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China's Air Force holds training flights around rival Taiwan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:02am

China's Air Force conducted training flights Thursday around the self-governing island of Taiwan that it said mark an "historical shift" in its combat ability.

Rival Koreas' leaders face high stakes at historic summit

Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:55am

It may lack the punch of President Donald Trump's vow to unleash "fire and fury" and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's "nuclear button" boasts, but the stakes will be high on Friday when Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in sit down on the southern side of the no man's land that forms the world's most heavily armed border.

Report: Iran orders providers to stop hosting Telegram App

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:45am

Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency is reporting that authorities have ordered network providers to stop hosting the popular social-messaging app Telegram.

Macron defends new Iran nuclear plan, Trump outreach

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:23am

France's Emmanuel Macron has defended discussions with U.S. President Donald Trump for a new plan to curb Iranian nuclear weapons.

Human Rights body scolds Cyprus police over ill-treatment

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:16am

Europe's top human rights body says Cyprus police must effectively address incidents of physical abuse against detainees amid "credible allegations" that officers, slapped, punched and kicked people in custody, including foreign nationals.

Kim Jong Un will walk across border for summit with Moon

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:11am

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon-Jae-in will plant a commemorative tree and inspect an honor guard together after Kim walks across the border Friday for their historic summit, Seoul officials said Thursday.

India-China summit expected to ease tensions over border

Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 12:47am

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting this week with Chinese President Xi Jinping, a visit that some experts believe could reset a complicated relationship that faced several tests last year, including a tense border standoff.

Gaza's Hamas embraces 'non-violence' _ opportunism or shift?

Fares Akram and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 12:15am

In a sit-in tent camp near the Gaza border with Israel, a lecturer answered questions from activists grappling with the concept of non-violent protest.

Venue for Koreas summit a symbol of division

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:47pm

This week's summit between the leaders of North and South Korea will occur at a border littered with mines and laced with barbed wire, a Cold War reminder of a division that dates to the end of World War II.

Central American asylum seeking caravan reaches US border

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:33pm

About 130 Central Americans, mostly women and children, have arrived at the U.S. border with Mexico in a "caravan" of asylum-seeking immigrants that has drawn the fury of President Donald Trump.

A look at 2 leaders in the inter-Korean summit talks

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:37pm

Both protagonists at Friday's inter-Korean summit speak the same language and share the cultural background. But North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the third generation of his family to rule in absolute power, and democratically elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a liberal who wants to engage the North, also lead countries that have been divided along the world's most heavily fortified border for seven decades.

Rights group says British-Iranian professor held in Tehran

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:27pm

A British-Iranian university professor who actively campaigns against military action targeting his homeland has been detained in Iran by the country's hard-line Revolutionary Guard, a rights group says, becoming the latest dual national held there since the 2015 nuclear deal.

US envoy in Australia says Adm. Harris is needed in Seoul

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:39pm

The acting U.S. ambassador to Australia said on Thursday the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, Adm. Harry Harris, is the best envoy to represent the United States in South Korea.

Korean leaders seek to control optics at historic summit

Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:07pm

Kim Jong Un will be in uncharted territory when the third-generation autocrat walks across the border and into the southern half of the Demilitarized Zone separating the rival Koreas on Friday to greet South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The Latest: Taxi driver in 'caravan' fears El Salvador gangs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:11pm

The Latest on the arrival at the Mexico-U.S. border of busloads of Central American immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. (all times local):

Red Cross says it's flooded by missing requests for Syrians

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:41pm

The International Committee of the Red Cross has been "flooded" with about 13,000 requests in the last six months from Syrians looking for missing family members, its president said Wednesday.

Spain: 2 linked with late Venezuelan president detained

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:40pm

Spanish authorities acknowledged on Wednesday that a married couple with links to Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez has been arrested in a case of suspected corruption in their home country.

The Latest: Red Cross flooded by missing requests in Syrian

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:05pm

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

Diplomats: Swiss envoy to Germany to be new UN Myanmar envoy

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:49pm

U.N. diplomats say Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has selected Switzerland's Ambassador to Germany Christine Schraner Burgener to be the new U.N. special envoy for Myanmar.