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Diplomats: Swiss envoy to Germany to be new UN Myanmar envoy

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:49pm

U.N. diplomats say Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has selected Switzerland's Ambassador to Germany Christine Schraner Burgener to be the new U.N. special envoy for Myanmar.

Toronto van attack throws spotlight on anti-woman vitriol

Tammy Webber and Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:43pm

The deadly van rampage in Toronto is training attention on an online world of sexual loneliness, rage and misogyny after the suspect invoked an uprising by "involuntary celibates" and gave a shoutout to a California killer who seethed at women for rejecting him.

Spain: 2 linked with late Venezuelan president detained

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:43pm

Spanish authorities acknowledged on Wednesday that they've arrested a married couple with links to Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez in a case of suspected corruption.

Turkish court finds newspaper staff guilty on terror charges

Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:37pm

A Turkish court on Wednesday convicted journalists and other senior staff members from the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper on terror charges, in a case that has exacerbated concerns over press freedom.

School shooting in northern Mexico wounds 5 students

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:08pm

Gunmen in a car apparently tried to kidnap a high school student, then opened fire on the youth as he fled into the building, wounding five young people, authorities in the northern Mexico border state of Tamaulipas said Wednesday.

Donors pledge $4.4 billion in Syria aid, short of UN needs

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:21pm

International donors on Wednesday pledged an estimated $4.4 billion in humanitarian aid for Syria and neighbors sheltering its refugees in 2018, falling significantly short of the more than $7 billion the United Nations is seeking.

Parents of sick toddler Alfie Evans lose UK court appeal

Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:13pm

Britain's Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected a new bid by the parents of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans to take him to Italy and continue his life support against the wishes of his doctors and judges.

Hostility toward journalists rising worldwide, watchdog says

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:55pm

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders says hostility toward journalists is growing worldwide, often encouraged by political leaders — even in democratic countries.

Canada van victims include grandmother, avid volunteer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:37pm

People who died when a van plowed down a Toronto sidewalk came from all walks of life, and from several countries. They included a grandmother who was an avid sports fan, and a woman who volunteered to build houses in the Dominican Republic.

Czech president suggests Israel embassy move to Jerusalem

Karel Janicek, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:13pm

The Czech Republic's president suggested Wednesday that his country was considering joining the U.S. in moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Germans don Jewish skullcaps to protest anti-Semitism

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:13pm

Germans of various faiths donned Jewish skullcaps and took to the streets Wednesday in several cities to protest an anti-Semitic attack in Berlin and express fears about growing hatred of Jews in the country.

Dominican authorities seize nearly $1.5M in cash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:01pm

Authorities in the Dominican Republic have confiscated nearly $1.5 million in cash found in commercial goods.

Tusk urges Russia ally Serbia to stay on EU membership path

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:51pm

A senior European Union official on Wednesday urged Serbia, a candidate for EU membership that is also Russia's key ally in Europe, to keep up its bid to join the bloc.

Thousands protest in Armenia's capital as talks falter

Yuras Karmanau and Avet Demourian, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:51pm

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters surged into the central square of the Armenian capital again on Wednesday, calling for the leader of their protests to become prime minister as the country labored through a dramatic political crisis.

Greece, Macedonia hold new talks in Vienna on name dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:13pm

The foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia have held a meeting in Vienna under a United Nations-mediated effort to resolve a long-running dispute over Macedonia's name.

Heavy rains pummel Cairo and parts of Egypt

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:07pm

Rare heavy rainfall pummeled the Egyptian capital and other parts of the country for a second day Wednesday, with showers flooding roads and a new, leafy suburb east of Cairo.

Chemical weapons team gathers more samples from Syrian town

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:05pm

Inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog made a second visit Wednesday to a Syrian town hit by an alleged chemical attack, collecting samples from a new location that will be sent to designated labs for analysis.

Dane convicted of killing, dismembering journalist on sub

Jan M. Olsen and David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 11:46am

A self-taught Danish engineer was convicted of murder Wednesday for luring a Swedish journalist on to his homemade submarine, then torturing and killing her before dismembering her body and dumping it at sea in a sensational case that has gripped Scandinavia.

Protesting police, military join Portugal revolution parade

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 11:38am

Portuguese military personnel and police protesting about a freeze on promotions have joined annual parades marking the country's 1974 Carnation Revolution, which toppled a dictatorship.