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US rejects call for UN to fund African force in the Sahel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:47pm

The United States is rejecting a call from U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for the world body to fund a new 5,000-troop African force meant to fight extremists in western Africa's vast Sahel region.

Venezuela's Maduro swift to act days after election victory

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 3:18pm

Nicolas Maduro hasn't wasted time consolidating power in the aftermath of his disputed victory in Venezuela's presidential election. He has thrown out U.S. diplomats, arrested alleged military conspirators and cracked down on the nation's last remaining critical major newspaper.

Egypt detains activist blogger amid new wave of arrests

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:38pm

An Egyptian activist and blogger known for documenting police abuse was detained Wednesday, security officials said in the latest in a new wave of arrests following elections earlier this year.

French government orders evacuation of Paris migrant camps

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:16pm

Police are preparing to dismantle makeshift camps holding close to 2,500 migrants in the French capital, France's interior minister said Wednesday amid a debate over how best to respond to the unrelenting arrival of homeless newcomers — with humanity or muscle.

US employee in China reported strange sounds, pressure

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:14pm

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

Italy steps toward populist government as Conte gets mandate

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:16pm

Italy's president asked political neophyte Giuseppe Conte to try to form a government Wednesday, giving the euroskeptic 5-Star Movement and anti-immigrant League a shot at running western Europe's first populist government.

Yulia Skripal says recovery from poisoning 'slow, painful'

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:14pm

Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned with her ex-spy father in a nerve agent attack, said Wednesday her recovery has been "slow and painful," and that she hopes to return to her home in Russia someday.

US health chief pledges more action if Ebola spreads

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:08pm

President Donald Trump's top health official said Wednesday that the U.S. and global partners will "take the steps necessary" to try to contain a new Ebola outbreak, asserting that the fight against infectious diseases is one of the administration's top priorities for the World Health Organization, the U.N. agency taking the lead.

Brazil police: ex-governor considered fugitive in custody

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:58pm

Brazilian police say a former governor who was convicted of embezzlement and money laundering has turned himself in.

1 killed, dozens injured in Spain fireworks explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:55pm

Authorities in northwestern Spain say a blast at a fireworks storage facility has killed at least one person and injured 26 others, including seven children.

Guatemala: 4 ex-officers convicted of 1981 rights abuses

Sonia Perez D., Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:38pm

Four retired high-ranking military officers in Guatemala were convicted Wednesday of crimes against humanity and other charges in the 1981 rape and torture of a young woman and the disappearance of her teenage brother.

US Ambassador to Israel says Trump peace plan months away

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:18pm

The U.S. Ambassador to Israel says the Trump administration's Middle East peace plan is months away.

Aides: Hospitalized chief still controls Polish ruling party

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:08pm

Aides to the hospitalized leader of Poland's right-wing ruling party say Jaroslaw Kaczynski has retained full control and no decisions are made without him.

Syrian official rejects US demand for Iranian withdrawal

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 11:44am

Syria on Wednesday dismissed American calls for the withdrawal of Iranian troops and Lebanese Hezbollah militants from the war-torn country.

Italy premier-designate Giuseppe Conte confirms Italy's role in Europe, says he'll be "defense lawyer" of all Italians

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 11:43am

Italy premier-designate Giuseppe Conte confirms Italy's role in Europe, says he'll be "defense lawyer" of all Italians.

Arab League severs ties with Guatemala over embassy move

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 11:43am

The Arab League says it will no longer cooperate on any level with Guatemala because of the country's decision to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Italy premier-designate Conte confirms Italy's role in Europe, says he'll be 'defense lawyer of the Italian people'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 11:42am

Italy premier-designate Conte confirms Italy's role in Europe, says he'll be 'defense lawyer of the Italian people'

UN envoy urges quick action to avoid Israel-Palestinian war

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 11:28am

The U.N.'s Mideast envoy called Wednesday for urgent action to avoid another Israeli-Palestinian war sparked by the violence in Gaza.

Greece: 3 convicted in videotaped beating of mayor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 11:27am

Three men have been convicted over the videotaped assault of the mayor of Greece's second-largest city, which had touched off a heated political debate over public order.