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Canada van victims include grandmother, avid volunteer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:24pm

People who died when a van plowed down a Toronto sidewalk came from all walks of life, and from several countries. They included a grandmother who was an avid sports fan, and a woman who volunteered to build houses in the Dominican Republic.

Germans don skullcaps to protest anti-Semitism

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:13pm

Germans of various faiths donned Jewish skullcaps and took to the streets Wednesday in several cities to protest an anti-Semitic attack in Berlin and express fears about growing hatred of Jews in the country.

Tusk urges Russia ally Serbia to stay on EU membership path

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:13pm

A senior European Union official has urged Serbia, a candidate for EU membership that is also Russia's key ally in Europe, to keep up its bid to join the bloc.

Greece, Macedonia hold new talks in Vienna on name dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:13pm

The foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia have held a meeting in Vienna under a United Nations-mediated effort to resolve a long-running dispute over Macedonia's name.

Heavy rains pummel Cairo and parts of Egypt

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:07pm

Rare heavy rainfall pummeled the Egyptian capital and other parts of the country for a second day Wednesday, with showers flooding roads and a new, leafy suburb east of Cairo.

Chemical weapons team gathers more samples from Syrian town

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:05pm

Inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog made a second visit Wednesday to a Syrian town hit by an alleged chemical attack, collecting samples from a new location that will be sent to designated labs for analysis.

Dane convicted of killing, dismembering journalist on sub

Jan M. Olsen and David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 11:46am

A self-taught Danish engineer was convicted of murder Wednesday for luring a Swedish journalist on to his homemade submarine, then torturing and killing her before dismembering her body and dumping it at sea in a sensational case that has gripped Scandinavia.

Protesting police, military join Portugal revolution parade

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 11:38am

Portuguese military personnel and police protesting about a freeze on promotions have joined annual parades marking the country's 1974 Carnation Revolution, which toppled a dictatorship.

Kuwait expels Philippines ambassador amid maid abuse dispute

Hussain Al-Qatari, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 11:37am

Kuwait on Wednesday expelled the Philippines ambassador and recalled its own envoy from Manila over a growing diplomatic dispute sparked by complaints of the abuse of Filipina housemaids and workers in the country.

Czech Republic to move embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 11:24am

Czech President Milos Zeman says his country is planning to transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Israeli policeman gets 9 months for killing Palestinian teen

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:56am

An Israeli court sentenced a border policeman to nine months in prison on Wednesday for the fatal shooting of a stone-throwing teenage Palestinian protester in 2014.

Postponement talk raised for Nobel Literature Prize

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:04am

The Swedish Academy's permanent secretary has indicated that the recent crisis within the body that hands out the coveted Nobel Prize in Literature, may mean postponing this year's prize.

The Latest: UN warns of surge in attacks on Syrian civilians

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:03am

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

South African workers criticize Ramaphosa in protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:39am

Thousands of South African workers have demonstrated around the country against a proposed minimum wage, accusing President Cyril Ramaphosa's government of being hostile to labor.

Thousands protest in Armenia as political talks called off

Yuras Karmanau and Avet Demourian, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:15am

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

Gaza officials say journalist shot by Israel dies of wounds

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:12am

A Palestinian journalist who was shot by Israeli troops while covering a demonstration on the Gaza-Israel border earlier this month died of his wounds on Wednesday, the Gaza Health Ministry announced.

Slovakia to deploy 152 troops in Baltics to join NATO forces

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:08am

Slovakia's government has approved a plan to deploy 152 troops in the Baltics as part of NATO forces amid growing tensions between Russia and the West.

The Latest: Danish inventor to appeal murder sentence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:59am

The Latest on the murder trial of Danish inventor Peter Madsen (all times local):

Pakistan exhumes body of suspected 'honor killing' victim

Mohammad Yousuf, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:35am

Pakistani authorities on Wednesday exhumed the body of a woman who police suspect was killed by her father and uncle for refusing an arranged marriage, officials said.