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Report: Nigerian troops raped women rescued from Boko Haram

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:58am

A new Amnesty International report accuses Nigerian soldiers and self-defense forces of raping women rescued from the Boko Haram extremist group.

Egypt expects artifacts seized in Italy to be returned home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:58am

A Cairo official says he expects 118 ancient Egyptian artifacts, which were among thousands belonging to other civilizations found by Italian police over two months ago, to be returned to Egypt.

Swiss gov't eyes simplifying process for name, gender change

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:56am

The Swiss government wants to simplify the process for transgender or gender-variant people to officially change their name or sex.

Investigators: Russian military missile downed Flight MH17

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:54am

Detailed analysis of video and photos has unequivocally established that the Buk missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine nearly four years ago came from a Russia-based military unit, an international team of investigators said Thursday.

Landmark abortion vote in Ireland may change constitution

Leo Enright and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:52am

An abortion debate that has inflamed passions in Ireland for decades will come down to a single question on Friday: yes or no?

Italy brings Pakistani woman back after forced abortion

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:50am

Italy's foreign minister proudly announced the return to Italy on Thursday of a young Pakistani woman who was taken by her family to Pakistan to have an abortion against her will after she got pregnant by her Italian boyfriend.

Greek court clears way for Turkish servicemen to get asylum

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:49am

Greece's supreme court has cleared the way for the granting of asylum to eight Turkish servicemen who fled their country hours after an abortive military coup two years ago.

Burkina Faso breaks ties with Taiwan in fresh blow to island

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:48am

Burkina Faso has broken diplomatic ties with Taiwan, the Taiwanese foreign minister said Thursday, in the latest blow to the self-ruled island that Beijing has been trying to isolate on the global stage.

Afghan official: Taliban kill 3 troops in northern province

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:35am

An Afghan official says the Taliban have attacked a military outpost in northern Faryab province, killing three soldiers and wounding six.

North Korea demolishes nuke test site with series of blasts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:16am

North Korea carried out what it said is the demolition of its nuclear test site Thursday, setting off a series of explosions over several hours in the presence of foreign journalists.

Pakistan assembly passes bill to give equal rights to tribes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:14am

Pakistan's lower house of parliament, with rare support from the opposition, has passed a bill to give equal rights to 5 million people living in the country's tribal areas.

Thai court grants bail to detained pro-democracy activists

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:10am

A court in Thailand granted bail Thursday to 15 pro-democracy activists who were arrested earlier this week during a protest against military rule at which several thousand police were deployed.

Lebanese president begins consultations to name new premier

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:04am

Lebanon's president began consultations Thursday with lawmakers on naming a new prime minister following this month's parliamentary elections and amid increasing pressures by the United States and its Arab allies on the militant Hezbollah group.

Congo says Ebola cases have reached 30, warns against rumors

Saleh Mwanamilongo, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:58am

Congo's Ministry of Health said Thursday the number of confirmed Ebola cases has reached 30, including eight deaths in the three affected health zones in the country's Equateur province.

China calls US withdrawal of drills invite 'unconstructive'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:50am

China's Defense Ministry on Thursday criticized as "unconstructive" Washington's withdrawal of an invitation for it to participate in a multinational naval exercise the U.S. is hosting this summer.

Saudi releases 70-year-old in sweep on women's activists

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:46am

Human rights groups say Saudi authorities have released a 70-year-old activist, but that nine others remain detained following a sweep that targeted women's rights activists.

Report: Airstrikes on Syria pro-government positions kill 12

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:42am

Airstrikes overnight in eastern Syria killed at least 12 pro-government fighters, all reportedly foreign nationals, a war-monitoring group said Thursday. The Syrian government-run media blamed the strikes on the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group.

Migrants block northern Greek highway in 2nd day of protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:33am

Some 250 asylum-seekers have blocked a busy northern Greek highway, in a second day of protests against overcrowding and poor conditions in the nearby camp they are housed in.

AP PHOTOS: Then and now: France's World War I battle-scape

Laurent Rebours, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:31am

U.S. troops fighting in France in World War I found a landscape ravaged by trench warfare and chemical weapons, churches gutted by bombs and used as makeshift hospitals, and villages turned into military prisons.