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Official: Gunmen kidnap senior sport official near Baghdad

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:48am

The head of Iraq's National Olympic Committee says unknown gunmen have kidnapped a senior sport official near Baghdad.

Indian court jails spiritual guru for life in rape case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:39am

An Indian court on Wednesday found a high-profile spiritual guru guilty of raping a teenage female devotee in 2013 and sentenced him to life in prison.

The Latest: Syrians who 'staged' attack to visit OPCW

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:38am

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

Backlash sparked over pressure to stop China student #MeToo

Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:30am

Before Yue Xin became a central figure in China's burgeoning movement against sexual harassment, she recorded herself singing a revamped version of the 1960s pop classic "Que Sera Sera."

Russia hints it may provide advanced air defenses to Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:26am

The Russian military has indicated it will supply the Syrian government with a sophisticated air defense system, after condemning a missile attack launched by the U.S., Britain and France earlier this month.

Egypt says 3 troops killed fighting militants in Sinai

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:54am

The Egyptian military said Wednesday that three officers were killed in the last week in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, where it is battling an Islamic State-led insurgency.

Spain: record cocaine shipment seized from banana container

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:48am

Spain's Interior Ministry says police has found nearly 9 tons of cocaine concealed in a banana shipment from Colombia, a European record for drugs found inside a shipping container.

Hatred of journalists on the rise worldwide, watchdog says

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:42am

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders says hostility toward journalists is growing worldwide, often encouraged by political leaders — even in democratic countries.

EU leader says current Iran nuclear deal should be kept

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:38am

The current deal with Iran is working effectively to keep Tehran from developing nuclear weapons and should be preserved for the future, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Wednesday

Tourists enjoy final day at beach before Boracay closure

Joeal Calupitan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:30am

Tourists are spending their final hours on Boracay, enjoying the Philippine island's famed white-sand beaches before it closes for up to six months to recover from overcrowding and development.

Pakistan bars US diplomat from travel over fatal crash

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:30am

Pakistani officials said Wednesday that an American diplomat who struck a Pakistani motorcyclist in a fatal road accident earlier this month has been barred from leaving the country, pending a civil court case.

Thousands protest in Armenia as political talks called off

Yuras Karmanau and Avet Demourian, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:24am

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

Israeli border policeman jailed for killing teen protester

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:23am

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

Australia says admiral will be next US ambassador to Seoul

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:22am

Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, Adm. Harry Harris, will not become Washington's next ambassador to Australia and will be posted to South Korea instead.

EU urges Russia, Iran, Turkey to deliver on Syria promises

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:20am

The European Union on Wednesday called on Russia, Iran and Turkey to ensure a halt to fighting in Syria, as international donors gathered in Brussels to drum up aid for the conflict-ravaged country.

Parents of sick British toddler to return to court

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:12am

The parents of a terminally ill British toddler whose case has drawn support from Pope Francis plan to return to the Court of Appeal Wednesday in hope of winning the right to take him to Italy for treatment.

Verdict expected in submarine death of Swedish journalist

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:36am

A verdict is expected at the Copenhagen City Court Wednesday on whether Danish inventor Peter Madsen tortured and murdered a Swedish journalist during a private submarine trip.

Pakistan exhumes body of suspected 'honor killing' victim

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:16am

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

More than 70 nations hold talks on terror financing in Paris

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:33am

About 500 experts from more than 70 nations are holding talks in Paris on how to choke off financing for the Islamic State group and Al-Qaida.