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The Latest: Israeli DM blames Hamas for boy's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 4:08am

The Latest on developments related to Gaza protests (all times local):

India seeks death penalty for rape of girls under 12

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 3:54am

India's government has decided to prescribe the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls under the age of 12 to combat an increase in crimes against women.

Red Cross says shooting in Yemen kills staffer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 3:43am

The International Committee of the Red Cross says a staff member has been killed in a shooting in Yemen.

Hamas says man gunned down in Malaysia was important member

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 3:17am

The Hamas militant group says a man who was gunned down in Malaysia was one of its members who had made "important contributions" in science.

Malaysian police say Palestinian gunned down in Kuala Lumpur

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 1:52am

Malaysian police say a Palestinian man was fatally shot by two assailants on a motorbike as he was heading to a mosque for dawn prayers. Palestinian websites have identified him as a relative of a senior official in the Gaza branch of the Islamic Jihad group.

4 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in Gaza border protest

Fares Akram and Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:42pm

Gunfire from Israeli soldiers across a border fence killed four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, and wounded more than 150 others, health officials said, as several thousand people in blockaded Gaza staged a fourth round of weekly protests on the border with Israel.

The Latest: Ally China welcomes N. Korea's nuke suspension

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:28pm

The Latest on North Korea saying it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site (all times local):

6 countries suspend membership in UNASUR regional bloc

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 10:06pm

A South American bloc created a decade ago to counter U.S. influence in the region has temporarily lost half its members after six countries suspended their memberships amid differences over who should lead the group.

Yemen Red Cross: More dying from indirect effects of war

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 9:35pm

The outgoing head of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Yemen said Friday he believes that more people are dying from indirect effects of the conflict now than from bombing, shelling and ground attacks.

N. Korea, setting stage for talks, halts nuclear, ICBM tests

Kim Tong-Hyung and Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 8:42pm

North Korea announced Saturday it will suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches ahead of its summits with Seoul and Washington, but stopped well short of suggesting it has any intention of giving up its nuclear weapons or scale back its production of missiles and their related component parts.

Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar

Zik Maulana, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 7:46pm

Indonesian fishermen rescued 76 Rohingya Muslims stranded off the coast of Aceh on Friday, authorities said, in the latest attempt by members of the persecuted ethnic group to flee Myanmar by sea.

Myanmar policeman testifies arrested reporters were set up

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 7:14pm

A Myanmar police officer testified Friday that he and several colleagues were ordered to entrap two reporters working for the Reuters news agency, dealing a major blow to the government's case against the journalists.

Palestinians want independent probe of Israeli Gaza killings

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 6:50pm

The Palestinians said Friday they want the U.N. Human Rights Council to establish a commission to carry out an independent investigation of the Israeli military's killing and wounding of Palestinians during protests in Gaza.

Israeli fire in new Gaza border protest kills 4 Palestinians

Fares Akram and Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 5:32pm

Israeli soldiers firing Friday from across a border fence killed four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, and wounded more than 150 others, health officials said, as several thousand people in blockaded Gaza staged a fourth round of weekly protests on the border with Israel.

North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests, plans to close nuclear test site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 4:10pm

North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests, plans to close nuclear test site .

Raul Castro acts like he's retiring though future unclear

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 3:59pm

Raul Castro was relaxed as he gave a 90-minute speech handing over the presidency to his hand-picked successor, Miguel Diaz-Canel. The 86-year-old revolutionary departed from his prepared remarks, making jokes and reminiscing about the past. He talked about his great-grandchildren.

No surprise: Charles to succeed queen as Commonwealth head

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 3:57pm

Prince Charles has spent a lifetime waiting to be king. On Friday the 69-year-old heir to the British throne got another position to wait for — he was approved as the next head of the Commonwealth made up of the U.K. and the countries that once were its colonies.

The Latest: Palestinians will seek UN probe of Gaza violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:43pm

The Latest on the crisis along the Israel-Gaza border (all times local):

40,000 gather in Armenia to demand leader's resignation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:19pm

About 40,000 demonstrators have gathered in Armenia's capital as a week of protests against the country's new prime minister showed no sign of dissipating.