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License to chill: MI6 tries to shed macho James Bond image

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:35am

We meet again, Mr. Bond — or maybe not.

Kosovo court imprisons 2 over illegal organ harvesting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:29am

A Kosovo court on Thursday imprisoned two ethnic Albanians for involvement in organ harvesting.

Saudi Arabia releases 3 women as other activists still held

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:27am

Saudi authorities have released three prominent women's rights activists, but continue to hold at least seven others in a sweep targeting prominent icons of the country's women's rights movement, activists and rights groups said Thursday.

Probe: Missile that downed MH17 came from Russia-based unit

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:24am

The missile used to shoot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 aboard, belonged to a Russia-based military unit, an international team of investigators said Thursday after painstakingly studying video and photos of a military convoy.

US pressure on Hezbollah may hamper Lebanese government

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:14am

Growing U.S. pressure on Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah group, including a new wave of sanctions targeting its top leadership, may hamper the formation of a new government that caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri was overwhelmingly chosen to form on Thursday.

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

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 10:44am

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.

Burundi's opposition asks court to reject referendum results

Eloge Willy Kaneza, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 10:38am

Burundi's main opposition coalition asked the constitutional court on Thursday to invalidate the results of last week's referendum on constitutional changes to allow the president to stay in power until 2034.

US airstrike in Somalia against al-Shabab kills 10 fighters

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 10:24am

The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike outside Somalia's capital that killed 10 extremists.

Ex-Panama president Martinelli to drop extradition fight

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 10:13am

A spokesman for former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli says the ex-leader is dropping his legal efforts to fight extradition from the United States to Panama.

N. Korea demolishes nuclear test site as journalists watch

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 10:09am

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.

Syria: US-backed group captures French IS member

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:55am

A U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish group has detained a high-profile French Islamic State fighter in northern Syria who has been linked to terror attacks in Paris and Nice in 2015 and 2016, the group announced Thursday.

WWII bomb successfully defused in German city of Dresden

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:45am

German police say a World War II bomb that partially exploded while it was being defused in the eastern city of Dresden has been successfully deactivated.

Cyclone Mekunu pounds Yemen island on its path to Oman

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:43am

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.

Albania's opposition boycotts resolution supporting EU talks

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:30am

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

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

The Latest on Syria developments (all times local):

China says no reason found for US staffer's sonic condition

Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:19am

No explanation has yet been found for a U.S. government employee's report of abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, China said Thursday, as the incident in southern Guangzhou city recalled the experiences of illness-stricken American diplomats in Cuba.

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.