf Arab royals meet in Saudi capital to unify Iran stance

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:30pm

Royals from Gulf Arab countries have met in Saudi Arabia to discuss the region's security and try and formulate a unified voice on Shiite rival Iran.

Prosecutor defends allegation of collusion by migrant NGOs

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:24pm

An Italian prosecutor on Thursday defended his accusation that non-governmental organizations operating rescue boats in the Mediterranean are colluding with migrant smugglers after one humanitarian organization said the charge threatened its work and requested proof for the allegation.

The Latest: Macedonia opposition leader injured in protest

Konstantin Testorides, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:24pm

Scores of protesters, many wearing masks, broke through a police cordon and entered Macedonia's parliament late Thursday, attacking lawmakers to protest the election of a new speaker despite a months-long deadlock in talks to form a new government.

Argentina leader calls for keeping up pressure on Venezuela

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:23pm

The Latest on Venezuela's political crisis (all times local):

US envoy accuses Russia of allowing Syria to deny needed aid

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:05pm

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Russia on Thursday of providing cover for the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons and denial of desperately needed aid to hundreds of thousands of besieged people — and she urged international pressure on Moscow "to stop this."

Turkey's electoral board releases final referendum tally

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:05pm

Turkey's electoral authority on Thursday released the official tally of the country's referendum, saying President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "yes" camp won narrowly in the vote that will greatly boost the powers of his office.

French court refuses to extradite Kosovo ex-prime minister

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:05pm

A French court on Thursday refused to extradite a former Kosovo prime minister to Serbia to face war crimes charges, prompting anger in Serbia and joy in Kosovo in a case that has aggravated tensions between the rival neighbors.

Greek, Turkish Cypriot officials tour unfinished crossing

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:06pm

A new crossing point intended to encourage Cyprus' hoped-for reunification is nearing completion two years after the delay-plagued project was announced, Greek and Turkish Cypriot officials were told Thursday.

UK anti-terror police detain man with knives near Parliament

Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:55am

Armed police carrying out a counterterrorism operation Thursday swooped in on a man they said was carrying knives in a bag near Britain's Parliament and arrested him on suspicion of planning terrorist acts.

After Damascus blasts, Israel intercepts 'target' from Syria

Philip Issa and Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:45am

Syria's military said Israel struck a military installation southwest of Damascus International Airport before dawn Thursday, setting off a series of explosions and raising tensions further between the two neighbors.

Pakistani Taliban say detained militant used for propaganda

Munir Ahmed and Asif Shahzad, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:14am

The Pakistani Taliban say the country's top intelligence service is using a captured senior militant to spread propaganda that the militant group is beholden to spy agencies in India and Afghanistan.

Kenya opposition alliance announces presidential candidate

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:14am

An alliance of Kenya's main opposition groups Thursday named its presidential candidate to face President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August elections.

Israel military says its Patriot Missile Defense system intercepted an incoming projectile from Syria over Golan Heights

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:14am

Israel military says its Patriot Missile Defense system intercepted an incoming projectile from Syria over Golan Heights.

Police in Scotland warn lawmakers over suspicious packages

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:03am

Police in Scotland have issued safety guidance to all elected representatives in the country after a series of suspicious packages containing powder was sent to politicians.

Police raid Moscow office of group founded by Putin foe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 10:52am

Police raided the Moscow office Thursday of an organization founded by a top foe of President Vladimir Putin that helps opposition candidates and political prisoners.

Senegal court upholds life sentence for Chad ex-leader Habre

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 10:43am

An appeals court in Senegal upheld the life sentence of former Chad dictator Hissene Habre on war crimes and crimes against humanity charges, bringing to an end a landmark trial pursued by victims for more than 16 years.

British teen admits planning London bomb attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 10:43am

A British teenager accused of planning a bombing in London pleaded guilty Thursday to preparing terrorist acts.

Berlin police shoot man who threatened officer

Jona Kallgren, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 10:25am

A German man was shot in the leg by police after threatening an officer outside a hospital in Berlin, authorities said Thursday.