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Attempt to broker South Sudan political agreement fails

Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 7:26am

South Sudan's government and opposition groups have failed to reach a political agreement mediated by Uganda's president in the latest setback to efforts to end the country's civil war.

The Latest: US says 3 IS fighters killed in last 2 months

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 7:26am

The Latest on Syria developments (all times local):

South African opposition leader barred entry to Zambia

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 7:07am

The leader of South Africa's main opposition party on Friday sharply criticized Zambian officials who denied him entry to their country as he tried to show support for a jailed opposition leader.

Indonesia arrests 3 suspects in bombings that killed police

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 7:04am

Indonesian police arrested three suspected militants Friday for their alleged involvement in twin suicide bombings that killed three people in Jakarta, while the Islamic State group claimed it was responsible for the attack.

Former Greek prime minister recovering from bombing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:57am

Greek former Prime Minister Lucas Papademos was recuperating well Friday from injuries suffered when a parcel bomb exploded inside his car in central Athens, health officials said.

Airstrikes in eastern Syrian town kill 35, activists say

Bassem Mroue and Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:57am

A fresh wave of airstrikes in eastern Syria killed at least 35 civilians including women and children, state media and an observer group reported Friday, and the U.N. human rights chief said civilians are increasingly paying the price of escalating attacks against the Islamic State group in the country.

At least 15 Afghan soldiers killed southern Kandahar

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:46am

An Afghan official says Taliban fighters attacked an army camp in southern Kandahar province, killing at least 15 soldiers.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:46am

Germany is rejecting a U.S. official's assertion that efforts to combat climate change will harm economic growth. Nikolai Fichtner, a spokesman for Germany's environment ministry, says Germany sees protecting the climate as "a modernization program" for national economies. He says Germany is lobbying "at all levels right now" for the U.S. to remain part of the 2015 Paris climate accord.

How a Haiti child sex ring was whitewashed in UN system

Katy Daigle and Paisley Dodds, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:40am

The general sat on a plastic lawn chair in the garden of his mother's home, the scent of tropical blooms filling the air as he talked about the alleged rape and sodomy of a Haitian teenager by a Sri Lankan peacekeeper.

How a Haiti child sex ring was whitewashed in UN system

Katy Daigle and Paisley Dodds, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:39am

When a Haitian teenager alleged that she had been raped and sodomized by a Sri Lankan peacekeeper, the government here dispatched a high-ranking general suspected of war crimes to lead the investigation.

AP PHOTOS: Bavarians crown finger wrestling champion

Matthias Schrader, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:38am

Georg Schoettl's workout routine is intense, but it involves just one finger. That — plus a high tolerance for pain — is all he needs to compete in the unique sport of "Fingerhakeln," or finger wrestling.

Iraqis demand compensation after US probe into Mosul strike

Balint Szlanko and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:16am

Iraqi officials demanded compensation from the U.S.-led coalition following an investigation into a March 17 airstrike in which the Pentagon acknowledged a U.S. bomb targeting Islamic State group fighters in Mosul set off a series of explosions that killed more than 100 civilians.

Mudslide, floods in Sri Lanka kill 25; 42 missing

Bharatha Mallawarachi and Eranga Jayawardena, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:16am

Floods and torrents of red mud unleashed by monsoon rains have killed at least 25 people in western and southern Sri Lanka, with another 42 people missing as officials warned Friday the situation could get worse.

US service member dies in northern Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:16am

The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq says a U.S. service member has died in northern Syria.

Duterte warns of 'contamination' by Islamic State group

Jim Gomez and Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:06am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered his troops to crush militants who are fighting street battles with government forces in the south, warning Friday that the country is at a grave risk of "contamination" by the Islamic State group.

British lab to help Poland probe 2010 president's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:06am

Polish prosecutors who are investigating the 2010 plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others have sent samples from the plane for laboratory tests in Britain to help them determine whether an explosion caused the disaster.

UN envoy calls off Cyprus talks, no deal on peace summit

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 5:56am

A United Nations envoy called off talks with the rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus on Friday after failing to find "common ground" on convening a final summit to aim for an overall reunification deal, but the U.N. said the years-long peace process had not collapsed.

UK opposition leader links terrorism to foreign wars

Rob Harris and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 5:10am

British police investigating the Manchester Arena bombing made a new arrest Friday while continuing to search addresses associated with the attacker who killed 22 people.

The Latest: UK opposition leader links wars abroad to terror

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 5:00am

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