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US envoy says Adm. Harry Harris is needed in Seoul

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:05pm

The acting U.S. ambassador to Australia says the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, Adm. Harry Harris, is the best envoy to represent the United States in South Korea.

Rival Koreas' leaders face high stakes at historic summit

Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:19pm

It may lack the punch of President Donald Trump's vow to unleash "fire and fury" and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's "nuclear button" boasts, but the stakes will be high on Friday when Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in sit down on the southern side of the no man's land that forms the world's most heavily armed border.

Central American asylum seeking caravan reaches US border

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:25pm

About 130 Central Americans, mostly women and children, have arrived at the U.S. border with Mexico in a "caravan" of asylum-seeking immigrants that has drawn the fury of President Donald Trump.

The Latest: Taxi driver in 'caravan' fears El Salvador gangs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:11pm

The Latest on the arrival at the Mexico-U.S. border of busloads of Central American immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. (all times local):

Red Cross says it's flooded by missing requests for Syrians

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:41pm

The International Committee of the Red Cross has been "flooded" with about 13,000 requests in the last six months from Syrians looking for missing family members, its president said Wednesday.

Spain: 2 linked with late Venezuelan president detained

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:40pm

Spanish authorities acknowledged on Wednesday that a married couple with links to Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez has been arrested in a case of suspected corruption in their home country.

The Latest: Red Cross flooded by missing requests in Syrian

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:05pm

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

Diplomats: Swiss envoy to Germany to be new UN Myanmar envoy

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:49pm

U.N. diplomats say Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has selected Switzerland's Ambassador to Germany Christine Schraner Burgener to be the new U.N. special envoy for Myanmar.

Toronto van attack throws spotlight on anti-woman vitriol

Tammy Webber and Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:43pm

The deadly van rampage in Toronto is training attention on an online world of sexual loneliness, rage and misogyny after the suspect invoked an uprising by "involuntary celibates" and gave a shoutout to a California killer who seethed at women for rejecting him.

Turkish court finds newspaper staff guilty on terror charges

Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:37pm

A Turkish court on Wednesday convicted journalists and other senior staff members from the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper on terror charges, in a case that has exacerbated concerns over press freedom.

School shooting in northern Mexico wounds 5 students

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:08pm

Gunmen in a car apparently tried to kidnap a high school student, then opened fire on the youth as he fled into the building, wounding five young people, authorities in the northern Mexico border state of Tamaulipas said Wednesday.

Donors pledge $4.4 billion in Syria aid, short of UN needs

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:21pm

International donors on Wednesday pledged an estimated $4.4 billion in humanitarian aid for Syria and neighbors sheltering its refugees in 2018, falling significantly short of the more than $7 billion the United Nations is seeking.

Parents of sick toddler Alfie Evans lose UK court appeal

Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:13pm

Britain's Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected a new bid by the parents of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans to take him to Italy and continue his life support against the wishes of his doctors and judges.

Hostility toward journalists rising worldwide, watchdog says

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:55pm

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

Canada van victims include grandmother, avid volunteer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:37pm

People who died when a van plowed down a Toronto sidewalk came from all walks of life, and from several countries. They included a grandmother who was an avid sports fan, and a woman who volunteered to build houses in the Dominican Republic.

Czech president suggests Israel embassy move to Jerusalem

Karel Janicek, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:13pm

The Czech Republic's president suggested Wednesday that his country was considering joining the U.S. in moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Germans don Jewish skullcaps to protest anti-Semitism

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:13pm

Germans of various faiths donned Jewish skullcaps and took to the streets Wednesday in several cities to protest an anti-Semitic attack in Berlin and express fears about growing hatred of Jews in the country.

Dominican authorities seize nearly $1.5M in cash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:01pm

Authorities in the Dominican Republic have confiscated nearly $1.5 million in cash found in commercial goods.

Tusk urges Russia ally Serbia to stay on EU membership path

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:51pm

A senior European Union official on Wednesday urged Serbia, a candidate for EU membership that is also Russia's key ally in Europe, to keep up its bid to join the bloc.