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Trump Israel trip 1st presidential flight from Saudi Arabia

Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:34pm

Even before President Donald Trump began his trip to Israel, he had made history of sorts.

UN condemns North Korea missile launch, vows new sanctions

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:24pm

The Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's "flagrant and provocative defiance" of U.N. sanctions banning ballistic missile tests on Monday and again vowed to impose new sanctions in response to its latest launch.

Cyprus president: Talks proposal could bring swift results

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:24pm

The Greek Cypriot president of ethnically divided Cyprus on Monday urged Turkish Cypriots to accept his proposal to deal first with the toughest issues holding back progress in troubled reunification talks rather than trying to address everything in one go.

Albanian parliament approves pre-election Cabinet shakeup

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:14pm

Albania's parliament has approved a government shake-up as part of a compromise worked out between political parties before next month's parliamentary election.

Brazil's Temer says he will only leave office if forced

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:14pm

Embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer says he will only leave office if forced out because stepping down would be an admission of guilt in a corruption scandal that has led to growing calls for his ouster.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 2:46pm

Attorneys for Michael Flynn say that a daily "escalating public frenzy against him" and the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel has created a legally dangerous environment for him to cooperate with a Senate investigation. That's according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press sent Monday by Flynn's legal team to the Senate Intelligence committee. It lays out the case for Flynn, the former national security adviser, to invoke his right against self-incrimination.

Israel: Palestinian killed attacking police as Trump visited

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 2:07pm

Israeli police said a Palestinian attacker was killed after he tried to stab officers near Jerusalem as President Donald Trump visited the city on Monday, while clashes erupted in the West Bank as Palestinians declared a strike in solidarity with hundreds of hunger striking prisoners held in Israeli jails.

Yazidi activist weary after years of anti-IS campaigning

George Jahn, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 1:57pm

Nadia Murad managed to escape the Islamic State militants who enslaved her and other Yazidi women in Iraq. A comment betrays how deeply the scars from the ordeal run more than two years after she broke free.

Puerto Rico university president faces jail amid strike

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 1:35pm

A judge on Monday threatened to arrest the president of Puerto Rico's largest public university if she doesn't reopen the institution, which has remained closed for nearly two months amid a student strike.

Iran's president criticizes US after Trump's sharp words

Adam Schreck, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 1:25pm

Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani took barbed swipes at the U.S. and its ally Saudi Arabia on Monday, hitting back at both a day after President Donald Trump used his first foreign trip to the kingdom to call for further isolation of Iran.

Man set afire during Venezuela protest as death toll rises

Hannah Dreier, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 1:12pm

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is accusing protesters of setting fire to a government supporter, saying what he calls "Nazi-fascist" elements are taking root inside the opposition's ranks and contributing to a dangerous spiral of violence in the two-month anti-government protest movement.

US, Turkey dispute fighting in DC as ambassador summoned

Suzan Fraser and Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 1:05pm

Turkey summoned the American ambassador on Monday to protest what it called "aggressive and unprofessional actions" by American security personnel against Turkish bodyguards during a violent incident last week in Washington. The U.S. ambassador told Turkey's government its guards violated U.S. laws, a senior U.S. official said.

Spain PM accuses Catalan leader of blackmail

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 12:52pm

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday accused Catalonia's president of blackmailing the state following news reports that the powerful northeastern region has prepared a law to secede from Spain immediately if it is not allowed hold an independence referendum.

The Latest: US, Turkey in dispute over fight in Washington

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 12:52pm

The Latest on relations between the U.S. and Turkey: (all times local):

Haley wants UN to shift aid focus to nations hosting Syrians

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 12:44pm

President Donald Trump's U.N. ambassador called Monday for the U.N. and aid agencies to shift focus in how they support Syrians in need by boosting support for roads, schools and hospitals in neighboring countries that have been overwhelmed by millions of refugees.

First lady Melania Trump visits leading Israeli hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 12:35pm

U.S. first lady Melania Trump on Monday visited a leading Israeli hospital that is also known as a center of coexistence between Arabs and Jews.

The Latest: Trump says a 'lot of love' will help bring peace

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 12:14pm

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

North Korea says ready to deploy, mass-produce new missile

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 12:04pm

North Korea said Monday it is ready to start mass-producing a new medium-range missile after a weekend test-launch confirmed its combat readiness.

UN envoy: All Syria parties agree to talks on constitution

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 11:29am

For the first time, all parties to Syria's conflict — including the divided opposition — have agreed to take part in expert talks to help lay the foundation for a new constitution, the U.N. special envoy for the country said Monday.