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Tiny African kingdom of Swaziland changes its name

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 4:03pm

Breathe easy, Switzerland: The tiny African kingdom of Swaziland is changing its name.

Caravan migrants hop freight train in Mexico heading north

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 3:01pm

The remnants of a caravan of Central American migrants that drew angry tweets from President Donald Trump hopped on the roofs of a freight train Thursday heading for northern Mexico.

Armenian protesters to renew efforts to stop capital traffic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 2:54pm

The leader of large protests that have roiled the capital of Armenia for a week is calling on supporters to renew efforts to paralyze traffic.

Syrian rebels give up Damascus area town to government

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 2:44pm

The Syrian government took control of a town northeast of Damascus on Thursday after rebels evacuated to north Syria — the latest in a string of handovers by rebels to the government.

UN Security Council mourns death of Ivory Coast ambassador

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 2:25pm

The Security Council bid farewell Thursday to veteran diplomat Bernard Tanoh-Boutchoue, the Ivory Coast's ambassador to the United Nations who died just months after starting a two-year term on the U.N.'s most powerful body.

Prosecutors again accuse Guatemala president of corruption

Sonia Perez D., Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 2:23pm

Guatemalan prosecutors and a United Nations' anti-corruption commission again accused President Jimmy Morales of corruption Thursday related to alleged illegal campaign financing while he was secretary general of his party.

A look at Miguel Diaz-Canel, the new president of Cuba

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 1:29pm

A look at Miguel Diaz-Canel, the new president of Cuba:

EU foreign policy hails Western Balkan efforts at membership

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 12:43pm

The European Union foreign policy chief on Thursday hailed efforts by nations in Western Balkans to advance toward membership in the bloc, ending a tour of the volatile region where Russia is also vying for influence.

Gaza protest camps moved closer to Israel border fence

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 12:26pm

Gaza protest organizers moved sit-in tents closer to the Israeli border fence Thursday, a day before a fourth planned mass demonstration, raising fears of more bloodshed.

Russia, NATO military chiefs meet in Azerbaijan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 12:05pm

Russia's top military officer has met with his NATO counterpart, the first such encounter since relations between Moscow and the alliance have sunk to post-Cold War lows over the Ukrainian crisis.

Police: 2 die in light airplane crash in Northern Ireland

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 11:30am

Police say two people have died in the crash of a light airplane in Northern Ireland.

At least 25 killed in battle for southwest Yemeni province

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 11:19am

Heavy fighting between Yemeni pro-government forces and Shiite Houthi rebels has killed at least 25 people since Tuesday in the southwestern province of Taiz, Yemeni security officials said Thursday.

The Latest: UN, parties discuss chem watchdog work in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 11:07am

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

Poland marks 75th anniversary of uprising in Warsaw Ghetto

Monika Scislowska and Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 10:59am

Sirens wailed, church bells tolled and yellow paper daffodils of remembrance dotted the crowd as Polish and Jewish leaders extolled the heroism and determination of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising fighters on the 75th anniversary of their ill-fated rebellion.

Turkey's weak opposition scrambles to challenge Erdogan

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 10:59am

One party leader is in jail. Another doesn't have a candidate. A third might face eligibility issues for her party. Turkey's weak opposition is scrambling to mount a meaningful challenge against strongman President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with just nine weeks to prepare for snap elections.

Iran's defense minister visits Iraq to promote security ties

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 10:42am

Iran's defense minister has visited a joint intelligence center in the Iraqi capital operated by Iran, Iraq, Syria and Russia.

UK mulls plan to ban plastic straws and cut waste

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 10:40am

Britain's government wants to take action to ban plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds — and is urging other Commonwealth nations to follow suit.

Far-right cancels bid to shut Berlin's Berghain techno club

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 10:34am

A far-right party has withdrawn its proposal to close down one of Berlin's most famous techno clubs after the plan drew widespread ridicule in the laissez-faire German capital.

Indian police arrest 18 Rohingya Muslims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 10:13am

Indian police arrested 18 Rohingya Muslims in a remote northeastern region on Thursday as they prepared to board a train for New Delhi after entering illegally from Bangladesh.