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Venezuela's President Maduro takes oath as president-elect

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 1:46pm

Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela's president-elect on Thursday, months before he's due to formally take the oath of office next year for a second term.

Report: Airstrikes on Syria pro-government positions kill 12

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:58pm

Airstrikes overnight in eastern Syria killed at least 12 pro-government fighters, all reportedly foreign nationals, a war-monitoring group said Thursday. The Syrian government-run media blamed the strikes on the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group.

Europe looks for deeds, not words, from Italy's populists

Nicole Winfield and Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:54pm

Italy's premier-designate Giuseppe Conte spent his first day on the job Thursday finalizing his proposed Cabinet list as European officials vowed to judge deeds, not words, from a euroskeptic and populist Italy in their ranks.

The Latest: Syrian TV reporting military base under attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:37pm

The Latest on Syria developments (all times local):

Syrian TV says a military base in central Syria has come under attack from 'enemy' fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:28pm

Syrian TV says a military base in central Syria has come under attack from 'enemy' fire .

Cyclone Mekunu pounds Yemen island on its path to Oman

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:13pm

Cyclone Mekunu roared over the Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea on its way to Oman on Thursday, sending torrents of water rushing down streets and sinking at least two ships. At least 17 people were reported missing in the powerful storm.

Congo says confirmed Ebola cases have reached 30; 8 deaths

Saleh Mwanamilongo, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:03pm

Congo's fight to rein in a deadly Ebola outbreak has authorities crossing the border to buy up available thermometers, a World Health Organization official said, as the health ministry on Thursday announced that confirmed cases had reached 30, including eight deaths.

London couple convicted of murdering nanny, burning her body

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:01pm

A London couple delusionally obsessed with a former boy-band star were found guilty Thursday of murdering their French nanny and burning her body on a bonfire in their backyard.

Egyptian prosecutors order activist held for 15 days

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:37am

Egyptian prosecutors say they have ordered a prominent activist and blogger known for criticizing the government detained for 15 days pending an investigation, the latest episode in Egypt's media crackdown.

License to chill: MI6 tries to shed macho James Bond image

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:35am

We meet again, Mr. Bond — or maybe not.

Kosovo court imprisons 2 over illegal organ harvesting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:29am

A Kosovo court on Thursday imprisoned two ethnic Albanians for involvement in organ harvesting.

Saudi Arabia releases 3 women as other activists still held

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:27am

Saudi authorities have released three prominent women's rights activists, but continue to hold at least seven others in a sweep targeting prominent icons of the country's women's rights movement, activists and rights groups said Thursday.

Probe: Missile that downed MH17 came from Russia-based unit

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:24am

The missile used to shoot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 aboard, belonged to a Russia-based military unit, an international team of investigators said Thursday after painstakingly studying video and photos of a military convoy.

Burundi's opposition asks court to reject referendum results

Eloge Willy Kaneza, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 10:38am

Burundi's main opposition coalition asked the constitutional court on Thursday to invalidate the results of last week's referendum on constitutional changes to allow the president to stay in power until 2034.

US airstrike in Somalia against al-Shabab kills 10 fighters

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 10:24am

The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike outside Somalia's capital that killed 10 extremists.

Ex-Panama president Martinelli to drop extradition fight

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 10:13am

A spokesman for former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli says the ex-leader is dropping his legal efforts to fight extradition from the United States to Panama.

N. Korea demolishes nuclear test site as journalists watch

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 10:09am

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 group of foreign journalists looked on.

Syria: US-backed group captures French IS member

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:55am

A U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish group has detained a high-profile French Islamic State fighter in northern Syria who has been linked to terror attacks in Paris and Nice in 2015 and 2016, the group announced Thursday.

WWII bomb successfully defused in German city of Dresden

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:45am

German police say a World War II bomb that partially exploded while it was being defused in the eastern city of Dresden has been successfully deactivated.