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Arrested Saudi activists held incommunicado since last week

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:14am

Saudi Arabia is holding and interrogating at least 10 women's rights activists — seven women and three men — without any access to lawyers, according to people familiar with the arrests. The detentions are seen as a culmination of a steady crackdown on perceived critics of the government.

Ariana Grande sends love to fans on Manchester anniversary

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:12am

Ariana Grande shared a message of hope with fans Tuesday as dignitaries, survivors and first responders gathered to mark the anniversary of the bombing at Manchester Arena that killed 22 people.

AP PHOTOS: Thousands join Hong Kong bun-snatching festival

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 7:48am

Thousands of local residents and tourists flocked to an outlying island in Hong Kong on Tuesday to celebrate a local bun festival despite recording-breaking heat.

Congo announces 6 new confirmed cases of Ebola virus

Saleh Mwanamilongo and Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 7:38am

Congo's health ministry announced six new confirmed Ebola cases and two new suspected cases Tuesday as vaccinations entered a second day in an effort to contain the deadly virus in a city of more than 1 million.

Afghan forces accidentally detonate explosives, killing 16

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 6:48am

At least 16 people were killed Tuesday when Afghan security forces tried to dispose of a container full of explosives found in the southern city of Kandahar, officials said.

Dying Indian nurse: "Take care of our children"

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 6:34am

The nurse, with two young children and a husband working overseas, scrawled the words in blue pen as she lay dying in an Indian hospital isolation ward, sick with a rare and deadly virus.

China wants Australian 'concrete actions' to improve ties

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 6:26am

China on Tuesday called for "concrete actions" from Australia to improve ties following tensions over Beijing's anger with recent political moves by Canberra.

As summit looms, North Korean media return to angry tone

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 6:20am

North Korean media stepped up their rhetorical attacks on South Korea and joint military exercises with the United States, warning Tuesday that a budding detente could be in danger.

Palestinians ask ICC for 'immediate' probe against Israel

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 6:02am

Calling it a "historic step" toward justice, the Palestinian foreign minister asked the International Criminal Court on Tuesday to open an "immediate investigation" into alleged Israeli crimes committed against the Palestinian people.

Thai authorities block Bangkok march on coup anniversary

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 5:50am

Police in the Thai capital blocked a march Tuesday by pro-democracy activists protesting four years of military rule and detained several of the movement's leaders.

The Latest: Explosion kills 16 in Afghan city of Kandahar

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 5:45am

The Latest on developments in Afghanistan (all times local):

MH370 search director disagrees with pilot ditch theory

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 5:30am

The director of a seabed hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Tuesday disagreed with a new book's conclusion that the pilot likely flew the plane beyond the search area to deliberately sink it in unexplored depths of the Indian Ocean.

Ex-Romanian president on trial for revolution deaths charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 5:28am

Former Romanian President Ion Iliescu has appeared at court to face charges of crimes against humanity for his role in the country's bloody anti-communist revolution.

China sentences Tibetan activist to 5 years for separatism

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 5:04am

A Chinese judge sentenced a Tibetan shopkeeper to five years in prison on Tuesday for inciting separatism, based on his comments in a New York Times documentary in which the man talked about the erosion of his culture and language in the tightly secured region.

Group: Egyptian army intensifies home demolitions in Sinai

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:56am

Egypt's military has intensified home demolitions in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula as part of its campaign against a local affiliate of the Islamic State group, an international rights group said Tuesday.

The Latest: Israel urges ICC to reject Palestinian request

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:54am

The Latest on the Palestinians' complaint against Israel before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands (all times local):

Palestinian leader's health apparently improving in hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:42am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appears to be making a swift recovery in hospital from his latest health troubles.

German court rejects call for Puigdemont to be rearrested

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:32am

A German court on Tuesday rejected a request from prosecutors to take former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont back into custody pending a decision on whether he can be extradited to Spain.

Purported mother of poisoned Russian spy speaks out

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:56am

Russian state TV has interviewed a woman it claims to be the mother of a former Russian spy poisoned in Britain.