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Gaza's Hamas embraces 'non-violence' _ opportunism or shift?

Fares Akram and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 12:15am

In a sit-in tent camp near the Gaza border with Israel, a lecturer answered questions from activists grappling with the concept of non-violent protest.

Venue for Koreas summit a symbol of division

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:47pm

This week's summit between the leaders of North and South Korea will occur at a border littered with mines and laced with barbed wire, a Cold War reminder of a division that dates to the end of World War II.

Rival Koreas' leaders face high stakes at historic summit

Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:37pm

It may lack the punch of President Donald Trump's vow to unleash "fire and fury" and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's "nuclear button" boasts, but the stakes will be high on Friday when Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in sit down on the southern side of the no man's land that forms the world's most heavily armed border.

Central American asylum seeking caravan reaches US border

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:33pm

About 130 Central Americans, mostly women and children, have arrived at the U.S. border with Mexico in a "caravan" of asylum-seeking immigrants that has drawn the fury of President Donald Trump.

A look at 2 leaders in the inter-Korean summit talks

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:37pm

Both protagonists at Friday's inter-Korean summit speak the same language and share the cultural background. But North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the third generation of his family to rule in absolute power, and democratically elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a liberal who wants to engage the North, also lead countries that have been divided along the world's most heavily fortified border for seven decades.

Rights group says British-Iranian professor held in Tehran

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:27pm

A British-Iranian university professor who actively campaigns against military action targeting his homeland has been detained in Iran by the country's hard-line Revolutionary Guard, a rights group says, becoming the latest dual national held there since the 2015 nuclear deal.

US envoy in Australia says Adm. Harris is needed in Seoul

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:39pm

The acting U.S. ambassador to Australia said on Thursday the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, Adm. Harry Harris, is the best envoy to represent the United States in South Korea.

Korean leaders seek to control optics at historic summit

Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:07pm

Kim Jong Un will be in uncharted territory when the third-generation autocrat walks across the border and into the southern half of the Demilitarized Zone separating the rival Koreas on Friday to greet South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The Latest: Taxi driver in 'caravan' fears El Salvador gangs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:11pm

The Latest on the arrival at the Mexico-U.S. border of busloads of Central American immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. (all times local):

Red Cross says it's flooded by missing requests for Syrians

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:41pm

The International Committee of the Red Cross has been "flooded" with about 13,000 requests in the last six months from Syrians looking for missing family members, its president said Wednesday.

Spain: 2 linked with late Venezuelan president detained

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:40pm

Spanish authorities acknowledged on Wednesday that a married couple with links to Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez has been arrested in a case of suspected corruption in their home country.

The Latest: Red Cross flooded by missing requests in Syrian

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:05pm

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

Diplomats: Swiss envoy to Germany to be new UN Myanmar envoy

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:49pm

U.N. diplomats say Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has selected Switzerland's Ambassador to Germany Christine Schraner Burgener to be the new U.N. special envoy for Myanmar.

Toronto van attack throws spotlight on anti-woman vitriol

Tammy Webber and Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:43pm

The deadly van rampage in Toronto is training attention on an online world of sexual loneliness, rage and misogyny after the suspect invoked an uprising by "involuntary celibates" and gave a shoutout to a California killer who seethed at women for rejecting him.

Turkish court finds newspaper staff guilty on terror charges

Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:37pm

A Turkish court on Wednesday convicted journalists and other senior staff members from the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper on terror charges, in a case that has exacerbated concerns over press freedom.

School shooting in northern Mexico wounds 5 students

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:08pm

Gunmen in a car apparently tried to kidnap a high school student, then opened fire on the youth as he fled into the building, wounding five young people, authorities in the northern Mexico border state of Tamaulipas said Wednesday.

Donors pledge $4.4 billion in Syria aid, short of UN needs

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:21pm

International donors on Wednesday pledged an estimated $4.4 billion in humanitarian aid for Syria and neighbors sheltering its refugees in 2018, falling significantly short of the more than $7 billion the United Nations is seeking.

Parents of sick toddler Alfie Evans lose UK court appeal

Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:13pm

Britain's Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected a new bid by the parents of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans to take him to Italy and continue his life support against the wishes of his doctors and judges.

Hostility toward journalists rising worldwide, watchdog says

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:55pm

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders says hostility toward journalists is growing worldwide, often encouraged by political leaders — even in democratic countries.