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Brazil's high court suspends house speaker, foe of president

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:40pm

Brazil's top court voted unanimously Thursday to suspend the scandal-tainted leader of the lower house of Congress from his duties.

Panama seizes bank after arrest of alleged money launderer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:30pm

Authorities took control of Balboa Bank & Trust Corp. and posted police outside its main office in Panama's capital Thursday after U.S. officials announced the arrest of a businessman who allegedly ran a top worldwide money-laundering organization for drug traffickers.

Russian orchestra plays in Palmyra ruins as strikes kill 28

Albert Aji and Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:21pm

A renowned Russian conductor led a triumphant concert Thursday in the ruins of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, once terrorized by the Islamic State group, even as an airstrike on a refugee camp in the north left at least 28 people dead and dozens wounded, including many children.

120 nations accuse US top court of violating law over Iran

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:20pm

The 120-nation Nonaligned Movement headed by Iran accused the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday of violating international law by ruling that nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets can be paid to victims of attacks linked to the country.

The Latest: UN says Aleppo attack could be war crime

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 3:21pm

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

EU official Tusk: Idea of one European nation is 'illusion'

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 2:11pm

Worried about anti-European Union sentiment fueling nationalism on the continent, a top official said Thursday that the bloc must "stop the radicals" from gaining power by making citizens feel safe amid the migrant crisis.

Survivors found 6 days after Kenyan building collapse

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 2:01pm

Rescuers found four survivors Thursday in the rubble of an apartment building that collapsed six days ago amid heavy rains in the Kenyan capital, raising hopes that more people might still be alive in a disaster that has left dozens dead and missing.

Intense effort to close Alberta wildfire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 1:11pm

Despite the efforts of more than 1,100 firefighters and a squadron of helicopters and air tankers, a raging Canadian wildfire in the province of Alberta has grown to more than 210,000 acres.

Israeli general touches raw nerve with Holocaust comments

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 1:00pm

In a reflection of the deep divisions plaguing Israel, a top general set off a controversy Thursday after appearing to liken the atmosphere in Israel to that of Nazi-era Germany during a speech marking the country's Holocaust memorial day.

Amid political crisis, Iraqi PM calls for focus on IS fight

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 12:50pm

Iraq's prime minister on Thursday called on the Iraqi people to prioritize the battle against the Islamic State group amid a deepening political crisis in the country.

Libya official: IS suicide bomber kills 5 militiamen in west

Rami Musa, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 12:41pm

An Islamic State suicide bomber on Thursday rammed his car into a checkpoint in the country's west manned by a militia from the western city of Misrata, killing five militiamen, according to a Libyan militia leader in the city.

Candidate for next UN chief asks to meet Security Council

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 12:41pm

Croatia's former foreign minister, who is campaigning to be the next secretary-general of the United Nations, said she has asked to meet members of the U.N. Security Council who will make the final decision.

Polish government to take control of WWII museum

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 12:41pm

Poland's conservative government announced Thursday that it is merging a major museum on World War II that was due to open next year with a different museum that doesn't yet exist, a legal maneuver that allows it to take control of an ambitious new institution.

Turkish premier to step down, boosting president's position

Suzan Fraser and Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 12:20pm

Turkey's prime minister announced Thursday that he will stand down, giving the country's increasingly authoritarian president free reign to appoint someone less likely to challenge him —a development that could have implications for Turkey's internal conflicts and external relations.

Doctors Without Borders pulls out of UN humanitarian summit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 12:10pm

The international medical aid agency Doctors Without Borders has pulled out of the first U.N. humanitarian summit, saying the meeting won't address the growing needs caused by war and violence across the world because of its non-binding nature.

Israel discovers new cross-border tunnel from Gaza Strip

Daniel Estrin, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 11:50am

The Israeli military said it uncovered a new tunnel Thursday stretching from southern Gaza Strip into Israel and built by Palestinian militants seeking to stage attacks in Israel, a discovery that comes amid an escalation in violence between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers.

UN says nearly half a million children in limbo on asylum

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 11:50am

UNICEF says nearly half a million refugee children who applied for asylum in Europe last year remain in limbo as the European Union prepares for critical talks on rules governing applications from people seeking protection.

Syrian activists say at least 28 killed in airstrike on refugee camp in northern Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 11:40am

Syrian activists say at least 28 killed in airstrike on refugee camp in northern Syria.

The Latest: 78 refugees rescued off Greece in 2 incidents

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 11:30am

The Latest on Europe's response to the wave of migration from the Middle East and elsewhere (all times local):