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Trump balks at North Korea's rhetoric but it has used worse

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:52am

When North Korea slammed U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and national security adviser John Bolton, its language was very blunt and impolite. But it was milder than its typical crude and inflammatory insults unleased on other top U.S. and South Korean officials.

China sets trial for dissident who chronicled rights abuses

Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:52am

A Chinese dissident who founded a website documenting rights abuses will be tried on June 20 for allegedly leaking state secrets, his lawyer said Friday.

Explosion in Canadian restaurant wounds 15 people

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:52am

An explosion caused by "improvised explosive device" ripped through an Indian restaurant in a mall in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, wounding 15 people, Canadian police said.

Report: Suspected Israeli strike targets Hezbollah in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:52am

A Syrian war-monitoring group says suspected Israeli strikes hit a military base overnight in central Syria that houses Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group alongside other factions allied with the government in Damascus.

Search for 'lost brides' of Cyprus stirs painful past

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:48am

Those who witnessed it said a sobbing Fetine Menish had to be physically dragged by each arm to meet her fate; the 14-year-old was being married off to a Palestinian merchant searching Cyprus for a suitable Muslim wife to take back home.

Netherlands and Australia to hold Russia legally responsible for downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:46am

Netherlands and Australia to hold Russia legally responsible for downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Cyclone Mekunu to be 'extremely severe' on landfall in Oman

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:44am

Cyclone Mekunu will be "extremely severe" when it crashes into the Arabian Peninsula this weekend after earlier thrashing the Yemeni island of Socotra, meteorologists warned Friday. At least 17 people were missing from Socotra, with a Yemeni official saying they were likely dead.

Car bombing near hotel in Libyan city of Benghazi kills 7

Rami Musa, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:42am

A car bombing on a busy street in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi early on Friday killed at least seven people, including a girl, and wounded 20, a security official said.

Inflamed by social media, mobs kill at least 3 in India

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:32am

Mobs of terrified villagers killed at least three people and attacked several others in southern India after social media messages warned that gangs of kidnappers were roaming the region in search of children, police said Friday.

Officials: Deadly Nipah virus has not spread in south India

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:22am

Indian officials say an outbreak of a deadly virus has not spread but issued a series of warnings to people in stricken areas.

Canceled Trump-Kim summit tests Moon's middleman role

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:22am

Just a month ago, South Korean President Moon Jae-in was smiling with pride as he grasped the hands of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un, a young and brash leader with a nuclear arsenal, as they announced aspirations of a nuclear-free peninsula and permanent peace.

The Latest: As cyclone nears, streets empty in Omani city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:08am

The Latest on Cyclone Mekunu that is headed for the coast of Oman (all times local):

Indonesia passes new terror law after attacks using children

Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:58am

Indonesia's parliament unanimously approved a tougher anti-terrorism law on Friday, lengthening detention periods and involving the military in counter-terrorism operations, spurred into action by recent bombings that involved children as perpetrators.

Timeline of diplomatic developments on Korean Peninsula

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:52am

President Donald Trump's last-minute move to pull out of a highly anticipated summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un further clouded the murky prospects of the global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang.

French defense ministry suspects 2 secret agents of treason

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:52am

France's defense ministry says two retired members of its secret services are suspected of being double agents for an unnamed foreign power.

Italy PM-designate focuses on savings lost in bank failures

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 12:44am

Italy's premier-designate, Giuseppe Conte, is meeting with the Bank of Italy governor as part of consultations ahead of forming a government.

Israel calls on EU to end funding to pro-boycott groups

Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 12:14am

Israel called on the European Union on Friday to halt funding to more than a dozen European and Palestinian non-governmental organizations that it says promote boycotts against Israel, saying the financial support violates the EU's stated policy that it opposes boycotts against the Jewish state.

N. Korea keeps hopes of talks alive after Trump cancellation

Foster Klug and Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:04pm

North Korea said Friday that it's still willing to sit for talks with the United States "at any time, (in) any format," a remarkably restrained and diplomatic response, from a nation noted for its proud belligerence, to U.S. President Donald Trump's abrupt cancellation of a summit with the North's autocratic leader, Kim Jong Un.

N. Korea demolishes nuclear test site as journalists watch

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:59pm

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made good on his promise to demolish his country's nuclear test site, which was formally closed in a series of huge explosions Thursday as a small group of foreign journalists watched.