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The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 10:46am

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and now top White House adviser Jared Kushner reportedly proposed setting up a secret back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team during a December meeting with a leading Russian diplomat. During the meeting at Trump Tower in New York City, Kushner is said to have proposed using Russian diplomatic facilities for the discussions, apparently to make them more difficult to monitor.

Drug gangs take aim at police officers amid coca crackdown

Alba Tobella, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 10:35am

With a shot to the chest, Alejandro Caro fell from his motorbike while on patrol in a small town in northern Colombia, another victim of criminal gangs who have killed 11 officers over the past month, mostly in gang-dominated regions.

The Latest: Theater evacuated but nothing suspicious found

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 10:14am

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

Trump makes G-7 deal on trade, takes rain check on climate

Colleen Barry, Sylvie Corbet, and David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 10:06am

Seven wealthy democracies ended their summit Saturday in Italy without unanimous agreement on climate change, as the Trump administration plans to take more time to say whether the U.S. is going to remain in the Paris accord on limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

Children saved from Nazi camps unveil monument to parents

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 9:55am

The children saved by Sir Nicholas Winton from Nazi death camps have unveiled a monument in Prague's main train station to honor their parents.

Report: Iran ready for talks 'toward peace' with Arab states

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 9:25am

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has told the Qatari Emir that Tehran is ready for talks with Arab nations to reach a "real agreement toward peace and brotherhood."

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

Mstyslav Chernov and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 9:23am

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. More arrests are expected.

Anti-India protests hit Kashmir after top rebel is killed

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 8:38am

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.

Pakistan reopens Afghan border on 'humanitarian grounds'

Abdul Sattar, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 8:27am

Pakistani authorities 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, the military said Saturday.

Spain: House fire kills 4, injures 8 in Bilbao

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 8:05am

Spanish authorities say four people have died when a house caught fire in the northern city of Bilbao.

Greek, Turkish Cypriots link arms across border for peace

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 6:56am

Dozens of Greek and Turkish Cypriots have linked arms across a U.N.-controlled buffer zone cutting across ethnically divided Cyprus' capital of Nicosia to voice their support for a reunification agreement.

Philippine forces hit militants; civilians wave white flags

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 6:45am

Philippine fighter aircraft unleashed rocket fire against militants on Saturday, prompting villagers to hoist white flags to avoid being targeted as the military turned to airstrikes to try to end the siege of a southern city by Islamic State group-allied militants.

Rwanda to vet campaign messages of presidential hopefuls

Ignatius Ssuuna, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 6:45am

Rwanda's electoral commission has announced it must approve any social media messages of candidates in the August presidential election, a decision that many in the opposition see as an attack on free speech.

Sri Lanka says finding survivors among 99 missing doubtful

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 6:21am

Sri Lanka's military said Saturday that it is doubtful any missing people will be found alive two days after torrents of mud triggered by heavy rain covered homes in southern and western parts of the country, killing 100 people and leaving 99 others missing.

British Airways cancels all flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick until 1700GMT amid IT failure.

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 6:20am

British Airways cancels all flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick until 1700GMT amid IT failure.

Over 1,000 pigs perish in feedlot fire in Spain

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 6:10am

Spanish authorities say over a thousand pigs were killed in a fire that destroyed a feedlot in southeastern Spain.

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.

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.