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Tensions soar between India, Pakistan along Kashmir frontier

Munir Ahmed and Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:38am

Tensions soared Wednesday along the volatile frontier between India and Pakistan in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, as rival soldiers shelled dozens of villages and border posts for a sixth straight day.

Australian lawmaker accuses billionaire in UN bribe scandal

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:33am

A government lawmaker has accused a China-born Australian billionaire who generously donates to Australian political parties of conspiring to bribe a top United Nations official.

Stunning fall of Malaysia's Najib ushers in hopes of reform

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:04am

Two weeks ago, Malaysia's Najib Razak was supremely confident of being elected prime minister for a third term. Instead, in a dizzying political drama, he lost an unlosable election and spiraled into ever-deepening disgrace while Malaysians are being feted for advancing democratic values against their global retreat.

Body of Pakistani killed at Texas school arrives in Karachi

Adil Jawad, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:02am

The body of a 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Texas arrived before dawn Wednesday in the port city of Karachi, where her family lived and where she was being buried.

Venezuelan president expels top US diplomat amid tensions

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 7:32pm

President Nicolas Maduro expelled the top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela and his deputy Tuesday for allegedly conspiring against the socialist government and trying to sabotage the weekend presidential election.

Elderly North Korean spies trapped in South yearn for home

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 7:20pm

He's spent nearly six decades trapped on enemy soil, surviving 29 years in a prison where he was tortured by South Korean guards before being released to a life of poverty and police surveillance. Now, 89 years old and bedridden with illness, former North Korean spy Seo Ok-yeol just wants to go home.

AP PHOTOS: Thousands join Hong Kong bun-snatching festival

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 6:48pm

Thousands of people flocked to an outlying island in Hong Kong on Tuesday to celebrate a local bun festival despite recording-breaking heat.

Private jet from Texas crashes in Honduras, all survive

Freddy Cuevas, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 5:04pm

A private jet traveling from Austin, Texas, crashed off the end of the runway of the Honduran capital's international airport and broke in half Tuesday, but the crew and passengers were rescued and reportedly out of danger.

Congo announces 6 new confirmed cases of Ebola virus

Saleh Mwanamilongo and Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:14pm

Congo's health ministry announced six new confirmed Ebola cases and two new suspected cases Tuesday as vaccinations entered a second day in an effort to contain the deadly virus in a city of more than 1 million.

Ariana Grande sends love to fans on Manchester anniversary

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:04pm

Ariana Grande shared a message of hope with fans Tuesday as dignitaries, survivors, first responders and the people of Manchester gathered to mark the anniversary of the concert bombing that killed 22 people.

Italy: PM pick had library pass, no official status at NYU

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:52pm

A law professor put forward as Italy's next premier faced suspicions Tuesday that he overstated his academic credentials, including referring on his resume to seven summers of studies at New York University that turned out to involve only having library privileges there.

Brazil leader scraps bid, supports ex-finance minister

Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 2:46pm

Acknowledging the unlikelihood of his re-election, Brazil's deeply unpopular president on Tuesday said he wasn't running and endorsed his former finance minister for the top office less than five months before voters in Latin America's largest nation pick a new leader.

Palestinians ask ICC to investigate alleged crimes by Israel

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 2:04pm

Accusing Israel of systematic crimes, including apartheid in the occupied territories, Palestinians on Tuesday urged the International Criminal Court to open an investigation that could ultimately lead to charges against Israeli leaders.

Ukraine: Grenade explosion on bus kills 1 teen, wounds 3

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 1:38pm

Separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine say an accidental grenade explosion on a bus has killed one teenager and wounded three others.

Brazil's president says won't seek re-election, endorses finance minister

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 1:21pm

Brazil's president says won't seek re-election, endorses finance minister.

Armed men who threatened Marseille police still at large

Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 1:12pm

French authorities say a group of men who threatened police officers with guns in Marseille is still at large and might have abducted someone during its commando-style operation.

Romania court acquits Senate speaker of lying under oath

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 1:03pm

A Romanian court has acquitted the Senate speaker of making false statements under oath in a trial related to a fraudulent real estate case.

Resume of professor picked to be Italy's premier scrutinized

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 12:52pm

Giuseppe Conte, a bureaucracy-allergic law professor, is hardly a household name in Italy. Yet the 53-year-old academic is the candidate two rival political leaders have chosen to head what they hope will be the country's first populist government.

Cuba's new leader breaks from past with public appearances

Andrea Rodriguez and Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 12:50pm

For half a century Fidel Castro seemed to be everywhere in Cuba — inspecting factories, farms and offices, expounding to the press and zooming to the scenes of natural disasters to direct the minutest details of the response.