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Burkina Faso breaks ties with Taiwan in fresh blow to island

Johnson Lai, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:25am

Burkina Faso has broken diplomatic ties with Taiwan, the West African nation's foreign minister said Thursday, in the latest blow to the self-ruled island that Beijing has been trying to isolate on the global stage.

The Latest: Syrian airline to resume flight to UAE's Sharjah

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

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Congo says confirmed Ebola cases have reached 30; 8 deaths

Saleh Mwanamilongo, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:19am

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.

Plaster falls from La Scala arches, no one injured

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:17am

Plaster has fallen from the outside arches of the La Scala opera house's entrance, but no one was injured.

Cyclone Mekunu pounds Yemen island on its path to Oman

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:11am

Cyclone Mekunu pounded the Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea on Thursday morning, lashing it with heavy rain and strong winds as the powerful storm remained on a path to strike Oman this weekend. At least 17 people were reported missing.

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

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:09am

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 decidedly euroskeptic and populist Italy in their ranks.

Greek court clears way for Turkish servicemen to get asylum

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:07am

Greece's supreme court has cleared the way for the granting of asylum to eight Turkish servicemen who fled their country hours after an abortive military coup two years ago in a case that has heightened tensions between the two regional rivals.

Algeria denies rights abuses in migrant expulsions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:03am

Algeria's government denies any human rights abuses against African migrants who have been expelled from the country in large numbers, refuting U.N. allegations.

U.N. Secretary-General: "Deeply concerned" by the cancellation of the summit between Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 8:46am

U.N. Secretary-General: "Deeply concerned" by the cancellation of the summit between Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim.

Romania: Austrian businessman suspected of child pornography

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 8:40am

A Romanian court has ordered that an Austrian businessman suspected of child pornography be placed under house arrest.

The Latest: Images show residents sheltering from cyclone

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 8:38am

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Albania's opposition boycotts resolution supporting EU talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 8:35am

Albania's opposition has boycotted a resolution expressing support for the launch of negotiations on joining the European Union.

Landmark abortion vote in Ireland may change constitution

Leo Enright and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 8:34am

An abortion debate that has inflamed passions in Ireland for decades will come down to a single question on Friday: yes or no?

N. Korea demolishes nuclear test site as journalists watch

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 8:28am

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.

Kremlin doubts ex-spy's daughter's statement on poisoning

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 8:24am

The Kremlin said Thursday it doubts that Yulia Skripal has issued a statement of her own free will after her recovery from poisoning that Britain blames on Russia.

1 dead, 4 injured in Turkish explosives factory blast

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 8:09am

A blast at a state-owned explosives factory in Turkey killed one worker and injured four others, the state-run news agency reported Thursday.

Spain raids Catalan public offices amid probe into aid money

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 8:02am

Spanish police detained 29 people Thursday and raided several offices across Catalonia in an operation against the alleged misappropriation of public development aid money.

AP PHOTOS: Then and now: France's World War I battle-scape

Laurent Rebours, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:46am

U.S. troops fighting in France in World War I found a landscape ravaged by trench warfare and chemical weapons, churches gutted by bombs and used as makeshift hospitals, and villages turned into military prisons.

Sessions: US, Balkans to boost cooperation vs. extremism

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:28am

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the United States is seeking to boost its partnership with Balkan nations in fighting extremism and organized crime.