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Macedonian opposition chief shuns emergency political talks

Konstantin Testorides, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:07am

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.

Chemical weapons team ready to visit Syria if safety assured

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:07am

The chief of the international chemical weapons watchdog said on Friday that he has a team of experts ready and willing to travel to the site of this month's deadly nerve gas incident in Syria if their safety can be assured.

EU leaders to address Ireland's future in wake of Brexit

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:07am

European Union leaders are set to acknowledge on Saturday that Northern Ireland could join the bloc in the future if its people vote to unite with EU member state Ireland, officials said Friday.

The Latest: French far-left leader refuses endorsement

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:06am

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Palestinians say dozens wounded at protests for prisoners

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:55am

Dozens of Palestinians were hurt in clashes with Israeli soldiers at demonstrations across the West Bank Friday in support of hundreds of prisoners observing the 12th day of an open-ended hunger strike, Palestinian health officials said.

Montenegro lawmakers back NATO membership in historic move

Predrag Milic, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:55am

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.

Iran: Tehran's mayor attacks Rouhani in pre-election debate

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:55am

Tehran's mayor and presidential candidate Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf has accused President Hassan Rouhani's administration of dishonesty, mismanagement and supporting the rich at the expense of the poor in the first debate between the six presidential candidates.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:43am

China is calling for North Korea to stop its nuclear and missile activities, and for the U.S. and South Korea to refrain from military drills. Foreign Minister Wang Yi was speaking Friday at a U.N. Security Council ministerial meeting, amid growing alarm over Pyongyang's weapons development and escalating tensions in the region. Wang warned that "use of force ... will only lead to bigger disasters."

Ethiopia sentences 2 accused al-Shabab members to prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:40am

Ethiopia says two men accused of trying to establish a cell of the al-Shabab extremist group inside the country have been sentenced to six years in prison.

Taliban announce spring offensive, vow to build institutions

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:34am

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 the international coalition and Afghan security forces.

The Latest: China asks NKorea to halt nuke activities

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:27am

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


UN Security Council to confer on North Korea nuclear program

Matthew Pennington and Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:26am

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.

France's dark Nazi history colors presidential campaign

Sylvie Corbet and Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:25am

France's troubled wartime past is taking center stage Friday in the country's highly charged presidential race, as centrist Emmanuel Macron visited the site of France's worst Nazi massacre and Marine Le Pen's far-right party suffered a new blow over alleged Holocaust denial.

The Latest: Death penalty described as red line for Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:14am

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Hungary completes 2nd border fence meant to stop migrants

Andras Nagy and Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:06am

A second fence on the border with Serbia meant to stop any surge in the flow of migrants toward Western Europe has been completed, the Hungarian government said Friday.

UK jury convicts doctor of performing unnecessary surgeries

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:00am

A prominent breast surgeon whose victims accused him of playing God with their lives faces a life sentence after a jury convicted him Friday of carrying out unnecessary operations that maimed some of his victims for life.

Tanzania leader fires nearly 10,000 over fake documents

Sylivester Domasa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 8:55am

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

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 8:50am

United Nations officials say at least 11 people have died from a mysterious illness in Liberia, and tests have been negative for the Ebola virus.

The Latest: Macedonia FM calls for dialogue to solve crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 8:46am

The Latest on the political crisis in Macedonia (all times local):