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UN officials in Sweden for talks on North Korea, Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 9:21am

The U.N. secretary-general and ambassadors from countries on the Security Council assembled Saturday in Sweden for an informal meeting on weighty international issues, including developments on the Korean Peninsula and in Syria.

India introduces death penalty for rape of young children

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 9:21am

India's government on Saturday prescribed the death penalty for people convicted of raping children under 12 to help combat an increase in violent crime against women.

Irish premier launches bid to overturn abortion restrictions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 9:21am

Ireland's premier has urged his country to show compassion as he launched a campaign to overturn some of Europe's strictest abortion rules.

The Latest: OPCW team visits Douma to probe chemical attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 9:17am

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Chemical weapons watchdog confirms that inspectors have visited Douma to investigate alleged April 7 chemical attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 9:12am

Chemical weapons watchdog confirms that inspectors have visited Douma to investigate alleged April 7 chemical attack.

The Latest: Hamas mourns slain engineer 'commander'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 8:49am

The Latest on developments related to Gaza protests (all times local):

Pakistan: Traders call for reopening of Afghan border

Javed Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 8:35am

Pakistani traders have demanded the reopening of an Afghan border point closed last week after a deadly clash between the two sides.

5 killed, multiple missing after boat accident in China

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 8:07am

Five people were killed on Saturday and multiple others were missing after two dragon boats capsized in southern China, causing 60 people to fall into the water, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Israel's Lieberman blames Hamas over Gaza deaths

Fares Akram and Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 8:03am

Israel's defense minister said Saturday that Hamas leaders are the "only culprits" in continued bloodshed on the Gaza border, as the EU and a top U.N. official made new demands to investigate shootings of unarmed Palestinians by Israeli soldiers, including the killing of a 14-year-old boy.

Myanmar evicts kin of officer who told of reporters' setup

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 7:59am

Myanmar police on Saturday evicted the family of a police officer who had testified a day earlier that he and others were ordered to entrap two Reuters news agency reporters facing charges that could get them up to 14 years in prison, the officer's wife said.

Russia: Chemical weapons inspectors head to Syria site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 7:51am

International experts from the global agency for the monitoring of chemical weapons set off to the site of a suspected April 7 gas attack in Syria on Saturday, Russia's foreign ministry said.

Armenia protests: 70 arrested, including 2 suspected bombers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 6:48am

Armenian authorities say more than 70 people have been arrested, including two people suspected of building bombs, as large protests against the new government enter their second week in the capital.

Russian Foreign Ministry says chemical weapons inspectors have left for Syria's Douma

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 6:47am

Russian Foreign Ministry says chemical weapons inspectors have left for Syria's Douma.

The Latest: US ambassador to UN hails NKorea nuke suspension

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 6:26am

The Latest on North Korea saying it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site (all times local):

Hamas says man gunned down in Malaysia was important member

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 6:21am

Gaza's ruling Hamas militant group said Saturday that a man who was gunned down in Malaysia was an important member of the organization, raising suspicions that Israel was behind the brazen killing.

The Latest: Minister says Malaysia probing Palestinian death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 5:54am

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Afghan official says Taliban kill 6 at police checkpoint

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 5:13am

An Afghan official says that at least six local police were killed when a group of Taliban fighters attacked and overran their checkpoint in northern Sari Pul province.

Red Cross says shooting in Yemen kills staffer

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 3:43am

Unidentified armed men shot dead a humanitarian aid worker in Yemen's southwestern province of Taiz early Saturday, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

Malaysian police say Palestinian gunned down in Kuala Lumpur

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 1:52am

Malaysian police say a Palestinian man was fatally shot by two assailants on a motorbike as he was heading to a mosque for dawn prayers. Palestinian websites have identified him as a relative of a senior official in the Gaza branch of the Islamic Jihad group.