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8 more days custody for Cyprus' confessed serial killer

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 2:08am

A Cypriot army captain who confessed to killing seven foreign women and girls will remain in police custody for another eight days as investigators continue to build their case against the man who is believed to be the east Mediterranean island's first serial killer.

Italian minister says immigrant accused of arson deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 1:58am

Italy's interior minister says an immigrant from North Africa has been arrested for an arson fire at a police station in northern Italy that killed two and injured more than a dozen.

Russia raises alarm about Islamic extremists in Afghanistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 1:52am

Russia's top security chief is raising alarm about Islamic extremists massing on Afghanistan's northern border.

German port a battleground for EU's fragile political center

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 12:34am

If Joachim Schuster is worried about his job, he's not letting on.

Hifter's rule brings security to eastern Libya, at a cost

Rami Musa and Joseph Krauss, Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 12:04am

After years of assassinations, bombings and militia firefights, Libya's eastern city of Benghazi finally feels safe again — but security has come at a heavy cost.

9 relatives slain in Nepal mountain village, girl injured

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 11:55pm

Nine people in two families were slain by masked assailants in their homes at night in a remote mountain village in Nepal, government official said Tuesday.

Voters in Malawi go to polls to elect president, parliament

Gregory Gondwe, Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 11:01pm

Voting has started in in Malawi to elect a new president and 193 members of parliament.

New Zealand police file terrorism charge against man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 11:00pm

New Zealand police file terrorism charge against man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 10:41pm

Iran's president has told a group of clerics that he is seeking expanded, wartime executive powers to better deal with an "economic war" triggered by the Trump administration's pullout from the nuclear deal and escalating U.S. sanctions. The state IRNA news agency reported late Monday that President Hassan Rouhani cited the 1980s war with Iraq, when a wartime supreme council was able to bypass other branches to make decisions regarding the economy and the war.

Sherpa guide climbs Everest 24th time, outdoing own record

Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 9:59pm

A Sherpa mountaineer extended his record for successful climbs of Mount Everest with his 24th ascent of the world's highest peak on Tuesday.

Yemen rebels say their drone hit arms depot at Saudi airport

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 8:54pm

Yemen's Houthi rebels said Tuesday they launched a bomb-laden drone into Saudi Arabia, targeting an airport with a military base — an attack acknowledged by the kingdom as Mideast tensions remain high between Iran and the United States.

UN chief: Somalia making progress but must tackle extremism

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 7:43pm

Somalia is making progress toward building a functioning state but must still tackle violent extremism, terrorism, armed conflict, political instability and corruption, the U.N. chief said in a new report.

UN: Armed group closed water supply valves in Libya capital

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 6:39pm

An armed group stormed the main water distribution station in Libya's capital and closed valves supplying Tripoli and cities in the northwest, potentially affecting some two million people, the United Nations said Monday.

Official count shows Widodo reelected as Indonesian leader

Stephen Wright and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 6:29pm

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been elected for a second term, official results showed, in a victory over a would-be strongman who aligned himself with Islamic hard-liners and vowed Tuesday to challenge the result in the country's highest court.

UN council rejects Russian request for a meeting on Ukraine

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 6:12pm

The U.N. Security Council rejected a Russian request Monday to hold a meeting on a new language law in Ukraine, with opponents calling it an attempt by Moscow to interfere in the inauguration of Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Nicaragua releases 100 jailed protesters to house arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 5:12pm

The Nicaraguan government released 100 prisoners to a form of house arrest Monday, including three human rights activists.

Despite upheaval, Venezuela's Maduro touts an anniversary

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 3:36pm

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Monday celebrated the anniversary of his disputed re-election amid a growing humanitarian crisis and political upheaval.

Independent Cuban think tank says closing under pressure

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 3:09pm

One of Cuba's only independent think tanks says it is closing because of pressure from unnamed powerful institutions on and off the communist island.

North Korea urges UN chief to act against US ship seizure

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 3:00pm

North Korea denounced the United States as "a gangster country" for seizing one of its cargo ships and urged U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to take "urgent measures" to contribute to stabilizing the Korean peninsula.