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N. Korea, setting stage for talks, halts nuclear, ICBM tests

Kim Tong-Hyung and Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 8:42pm

North Korea announced Saturday it will suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches ahead of its summits with Seoul and Washington, but stopped well short of suggesting it has any intention of giving up its nuclear weapons or scale back its production of missiles and their related component parts.

The Latest: Japan's Abe cautious about North Korea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 8:42pm

The Latest on North Korea saying it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site (all times local):

Yemen Red Cross: More dying from indirect effects of war

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 8:25pm

The outgoing head of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Yemen says he believes more people are dying now from indirect effects of the conflict than from bombing, shelling and ground attacks.

Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar

Zik Maulana, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 7:46pm

Indonesian fishermen rescued 76 Rohingya Muslims stranded off the coast of Aceh on Friday, authorities said, in the latest attempt by members of the persecuted ethnic group to flee Myanmar by sea.

Myanmar policeman testifies arrested reporters were set up

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 7:14pm

A Myanmar police officer testified Friday that he and several colleagues were ordered to entrap two reporters working for the Reuters news agency, dealing a major blow to the government's case against the journalists.

Palestinians want independent probe of Israeli Gaza killings

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 6:50pm

The Palestinians said Friday they want the U.N. Human Rights Council to establish a commission to carry out an independent investigation of the Israeli military's killing and wounding of Palestinians during protests in Gaza.

Israeli fire in new Gaza border protest kills 4 Palestinians

Fares Akram and Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 5:32pm

Israeli soldiers firing Friday from across a border fence killed four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, and wounded more than 150 others, health officials said, as several thousand people in blockaded Gaza staged a fourth round of weekly protests on the border with Israel.

North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests, plans to close nuclear test site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 4:10pm

North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests, plans to close nuclear test site .

Raul Castro acts like he's retiring though future unclear

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 3:59pm

Raul Castro was relaxed as he gave a 90-minute speech handing over the presidency to his hand-picked successor, Miguel Diaz-Canel. The 86-year-old revolutionary departed from his prepared remarks, making jokes and reminiscing about the past. He talked about his great-grandchildren.

No surprise: Charles to succeed queen as Commonwealth head

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 3:57pm

Prince Charles has spent a lifetime waiting to be king. On Friday the 69-year-old heir to the British throne got another position to wait for — he was approved as the next head of the Commonwealth made up of the U.K. and the countries that once were its colonies.

The Latest: Palestinians will seek UN probe of Gaza violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:43pm

The Latest on the crisis along the Israel-Gaza border (all times local):

40,000 gather in Armenia to demand leader's resignation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:19pm

About 40,000 demonstrators have gathered in Armenia's capital as a week of protests against the country's new prime minister showed no sign of dissipating.

8 convicted in case alleging govt reps colluded with Mafia

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 1:49pm

A court in Italy convicted a mob boss, three police investigators and a close associate of former Premier Silvio Berlusconi in a case showing collusion between the Sicilian Mafia and state institutions after a deadly wave of mafia bombings during the early 1990s.

South Africa's leader cuts short UK visit after protests

Nqobile Ntshangase, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 1:33pm

South Africa's president cut short a visit to Britain to return home and deal with violent protests in a provincial capital, calling late Friday for calm and saying more discussions on the "serious" issues were needed.

UK teen gets 2 years for targeting CIA chief's phone, email

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 1:13pm

A British teenager has been sentenced to two years in a youth detention center for compromising the email and phone accounts of senior U.S. government officials in what a judge called acts of "cyber-terrorism."

Croatia's president honors victims of WWII camp

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 1:03pm

Croatia's president visited the site of a World War II concentration camp on Friday and honored its victims, while Jewish leaders are boycotting the main commemoration ceremony for the third year in a row.

Ex-rebel leader in Colombia relocates amid talk of arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 12:03pm

The former chief peace negotiator for Colombia's FARC rebel movement has decided to relocate to a rural camp for ex-guerrillas amid speculation he could soon be arrested as part of a U.S. drug investigation.

The Latest: France demands access for chemical inspectors

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:57am

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

Islamic State group to give up last pocket in Syrian capital

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:39am

Islamic State militants agreed to give up their last pocket in Damascus on Friday, state media reported, as the government seeks to retake the entire Syrian capital and its surrounding areas for the first time since 2011.