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UN: ex-German president resigned UN job for health reasons

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 4:43pm

Former German President Horst Kohler has resigned from his role as the secretary-general's personal envoy for the disputed Western Sahara, citing health reasons, the United Nations said Wednesday.

Group of Yazidi women victims of IS get new life in France

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 1:58pm

France is taking in a new group of Yazidis including women victimized by the Islamic State group and their children.

Mexico morgue left bodies to rot for 2 years before autopsy

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 1:19pm

A morgue in western Mexico was so overcrowded and poorly run that some unidentified bodies were left to rot for two years before being autopsied, a report said Wednesday.

Vigilante attacks on the rise in Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 1:12pm

Vigilante attacks in which mobs injure or kill people suspected of wrongdoing are increasing in Mexico, the National Human Rights Commission said Wednesday.

UN demands Britain end rule of Chagos Islands in 6 months

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 12:51pm

The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to demand that Britain end its "colonial administration" of the Chagos Islands, which include the U.S. air base on Diego Garcia, and return them to Mauritius within six months.

AP Was There: American Taliban Fighter in US custody

Burt Herman, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 12:39pm

This story was first published on Dec. 2, 2001, when AP journalist Burt Herman reported on the discovery of American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh in Afghanistan. We are reprinting the story now to mark Lindh's release after nearly two decades in prison.

The Latest: Iran supreme leader critical of FM in nuke deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 12:28pm

The Latest on increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local):

As US tensions grow, Iran supreme leader says president, FM didn't act as he wished in implementing 2015 nuclear deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 12:16pm

As US tensions grow, Iran supreme leader says president, FM didn't act as he wished in implementing 2015 nuclear deal .

Key US official on Mideast peace addresses Security Council

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 10:44am

A key architect of the long-awaited U.S. plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace warned Wednesday that "nothing can be meaningfully fixed" until Gaza's Hamas rulers and Palestinian Islamic Jihad renounce their vows to destroy Israel and stop carrying out violent acts.

Tunisia frees United Nations expert suspected of espionage

Bouazza Ben Bouazza, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 10:42am

A United Nations expert monitoring sanctions against Libya has left neighboring Tunisia after being jailed for nearly two months on suspicion of espionage.

US, China appear to brace for long haul in trade dispute

Paul Wiseman and Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 9:33am

With negotiations on hold and tariffs piling up, the United States and China appear to be bracing for a prolonged standoff over trade.

South Africa's Ramaphosa starts crackdown on corruption

Mogomotsi Magome, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 8:41am

South African President-elect Cyril Ramaphosa has taken steps to crack down on corruption Wednesday as the country's new parliament voted him to lead the country for a five-year term.

German government OKs plan to shoot protected wolves

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 8:15am

The German government wants to relax rules against shooting wolves if the animals kill sheep or other livestock.

German far right cancels election party after venue threats

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 7:29am

The far-right Alternative for Germany party is canceling a planned election-night party in Berlin after staff at the venue received threats from political rivals.

Japan urges traditional order for Japanese names

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 7:17am

Japan's Foreign Ministry wants the world to begin using the traditional order for Japanese names, with family names first.

Suicide car bomb kills at least 9 in Somalia's capital

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 6:42am

Islamic extremists exploded a suicide car bomb near the presidential palace in Somalia's capital Wednesday, killing at least nine people, including former Foreign Minister Hussein Elabe Fahiye, who was an adviser to the current president.

Cyprus editor hails acquittal over Turkey insult charge

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 6:38am

The editor of a Turkish Cypriot newspaper said Wednesday his acquittal on charges he insulted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was a triumph of Turkish Cypriot justice.

Remains of Holocaust victims laid to rest in Belarus

Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 6:29am

Remains of more than 1,000 Holocaust victims were laid to rest on Wednesday in a Belarusian city on the border with Poland after a mass grave was discovered on a building site earlier this year.

Germany grants asylum to 2 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 6:27am

Germany has granted asylum to two Hong Kong activists in a sign of growing concern over how dissent is dealt with in the territory.