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A Syrian lawmaker registered as a candidate Wednesday for the country's June 3 presidential election, becoming the first official contender in a vote that will take place during the country's civil war and one that embattled President Bashar Assad likely will win.
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US, Israel denounce Palestinian unity plan

The Associated Press  |  posted 14 minutes ago
It could be a historic step toward ending a split that has left Palestinians divided between two sets of rulers for the past seven years. Rival factions Hamas and Fatah have agreed to form a unity government and hold new elections.
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American arrested in Venezuela on murder charges

The Associated Press  |  posted 14 minutes ago
A U.S. citizen has been arrested in Venezuela on attempted murder and weapons charges after he allegedly shot another man, authorities said Wednesday.
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UN seeks probe of alleged chlorine gas in Syria

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  posted 15 minutes ago
The U.N. Security Council called for an investigation Wednesday into reports of alleged chlorine gas use in some Syrian towns, causing deaths and injuries.
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UN denies S. Sudan government statement

The Associated Press  |  posted 25 minutes ago
The U.N. mission in South Sudan says the government is providing "erroneous" information relating to a recent massacre.
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Bomb, shooting in Egypt kills 2 police officers

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  posted 25 minutes ago
A senior Egyptian police officer was killed by a bomb placed under his car in a western Cairo suburb Wednesday, the latest in a series of targeted attacks on police and the military as Islamic militant groups keep up a campaign of violence since last summer's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
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Car bomb outside Nairobi police station kills 4

The Associated Press  |  posted 34 minutes ago
Police in Nairobi say a car bomb has exploded outside a police station in central Nairobi and killed four people.
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Palestinian rivals to try again for unity deal

Ibrahim Barzak, Associated Press  |  posted 45 minutes ago
Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah agreed Wednesday to form a unity government and hold new elections — a potentially historic step toward mending the rift that has split their people between two sets of rulers for seven years.
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Islamic militants detained in central Nigeria

Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  posted 55 minutes ago
A "group of terrorists" masquerading as herders have been arrested in Nigeria's central-east Taraba state, the military said Wednesday amid indications that the country's Islamic uprising is spreading.
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Pakistan's army wants TV news channel shut down

Asif Shahzad, Associated Press  |  posted 55 minutes ago
Pakistan's powerful army has asked a government regulator to shut down a leading private news channel over what the military calls "false" reports that the country's intelligence service shot one of its top anchors.
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Officials say car bomb in northern Iraq kills 9

Sameer N. Yacoub, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 23rd - 1:21pm
Authorities in Iraq say a car bomb has killed nine people belonging to an ethnic minority in the country's north.
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Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks

Diaa Hadid, Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 23rd - 1:20pm
Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side.
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Sherpas leave Everest, some expeditions scrap plans for climbs

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 23rd - 1:11pm
Dozens of Sherpa guides have packed up their tents today and left Mount Everest's base camp.
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Tunisia divided over Jews' use of Israel passports

Bouazza Ben Bouazza, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 23rd - 1:10pm
Tunisia's elected assembly accepted a petition Wednesday to question the tourism minister over a decision allowing Israelis to use their passports to enter the country for an annual religious pilgrimage.
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Mauritanian president says he will run again

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 23rd - 12:51pm
Mauritania's president, who initially took power in a coup, says he will run again in upcoming elections.
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Amid Russian warning, Ukraine's in a security bind

Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 23rd - 12:40pm
Ukraine's highly publicized goal to recapture police stations and government buildings seized by pro-Russia forces in the east produced little action on the ground Wednesday but ignited foreboding words from Moscow.
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Mother of slain man blames Rio police

Jenny Barchfield, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 23rd - 12:31pm
The mother of a young man whose death sparked clashes in a Rio de Janeiro slum near a key Olympic venue blames police for her son's death, news reports said Wednesday.
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Turkey calls WWI Armenian killings 'shared pain'

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 23rd - 12:31pm
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday offered an unprecedented, conciliatory message to Armenians on the eve of the anniversary of the massacre of Armenians almost a century ago.
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Ex-Muslim rebels seize C. African Republic town

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 23rd - 12:31pm
Officials say Muslim rebels have taken control of a town in northern Central African Republic, causing residents to flee.
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Russia vows response if Russians attacked in Ukraine

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 23rd - 12:11pm
Russia's foreign minister is promising a firm response if any of Russia's citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine.
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Ebola death toll in West Africa rises to 147

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 23rd - 12:00pm
The World Health Organization says 147 people have died from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.
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Obama offering Japan security, economic assurances

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 23rd - 12:00pm
Facing fresh questions about his commitment to Asia, President Barack Obama will seek to convince Japan's leaders Thursday that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges, even as the crisis in Ukraine demands U.S. attention and resources elsewhere.
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Dutch scramble jets after Russian bombers approach

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 23rd - 11:51am
Dutch, British and Danish jets scrambled Wednesday afternoon after a pair of Russian bombers approached their airspace over the North Sea.
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