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US: Gov. employee in China reported strange sounds, pressure

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 3:05am

The State Department says a U.S. government employee in southern China reported abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, recalling similar experiences among American diplomats in Cuba who later fell ill.

Syrian official rejects US demand for Iranian withdrawal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:36am

Syria has dismissed American calls for the withdrawal of Iranian troops and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah from the war-torn country.

Many protests planned against Berlin right-wing party rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:19am

Berlin police say more than a dozen groups are planning weekend protests against a rally by the right-wing nationalist Alternative for Germany being staged under the motto "Germany's Future."

Hungary: 9 Romanians killed when bus slams into truck

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:09am

Romanian authorities say nine Romanians died when the bus they were traveling in slammed into an oncoming truck in Hungary.

Attacks on Afghan security forces kill 5

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:53am

Afghan officials say insurgents have killed five people, including two police and a tribal leader, in two separate attacks.

Philippines struggles with evacuees, bombed city after siege

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:46am

Philippine officials say hundreds of displaced remain in emergency shelters as the threat of militants and unexploded bombs lingers in the ruins of a southern city that was held by Islamic State group-aligned fighters for five months last year.

Gunmen kill 2 in attack on Iranian policeman's home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:38am

Gunmen have broken into a policeman's house in southeastern Iran, killing two people and wounding a third.

Powerful cyclone churns in Arabian Sea toward Oman, Yemen

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:33am

A powerful cyclone in the Arabian Sea is churning toward the coasts of Oman and Yemen, where forecasters anticipate it will make landfall on Saturday.

Turkey's Erdogan congratulates Maduro over Venezuelan poll

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:12am

Turkish officials say President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has congratulated Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro on winning Sunday's presidential election.

Israeli military hits Hamas sites in Gaza after infiltration

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:11am

The Israeli military says it has struck Hamas infrastructure in Gaza after a group of militants entered Israel and torched a military post.

French government orders evacuation of Paris migrant camp

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:09am

France's interior minister has ordered the evacuation of some 2,300 migrants camped in Paris amid a standoff with City Hall over how to handle the long-running problem.

Summits give aged North Korean spies hope of returning home

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:06am

He's spent nearly six decades trapped on enemy soil, surviving 29 years in a prison where he was tortured by South Korean guards before being released to a life of poverty and police surveillance. Now, 89 years old and bedridden with illness, former North Korean spy Seo Ok-yeol just wants to go home.

Foreign media prepare to board train for NKorea nuke site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:45am

A group of foreign journalists prepared to depart by train Wednesday to watch the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear test site after eight reporters from South Korea received last-minute permission to join them.

Tensions soar between India, Pakistan along Kashmir frontier

Munir Ahmed and Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:38am

Tensions soared Wednesday along the volatile frontier between India and Pakistan in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, as rival soldiers shelled dozens of villages and border posts for a sixth straight day.

Australian lawmaker accuses billionaire in UN bribe scandal

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:33am

A government lawmaker has accused a China-born Australian billionaire who generously donates to Australian political parties of conspiring to bribe a top United Nations official.

Stunning fall of Malaysia's Najib ushers in hopes of reform

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:04am

Two weeks ago, Malaysia's Najib Razak was supremely confident of being elected prime minister for a third term. Instead, in a dizzying political drama, he lost an unlosable election and spiraled into ever-deepening disgrace while Malaysians are being feted for advancing democratic values against their global retreat.

Body of Pakistani killed at Texas school arrives in Karachi

Adil Jawad, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:02am

The body of a 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Texas arrived before dawn Wednesday in the port city of Karachi, where her family lived and where she was being buried.

Venezuelan president expels top US diplomat amid tensions

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 7:32pm

President Nicolas Maduro expelled the top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela and his deputy Tuesday for allegedly conspiring against the socialist government and trying to sabotage the weekend presidential election.

AP PHOTOS: Thousands join Hong Kong bun-snatching festival

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 6:48pm

Thousands of people flocked to an outlying island in Hong Kong on Tuesday to celebrate a local bun festival despite recording-breaking heat.