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

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:05am

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.

Israeli PM welcomes Romania's stand on Jerusalem embassy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:04am

Israel's prime minister has thanked his visiting counterpart from Romania for her government's stand on possibly moving Romania's embassy to Jerusalem.

Romania leader skips corruption hearing _ by visiting Israel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:45am

Romania's most powerful politician has missed a hearing on corruption charges — by going on a surprise visit to Israel.

Egypt's parliament passes law to fine aggressive touts

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:41am

In efforts to revive its tourism sector, Egypt passed a bill this week imposing fines on overly aggressive touts.

Kuwait expels Philippines ambassador amid dispute

Hussain Al-Qatari, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:36am

Kuwait on Wednesday gave a one-week deadline for the Philippines ambassador to leave the small, oil-rich Gulf Arab nation over a growing diplomatic dispute regarding the abuse of Filipina housemaids and workers in the country.

Spanish politician resigns over theft and degree scandals

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:22am

A top politician for Spain's ruling party resigned Wednesday as the head of the Madrid region following a string of personal scandals, opening a new crisis for the conservative government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Photographer Joao Silva still shooting despite loss of legs

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:19am

Joao Silva, a photographer who was grievously injured in Afghanistan in 2010, says journalists who choose to cover conflict should have a clear understanding of the horrific consequences of combat.

France's cultural clout resonates during Macrons' US trip

Thomas Adamson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:17am

From fashion, to food and even art — the Macrons' visit to the United States has been a PR coup for France.

Kuwait's state-run news agency says Philippines ambassador has 1 week to leave country amid dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:08am

Kuwait's state-run news agency says Philippines ambassador has 1 week to leave country amid dispute.

China says further steps ready to target Taiwan independence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:04am

China is prepared to take further steps to counter perceived moves by self-ruling Taiwan toward formal independence following recent war games aimed at intimidating the island's leaders, the government said Wednesday.

Thousands protest in Armenia as political talks called off

Yuras Karmanau and Avet Demourian, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:59am

Several thousand protesters took to the streets of the Armenian capital on Wednesday morning after talks between the opposition and the acting prime minister were called off.

The Latest: UN says $4.4 bn to be pledged for Syria aid

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:39am

The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local):

Parents of sick British toddler to return to court

Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:39am

The parents of a terminally ill British toddler whose case has drawn support from Pope Francis plan to return to the Court of Appeal Wednesday in hope of winning the right to take him to Italy for treatment.

Germany wants to deport alleged former bin Laden follower

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:35am

The German government says it is trying to deport a former follower of Osama bin Laden despite court rulings barring his transfer to Tunisia.

UN says donors pledge 4.4 billion dollars in aid for Syria and its neighbors in 2018

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:33am

UN says donors pledge 4.4 billion dollars in aid for Syria and its neighbors in 2018.

Pakistan bars US diplomat from travel over fatal crash

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:20am

An American diplomat who struck a Pakistani motorcyclist in a fatal road accident earlier this month has been barred from leaving the country, pending a civil court case, Pakistani officials said Wednesday.

Indonesian oil well fire kills 18 people, injures dozens

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:17am

A newly drilled unregulated oil well in western Indonesia exploded into flames early Wednesday, burning 18 people to death and injuring dozens of others.

Russia hints it may provide advanced air defenses to Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:13am

The Russian military indicated on Wednesday it will supply the Syrian government with a sophisticated air defense system following Moscow's condemnation of the missile attack launched by the United States, Britain and France earlier this month.

Iran's president says no changes, additions to nuclear deal

Amir Vahdat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:05am

Iran's president on Wednesday ruled out any changes or additions to the 2015 nuclear deal, amid European efforts to convince U.S. President Donald Trump to stick with the landmark agreement.