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UN happy Africa's rapid reaction force about to be reality

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 3:31pm

The U.N. peacekeeping chief says the United Nations — which has 80 percent of its peacekeepers deployed in Africa — is very happy that the African Union's long-awaited rapid reaction force is about to become a reality.

Buses and Bulldozers: Refugees are removed from Greek camp

Costas Kantouris, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 3:20pm

It grew to the size of a small town, becoming a symbol of Europe's closed border policy for migrants and refugees. On Tuesday, Greek authorities began to dismantle it.

Italy, Netherlands and Sweden vie for Security Council seat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 3:10pm

Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden are all making their cases for why they should be elected to a non-permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council.

Police find 5 hacked-up bodies in Mexican Gulf coast state

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 3:10pm

Authorities in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz found the hacked-up bodies of what appear to be five men along with a sign attributing the killings to a dispute between drug cartels, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Pro-squatter protesters clash 2nd time with Barcelona police

Alan Clendenning and Manuel Vidal, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 2:41pm

Protesters supporting squatters in Barcelona clashed with police again Tuesday, less than 24 hours after demonstrators set trash containers and vehicles ablaze in confrontations that left at least 15 people injured.

Shock, fear in Syrian government bastions after bombings

Sarah El Deeb and Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 1:50pm

Convoys of coffins streamed through the streets and mourners fired guns in the air Tuesday as two Syrian coastal towns — government strongholds that had gone relatively untouched throughout the civil war — reeled from coordinated bombings that killed more than 160 people.

Italy's Renzi: NATO summit must consider new defense models

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 1:00pm

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi says that NATO should use the upcoming summit in Warsaw to consider new security models given the threat of home-grown terrorism.

Forensic expert suggests explosion downed EgyptAir jet

Sam Magdy and Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 1:00pm

Body parts recovered from the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 showed signs of burns and were so small that they suggested the jet was brought down by an explosion, a member of the team examining the remains said Tuesday. But the idea of a blast was promptly dismissed by the head of Egypt's forensic agency as "baseless" speculation.

Turkey's president: No refugee deal without EU visa waiver

Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 12:41pm

Turkey's president warned on Tuesday that his country wouldn't move forward on implementing a refugee readmission agreement with the European Union unless visa requirements are lifted for Turkish citizens without further conditions.

Israeli watchdog report slams Netanyahu over travel expenses

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 12:31pm

Israel's official government watchdog released a lengthy report Tuesday into Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's travel expenses before he took office, raising a "fear of criminality" over an alleged double-billing scheme.

Kurdish rebel attack kills 5 soldiers in eastern Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 12:11pm

A Turkish minister says Kurdish rebels have detonated a bomb in eastern Turkey, killing at least five soldiers inside a military vehicle.

UN laments absence of G-7 from key humanitarian summit

Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 11:51am

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday criticized the leaders of the world's wealthiest countries for failing to attend a pivotal humanitarian summit in Turkey which culminated with a long list of commitments and question marks over their implementation.

French president in anti-extremism talks with Al-Azhar imam

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 11:20am

The French president has met with the grand imam of the prestigious Sunni Muslim center of learning Al-Azhar to share views on the fight against extremism.

Obama reaches out to people a day after Vietnam arms deal

Foster Klug and Nancy Benac, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 11:20am

After knocking down one of the last vestiges of Cold War antagonism with a former war enemy, President Barack Obama on Tuesday took his push for closer ties directly to the Vietnamese people, meeting with activists and entrepreneurs. Amid the geopolitical statecraft, he faces calls to more strongly address what's seen as an abysmal human rights record.

Turkey's president approves new government led by ally

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 11:11am

Turkey's president on Tuesday approved a new government formed by one of his most trusted allies, who immediately asserted the intention to institute constitutional reforms that would expand the powers of the presidency.

Rights group: South Sudan army violated civilians in Wau

Jason Patinkin, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 10:41am

South Sudanese government soldiers killed, raped, tortured, and detained dozens of civilians in and around Wau town in the country's western Bahr el Ghazal state in recent months, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Tuesday.

Police arrest young couple in Chinese student's slaying

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 10:31am

German police say they have arrested a young couple on suspicion of involvement in the slaying of a Chinese student whose body was found earlier this month in the eastern town of Dessau-Rosslau with severe head injuries.

EU leader pledges help in ending Poland's crisis soon

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 10:31am

A senior European Union leader has pledged support in finding a solution soon to Poland's political crisis that has strained the country's ties with Brussels.

Colombia says 2 more journalists missing in rough area

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 10:21am

Two more journalists have gone missing in a lawless region in Colombia where security forces are already carrying out a massive search for a prominent Spanish journalist, President Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday.