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Montenegro lawmakers back NATO membership in historic move

Predrag Milic, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 8:36am

Montenegro's parliament on Friday supported the Balkan country's membership in NATO in a historic turn toward the West amid protests by Russia and the pro-Russia opposition.

The Latest: France's Le Pen reaches out to far-left voters

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 8:30am

The Latest on the French presidential election (all times local):

Taliban announce spring offensive, vow to build institutions

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 8:24am

The Afghan Taliban announced the beginning of their spring offensive on Friday, promising to build their political base in the country while focusing military assaults on international coalition and Afghan security forces.

Germany arrests Swiss citizen suspected of espionage

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 8:24am

German authorities arrested a 54-year-old Swiss citizen on suspicion of spying Friday, but declined to say who he allegedly worked for.

Palestinians say 3 wounded at protests for prisoners

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 8:15am

The Palestinian Health Ministry says at least three protesters were wounded at West Bank demonstrations in support of hunger-striking prisoners held by Israel.

UN Security Council to confer on North Korea nuclear program

Matthew Pennington and Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 8:15am

Turning to diplomacy after flexing military muscle, the United States will urge the U.N. Security Council on Friday to increase economic pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, leaning on China in particular to turn the screws on its wayward ally.

Moscow political activist hospitalized after chemical attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 8:15am

The Moscow leader of the liberal opposition Yabloko party says one of its activists has been hospitalized after an unknown attacker splashed a chemical in her face.

Tanzania leader fires nearly 10,000 over fake documents

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 8:15am

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has fired nearly 10,000 civil servants accused of having falsified academic qualifications to get their jobs.

The Latest: China says Korea situation is at critical point

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 8:15am

The Latest on U.S. efforts to curb North Korea's nuclear program (all times local):

UK police shoot 1, arrest 6 others in counterterror raids

Gregory Katz and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 8:05am

British police said Friday they had disrupted an active terror plot with raids in London and southeastern England. One woman was shot and seriously wounded as heavily armed counterterrorism officers stormed a house in a residential London street.

Montenegro's lawmakers have ratified NATO membership treaty in 46-0 vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 8:05am

Montenegro's lawmakers have ratified NATO membership treaty in 46-0 vote.

US seeks to further isolate North Korea over nuclear program

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:54am

A U.S. ambassador says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will tell the U.N. Security Council about steps the United States believes are needed to "further isolate" North Korea and "to try to bring it back to its senses" over nuclear issues.

Trekker rescued after 47 days in Nepal celebrates birthday

Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:45am

A Taiwanese trekker who was rescued after 47 days on a mountain in Nepal celebrated his 21st birthday at a hospital in the capital on Friday.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 9:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:45am

Turning to diplomacy after flexing military muscle, the United States will urge the U.N. Security Council on Friday to increase economic pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, leaning on China in particular to turn the screws on its wayward ally. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with his counterparts from allies Japan and South Korea before chairing a ministerial meeting of the U.N.'s top decision-making body.

UK jury convicts doctor of performing unnecessary surgeries

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:45am

A jury in central England has found a prominent breast surgeon guilty of carrying out unnecessary operations.

UN rights chief to visit Ethiopia after deadly protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:45am

The United Nations says the U.N. human rights chief will visit Ethiopia next month at the invitation of the government, which has rejected U.N. and other outside offers to investigate months of deadly protests.

Local flooding, flood alerts under heavy rain in Poland

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:40am

Local authorities in Poland said Friday that floods or potential flooding have been reported in southern and central regions, following days of heavy rain and snow, but Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said "everything is under control."

Macedonian opposition chief shuns emergency political talks

Konstantin Testorides, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:34am

Macedonia's opposition chief rejected the president's call for emergency party leaders' talks Friday, hours after demonstrators — mostly supporters of the country's dominant conservative party — invaded parliament and assaulted opposition lawmakers.

9 dead of mystery illness in Liberia as Ebola is ruled out

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:34am

United Nations officials say at least nine people have died from a mysterious illness in Liberia, and all tests have been negative for the Ebola virus.