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Cyclone Mekunu pounds Yemen island on its path to Oman

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:40am

Cyclone Mekunu pounded the Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea on Thursday morning, lashing it with heavy rain and strong winds as the powerful storm remained on path to strike Oman this weekend. At least 17 people were reported missing.

Thai court extends detention of pro-democracy activists

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:36am

A court in Thailand extended the detention Thursday of 15 pro-democracy activists arrested earlier this week after several thousand police were deployed to halt their small protest against military rule.

Investigators: Russian military missile downed Flight MH17

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:28am

An international team of investigators says that detailed analysis of video images has established that the Buk missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 nearly four years ago came from a Russia-based military unit.

Investigators: Missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine in 2014 was from Russian military

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:15am

Investigators: Missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine in 2014 was from Russian military.

South Sudan's quiet victims of war: With HIV, without help

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:12am

Tracing his fingers over his bald head, the 11-year-old boy shifts uncomfortably in his chair. "I'm scared," James Seferino says. "All I know is that if I don't take my pills I'll die."

Congo says Ebola cases have reached 30, warns against rumors

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:10am

Congo's Ministry of Health says the number of confirmed Ebola cases has reached 30, including 8 deaths in the 3 affected health zones in the country's Equateur province.

Australian sentenced to death in Malaysia drugs case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:10am

An Australian woman accused of drug trafficking in Malaysia was sentenced to death after an appeals court on Thursday overturned a lower court's acquittal, her lawyer said.

Lebanese president begins consultations to name new premier

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:06am

Lebanon's president is consulting with lawmakers on naming a new prime minister after this month's parliamentary elections.

China says no reason found for US staffer's sonic condition

Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:02am

No explanation has yet been found for a U.S. government employee's report of abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, China said Thursday, as the incident in southern Guangzhou city recalled the experiences of illness-stricken American diplomats in Cuba.

Israel defense chief plans 2,500 new West Bank settler homes

Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:56am

Israel's defense minister said Thursday he will seek approval next week to fast-track construction of 2,500 new West Bank settlement homes in 2018, an announcement likely to further ratchet up tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.

Australia to hold 5 by-elections due to citizenship crisis

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:54am

Australian will hold an unprecedented five by-elections on the same day in July due to a political crisis over a 117-year-old constitutional ban on dual citizens holding seats in Parliament.

Landmark abortion vote in Ireland may change constitution

Leo Enright, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:48am

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

Sweden adopts law that says non-consensual sex is rape

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:42am

Sweden has adopted a law requiring people to get explicit consent before sexual contact. Otherwise it will be considered as rape.

Turkish trial against Australian IS suspect postponed

Mehmet Guzel, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:41am

A Turkish court has postponed an extradition case against an Australian Islamic State suspect pending the result of a Turkish terror-related investigation.

China calls US withdrawal of drills invite 'unconstructive'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:10am

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

North Korea slams Pence as summit with Trump grows shakier

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 1:04am

North Korea has lobbed another verbal salvo at Washington ahead of an increasingly embattled plan for its leader, Kim Jong Un, and President Donald Trump to meet next month, calling Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy" and saying it is just as ready to meet in a nuclear confrontation as at the negotiating table.

Macron and Putin to discuss Iran nuclear deal, Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:38am

Having failed to persuade U.S. President Donald Trump to stay in the Iran nuclear accord, French President Emmanuel Macron is reaching out to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Iraq says suicide bomber kills 7 in northern Baghdad park

Murtada Faraj, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 8:08pm

A suicide bomber blew himself up late Wednesday at a crowded park in Iraq's capital, killing at least seven people in the first such attack in Baghdad since the start a week ago of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, security officials said.

Scars, unexploded bombs have lingered since Philippine siege

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 7:46pm

Thousands of displaced remain in emergency shelters and the threat of Islamic extremists and unexploded bombs lingers in the rubble of a southern Philippine city, where survivors on Wednesday remembered a disastrous five-month siege by Islamic State group-aligned fighters that began a year ago.