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AP PHOTOS: Then and now: France's World War I battle-scape

Laurent Rebours, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:46am

U.S. troops fighting in France in World War I found a landscape ravaged by trench warfare and chemical weapons, churches gutted by bombs and used as makeshift hospitals, and villages turned into military prisons.

Cyclone Mekunu pounds Yemen island on its path to Oman

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:40am

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 path to strike Oman this weekend. At least 17 people were reported missing.

Burkina Faso breaks ties with Taiwan in fresh blow to island

Johnson Lai, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:29am

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.

Sessions: US, Balkans to boost cooperation vs. extremism

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:28am

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the United States is seeking to boost its partnership with Balkan nations in fighting extremism and organized crime.

Sudan's president underscores commitment to Yemen campaign

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:22am

Sudan's official news agency says President Omar al-Bashir has underscored Sudan's commitment to a Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen, three weeks after Khartoum said it's reconsidering its participation in the war.

Israel defense chief plans 2,500 new West Bank settler homes

Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:14am

Israel's defense minister said Thursday he will seek approval next week to fast-track construction of 2,500 new West Bank settlement homes in 2018, an announcement likely to further ratchet up tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.

London couple convicted of murdering nanny, burning her body

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:08am

A London couple delusionally obsessed with a former boy-band star were found guilty Thursday of murdering their French nanny and burning her body on a bonfire in their backyard.

UK slams Russian pranksters over Boris Johnson call

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:06am

Britain's Foreign Office is criticizing "childish" pranksters who called Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson posing as the leader of Armenia.

Saudis release 2 women in sweep targeting rights activists

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:02am

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

Report: Several hurt in Turkish explosives factory blast

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:02am

A Turkish media report says an explosion has occurred at a government-owned explosives factory in the outskirts of Ankara.

Sturgeon expresses horror at bullying incident

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:00am

Scotland's first minister has expressed horror at the image of a Scottish government employee gagged and taped to a chair in an alleged bullying incident by her colleagues.

Romania: Austrian businessman suspected of child pornography

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:55am

Romanian prosecutors have detained an Austrian businessman on suspicion of child pornography.

Report: Airstrikes on Syria pro-government positions kill 12

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:49am

Airstrikes overnight in eastern Syria killed at least 12 pro-government fighters, all reportedly foreign nationals, a war-monitoring group said Thursday. The Syrian government-run media blamed the strikes on the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group.

Investigators: Russian military missile downed Flight MH17

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:44am

Detailed analysis of video and photos has unequivocally established that the Buk missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine nearly four years ago came from a Russia-based military unit, an international team of investigators said Thursday.

Pakistan assembly passes bill to give equal rights to tribes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:40am

Pakistan's lower house of parliament, with rare support from the opposition, has passed a bill to give equal rights to 5 million people living in the country's tribal areas.

More than 350 observers to monitor Turkish elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:39am

An international security body says it is deploying 22 long-term and 350 short-term observers to monitor Turkey's June 24 snap presidential and parliamentary elections.

Kremlin doubts ex-spy's daughter's statement on poisoning

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:26am

The Kremlin said Thursday it doubts that Yulia Skripal has issued a statement of her own free will after her recovery from poisoning that Britain blames on Russia.

UK man convicted in attempted parachute murder

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:26am

A jury in Winchester has found an army sergeant guilty of attempted murder of his wife by sabotaging her parachute and tampering with a gas valve at her home.

Report: Nigerian troops raped women rescued from Boko Haram

Sam Olukoya, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:22am

Nigerian soldiers and self-defense forces have raped women who were rescued from the Boko Haram extremist group, Amnesty International alleged in a new report Thursday that Nigeria's military swiftly dismissed as "false."