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Syrian monitor: At least 12 killed in presumed US-led strike

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 1:49am

A Syria war-monitoring group says at least 12 pro-government fighters were killed in airstrikes the previous night in the country's east.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 1:34am

Israel's defense minister says he will seek approval next week to fast-track construction of 2,500 new West Bank settlement homes in 2018.

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.

Cyclone Mekunu pounds Yemen island on its path to Oman

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:52am

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.

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.

Landmark abortion vote in Ireland may change constitution

Leo Enright, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:08am

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

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.

Venezuela's Maduro swift to act days after election victory

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 7:39pm

Nicolas Maduro hasn't wasted time consolidating power in the aftermath of his disputed victory in Venezuela's presidential election. He has thrown out U.S. diplomats, arrested alleged military conspirators and cracked down on the nation's last remaining critical major newspaper.

Syria state-run media reports US-led airstrike on army posts

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

A Syrian government-run media outlet reported early Thursday that U.S.-led coalition airstrikes hit Syrian army positions in eastern Syria near the front lines with the Islamic State group.

Nicaraguan cardinal says talks between President Daniel Ortega's government and opponents have been suspended

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:09pm

Nicaraguan cardinal says talks between President Daniel Ortega's government and opponents have been suspended.

US rejects call for UN to fund African force in the Sahel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:47pm

The United States is rejecting a call from U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for the world body to fund a new 5,000-troop African force meant to fight extremists in western Africa's vast Sahel region.

UN exempts North Koreans meeting with Trump from sanctions

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:08pm

A U.N. committee on Wednesday granted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's entire delegation an exemption from U.N. sanctions ahead of its scheduled trip to Singapore to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Egypt detains activist blogger amid new wave of arrests

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:38pm

An Egyptian activist and blogger known for documenting police abuse was detained Wednesday, security officials said in the latest in a new wave of arrests following elections earlier this year.

French government orders evacuation of Paris migrant camps

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:16pm

Police are preparing to dismantle makeshift camps holding close to 2,500 migrants in the French capital, France's interior minister said Wednesday amid a debate over how best to respond to the unrelenting arrival of homeless newcomers — with humanity or muscle.

US employee in China reported strange sounds, pressure

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:14pm

A U.S. government employee in southern China reported abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, the State Department said Wednesday, recalling similar experiences among American diplomats in Cuba who later fell ill.

Italy steps toward populist government as Conte gets mandate

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:16pm

Italy's president asked political neophyte Giuseppe Conte to try to form a government Wednesday, giving the euroskeptic 5-Star Movement and anti-immigrant League a shot at running western Europe's first populist government.

Yulia Skripal says recovery from poisoning 'slow, painful'

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:14pm

Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned with her ex-spy father in a nerve agent attack, said Wednesday her recovery has been "slow and painful," and that she hopes to return to her home in Russia someday.

US health chief pledges more action if Ebola spreads

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:08pm

President Donald Trump's top health official said Wednesday that the U.S. and global partners will "take the steps necessary" to try to contain a new Ebola outbreak, asserting that the fight against infectious diseases is one of the administration's top priorities for the World Health Organization, the U.N. agency taking the lead.