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Canada van victims include grandmother, avid volunteer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 8:32pm

An 80-year-old grandmother who loved Toronto sports teams nearly as much as her own family and a "brilliant" young woman who volunteered to build houses in the Dominican Republic were among the 10 people killed when a van plowed down a Toronto sidewalk.

Australians commemorate 103rd anniversary of WWI battle

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 8:06pm

Thousands of Australians gathered at pre-dawn services on Wednesday to commemorate the moment when Australian and New Zealand Army Corps troops waded ashore at the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey 103 years ago in their first major battle of World War I.

Australia: Admiral to become US ambassador to South Korea

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:38pm

Adm. Harry Harris, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, will become the next U.S. ambassador to South Korea instead of Australia, the Australian foreign minister said Wednesday.

The Latest: Crowd gathers at memorial for van attack victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:34pm

The latest on the incident in which a van plowed down a Toronto sidewalk, killing and injuring people (all times local):

A unified Korea? Leaders bring contrasting visions to summit

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:10pm

Unification is an idea that moves most Koreans, North and South, on an emotional level.

Nicaragua releases some student protesters to lower tensions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 6:52pm

Authorities released some student protesters arrested during anti-government demonstrations over the past week and the Roman Catholic Church agreed Tuesday to act as a mediator as President Daniel Ortega sought to lower tensions in Nicaragua.

Online post suggests rampage suspect may have resented women

Charmaine Noronha and David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 4:14pm

The suspect in the deadly van attack in Toronto posted a chilling Facebook message just minutes before plowing into a crowded city sidewalk, authorities said Tuesday, raising the possibility that he may have nursed grudges against women — a possible echo of a 1989 massacre of 14 women that remains one of Canada's most traumatic acts of violence.

Activist group publishes database of Syria chemical attacks

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:08pm

An activist group on Tuesday published a database of information on suspected chemical attacks in Syria , adding to a growing collection of videos and images documenting alleged war crimes during the seven-year conflict.

Anger spreads across Puerto Rico over lack of basic services

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:02pm

Puerto Rico's Senate has ordered government agencies to explain why tens of thousands of people in rural areas remain without power or appropriate shelter as anger grows about the lack of basic services more than seven months after hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Official: Mexican reporter Valdez killed because of his work

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:24pm

Mexico's national security commissioner says respected journalist Javier Valdez was killed last year because of his work.

UK judge rejects bid to take sick toddler Alfie Evans abroad

Danica Kirka and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:30pm

A British judge on Tuesday said the parents of a terminally ill toddler cannot take him to Italy for treatment, a course of action U.K. courts have said would be futile and wrong.

Israel cancels expulsions of African migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:30pm

The Israeli government acknowledged Tuesday it cannot expel African migrants against their will and has canceled all pending deportation orders.

Toronto police say driver in deadly van attack posted 'cryptic' Facebook message minutes before incident

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:20pm

Toronto police say driver in deadly van attack posted 'cryptic' Facebook message minutes before incident.

EU official favors Western Balkans integration into the bloc

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:51pm

A senior European Union official said Tuesday that a summit next month will reaffirm the "European perspective" of the Western Balkans, a region with fresh memories of war and a long history with Russia.

Greece to investigate claims over UNICEF branch's finances

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:28pm

A Greek prosecutor has ordered an investigation into allegations of financial mismanagement in the local branch of UNICEF.

Italy's 5-Stars would put alliance with Dems to popular vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:16pm

Italy's populist 5-Star Movement says it's open to finding agreement with the Democratic Party on forming a government, but that its members would have to vote on any such alliance.

Armenia's political transition unclear after PM's ouster

Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:34am

The abrupt resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan after two weeks of protests against his rule has caught the opposition off guard: The protesters had focused on driving out what they consider a corrupt elite, and seem to lack the structure or the political platform to replace it.

Verdict looms into macabre death of Swedish journalist

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:31am

One of the most talked-about and macabre court cases in recent Danish history is set to conclude Wednesday when the verdict is handed down on whether Peter Madsen tortured and murdered a Swedish journalist during a private submarine trip.

Italian police seize weapons from Spain-bound rental car

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:14am

Police in northern Italy found a small arsenal of Kalashnikovs, pistols and ammunition hidden in the trunk of a rental car and arrested the Bosnian man who was driving it.