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The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 9:45am

President Donald Trump is honoring America's military dead at Arlington National Cemetery. Trump placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at a Memorial Day ceremony, in advance of his remarks tho those gathered. The playing of "Taps" echoed as Trump placed his hand over his heart and military officers saluted.

Strong earthquake shakes Indonesia's Sulawesi island

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 9:38am

A strong, shallow earthquake rocked Indonesia's central Sulawesi province Monday evening. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties, and no immediate tsunami warning.

In Syria, more airstrikes hit IS de facto capital of Raqqa

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 9:38am

More airstrikes and artillery shelling on Monday hit the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group, as U.S.-backed fighters pushed closer to the extremists' stronghold, activists said.

South Africa's 'lion whisperer' gets up close with big cats

Renee Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 9:38am

The male lion brushes through the tall grass and strides into a clearing in a South African wildlife sanctuary. A man beckons the big cat with purring sounds. The lion, Bayetsi, responds with a gentle growl and caresses Kevin Richardson, popularly known as the "lion whisperer," with its mane.

Putin rejects allegations of Russian interference with France's presidential campaign

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 9:38am

Putin rejects allegations of Russian interference with France's presidential campaign.

Serbia adopts Remembrance Day for domestic violence victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 9:24am

Serbia has introduced a Remembrance Day for women killed by their husbands or partners as part of efforts to curb domestic violence in the conservative Balkan country.

French leader Macron says he will be "constantly vigilant" about LGBT rights in Russia's Chechnya region

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 9:20am

French leader Macron says he will be "constantly vigilant" about LGBT rights in Russia's Chechnya region.

Macron, after talks with Putin, says any use of chemical weapons in Syria will lead to "reprisals" from France

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 9:20am

Macron, after talks with Putin, says any use of chemical weapons in Syria will lead to "reprisals" from France.

Strong, shallow earthquake shakes Sulawesi in Indonesia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 9:05am

Strong, shallow earthquake shakes Sulawesi in Indonesia.

Iraq paramilitaries reach Iraq's border with Syria

Sinan Salaheddin and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 8:53am

Iraq's mostly Iran-backed Shiite paramilitary forces reached the border with Syria on Monday after securing a string of small villages west of Mosul, according to a spokesman for the group.

UN pulls backing for Palestinian women's center over naming

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 8:40am

The U.N. says it has stopped supporting a Palestinian community center in the West Bank that was named for a woman who participated in a deadly 1978 attack in Israel.

Gunmen kill district governor, son in eastern Afghanistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 8:40am

Gunmen have killed a district governor and his son in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province.

Nepal celebrates anniversary of Mount Everest conquest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 8:14am

Nepal's mountaineering community celebrated the first conquest of Mount Everest 64 years ago on Monday, as well as this year's climbing season, during which hundreds scaled the world's highest peak.

Philippine forces make gains in southern city under siege

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 8:01am

Philippine forces control most of a southern city where militants linked to the Islamic State group launched a bloody siege nearly a week ago, authorities said Monday, as the army launched airstrikes and went house-to-house to crush areas of resistance.

Philippine authorities seize 605 kilos of meth from China

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 7:42am

Philippine authorities said Monday that they have seized 605 kilograms (1,334 pounds) of high-grade methamphetamine shipped from China following a tip from the Chinese government.

Greek air force fighter jet crashes, pilot safely ejects

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 7:40am

Greek authorities say an air force pilot has been rescued after his fighter jet crashed during a training flight into the Aegean Sea.

Putin visits France, hopes to mend strained ties with West

Vladimir Isachenkov and Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 7:33am

On a visit likely to shape Russia-France ties for years, French President Emmanuel Macron hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin at the sumptuous Palace of Versailles on Monday for what the newly-elected French leader said would be "demanding" talks on Syria, the Ukrainian crisis and other thorny issues driving the rift between Russia and the West.

Sri Lankan soldiers recover more bodies from mudslides

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 7:33am

A group of Sri Lankan soldiers carried a body wrapped in a tarpaulin to police for identification, while others dug Monday through piles of mud, unearthing a motorbike, pieces of furniture and clothes, the only signs of 15 homes that stood on Kiribathgala Hill just a few days ago.

Poland gathers data on foreigners in the country

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 7:33am

Poland's deputy defense minister on Monday cited security concerns in Europe as he tried to justify a move to gather data on foreign visitors and residents.