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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

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 6:29pm

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has been elected for a second term, official results showed Tuesday, in a victory over a would-be strongman who aligned himself with Islamic hardliners.

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.

IS claims bomb attack targeting US-backed force in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 2:38pm

A spokesman for a U.S.-backed force in Syria says a suicide bomber from the Islamic State extremist group detonated his explosives on a road in northern Syria, targeting a joint convoy belonging to the force and the U.S.-led anti-IS coalition.

Cop kills ex, then himself in Brazil government building

Marcelo Silva By Sousa, Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 2:25pm

A police officer shot his ex-girlfriend to death at her office at the municipal education department in Brazil's capital and then killed himself Monday, authorities said.

Battle breaks out for WikiLeaks founder Assange's computers

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 1:02pm

With Julian Assange locked away in a London jail, a new battle has broken out over what may contain some of the WikiLeaks founder's biggest secrets: his computers.

US backs calls for Taiwan to get role at UN health assembly

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 10:33am

The United States is backing calls for Taiwan to be granted observer status at the U.N. health agency's biggest annual gathering, the U.S. health secretary said Monday.

Venezuelan migrants missing after 2nd sea tragedy in a month

Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 10:18am

A Venezuelan official confirmed Monday that a small boat carrying at least 20 people sank in Caribbean coastal waters last week, with most of its passengers missing in the second sea tragedy in a month involving Venezuelan migrants taking great risks to escape their country's humanitarian crisis.

UN agency threatens to suspend aid to rebel areas in Yemen

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 10:12am

The U.N. food agency is threatening to suspend aid to areas under the control of Yemen's Houthi rebels, if they do not take measures against theft and fraud in food distribution.

Armenian ex-president's case sent to higher court

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 10:07am

An Armenian court has halted proceedings in the trial of former President Robert Kocharian in connection with a deadly police crackdown and transferred the case to the constitutional court.

Cyprus' communist-rooted former president critically ill

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 10:05am

Cyprus' health ministry says the country's former president Dimitris Christofias is in a critical condition in hospital with respiratory problems.

Chinese official hands over new panda to Vienna zoo

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 8:44am

A senior Chinese official has officially handed over a 19-year-old male giant panda to Vienna's Schoenbrunn zoo.

US aircraft carrier seen as barometer of tensions with Iran

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 8:37am

Ordered by the White House to the Persian Gulf, the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier has become a 100,000-ton barometer of the tensions between Iran and the U.S.

The Latest: North Macedonia finds migrants hiding in truck

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 8:33am

The Latest on migration to Europe (all times local):