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Koreas set up 1st hotline between leaders ahead of summit

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 3:19am

North and South Korea installed the first-ever telephone hotline between their leaders Friday as they prepare for a rare summit next week aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang.

First clues emerge about Cuba's future under new president

Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 3:18am

Miguel Diaz-Canel has been the presumptive next president of Cuba since 2013, when Raul Castro named the laconic former provincial official to the important post of first vice president and lauded him as "neither a novice nor an improviser," high praise in a system dedicated to continuity over all.

Large area of Berlin center evacuated for WWII bomb disposal

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:52am

Berlin police were evacuating thousands of people from a central area of the German capital Friday and shutting down the main train station in preparation for the removal of an unexploded World War II bomb found during recent construction work.

Australia won't abandon S. China Sea patrols after encounter

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:49am

Australia's prime minister said his country has a "perfect right" to traverse the South China Sea after a media report Friday that the Chinese navy challenged three Australian warships in the hotly contested waterway.

Nepal airport reopens after plane skids off runway

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:49am

Nepal's only international airport reopened Friday after a passenger plane attempting to take off skidded off the runway, forcing a halt to all flights.

Basque militant group ETA: 'We really are sorry'

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:44am

The Basque militant group ETA on Friday offered an unprecedented apology for the pain caused during its more than four decades of armed campaign for independence from Spain and France, and vowed not to return to violence.

South Africa's leader cuts short UK visit after protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:23am

South Africa's president has cut short a visit to Britain to return home and deal with violent protests in a provincial capital.

Tiny African kingdom of Swaziland changes its name

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:07am

Breathe easy, Switzerland: The tiny African kingdom of Swaziland is changing its name.

Mahathir's wife urges Malaysian women to be 'queenmakers'

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 1:54am

The wife of former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad urged women on Friday to support the opposition coalition in next month's general election for a better future.

North and South Korea have set up a hotline between their leaders ahead of their summit next Friday

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 1:43am

North and South Korea have set up a hotline between their leaders ahead of their summit next Friday.

Police evacuate occupied Paris university site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 1:39am

French police have evacuated a Paris university site occupied for a month by students protesting against admission reforms.

Romania: leaders row about relocating embassy to Jerusalem

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 1:33am

The leader of Romania's ruling party says the country plans to move its embassy in Israel to the disputed city of Jerusalem, but the president says the decision is premature.

Dozens suffer minor injuries in Salzburg train accident

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 12:23am

Police say dozens of people suffered minor injuries in a train accident in the Austrian city of Salzburg.

Newlywed couple among 7 killed in Pakistan highway accident

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 11:52pm

Pakistani police say a road accident on a highway in the south has killed seven members of a family, including a newlywed couple.

Argentine women see legal abortion closer than ever

Debora Rey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 10:26pm

Pushed by a wave of demonstrations by women's groups, the homeland of Pope Francis seems closer than ever to legalizing abortion.

Ahead of summits, North Korea's ruling party calls meeting

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 10:16pm

North Korea's ruling party was scheduled to convene a meeting of its full Central Committee on Friday to discuss what state media are calling a "new stage" of policies.

Prosecutors again accuse Guatemala president of corruption

Sonia Perez D., Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 8:56pm

Guatemalan prosecutors and a United Nations' anti-corruption commission again accused President Jimmy Morales of corruption Thursday related to alleged illegal campaign financing while he was secretary general of his party.

UK envoy: Russia and Syria must let inspectors visit Douma

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 8:52pm

Britain's U.N. ambassador said Thursday the Russians and Syrians must uphold the promises they made to let chemical weapons inspectors visit the site of a suspected poisonous gas attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma — and "it should happen expeditiously."

Water scooter gunmen fire at beach vendor in Mexico's Cancun

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 8:47pm

Gunmen on water scooters shot at a roving vendor on a beach in Cancun's glittering hotel zone Thursday, an incident believed to be unprecedented for the Caribbean city. Nobody was wounded.