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Assange friend jailed by Ecuador says case will collapse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 8:39am

A jailed Swedish programmer friendly with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he's confident the case against him in Ecuador lacks substance and "will collapse."

Ukraine election: The president vs. guy who plays one on TV

Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 8:35am

Ukraine's presidential runoff Sunday is a battle between a billionaire tycoon who rode anti-Russian protests to the nation's top office five years ago and a comedian who plays a president in a TV sitcom. Improbably, the actor appears poised to win.

Ex-SS guard charged with 5,230 counts of accessory to murder

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 8:28am

A former Nazi guard has been charged with 5,230 counts of accessory to murder at the Stutthof concentration camp during the final months of World War II, German prosecutors said Thursday.

Egypt opposition urges "No" vote to extend president's term

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 8:27am

A coalition of opposition political parties Thursday called on Egyptian voters to reject proposed constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030.

Animal charity and Albania lock swords over 3 lions

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 8:02am

An international animal welfare charity was locked in a spat Thursday with the Albanian government over three lions destined for a sanctuary in the Netherlands.

German teen on trial for killing boy over refused advances

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 7:23am

A German teenager has gone on trial for the fatal strangling of another boy who allegedly refused his advances.

Tensions flare with Italy's ruling coalition over corruption

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 7:08am

Italy's deputy transport minister has been placed under investigation in a corruption probe, becoming the latest political pawn in Italy's uneasy ruling coalition between the right-wing, anti-migrant League party and the populist 5-Star Movement.

Greece: Acropolis closed for the day after lightning strike

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 6:59am

Authorities in Greece have closed the Acropolis in Athens to visitors for the day due to a severe weather warning, a day after a lightning strike at the ancient site left four people injured.

Leaders of Russia, Estonia sit down for talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 6:33am

The presidents of Russia and Estonia have sat down for talks at the Kremlin for the first time in nearly a decade.

Thailand busts 'seasteading' effort by American

Grant Peck, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 6:07am

Thai authorities have raided a floating home in the Andaman Sea belonging to an American man and his Thai partner who sought to be pioneers in the "seasteading" movement, which promotes living in international waters to be free of any nation's laws.

Portuguese foreign ministry confirms the 29 people killed in tour bus crash in Madeira were German

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 5:56am

Portuguese foreign ministry confirms the 29 people killed in tour bus crash in Madeira were German .

Kremlin says Kim Jong Un will visit Russia this month

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 5:29am

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia later this month, the Kremlin said Thursday, in a meeting that offers President Vladimir Putin an opportunity to emerge as a broker in the long-running nuclear standoff and raise Russia's profile in regional affairs.

Catalan separatist holds press conference from prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 5:22am

A leading politician in Catalonia's independence movement has held a news conference in an unusual setting — the Madrid prison where he is being held while standing trial for the region's secession effort.

Kremlin says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia this month for talks with Putin

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 5:19am

Kremlin says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia this month for talks with Putin.

The Latest: Indonesian president says he won re-election

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 4:47am

The Latest on Indonesia's election (all times local):

Populists expected to gain seats in May's EU elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 4:33am

The European Parliament is predicting that nationalist, populist and anti-migrant groups will make significant gains in the May 23-26 EU elections but says it thinks mainstream parties will keep control over the assembly.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo says he won election with 54% of votes, world leaders have called to congratulate him

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 4:31am

Indonesian President Joko Widodo says he won election with 54% of votes, world leaders have called to congratulate him.

Analysis: Kim, returning to military optics, turns up heat

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 3:59am

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is cautiously turning up the heat after his unsuccessful summit with President Trump in Hanoi two months ago.

Trump's adviser visits Moscow for talks on bilateral issues

Nataliya Yasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 3:40am

The Kremlin spokesman says a U.S. presidential adviser has traveled to Russia for talks.