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Iranian commander threatens to close Strait of Hormuz to US

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:40am

The deputy commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard says Iranian forces will close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the United States and its allies if they "threaten" the Islamic Republic.

Wildfire forces residents to evacuate Canadian town

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:30am

The entire population of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada has been ordered to evacuate from a wildfire that officials say has destroyed whole neighborhoods.

Pakistani army chief confirms death sentences for 11 Taliban

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:30am

Pakistan's army chief has signed off on the death sentences of 11 members of the Taliban convicted of terrorism, kidnappings, attacks on civilians as well as assaults on police and army officers.

9 Muslim Albanians jailed for recruiting for terror groups

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:30am

An Albanian court has sentenced nine Muslims to jail terms ranging from seven to 18 years for inciting terror, recruiting and sending more than 70 men to join rebel groups in Syria.

China military singer performs on South China Sea island

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:00am

China's military this week sent a famed singer of patriotic anthems to perform before navy officers and construction workers on a newly created island in a disputed section of the South China Sea, underscoring its growing confidence in asserting its maritime claims.

Syria's volunteer sappers improvise mine-clearing methods

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 12:21am

Volunteers in opposition-held areas of Syria are forced to improvise as they carry out one of the world's most dangerous tasks: dismantling cluster munitions, land mines and explosive booby-traps as they work to make battle-torn areas safe for civilians to return.

Prime minister says Australia to have July 2 election

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 9:01pm

Australia's election campaign will officially start soon with climate change policy and union corruption in the national building industry shaping into key battlegrounds for the July 2 poll.

US combat death in Iraq reflects intensifying war

Robert Burns and Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 8:51pm

The combat death of a U.S. Navy SEAL who was advising Kurdish forces in Iraq coincides with a gradually deepening American role in fighting a resilient Islamic State, even as the Iraqis struggle to muster the military and political strength to defeat the militants.

The Latest: UN Security Council to hold meeting on Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 8:11pm

The Latest on Syria's civil war and the escalating violence in the contested northern city of Aleppo (all times local):

UN needs $80 million for schools for Palestinian refugees

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 7:31pm

The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees expressed hope Tuesday that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait will come up with $80 million to ensure that 500,000 boys and girls who are refugees can start the next school year on time in August.

Prime minister says Australia will have an election on July 2

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 7:01pm

Prime minister says Australia will have an election on July 2.

UN chief names choices for top UN environments posts

Edith M. Lederer and Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 6:00pm

The newly-appointed head of the U.N. environment agency said Tuesday he wants to change the organization to relate more to the average person and plans to further engage the private sector to achieve global environmental goals.

Mexico: 3 kidnapped Americans freed in northern border state

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 5:10pm

Three American citizens abducted last month in the northern state of Tamaulipas, across the border from Texas, were rescued by Mexican police in a confrontation in which a suspected kidnapper was killed, authorities said Tuesday.

Mexico City extends traffic cuts into Wednesday over smog

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 5:10pm

Mexico City has extended into Wednesday a pollution alert that requires 40 percent of cars and trucks to keep off the streets.

Venezuela govt says police killed most wanted gang leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 4:00pm

Venezuelan officials say the country's most wanted gang leader has been killed in a shootout with police.

Filipino militants threaten 3 hostages after beheading 1

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:51pm

Muslim militants have threatened to kill three more hostages in their jungle base in the southern Philippines more than a week after beheading a Canadian man when their multi-million dollar ransom demands were not met.

3 Red Cross employees abducted in eastern Congo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:31pm

Three employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross have been abducted in eastern Congo.

Kenya: Police disrupt alleged plot by extremist medics

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:10pm

Kenyan police have disrupted a cell of extremist medics linked to the Islamic State group suspected of plotting a biological attack on Kenya and recruiting university students to join the group in Libya and Syria, Kenya's police chief said Tuesday

Police: Man suspected of fatally shooting girlfriend, two others in Florida has apparently killed himself

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:00pm

Police: Man suspected of fatally shooting girlfriend, two others in Florida has apparently killed himself.