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Heavy rains pummel Cairo and parts of Egypt

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:49am

Rare heavy rainfall pummeled the Egyptian capital and other parts of the country for a second day Wednesday, with showers flooding roads and a new, leafy suburb east of Cairo.

Germans don skullcaps to protest anti-Semitism

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:05am

Germans of various faiths donned Jewish skullcaps and took to the streets Wednesday in several cities to protest an anti-Semitic attack in Berlin and express fears about growing hatred of Jews in the country.

Postponement talk raised for Nobel Literature Prize

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:04am

The Swedish Academy's permanent secretary has indicated that the recent crisis within the body that hands out the coveted Nobel Prize in Literature, may mean postponing this year's prize.

The Latest: UN warns of surge in attacks on Syrian civilians

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:03am

The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local):

Canada van victims include grandmother, avid volunteer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:58am

People who died when a van plowed down a Toronto sidewalk came from all walks of life, and from several countries. They included a grandmother who was an avid sports fan, and a woman who volunteered to build houses in the Dominican Republic.

Chemical weapons inspectors visit second site in Syria town

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:54am

Chemical weapons inspectors collected samples Wednesday from a new location in the Syrian town of Douma, their second visit to the area that was hit by a suspected gas attack nearly three weeks ago.

South African workers criticize Ramaphosa in protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:39am

Thousands of South African workers have demonstrated around the country against a proposed minimum wage, accusing President Cyril Ramaphosa's government of being hostile to labor.

Thousands protest in Armenia as political talks called off

Yuras Karmanau and Avet Demourian, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:15am

Several thousand protesters took to the streets of the Armenian capital Wednesday morning after talks between the opposition and the acting prime minister were called off.

Gaza officials say journalist shot by Israel dies of wounds

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:12am

A Palestinian journalist who was shot by Israeli troops while covering a demonstration on the Gaza-Israel border earlier this month died of his wounds on Wednesday, the Gaza Health Ministry announced.

Slovakia to deploy 152 troops in Baltics to join NATO forces

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:08am

Slovakia's government has approved a plan to deploy 152 troops in the Baltics as part of NATO forces amid growing tensions between Russia and the West.

The Latest: Danish inventor to appeal murder sentence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:59am

The Latest on the murder trial of Danish inventor Peter Madsen (all times local):

Parents of sick toddler Alfie Evans make new court challenge

Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:39am

The mother of a terminally ill British toddler whose case has drawn support from Pope Francis said Wednesday that the child is "struggling" and needs immediate intervention if he is to survive much longer.

Pakistan exhumes body of suspected 'honor killing' victim

Mohammad Yousuf, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:35am

Pakistani authorities on Wednesday exhumed the body of a woman who police suspect was killed by her father and uncle for refusing an arranged marriage, officials said.

Chemical weapons watchdog says inspectors probing alleged chemical attack have visited Syria's Douma for a second time

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:32am

Chemical weapons watchdog says inspectors probing alleged chemical attack have visited Syria's Douma for a second time.

Egypt's parliament passes law to fine aggressive touts

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:25am

In efforts to revive its tourism sector, Egypt passed a bill this week imposing fines on overly aggressive touts.

EU foreign policy chief says Iran nuclear deal should stay

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:17am

Any talks between France and the United States on crafting a new nuclear deal with Iran can only "build on" on the current terms, the European Union's chief policy chief said Wednesday.

Danish inventor convicted of reporter's murder, gets life

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:07am

Danish submarine inventor Peter Madsen was found guilty Wednesday of torturing and murdering Swedish reporter Kim Wall before dismembering her body during a private submarine trip. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Donors pledge $4.4 billion in Syria aid, short of UN needs

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:05am

International donors on Wednesday pledged an estimated $4.4 billion in humanitarian aid for Syria and neighbors sheltering its refugees in 2018, falling significantly short of the more than $7 billion the United Nations is seeking.

Israeli PM welcomes Romania's stand on Jerusalem embassy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:04am

Israel's prime minister has thanked his visiting counterpart from Romania for her government's stand on possibly moving Romania's embassy to Jerusalem.