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Merkel spokesman: Germany still seeking stronger US ties

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:13am

Berlin remains committed to strong trans-Atlantic relations, but Chancellor Angela Merkel's suggestion after meetings with President Donald Trump that Europe can no longer entirely rely on the U.S. "speaks for itself," her spokesman said Monday

In Syria, more airstrikes hit IS de facto capital of Raqqa

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:13am

More airstrikes and artillery shelling on Monday hit the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group, as U.S.-backed fighters pushed closer to the extremists' stronghold, activists said.

Sri Lankan soldiers recover more bodies from mudslides

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:04am

A group of Sri Lankan soldiers carried a body wrapped in a tarpaulin to police for identification, while others dug Monday through piles of mud, unearthing a motorbike, pieces of furniture and clothes, the only signs of eight homes that stood on Kiribathgala Hill just a few days ago.

Finland's president to seek re-election in 2018

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:03am

Finland's president has announced he will seek re-election next year for another six-year term as the Nordic country's head of state.

Moldova's Liberals quit ruling coalition after mayor arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:00am

Moldova's pro-European Liberal Party has quit the ruling coalition following the arrest of Chisinau's mayor, but it looks like the government can keep its majority.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 5:41am

A Trump administration Cabinet officer is stepping up to defend White House adviser Jared Kushner, who allegedly sought during the presidential transition period following the election to open back-channel communications with Russia. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, speaking on the Sunday news shows, said he doesn't know whether the reports involving Kushner are true. But he says it doesn't bother him and Kelly also describes such communications as a "good thing."

Pakistanis protest power cuts, protester killed in clashes

Riaz Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 5:31am

Violence erupted at demonstrations against power cuts in several towns in northwestern Pakistan on Monday, leading to clashes with police that killed a protester and wounded several, officials said.

Bangladesh ready with evacuation plans as cyclone nears

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 5:31am

Bangladesh on Monday was bracing for its first cyclone of the year, with more than 1,000 shelters set up for people who may need to evacuate as the storm approaches the low-lying delta nation.

Philippine authorities seize 605 kilos of meth from China

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 5:24am

Philippine authorities said Monday that they have seized 605 kilograms (1,334 pounds) of high-grade methamphetamine shipped from China following a tip from the Chinese government.

Iraq paramilitaries move on key town near Syrian border

Sinan Salaheddin and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 5:21am

An Iraqi government-sanctioned paramilitary force moved on Monday to capture a key town beyond the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, tightening its grip on series of towns and villages near the Syrian border, officials said.

Japan public split on idea to cite military in constitution

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 5:02am

Poll results released Monday show that about half of Japan's population supports a constitutional revision that would clarify the legality of the country's military, a new approach Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is proposing as his party struggles to gain public support for a change.

Germany gains access to journalist detained in Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 4:50am

Germany's Foreign Ministry says Turkish authorities have agreed to grant consular officials access for the first time to a German journalist detained about a month ago in Turkey.

Germany to host Ukraine talks in Berlin as fighting persists

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 4:30am

Germany's Foreign Ministry says envoys from Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France will meet this week in Berlin to try and push forward the implementation of a peace deal for eastern Ukraine.

The Latest: Rights activists in Paris protest Putin visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 3:50am

The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to France (all times local):

Spain police: 2 Britons arrested for ramming pedestrians

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 3:31am

Authorities in Spain say the two men arrested for ramming into pedestrians in a southern coastal town are British nationals who appeared to be drunk. Eight people, including a newborn baby and the driver, were injured.

NKorean missile launch may be testing rivals, not technology

Foster Klug and Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 3:31am

North Korea's latest missile test Monday may have less to do with perfecting its weapons technology than with showing U.S. and South Korean forces in the region that it can strike them at will.

Turkish officers on trial for planning Istanbul leg of coup

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 3:30am

The trial against 23 army officers who allegedly planned the Istanbul stage of last summer's failed military coup has opened in the outskirts of the city.

Shark leaps into boat and lands on Australian fisherman

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 2:31am

A 73-year-old Australian fisherman said Monday that he caught a far bigger fish than he hoped for when a 2.7-meter (9-foot) great white shark leapt into his boat, knocking him off his feet.

Philippine forces make gains in southern city under siege

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 2:22am

Philippine forces control most of a southern city where militants linked to the Islamic State group launched a bloody siege nearly a week ago, authorities said Monday, as the army launched airstrikes and went house-to-house to crush areas of resistance.