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Europe looks for deeds, not words, from Italy's populists

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:57am

Italy's premier-designate Giuseppe Conte spent his first day on the job Thursday finalizing his proposed cabinet list as European officials vowed to judge deeds, not words, from a decidedly euroskeptic and populist Italy in their ranks.

Syria: US-backed group captures French IS member

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:55am

A U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish group has detained a high-profile French Islamic State fighter in northern Syria who has been linked to terror attacks in Paris and Nice in 2015 and 2016, the group announced Thursday.

Ex-Panama president Martinelli to drop extradition fight

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:53am

A spokesman for former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli says the ex-leader is dropping his legal efforts to fight extradition from the United States to Panama.

WWII bomb successfully defused in German city of Dresden

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:45am

German police say a World War II bomb that partially exploded while it was being defused in the eastern city of Dresden has been successfully deactivated.

Cyclone Mekunu pounds Yemen island on its path to Oman

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:43am

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

Lebanon's premier Saad Hariri chosen to form new Cabinet

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:43am

Lebanon's president formally asked caretaker premier Saad Hariri on Thursday to form a new Cabinet after the vast majority of legislators named him as their choice for the position of prime minister.

Kosovo court imprisons 2 over illegal organ harvesting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:41am

A Kosovo court has imprisoned two ethnic Albanians in an organ harvesting case.

Albania's opposition boycotts resolution supporting EU talks

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:30am

Albania's opposition on Thursday boycotted a resolution expressing support for the launch of negotiations on joining the European Union.

Burkina Faso breaks ties with Taiwan in fresh blow to island

Johnson Lai, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:25am

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.

The Latest: Syrian airline to resume flight to UAE's Sharjah

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

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China says no reason found for US staffer's sonic condition

Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:19am

No explanation has yet been found for a U.S. government employee's report of abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, China said Thursday, as the incident in southern Guangzhou city recalled the experiences of illness-stricken American diplomats in Cuba.

Congo says confirmed Ebola cases have reached 30; 8 deaths

Saleh Mwanamilongo, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:19am

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 30, including eight deaths.

Plaster falls from La Scala arches, no one injured

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:17am

Plaster has fallen from the outside arches of the La Scala opera house's entrance, but no one was injured.

Greek court clears way for Turkish servicemen to get asylum

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:07am

Greece's supreme court has cleared the way for the granting of asylum to eight Turkish servicemen who fled their country hours after an abortive military coup two years ago in a case that has heightened tensions between the two regional rivals.

Algeria denies rights abuses in migrant expulsions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:03am

Algeria's government denies any human rights abuses against African migrants who have been expelled from the country in large numbers, refuting U.N. allegations.

U.N. Secretary-General: "Deeply concerned" by the cancellation of the summit between Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 8:46am

U.N. Secretary-General: "Deeply concerned" by the cancellation of the summit between Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim.

Romania: Austrian businessman suspected of child pornography

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 8:40am

A Romanian court has ordered that an Austrian businessman suspected of child pornography be placed under house arrest.

The Latest: Images show residents sheltering from cyclone

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 8:38am

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Landmark abortion vote in Ireland may change constitution

Leo Enright and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 8:34am

An abortion debate that has inflamed passions in Ireland for decades will come down to a single question on Friday: yes or no?