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The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:49am

Manchester United fans are congregating in Stockholm's city center, dominating bars and singing songs ahead of their team's match against Ajax in the Europa League. A flag outside a bar in the Swedish capital displayed the words: "United against terrorism." The final will kick off at Friends Arena on Wednesday, less than 48 hours after a deadly bomb attack at a pop concert in Manchester killed 22 people.

Romania: daughter, aide of ex-president to stand trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:40am

The daughter of former Romanian President Traian Basescu and his closest aide are among those who will stand trial on bribery and other corruption-related charges connected to his presidential campaign, anti-corruption prosecutors said Wednesday.

The Latest: Man U fans pre-game: 'United against terrorism'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:40am

The Latest on the bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead (all times local):

Finnish court releases Iraqi twins in IS-related killings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:40am

A Finnish court has thrown out charges against Iraqi twin brothers of taking part in Islamic State-related killings of at least 11 unarmed soldiers.

IS claims deadly attack in Somalia's Puntland region

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:21am

The Islamic State group on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a deadly bombing in Somalia's semiautonomous state of Puntland — said to be the first time the extremist group has claimed an attack in this Horn of Africa nation.

German parliament group scraps Turkey trip at last minute

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:20am

A delegation of German lawmakers scrapped plans to visit Turkey after being told at the last minute that it wouldn't be able to hold talks with officials or visit the Turkish parliament building, a deputy parliament speaker said Wednesday.

The Latest: Security high in Berlin ahead of Obama visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:19am

Police in Berlin have stepped up security in preparation for major events in the German capital, days after the deadly attack in Manchester.

Amnesty International press conference shut down in Cameroon

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:04am

Amnesty International says authorities in Cameroon have shut down a news conference where the rights group planned to discuss the plight of three students sentenced to a decade in prison over a Boko Haram joke.

'In turmoil again': Central African Republic unrest spreads

Zack Baddorf, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:04am

No soldiers or police patrol this remote town in the far southeast of Central African Republic, where armed groups have attacked several times in the past few months. A company of U.N. peacekeepers here ventures no more than three miles (4 kilometers) from their base.

US official urges vigilance over Russia's role in Balkans

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:54am

A U.S. official has urged vigilance over Russia's policies in the troubled Balkans, where Moscow has sought to increase its influence and undermine that of the West.

Nepal's prime minister announces resignation

Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:47am

Nepal's prime minister announced his resignation Wednesday so the leader of his coalition partner party can succeed him, in line with an agreement between the two parties.

Taiwan becomes 1st in Asia to recognize same-sex marriage

Johnson Lai and Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:47am

In a first for Asia, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, punctuating a yearslong campaign by advocates for gay rights in one of the continent's most liberal democracies.

France: Macron ally faces nepotism allegations, amid cleanup

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:47am

French President Emmanuel Macron's effort to clean up politics has suffered its first blow, with a newspaper report suggesting a dubious property deal by one of his ministers.

UNICEF: Lives of 24 million children threatened by conflict

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:40am

Violence and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa threaten the lives of over 24 million children, most of them in Yemen, Iraq and Syria, the United Nation's children agency said in a report Wednesday.

NATO rolls out the red carpet, buffs its image for Trump

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:30am

NATO is not only rolling out the red carpet for U.S. President Donald Trump in Brussels Thursday, the military alliance — which Trump once declared obsolete — has been busy repackaging its image and is ready to unveil a new headquarters worth more than 1 billion euros.

Pakistani police: Chinese couple abducted in the southwest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:11am

A Pakistani police spokesman says gunmen have abducted a Chinese couple who were teaching at a private language school in the country's southwest.

Putin hopes for democratic end to Macedonia political crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:10am

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow hopes for a democratic settlement of Macedonia's political situation.

Activists: Fighting, airstrikes target southern Syrian city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:51am

Syrian government forces battling insurgents carried out a series of airstrikes on Wednesday on a city in southern Syria that has been declared a safe zone under a recent Russia-sponsored deal, opposition activists and an independent monitor said.

UN envoy: aim for final Cyprus summit deal by week's end

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:40am

The United Nations envoy to Cyprus says he's working to get the rival leaders of the ethnically divided island nation to agree by the end of the week on holding a final summit that'll aim to conclude an overall reunification deal.