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Inquiry begins into London's Grenfell Tower blaze

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 3:14am

An inquiry into last year's devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in west London is set to begin with two weeks of tributes to the 71 people who died.

Syrian government to resume anti-IS offensive in Damascus

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 2:48am

Syrian government forces were to resume their offensive against the Islamic State group in the south of the capital, after evacuating a group of civilians from the area, Syrian state TV reported Monday.

Abbas, 83-year-old Palestinian leader, still in hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 2:34am

The Palestinian president's condition has seen a "clear improvement" after he was taken to hospital with a fever, an Arab lawmaker in Israel's parliament with close ties to Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday.

Verdict to be delivered in family ax murder trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 2:32am

A South African man accused of murdering three members of his family with an ax arrived in court on Monday morning to hear the verdict in his case.

In North Korea nuke site closing, spectacle trumps substance

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 2:22am

Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of the country's Punggye-ri nuclear test site in a much-touted display of goodwill before leader Kim Jong Un's planned summit with President Donald Trump next month.

Moon enters talks with Trump with driver's seat at stake

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 2:18am

For a few months, everything seemed to be clicking for South Korean President Moon Jae-in as he pieced together crucial nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea following a year of intense animosity.

Australian state government proposes protecting wild horses

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 2:01am

An Australian state government has decided to legally protect rather than kill thousands of wild horses, infuriating scientists who argue the feral species is doing severe environmental damage to the country's iconic Snowy Mountains alpine region.

Maduro wins Venezuela election challengers call illegitimate

Joshua Goodman and Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 1:00am

Embattled socialist incumbent Nicolas Maduro won Venezuela's presidential election by a landslide in a disputed vote marred by irregularities and mass absenteeism that led his main rivals to call for a re-run to prevent a national social crisis from exploding.

Manila takes non-confrontational stand vs China in sea feud

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 12:38am

The Philippine government is taking "appropriate diplomatic action" to protect its claims in the South China Sea but did not elaborate or name China in a non-confrontational policy that immediately sparked criticism.

2 injured in multiple bombings in Thailand's troubled south

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 11:47pm

Thai authorities say suspected Muslim insurgents set off small bombs at about two dozen locations in the country's deep south, wounding two women.

US relations under Trump dominate Mexico presidential debate

Maria Verza, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 11:20pm

Mexico's turbulent relationship with the U.S. government under President Donald Trump dominated the country's second presidential debate Sunday.

Thailand wearies of junta rule, election promise still vague

Jerry Harmer and Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 9:54pm

Four years after seizing power, Thailand's junta has a singular success it never hoped for: uniting a politically divided nation in growing dissatisfaction with the thin-skinned rule of the generals.

Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela election

Scott Smith and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 9:39pm

Venezuelan officials declared socialist leader Nicolas Maduro the easy winner of Sunday's presidential election, while his leading challenger questioned the legitimacy of a vote marred by irregularities and called for a new ballot to prevent a brewing social crisis from exploding.

Britain basks in royal wedding afterglow; grave gets bouquet

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 9:15pm

Unwilling to kiss Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding goodbye just yet, Britain basked Sunday in the scale of the spectacle as major broadcasters kept scenes from the royal nuptials on repeat along with fresh interviews with the bride's dressmaker.

Venezuela electoral council says Maduro re-elected in vote marred by opposition boycott, irregularities

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 8:26pm

Venezuela electoral council says Maduro re-elected in vote marred by opposition boycott, irregularities.

Venezuela anti-government candidate Henri Falcon says presidential election marred by irregularities, lacks legitimacy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 7:56pm

Venezuela anti-government candidate Henri Falcon says presidential election marred by irregularities, lacks legitimacy.

Record Everest climber returns, already planning next trip

Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 6:54pm

A Sherpa climbing guide who scaled Mount Everest for a record 22nd time last week returned from the mountain on Sunday and said he's already planning his next trip.

Kerry says civil discourse is under threat around the world

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 6:36pm

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday warned that "true civil discourse" is under threat around the world while speaking to graduates at NYU Abu Dhabi, an event that the school blocked journalists from filming.

Cubans mourn plane crash dead, officials ID 20 bodies

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 6:18pm

At morgues and in church services, tearful Cubans on Sunday mourned loved ones who died in the country's worst air disaster in three decades.