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Reports: IS fighters vacating outskirts of Syria's capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 9:43am

A cease-fire between Syrian government forces and Islamic State militants in the southern neighborhoods of Damascus has held for 24 hours amid reports that some of the fighters were permitted to leave, a Syrian war monitoring group said Sunday.

Taiwan 'angry' over not being invited to WHO assembly

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 8:52am

Taiwan's health minister says the island feels "very angry" that it was not invited to the World Health Organization assembly in Geneva.

Spanish boats pick up 162 migrants crossing Mediterranean

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 8:39am

Spain's maritime rescue service says it picked up 162 migrants who were attempting to make the perilous trip across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe this weekend.

Spanish police arrest 12 from alleged hash smuggling ring

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 8:34am

Spanish authorities say they have broken up an alleged drug ring that smuggled hashish from Morocco to Europe.

Malaysia ex-leader seeks police protection amid graft probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 8:12am

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is under investigation for a massive corruption scandal, has sought police protection over concern about his family's safety, Malaysia's national news agency reported Sunday.

Record Everest climber returns, already planning next trip

Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 7:04am

A veteran Sherpa guide who scaled Mount Everest for a record 22nd time last week returned from the mountain on Sunday and said he's already planning his next trip.

Congo to begin vaccinating against Ebola on Monday

Saleh Mwanamilongo, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 7:04am

Congo will begin administering an experimental Ebola vaccine Monday in Mbandaka, the northwestern city of 1.2 million where the deadly disease has infected some residents, Congo's health minister announced.

Palestinian president hospitalized with fever

Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 6:40am

A Palestinian official says President Mahmoud Abbas has been hospitalized with fever.

Erdogan in Sarajevo to rally European Turks for re-election

Amer Cohadzic and Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 6:18am

Turkey's president addressed thousands of expatriate Turks in Bosnia's capital Sunday to shore up support before his country's snap presidential and parliamentary elections next month.

Sudan protests Egyptian serial about terrorists

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 5:07am

Sudan has summoned Egypt's ambassador to complain about a TV series that it says portrays Egyptian terrorists living in the neighboring country.

Maoist rebels detonate bomb in east India; 6 police killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 3:48am

At least six police officials were killed and another was critically injured on Sunday when Maoist rebels targeted their vehicle with a bomb in eastern India, police said.

Insect ambassadors: Honeybees buzz on Berlin cathedral

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 3:38am

On the roof of Berlin's cathedral, bees are buzzing.

Taiwan president, pressed by Beijing, pledges more security

Ralph Jennings, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 10:55pm

Taiwan's president said Sunday her government will step up security measures to respond to military threats from China.

Cuba: 110 died in plane crash, 3 survivors 'critical'

Andrea Rodriguez and Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 6:49pm

The only three survivors of Cuba's worst aviation disaster in three decades were clinging to life Saturday, a day after their passenger jet crashed in a fireball in Havana's rural outskirts with 113 people on board.

US criticizes China's militarization of disputed waters

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 6:49pm

The Pentagon criticized what it called China's "continued militarization" of island outposts in the disputed South China Sea, where the Chinese air force landed long-range bombers for the first time, putting entire Southeast Asia within their range.

Sri Lanka marks end to civil war as a divided nation

Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 6:31pm

Sri Lanka commemorated the ninth anniversary of the end of its civil war as a divided nation, with minority Tamils calling for an international investigation into alleged wartime atrocities and the government defending soldiers from allegations.

Macedonian PM says Greece agrees to discuss proposed name

Konstantin Testorides and Demetris Nellas, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 3:49pm

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Saturday he is ready to go ahead with a new name for his country in order to solve a decades-long name dispute with Greece and pave the way for full integration of the small Balkan country into the European Union and NATO.

Colombia ex-rebel halts hunger strike as extradition lingers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 3:40pm

A former rebel ideologue who helped craft Colombia's 2016 peace deal has suspended a 41-day hunger strike after a special peace tribunal cast doubt on his expected extradition to the U.S. on drug charges.

Official: Nationalist mob beats mayor of major Greek city

Costas Kantouris, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 2:32pm

A city official says the mayor of Greece's second-largest city has been hospitalized with head, back and leg injuries after being set upon by nationalist extremists.