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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 30th - 4:42pm

An Arkansas volunteer fire department chief was killed when he was struck by a vehicle while working during storms in north-central Arkansas. Arkansas State Police say Cove Creek/Pearson Fire Chief Doug Decker died early Sunday after being struck by a vehicle on Highway 25 near Quitman, about 40 miles north of Little Rock. Trooper Liz Chapman says Decker was checking water levels during the storm when he was struck but that it wasn't known if he will be included as a storm-related death.

7 suspected gunmen killed in clash with Mexican army

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 30th - 4:30pm

Authorities in the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua say an army patrol was attacked by gunfire, setting off a shootout that killed seven armed men in their 20s.

Aussie's arrest in Colombia aims light on foreign drug mules

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 30th - 4:20pm

The family of an Australian woman arrested in Colombia for trying to board a flight with almost 6 kilograms of cocaine is mounting a campaign to defend her against what they consider trumped-up charges.

Germany's Merkel presses Saudi Arabia on refugees and rights

Abdullah Al-Shihri and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 30th - 3:31pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and his successors in her first visit to the kingdom in seven years, saying she pressed them on women's rights, the war in Yemen and other sensitive issues.

Venezuela's Maduro hikes minimum wage amid rising protests

Ricardo Nunes, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 30th - 3:02pm

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hiked wages and handed out hundreds of free homes Sunday amid his efforts to counter a strengthening protest movement seeking his removal.

French forces kill 20 jihadists on Mali-Burkina Faso border

Baba Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 30th - 3:00pm

French forces fighting extremism in Africa's Sahel region say they have killed at least 20 jihadists in a forest on the border between Mali and Burkina Faso.

Polish official suspended over image of Tusk as SS officer

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 30th - 1:12pm

Poland's Foreign Ministry has suspended one of its honorary consuls in the U.S. after the woman allegedly posted a digitally-altered image showing European Council President Donald Tusk dressed as a Nazi German SS officer.

Turkey threatens further strikes on US-allied Syrian Kurds

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 30th - 12:29pm

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday his country may take further action against Kurdish militants in Iraq and Syria, as U.S.-backed forces in Syria closed in on the last neighborhoods of a former stronghold of the Islamic State group.

Famed Swiss climber killed near Mount Everest in Nepal

Binaj Gurubacharya and Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 30th - 12:11pm

A Swiss climber acclaimed for his rapid ascents — including scaling dozens of peaks in the Alps in a little more than two months — was killed Sunday in a mountaineering accident near Mount Everest in Nepal, expedition organizers said.

Israel stops to honor fallen soldiers and terror victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 30th - 11:52am

Israel paused to honor its fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism Sunday evening as it began commemorating its annual Memorial Day.

Philippines says Trump called Duterte to affirm alliance

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 30th - 11:44am

U.S. President Donald Trump has called Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte and expressed Washington's commitment to their treaty alliance and his interest in developing "a warm, working relationship," a Filipino official said Sunday.

Pentagon: 45 civilians killed by coalition strikes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 30th - 11:33am

Investigations conducted during the month of March reveal that U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria killed 45 civilians, mostly in and around the Iraqi city of Mosul, according to a Pentagon statement released Sunday.

Suspected US airstrike kills 4 al-Qaida operatives in Yemen

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 30th - 11:12am

A suspected U.S. airstrike killed four al-Qaida operatives in Yemen's eastern province of Marib on Sunday, Yemeni tribal and security officials said.

Saudi police arrest 46 cell members linked to Medina bombing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 30th - 10:21am

Saudi Arabia's security forces say they have arrested 46 people suspected of belonging to a terrorist cell responsible for a stunning attack outside of one of Islam's holiest sites last year.

The Latest: Trump: We can't let NKorea build better missiles

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 30th - 10:02am

The Latest on North Korea test-firing a missile (all times local):

Albanian opposition given time to register for June 18 polls

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 30th - 9:53am

Albania's election authorities have extended for a few days the registration period for candidates for the June polls in an attempt to get participation from the opposition.

Merkel ally: 'Enlightened patriotism' part of German culture

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 30th - 9:35am

A senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's party says "enlightened patriotism" should be part of Germany's national culture.

Turkey arrests Iranian, seizes anti-tank missile parts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 30th - 9:13am

Turkish authorities have arrested an Iranian national who they say tried to smuggle in parts of a Russian-made anti-tank missile system with the suspected aim of delivering them to a terror organization.

Hobby-horsing craze in Finland manifestation of girl power

Jari Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 30th - 7:12am

Sporting a black leather jacket, dyed red hair and a tattooed arm, Alisa Aarniomaki looks like she's on her way to a rock band rehearsal session.