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Rwanda to vet campaign messages of presidential hopefuls

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 6:00am

Rwanda's electoral commission has announced it must approve any social media messages of candidates in the presidential election scheduled for August.

Palestinian prisoners end mass hunger strike

Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 5:50am

Hundreds of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners ended their 40-day fast on the first day of the month-long Muslim holiday of Ramadan, after reaching a compromise with Israel for additional family visits, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.

Indonesia deports Australian whose drug saga riveted nation

Firdia Lisnawati, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 5:50am

Indonesia on Saturday deported Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby, whose trial and imprisonment on the tourist island of Bali mesmerized her homeland for more than a decade.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 5:42am

A lawyer for Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner says Kushner stands ready to talk to federal investigators as well as Congress about his contacts and his role in Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. Federal investigators and several congressional committees are looking into Russia-Trump campaign connections. Those investigations include allegations that there may have been collaboration to help Trump and harm his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Small plane crashes near Mount Everest; 1 killed, 2 injured

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 5:42am

A small plane carrying only crew members and cargo crashed near Mount Everest on Saturday, killing one of the pilots, Nepalese officials said. The two other crew members were injured.

Islamic State group claims responsibility for attack on bus carrying Coptic Christians that killed 29

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 5:40am

Islamic State group claims responsibility for attack on bus carrying Coptic Christians that killed 29.

Spain saves 73 migrants in 3 boats crossing from Africa

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 5:40am

Spain's maritime rescue service says it has saved 73 migrants from three small boats attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea.

UK lowers terror threat level to 'severe' as more arrested

Mstyslav Chernov and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 5:33am

Britain reduced its terrorism threat level a notch, from "critical" to "severe," as authorities said major progress has been made in unravelling the plot behind the Manchester bombing.

Pakistan reopens Afghan border on 'humanitarian grounds'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 5:30am

Pakistan's military says authorities have reopened the main Chaman border crossing at Afghanistan's request after shutting it down earlier this month when the two sides traded fire there, killing 15 people on both sides.

Syria army and allied militia press IS, rebels in offensive

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 5:24am

Syrian government-controlled media and a war monitor say Syrian troops and allied militia have pushed back Islamic State group militants and rebel fighters in a wide offensive in the country's southern desert.

Sri Lanka confirms 100 dead in mudslides; 99 missing

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 5:12am

Sri Lanka has appealed for outside help as the death toll from floods and mudslides rose Saturday to 100 with 99 others missing.

Anti-India protests hit Kashmir after top rebel is killed

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 5:12am

One civilian was killed and dozens of others injured Saturday after massive anti-India protests and clashes erupted in Indian-controlled Kashmir following the killing of a prominent rebel commander and his associate in a gunbattle with government forces in the disputed region.

The Latest: UK eases terror threat level

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 5:10am

The Latest on the concert bombing in Manchester, England (all times local):

UK Prime Minister May says Britain's terrorism threat level reduced from critical to severe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 5:00am

UK Prime Minister May says Britain's terrorism threat level reduced from critical to severe.

S. Korea confirms fishing crew's safety after hijack scare

Tong-Hyung Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 4:01am

South Korea said Saturday that it has confirmed the safety of crew members from a fishing vessel that had lost contact in waters off Somalia, prompting Seoul to dispatch a naval unit over fears that the vessel had been hijacked by pirates.

Afghan official says 18 killed in suicide car bomb attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 3:50am

At least 18 people, mostly civilians, were killed Saturday when a suicide car bomber targeted a convoy of provincial security forces in eastern Afghanistan, an Interior Ministry official said.

Iraq says Iranian commander killed fighting IS

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 3:31am

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander was killed in an explosion during clashes with the Islamic State group west of Mosul, an Iraqi official told The Associated Press on Saturday, as aid groups voiced concern for the safety of civilians after Iraq's government called for residents in militant-held neighborhoods to flee immediately.

Bombing puts British security officials on back foot again

Paisley Dodds, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 3:01am

There were plenty of warning signs before Salman Abedi unleashed carnage at Manchester Arena.

Philippine forces hit militants; civilians wave white flags

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 2:33am

Philippine military jets fired rockets at militant positions Saturday as soldiers fought to wrest control of a southern city from gunmen linked to the Islamic State group, witnesses said. Civilians waved flags from their windows to show they are not combatants.