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The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 6:41pm

White House economic adviser Gary Cohn says President Donald Trump is "looking at" the future of U.S. sanctions on Russia. Asked what the current administration position is, Cohn said, "Right now, we don't have a position."

Mrs. Trump visits Brussels children's hospital, art museum

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 5:54pm

Melania Trump joined the spouses of other NATO leaders visiting a children's hospital and touring a Brussels museum on Thursday.

Losing power: Ecuador's Correa hospitalized after retiring

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 5:40pm

Walking away from the spotlight can be tough on any retiring head of state, but former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa's party indicates his intense schedule during the final days in office may have made him ill.

Troops pull out of Brazil capital; president under pressure

Eraldo Peres and Sarah Dilorenzo, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 4:52pm

Brazil's president on Thursday canceled an order that sent soldiers into the streets of the capital, following criticism that the move was excessive and merely an effort to maintain power amid increasing calls for his resignation.

Quiet college dropout turned bomber: Who was Salman Abedi?

Sylvia Hui, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 4:20pm

He was quiet and withdrawn, a college dropout who liked soccer — and, some say, showed alarming signs of being radicalized years before he walked into a pop concert at Britain's Manchester Arena and detonated a powerful bomb, killing himself and 22 others.

The Latest: Trump to review US sanctions on Russia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 4:10pm

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

The Latest: Poland ready to boost military help in Mideast

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:40pm

The latest on the NATO summit in Brussels (all times local):

Trump scolds fellow NATO leaders: Spend more for military

Julie Pace and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:40pm

Surrounded by stone-faced allies, President Donald Trump rebuked fellow NATO members Thursday for failing to meet the military alliance's financial benchmarks, asserting that leaves it weaker and shortchanges "the people and taxpayers of the United States."

UK Labour chief says he'll end 'war on terror' if he governs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:15pm

British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn says his Labour Party will change U.K. foreign policy and abandon the "war on terror," if it wins next month's election.

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.

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"

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'