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Cyclone Mekunu to be 'extremely severe' on landfall in Oman

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:25pm

Meteorologists are warning that Cyclone Mekunu is expected to be "extremely severe" when it makes landfall on the Arabian Peninsula this weekend, after earlier thrashing the Yemeni island of Socotra.

N. Korea demolishes nuclear test site as journalists watch

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:37pm

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made good on his promise to demolish his country's nuclear test site, which was formally closed in a series of huge explosions Thursday as a small group of foreign journalists watched.

UN envoy urges dialogue with opposition after Burundi vote

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:29pm

The U.N. special envoy for Burundi urged the African nation's government Thursday to quickly restart dialogue with the opposition following a referendum that will allow the president to stay in power until 2034.

Prince William to visit Jordan, Israel, West Bank in June

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:13pm

Kensington Palace says Prince William will visit Israel and the Palestinian territories at the end of June — the first British royal to make an official visit there.

Call for investigation into killing of 3 by Honduran troops

Freddy Cuevas, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:35pm

A U.N. agency called Thursday for an impartial investigation into the killing of three indigenous men by a military patrol in a remote part of eastern Honduras that is a common transit point for Colombian cocaine.

Congo says confirmed Ebola cases have reached 31; 9 deaths

Saleh Mwanamilongo, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:43pm

Congo's fight to rein in a deadly Ebola outbreak has authorities crossing the border to buy up available thermometers, a World Health Organization official said as the health ministry on Thursday announced that confirmed cases had reached 31, including nine deaths.

Israeli Supreme Court rejects challenge to open-fire rules

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

Israel's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a legal challenge to the military's rules on when soldiers can fire their weapons amid weeks of violent protests that have killed dozens of Palestinians on the border with Gaza.

Argentina abortion bill to be voted in lower house in June

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:21pm

Lawmakers in Argentina's lower house say they will vote next month on legislation that would legalize elective abortion.

Putin meets Macron, says North Korea summit end regrettable

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:17pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that North Korea fulfilled its promises ahead of the canceled summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

Venezuela's President Maduro takes oath as president-elect

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:01pm

Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela's president-elect on Thursday, months before he's due to formally take the oath of office next year for a second term.

US pressure on Hezbollah may hamper Lebanese government

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 1:58pm

Growing U.S. pressure on Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah group, including a new wave of sanctions targeting its top leadership, may hamper the formation of a new government that caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri was overwhelmingly chosen to form on Thursday.

Report: Airstrikes on Syria pro-government positions kill 12

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:58pm

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.

Europe looks for deeds, not words, from Italy's populists

Nicole Winfield and Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:54pm

Italy's premier-designate Giuseppe Conte spent his first day on the job Thursday finalizing his proposed Cabinet list as European officials vowed to judge deeds, not words, from a euroskeptic and populist Italy in their ranks.

The Latest: Syrian TV reporting military base under attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:37pm

The Latest on Syria developments (all times local):

Syrian TV says a military base in central Syria has come under attack from 'enemy' fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:28pm

Syrian TV says a military base in central Syria has come under attack from 'enemy' fire .

Cyclone Mekunu pounds Yemen island on its path to Oman

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:13pm

Cyclone Mekunu roared over the Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea on its way to Oman on Thursday, sending torrents of water rushing down streets and sinking at least two ships. At least 17 people were reported missing in the powerful storm.

London couple convicted of murdering nanny, burning her body

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:01pm

A London couple delusionally obsessed with a former boy-band star were found guilty Thursday of murdering their French nanny and burning her body on a bonfire in their backyard.

Egyptian prosecutors order activist held for 15 days

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:37am

Egyptian prosecutors say they have ordered a prominent activist and blogger known for criticizing the government detained for 15 days pending an investigation, the latest episode in Egypt's media crackdown.

License to chill: MI6 tries to shed macho James Bond image

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:35am

We meet again, Mr. Bond — or maybe not.