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Woman jailed in UK for forcing teenage daughter to marry

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 7:06am

A woman in Britain was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison Wednesday for forcing her teenage daughter to marry a relative in Pakistan almost twice her age.

Hungary: 9 Romanians killed when bus slams into truck

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 6:58am

Nine Romanians were killed when the bus they were traveling in slammed into an oncoming truck in Hungary, authorities said Wednesday.

German city partially evacuated after WWII bomb found

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 6:52am

German authorities have evacuated a downtown area of the eastern city of Dresden after an unexploded World War II-era bomb was found during construction work.

Foreign media depart on train for North Korean nuclear site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 6:52am

A group of foreign journalists departed by train Wednesday to watch the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear test site after eight reporters from South Korea received last-minute permission to join them.

Egypt detains activist blogger amid new wave of arrests

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 6:40am

An Egyptian activist and blogger known for documenting police abuse was detained on Wednesday, security officials said, the latest in a new wave of arrests following elections earlier this year.

Poland hails its first Man Booker International winner

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 6:32am

Poland's deputy culture minister said Wednesday he is happy that author Olga Tokarczuk is the first Pole to win the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for fiction.

Italy's president summons Conte for talks on forming govt

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 6:14am

Italy's president summoned Giuseppe Conte for consultations Wednesday to see if the law professor tapped by the euroskeptic 5-Star Movement and League as their candidate for premier has what it takes to try to form a government.

US employee in China reported strange sounds, pressure

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 6:06am

A U.S. government employee in southern China reported abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, the State Department said Wednesday, recalling similar experiences among American diplomats in Cuba who later fell ill.

Stunning fall of Malaysia's Najib ushers in hopes of reform

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:58am

Two weeks ago, Najib Razak was supremely confident of being elected Malaysia's prime minister for a third term. Instead, in a dizzying political drama, he lost an unlosable election and spiraled into ever-deepening disgrace while Malaysians are being feted for advancing democratic values against their global retreat.

Israel court freezes deportation order against rights worker

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:52am

Human Rights Watch says an Israeli court has frozen an expulsion order against its local director, allowing him to remain in the country while he fights the planned deportation.

Australian lawmaker accuses billionaire in UN bribe scandal

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:47am

A government lawmaker has accused a China-born Australian billionaire who generously donates to Australian political parties of conspiring to bribe a top United Nations official, threatening to further inflame diplomatic tensions between Australia and China.

Alleged IS supporter accused of urging Prince George attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:44am

An alleged supporter of the Islamic State group is on trial in Britain accused of encouraging attacks on 4-year-old Prince George.

Macedonian court sentences former prime minister to 2 years in jail for unlawful influence over luxury car purchase

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:40am

Macedonian court sentences former prime minister to 2 years in jail for unlawful influence over luxury car purchase.

Ebola response on 'knife's edge' as timing key, WHO says

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:39am

The World Health Organization is accelerating its efforts with nine countries neighboring Congo to try to prevent the current Ebola outbreak from spreading beyond the border, WHO's director for Africa said Wednesday, as a colleague warned that the next few weeks will determine whether the virus can be kept under control.

German top migration official stops local asylum decisions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:34am

Germany's top migration official says he will immediately ban a local branch office of Germany's Federal Office for Migration from making any further asylum decisions.

Philippines struggles with evacuees, bombed city after siege

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:24am

Thousands of displaced remain in emergency shelters and the threat of Islamic extremists and unexploded bombs lingers in the rubble of a southern Philippine city, where survivors on Wednesday remembered a disastrous five-month siege by Islamic State group-aligned fighters that began a year ago.

Syrian official rejects US demand for Iranian withdrawal

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:22am

Syria on Wednesday dismissed American calls for the withdrawal of Iranian troops and Lebanese Hezbollah militants from the war-torn country.

Summits give aged North Korean spies hope of returning home

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:14am

He's spent nearly six decades trapped on enemy soil, surviving 29 years in a prison where he was tortured by South Korean guards before being released to a life of poverty and police surveillance. Now, 89 years old and bedridden with illness, former North Korean spy Seo Ok-yeol just wants to go home.

UK law chief: Treat cyberattacks the same way as bombs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:07am

Britain's attorney general says cyberattacks on key infrastructure could be just as deadly as armed attacks, and should be treated in the same way under international law.