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UN says issues 'narrowed' over Greece-Macedonia name dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 10:52am

The U.N. mediator trying to resolve a 25-year-old dispute between Greece and Macedonia over the former Yugoslav republic's name says the issues "have been narrowed" and both sides are determined to reach an agreement.

Monitor: Suspected Israeli strike targets Hezbollah in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 10:39am

A Syrian war-monitoring group said Friday that suspected Israeli strikes hit a military base overnight in central Syria housing fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah and others from factions allied with the Damascus government.

Hezbollah calls on Lebanon to reject US sanctions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 10:38am

The leader of Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah group called on the Lebanese state Friday to stand up for citizens being slapped with sanctions by the United States, saying they are harming people.

Bulgarian customs seize 191kg of heroin bound for Belgium

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 10:18am

Bulgarian customs officials say they have seized 191 kilograms (420 pounds) of heroin found in a truck entering Bulgaria from Turkey.

Netherlands, Australia hold Russia liable for downing MH17

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 9:53am

A day after international prosecutors said they had unequivocal evidence of Russian involvement in the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine nearly four years ago, the Netherlands and Australia on Friday announced they were holding Moscow legally responsible for its role in the missile attack.

Human rights body calls on Nicaragua to protect students

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 9:53am

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has called on the Nicaraguan government to protect 13 university students who have been outspoken in leading protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega during the past month.

Explosion at Indian restaurant in Canada wounds 15 people

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 9:49am

An explosion caused by a homemade bomb ripped through an Indian restaurant where children were present for family parties at a mall in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, wounding 15 people, Canadian police said.

The Latest: Putin denies Russia responsible for MH17 downing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 9:15am

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The Latest: Syrian army warns Daraa rebels of nearing attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 7:58am

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49 dead after boat capsizes on Congo River tributary

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 7:54am

Congolese officials say at least 49 people have died after a boat tipped over on the Momboyo River, a tributary of the Congo River in the country's northwest.

Italy's premier-designate Conte leaps into social media

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 7:45am

Italy's 5-Star Movement has long been at the forefront of using social media to engage its base and promote its "direct democracy" ethos, and its first-ever premier-designate, Giuseppe Conte, has finally caught the bug.

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy on the ropes over party graft case

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 7:35am

Spanish opposition parties launched a fierce campaign Friday to end the conservative government of Mariano Rajoy after courts ruled that his Popular Party profited from a large kickbacks-for-contracts scheme.

The Latest: Activists welcome Irish returning home to vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 7:25am

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Iraq to probe voting irregularities in May 12 elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 7:24am

Iraq's prime minister has ordered the creation of a high-powered commission to look into alleged irregularities in the parliamentary elections held May 12, the first sign that authorities are taking seriously complaints about the vote.

Turkey: 51 suspected IS militants detained in raids

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 7:20am

Turkish police say at least 51 suspected Islamic State militants have been detained in simultaneous raids around Istanbul.

Libya: Car bombing near hotel in Benghazi kills 7

Rami Musa, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 7:15am

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.

Bangladesh PM urges Myanmar to take back Rohingya Muslims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 6:55am

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday called for international pressure on Myanmar to take back hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have sought shelter in her country to escape military-led violence.

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

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 6:49am

Cyclone Mekunu neared the Arabian Peninsula on Friday as its outer bands dumped heavy rain and bent palm trees in Oman, a sign of the approaching storm's power after earlier thrashing the Yemeni island of Socotra.

Rebel, military fighting in Congo's northeast kills 19

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 6:26am

A Congo military spokesman says 14 rebels and five soldiers have been killed in fighting in the country's northeast.