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Afghanistan's Taliban announce annual spring offensive

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:28pm

The Taliban have announced their annual spring offensive in Afghanistan, at a time when insurgents are already regularly launching attacks and battling security forces.

China says further steps ready to target Taiwan independence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:25pm

China said Wednesday that it is prepared to take further steps to counter perceived moves by self-ruling Taiwan toward formal independence following recent war games aimed at intimidating the island's leaders.

In northern Myanmar, forgotten Kachin conflict intensifies

Todd Pitman and Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:58pm

On the front lines, the army is pounding rebels with airstrikes and artillery. In the displacement camps, terrified civilians are building bomb shelters of sandbags and stones. And everywhere in this troubled swath of Myanmar's north, there is a growing sense the conflict will only get worse.

Canada van victims include grandmother, avid volunteer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:19pm

An 80-year-old grandmother who loved Toronto sports teams nearly as much as her own family and a "brilliant" young woman who volunteered to build houses in the Dominican Republic were among the 10 people killed when a van plowed down a Toronto sidewalk.

Toronto van attack suspect may have felt anger against women

Charmaine Noronha and David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:04pm

A chilling Facebook message posted before a van plowed onto a crowded Toronto sidewalk has raised the possibility the suspect in the attack nursed grudges against women and it is bringing back memories of a 1989 massacre of 14 women that remains one of Canada's most traumatic acts of violence.

Indonesia oil well fire kills 10 people, destroys houses

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:51pm

At least 10 people were burned to death Wednesday after an apparently unregulated oil well in Indonesia's Aceh province caught fire.

Nicaragua releases some student protesters to lower tensions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:48pm

Authorities released some student protesters arrested during anti-government demonstrations over the past week and the Roman Catholic Church agreed Tuesday to act as a mediator as President Daniel Ortega sought to lower tensions in Nicaragua.

Online post suggests rampage suspect may have resented women

Charmaine Noronha and David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:46pm

The suspect in the deadly van attack in Toronto posted a chilling Facebook message just minutes before plowing into a crowded city sidewalk, authorities said Tuesday, raising the possibility that he may have nursed grudges against women — a possible echo of a 1989 massacre of 14 women that remains one of Canada's most traumatic acts of violence.

Toronto van attack suspect was student, ex-military recruit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:12pm

Details have begun to emerge about Alek Minassian, who was charged Tuesday with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 of attempted murder for driving a van into a crowded sidewalk in Toronto. Here is a look at the 25-year-old suspect in one of the worst mass killings in Canada's modern history.

Canada van victims include grandmother, avid volunteer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 8:32pm

An 80-year-old grandmother who loved Toronto sports teams nearly as much as her own family and a "brilliant" young woman who volunteered to build houses in the Dominican Republic were among the 10 people killed when a van plowed down a Toronto sidewalk.

Australia: Admiral to become US ambassador to South Korea

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:38pm

Adm. Harry Harris, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, will become the next U.S. ambassador to South Korea instead of Australia, the Australian foreign minister said Wednesday.

The Latest: Crowd gathers at memorial for van attack victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:34pm

The latest on the incident in which a van plowed down a Toronto sidewalk, killing and injuring people (all times local):

A unified Korea? Leaders bring contrasting visions to summit

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:10pm

Unification is an idea that moves most Koreans, North and South, on an emotional level.

Activist group publishes database of Syria chemical attacks

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:08pm

An activist group on Tuesday published a database of information on suspected chemical attacks in Syria , adding to a growing collection of videos and images documenting alleged war crimes during the seven-year conflict.

Anger spreads across Puerto Rico over lack of basic services

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:02pm

Puerto Rico's Senate has ordered government agencies to explain why tens of thousands of people in rural areas remain without power or appropriate shelter as anger grows about the lack of basic services more than seven months after hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Official: Mexican reporter Valdez killed because of his work

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:24pm

Mexico's national security commissioner says respected journalist Javier Valdez was killed last year because of his work.

UK judge rejects bid to take sick toddler Alfie Evans abroad

Danica Kirka and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:30pm

A British judge on Tuesday said the parents of a terminally ill toddler cannot take him to Italy for treatment, a course of action U.K. courts have said would be futile and wrong.

Israel cancels expulsions of African migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:30pm

The Israeli government acknowledged Tuesday it cannot expel African migrants against their will and has canceled all pending deportation orders.

Toronto police say driver in deadly van attack posted 'cryptic' Facebook message minutes before incident

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:20pm

Toronto police say driver in deadly van attack posted 'cryptic' Facebook message minutes before incident.