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Afghan government releases hundreds of Taliban prisoners

Kathy Gannon and Tameem Akhgar, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 10:14am

The Afghan government released hundreds of Taliban prisoners Tuesday, its single largest prisoner release since the U.S. and the Taliban signed a peace deal earlier this year that spells out an exchange of detainees between the warring sides.

Pandemic probe: Brazil police raid Rio governor's residence

Marcelo By Sousa and Diane Jeantet, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 8:06am

Brazilian police targeted a staunch opponent of President Jair Bolsonaro's push to lift measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in one of the world's disease hot spots, searching the residence of the Rio de Janeiro state governor on Tuesday.

Hong Kong leader says security law not a threat to freedoms

Zen Soo, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 1:12am

Hong Kong's leader said Tuesday that national security legislation proposed by China's legislature will not threaten the semi-autonomous territory's civil rights, despite widespread criticism of the move as an encroachment on freedom of speech and assembly.

Military helicopter crash-lands in Russia, kills 4 on board

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 12:53am

A Russian military helicopter crash-landed on an airfield Tuesday in the far eastern region of Chukotka, killing four people, the military said.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 10:40pm

Four Minneapolis police officers who were involved in the arrest of a black man who died in police custody were fired Tuesday. The firings come a day after a bystander’s video showed the man pleading that he could not breathe as a white officer knelt on his neck and kept his knee there for several minutes after the man stopped moving. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced the terminations on Twitter, and said the firings were the “right call.” Monday's death of George Floyd was under investigation by the FBI and state law enforcement authorities. It drew comparisons to the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in 2014 in New York after being placed in a police chokehold. 

Greek resort island serial rapist held on new rape charge

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 1:19pm

A convicted serial rapist released early from a half-century prison term was under police guard in hospital on the Greek resort island of Corfu Monday after suffering severe injuries trying to evade arrest on new rape charges.

Israeli leader vows to push ahead with annexing West Bank

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 11:27am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday pledged to annex parts of the occupied West Bank in the coming months, vowing to move ahead with the explosive plan despite a growing chorus of condemnations by key allies.

Ruling party's candidate wins Burundi's presidential poll

Ignatius Ssuuna, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 11:02am

The candidate of Burundi's ruling party, Evariste Ndayishimiye, has been declared the winner of the country's presidential election.

Japan ends coronavirus state of emergency as it lifts restrictions in last areas including Tokyo

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 3:14am

Japan ends coronavirus state of emergency as it lifts restrictions in last areas including Tokyo.

Virus stalls work to keep alive a rare rhino subspecies

Joe Mwihia and Khaled Kazziha, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 1:40am

It’s not quite a case of coitus interruptus, but efforts to create a very special baby are definitely on hold. Blame the pandemic.

Indonesian choreographers provide digital stage for dancers

Edna Tarigan, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 11:00pm

Before the coronavirus pandemic arrived, 2020 seemed fated to be a great year for Siko Setyanto’s dance career: touring Germany and South Korea, performances in Indonesia, classes and more classes.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 10:40pm

South Korea has reported 19 new cases of the coronavirus, most from the Seoul metropolitan area, where officials have been actively tracing transmissions linked to nightclubs and other entertainment venues. South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday also reported two more deaths, bringing national totals to 11,225 cases and 269 fatalities. Officials linked three of the new cases to international arrivals. South Korea has been reporting around 20 new cases per day over the past two weeks after health workers found hundreds of infections linked to club goers who went out in early May as the country eased social distancing measures. 

New Zealand leader carries on with TV interview during quake

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 4:47pm

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern barely skipped a beat when an earthquake struck during a live television interview Monday morning.

Spanish league wants to resume with Seville derby on June 11

Tales Azzoni, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 4:03pm

The president of the Spanish soccer league said Sunday the competition could restart as early as June 11 with the Seville derby between Sevilla and Real Betis.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wearing blue mask, enters court for start of corruption trial.

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 6:12am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wearing blue mask, enters court for start of corruption trial.

Israel's Netanyahu attacks justice system as trial begins

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 5:16am

To the sounds of his impassioned supporters chanting outside, a defiant Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strode into a Jerusalem courtroom Sunday to face corruption charges in a long-awaited trial that has overshadowed three inconclusive elections and deeply divided the country.

Desperate Indian girl bikes 745 miles home with disabled dad

Sheikh Saaliq and Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 3:17am

From her village in eastern India, 15-year-old Jyoti Kumari reflected on her desperate 1,200-kilometer (745-mile) bicycle journey home with her disabled father that has drawn international praise.

North Korea's Kim holds meeting on bolstering nuclear forces

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 2:18am

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un convened a key military meeting to discuss bolstering the country's nuclear arsenal and putting its armed forces on high alert, state media reported Sunday, in Kim's first known public appearance in about 20 days.

Migrant shipwrecks off Tunisia leave 1 dead, over 80 rescued

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 1:42am

At least one migrant has drowned, six are missing and over 80 have been rescued off Tunisia's coast, authorities said, amid a new wave of dangerous attempts to traffic migrants across the Mediterranean Sea into Europe.