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Explosion in Canadian restaurant wounds 15 people

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:04am

An explosion caused by "improvised explosive device" ripped through a restaurant in a mall in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, wounding 15 people, Canadian police said.

Cyclone Mekunu to be 'extremely severe' on landfall in Oman

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 12:54am

Cyclone Mekunu will be "extremely severe" when it crashes into the Arabian Peninsula this weekend, meteorologists warned Friday, after earlier thrashing the Yemeni island of Socotra. At least 17 people are missing from Socotra, with one Yemeni official describing them as likely dead.

Italy PM-designate focuses on savings lost in bank failures

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 12:44am

Italy's premier-designate, Giuseppe Conte, is meeting with the Bank of Italy governor as part of consultations ahead of forming a government.

China sets trial for dissident who chronicled rights abuses

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 12:43am

A lawyer for the Chinese dissident behind a website documenting alleged rights abuses says the activist will be tried for leaking state secrets on June 20.

Voting begins throughout Ireland in major abortion decision

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 12:28am

Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country's strict ban on most abortions.

Indonesia passes new terror law after attacks using children

Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 12:28am

Indonesia's parliament unanimously approved a tougher anti-terrorism law on Friday, lengthening detention periods and involving the military in counter-terrorism policing, spurred into action by recent bombings that involved children as perpetrators.

Israel calls on EU to end funding to pro-boycott groups

Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 12:14am

Israel called on the European Union on Friday to halt funding to more than a dozen European and Palestinian non-governmental organizations that it says promote boycotts against Israel, saying the financial support violates the EU's stated policy that it opposes boycotts against the Jewish state.

Car bombing near hotel in Libyan city of Benghazi kills 7

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:27pm

A car bombing on a busy street in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi has killed at least seven people, including a girl, and wounded 10.

N. Korea keeps hopes of talks alive after Trump cancellation

Foster Klug and Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:04pm

North Korea said Friday that it's still willing to sit for talks with the United States "at any time, (in) any format," a remarkably restrained and diplomatic response, from a nation noted for its proud belligerence, to U.S. President Donald Trump's abrupt cancellation of a summit with the North's autocratic leader, Kim Jong Un.

N. Korea demolishes nuclear test site as journalists watch

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:59pm

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 small group of foreign journalists watched.

UN envoy urges dialogue with opposition after Burundi vote

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:29pm

The U.N. special envoy for Burundi urged the African nation's government Thursday to quickly restart dialogue with the opposition following a referendum that will allow the president to stay in power until 2034.

Prince William to visit Jordan, Israel, West Bank in June

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:13pm

Kensington Palace says Prince William will visit Israel and the Palestinian territories at the end of June — the first British royal to make an official visit there.

Call for investigation into killing of 3 by Honduran troops

Freddy Cuevas, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:35pm

A U.N. agency called Thursday for an impartial investigation into the killing of three indigenous men by a military patrol in a remote part of eastern Honduras that is a common transit point for Colombian cocaine.

Congo says confirmed Ebola cases have reached 31; 9 deaths

Saleh Mwanamilongo, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:43pm

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 31, including nine deaths.

Israeli Supreme Court rejects challenge to open-fire rules

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:15pm

Israel's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a legal challenge to the military's rules on when soldiers can fire their weapons amid weeks of violent protests that have killed dozens of Palestinians on the border with Gaza.

Argentina abortion bill to be voted in lower house in June

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:21pm

Lawmakers in Argentina's lower house say they will vote next month on legislation that would legalize elective abortion.

Putin meets Macron, says North Korea summit end regrettable

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:17pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that North Korea fulfilled its promises ahead of the canceled summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

Venezuela's President Maduro takes oath as president-elect

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:01pm

Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela's president-elect on Thursday, months before he's due to formally take the oath of office next year for a second term.

US pressure on Hezbollah may hamper Lebanese government

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 1:58pm

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.