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Armenian PM resigns; here's what led to the surprise move

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 10:08am

Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned Monday, giving in to protesters who claimed he was trying to rule for life. As a president nearing his term limit, Sargsyan shifted the country to a system in which the prime minister is more powerful than the president, and a week ago he took the new top job. Here's how the crisis unfolded:

The Latest: Israel fires back after Syrian shelling

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 10:08am

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

European rights court rejects case on terminally ill toddler

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 10:04am

The European Court of Human Rights on Monday rejected a case from British parents who want to take their terminally ill toddler to Italy for treatment instead of allowing a U.K. hospital to remove him from life support.

Jailed Egyptian photojournalist wins UN press freedom prize

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:56am

The United Nations' cultural agency ignored warnings from Egypt and awarded the World Press Freedom prize Monday to an imprisoned Egyptian photographer.

Prosecutor: Danish submarine inventor could kill again

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:20am

The prosecutor in the trial of a Danish inventor accused of torture and murder in the death of a Swedish journalist during a private submarine trip said Monday there is "a risk that he that can commit the same kind of crime again."

Karadzic launches appeal against UN war crimes convictions

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:14am

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic insisted Monday that Serb forces acted only in self-defense during Bosnia's bloody 1992-95 conflict as he called on appeals judges to overturn his multiple convictions and 40-year sentence for masterminding Serb atrocities throughout the war.

Armenian leader resigns, says to protesters: 'I was wrong'

Avet Demourian, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:04am

Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned unexpectedly Monday to quell massive anti-government protests over what critics feared was his effort to seize power for life.

Germany takes 10,000 refugees from UN resettlement program

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 8:38am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the country will take in some 10,000 migrants who were selected by the United Nations' refugee agency.

The Latest: Acting prime minister named in Armenia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 8:34am

The Latest on political upheaval in Armenia (all times local):

Spain resumes controversial exhumations near Franco's tomb

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 7:58am

Work resumed Monday to exhume the remains of four Spanish Civil War victims from a divisive mausoleum for late dictator Francisco Franco, Spanish heritage authorities said, a step that could open the door for many other similar requests in the future.

Turkish foreign minister to address German arson memorial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 7:42am

Turkey's foreign minister is planning to visit Germany for the 25th anniversary of a firebombing in which five Turks were killed. The visit comes at a sensitive time, weeks before elections in Turkey.

Syrian troops look to isolate IS in Damascus battle

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 7:24am

Syrian government forces moved to cut off Islamic State militants in southern Damascus from nearby rebel-held suburbs Monday in an attempt to force the extremists to surrender or evacuate the district, state media reported.

EU's Tusk testifies in Poland over president's plane crash

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 7:22am

Top European Union official Donald Tusk said Monday he had no power or role in the preparation of any flights taken by himself or Poland's president when he was the nation's prime minister.

Germany: suspect's home searched in French SS memorial probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 7:08am

German prosecutors say they've searched the home of a man suspected in a French investigation of a monument to a Nazi SS division in France.

Iraq to boost military cooperation with Czech Republic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 7:02am

The Czech and Iraqi defense ministers have vowed to further boost the military cooperation between their states.

Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan has resigned, according to his website.

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 6:22am

Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan has resigned, according to his website.

At least 10 hurt after migrants attacked on Greek island

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 6:00am

Authorities on the Greek island of Lesbos say at least 10 people were hospitalized and more than 100 detained following a violent protest against migrants who had been camped out at the island's main port for five days.

Italy to turn to 5-Stars to lead talks to end impasse

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 6:00am

Italy's president asked the populist 5-Star Movement on Monday to see if it can find a parliamentary majority with the Democratic Party, after weeks of consultations failed to yield a government following inconclusive March 4 elections.

US builds drone base in Niger, crossroads of extremism fight

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 5:18am

On the scorching edge of the Sahara Desert, the U.S. Air Force is building a base for armed drones, the newest front in America's battle against the growing extremist threat in Africa's vast Sahel region.