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UN envoy calls off Cyprus talks, no deal on peace summit

7 min 7 sec ago
A United Nations envoy has called off talks with the rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus after failing to find “common ground” on convening a final summit that would aim for an overall reunification deal.

South African opposition leader barred entry to Zambia

33 min 47 sec ago
The leader of South Africa’s main opposition party is sharply criticizing Zambian officials who denied him entry to their country as he tried to show support for a jailed opposition leader.

Syrian state media, monitoring group: Airstrikes by US-led coalition have killed 35 civilians in country’s east

33 min 47 sec ago
Syrian state media, monitoring group: Airstrikes by US-led coalition have killed 35 civilians in country’s east.

Egypt: Gunmen attack Christians, killing at least 23

33 min 47 sec ago
Egyptian state TV says 23 people were killed and 25 wounded in an attack by gunmen on a bus carrying Coptic Christians south of Cairo.

Egyptian state TV says 23 people were killed and 25 wounded in the attack on a bus with Coptic Christians south of Cairo

33 min 47 sec ago
Egyptian state TV says 23 people were killed and 25 wounded in the attack on a bus with Coptic Christians south of Cairo.

Gunmen kill 23 Christians in central Egypt

51 min 26 sec ago
It is the latest massacre of the nation’s embattled Christian minority

Egypt state news agency: Gunmen fire on a bus with Coptic Christians south of Cairo, killing and wounding at least 10

51 min 26 sec ago
Egypt state news agency: Gunmen fire on a bus with Coptic Christians south of Cairo, killing and wounding at least 10.

Turkish committee: US-based cleric was behind failed coup

51 min 26 sec ago
The head of a Turkish parliamentary committee says there is no doubt that U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind last year’s failed military coup.

Sri Lanka says 25 people have died, 42 missing in floods and mudslides triggered by heavy rain

51 min 26 sec ago
Sri Lanka says 25 people have died, 42 missing in floods and mudslides triggered by heavy rain.

Duterte justified martial law over the ‘beheading’ of a police chief — who is still alive

1 hour 4 min ago
Fake news fuels wild speculation about a very real battle with militants in the southern Philippines.

British lab to help Poland probe 2010 president’s death

1 hour 4 min ago
Polish prosecutors who are investigating whether the 2010 plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others have sent samples from the plane for laboratory tests in Britain to help them determine whether an explosion caused the disaster.

UN rights chief pleads for sparing Syrian civilians under IS

1 hour 4 min ago
The U.N. human rights chief says Syrian civilians are increasingly paying the price of escalating airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria.

Secret recordings may be Brazilian democracy's best hope — but also a growing problem

1 hour 17 min ago
Leaked recordings have exploded since 2013, taking down huge numbers of corrupt politicians.

Israel: Netanyahu’s bladder stone successfully removed

1 hour 17 min ago
The office of the Israeli prime minister says a medical procedure to remove Benjamin Netanyahu’s bladder stone has been successful.

German police arrest suspected Islamic extremist

1 hour 17 min ago
Police in western Germany have arrested a suspected Islamic extremist who they believe may have been planning an attack.

Former Greek prime minister recovering from bombing

1 hour 17 min ago
Greek health authorities say former Prime Minister Lucas Papademos is recuperating well from injuries suffered when a parcel bomb exploded inside his car in central Athens.

Heavy fighting between rival militias erupts in the Libyan capital

1 hour 59 min ago
Explosions and gunfire rocked the city in the latest sign of the instability plaguing the North African nation.

The Latest: London police boost security at sports events

1 hour 59 min ago
The Latest on the concert bombing in England (all times local):

German kindergartens to name parents who skip vaccine advice

1 hour 59 min ago
The German government wants kindergartens to inform authorities if parents fail to prove they have attended a doctors’ consultation on child vaccinations.

AP Explains: NATO, the world’s biggest military alliance

1 hour 59 min ago
It sounds strange to characterize the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as a huge gun club, but the comparison can be useful in understanding the world’s biggest military alliance.

Ethiopia charges 2 with terrorism over deadly stampede

2 hours 19 min ago
Ethiopia has charged two people with terrorism, saying they caused a stampede last year that killed dozens of people and led the government to declare a state of emergency.

Rights group says Chechen officials humiliated gay detainees

2 hours 24 min ago
Rights activists from Human Rights Watch say in a new report that high-level officials in Russia’s Chechnya have visited detention facilities where gay people allegedly were illegally held and tortured.

Rights groups urge Uganda to back probe into deadly clashes

2 hours 24 min ago
Dozens of human rights watchdogs and lawyers are urging Uganda’s government to allow an independent investigation into killings by security forces during a clash with a tribal kingdom last year.

The Latest: Trump to attend gathering of G-7 leaders

2 hours 24 min ago
The Latest on President Donald Trump’s first trip abroad (all times local):

What happened to Gustavito, the beloved hippo at El Salvador’s National Zoo?

3 hours 17 min ago
Authorities are investigating whether he was killed by intruders — or died of poor care.

Indonesia arrests 3 suspects in bombings that killed police

3 hours 28 min ago
Police in Indonesia say three suspected Islamic militants have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the two suicide bombings that killed three police officers and injured 11 other people in the capital.

Pakistan police fire tear gas, swing batons at farmers rally

3 hours 28 min ago
Pakistani police have fired tear gas, wielded batons and clashed with farmers rallying in Islamabad to pressure the government to allocate more funds to agriculture.

Turkey shuns US resolution on Turkish bodyguards violence

3 hours 28 min ago
Turkey has rejected a resolution by the U.S. House of Representatives that condemned violence by Turkish bodyguards against protesters during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Washington last week.

Indonesian police arrest 3 in West Java province on suspicion of involvement in suicide bombings that killed 3 officers

3 hours 28 min ago
Indonesian police arrest 3 in West Java province on suspicion of involvement in suicide bombings that killed 3 officers.

UK police arrest 9th man in concert bombing investigation

3 hours 47 min ago
British police investigating the Manchester Arena bombing have arrested a ninth man while continuing to search addresses associated with the bomber who killed 22 concert-goers.

Italian fashion designer Laura Biagiotti dies at 73

4 hours 2 min ago
Laura Biagiotti’s daughter says the Italian fashion designer has died after suffering a heart attack. She was 73.

Laura Biagiotti’s daughter says the Italian fashion designer has died at 73 after heart attack

4 hours 21 min ago
Laura Biagiotti’s daughter says the Italian fashion designer has died at 73 after heart attack.

Bangladesh removes Lady Justice statue from court complex

4 hours 29 min ago
A Lady Justice statue was removed from Bangladesh’s Supreme Court premises under tight security overnight after Islamist hardliners pressed for its removal for months, the sculptor said Friday.

Philippines military chief says top terror suspect is still hiding in besieged city of Marawi

5 hours 11 min ago
Philippines military chief says top terror suspect is still hiding in besieged city of Marawi.

Outspoken Chinese law professor, government critic, silenced

5 hours 11 min ago
One of the Chinese government’s most vocal critics is finally falling silent after a yearslong online campaign against him.

Rain-triggered mudslides in Sri Lanka kill 10 people

5 hours 11 min ago
Officials and media reports say at least 10 people have died in mudslides and floods triggered by heavy rains in Sri Lanka.

Trump scolds fellow NATO leaders: Spend more for military

5 hours 53 min ago
Surrounded by stone-faced allies, President Donald Trump rebuked fellow NATO members Thursday for failing to meet the military alliance’s financial benchmarks, asserting that leaves it weaker and shortchanges “the people and taxpayers of the United States.”

Philippine official says foreign fighters are among the militants who have laid siege to a southern city

6 hours 12 min ago
Philippine official says foreign fighters are among the militants who have laid siege to a southern city.

What we've learned about Trump's agenda from his first foreign trip

6 hours 17 min ago
Things went best in Saudi Arabia and less well in Europe.

Why Britain's government doesn't leak the way America's does

6 hours 17 min ago
On issues of national security, there's a different history and different rules.

Sri Lankan sex ring in Haiti reveals cracks in UN system

6 hours 24 min ago
When a Haitian teenager alleged that she had been raped and sodomized by a Sri Lankan peacekeeper, the government here dispatched a high-ranking general suspected of war crimes to lead the investigation.

Sri Lankan sex ring in Haiti reveals cracks in UN system

6 hours 43 min ago
The general sat on a plastic lawn chair in the garden of his mother’s home, the scent of tropical blooms filling the air as he talked about the alleged rape and sodomy of a Haitian teenager by a Sri Lankan peacekeeper.

China executes former police official convicted of murder

6 hours 43 min ago
China has executed a former top police official convicted of murder and other crimes in a case that drew accusations of torture and abuse of justice from his family.

AP Investigation: 5 things to know about UN sex abuse

6 hours 43 min ago
The key findings on AP’s investigation into the U.N.’s sexual abuse and exploitation controversy:

An AP investigation finds the U.N. deployed Sri Lankan peacekeepers despite unresolved war crimes and abuse allegations

7 hours 1 min ago
An AP investigation finds the U.N. deployed Sri Lankan peacekeepers despite unresolved war crimes and abuse allegations.

Facing anxious European leaders, Trump goes on offensive

7 hours 1 min ago
President Donald Trump has faced a much cooler reception in Europe than the welcome he received in the Middle East.

Filipino troops, gunships fight militants in southern city

7 hours 1 min ago
Philippine troops backed by armored vehicles and rocket-firing helicopters fought to re-take control of a city that has been under attack by gunmen linked to the Islamic State group since a raid earlier this week failed to capture one of Asia’s most-wanted militants.

Mexico’s ruling party faces more hurdles to maintain power

7 hours 1 min ago
At a recent political rally in this crime-ridden Mexico City suburb, next year’s presidential election was discussed as much as the upcoming June 4 vote for governor in the country’s most populous state.

The Latest: Police chief is safe, says a former chief died

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 23:36
The Latest on the siege of a southern Philippine city by militants linked to the Islamic State group (all times local):

US diplomat: China tightened border controls with N. Korea

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 23:05
The top U.S. diplomat for East Asia says Chinese officials have told Washington they have tightened border controls with North Korea as part of U.N. sanctions aimed at halting Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile activities.

SKorea OKs civilian contact with NKorea in goodwill gesture

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 22:56
South Korea has approved a civic group to contact North Korea over aid programs, the first such approval since North Korea’s nuclear test in January 2016.

Trump pushes aside Montenegro leader — who calls it natural

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 21:59
President Donald Trump’s push to get in front of the pack at a NATO summit generated indignation in the Balkans and garnered attention on social media — but the man he shoved aside took it in stride.

Pentagon confirms airstrike killed more than 100 civilians in Mosul, blames ISIS explosives

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 21:22
The strike is probably the single deadliest civilian casualty incident in the campaign against ISIS.

Pyongyang gas price surge: Bad news for Kim Jong Un?

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 21:19
While world attention has focused on Kim Jong Un’s recent missile tests, a monthlong surge in gasoline prices in Pyongyang is showing no signs of letting up — a puzzling problem that if allowed to drag on could be very bad news for the North Korean economy.

Mrs. Trump visits Brussels children’s hospital, art museum

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 19:53
Melania Trump joined the spouses of other NATO leaders visiting a children’s hospital and touring a Brussels museum on Thursday.

Losing power: Ecuador’s Correa hospitalized after retiring

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 19:53
Walking away from the spotlight can be tough on any retiring head of state, but former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa’s party indicates his intense schedule during the final days in office may have made him ill.

Trump pushes aside Montenegro leader — who calls it natural

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:33
President Donald Trump’s push to get in front of the pack at a NATO summit generated indignation in the Balkans and garnered attention on social media — but the man he shoved aside took it in stride.

UK Labour chief says he’ll end ‘war on terror’ if he governs

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:33
British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn says his Labour Party will change U.K. foreign policy and abandon the “war on terror,” if it wins next month’s election.

Trump scolds fellow NATO leaders: Spend more for military

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:13
Surrounded by stone-faced allies, President Donald Trump excoriated fellow NATO members Thursday for failing to meet the military alliance’s financial benchmarks, asserting that leaves it weaker than it should be and is “not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States.”

Quiet college dropout turned bomber: Who was Salman Abedi?

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:02
He was quiet and withdrawn, a college dropout who liked soccer — and, some say, showed alarming signs of being radicalized years before he walked into a pop concert at Britain’s Manchester Arena and detonated a powerful bomb, killing himself and 22 others.

Iraq investigating elite unit accused of human rights violations in Mosul campaign

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:31
A report alleges that troops have carried out torture, rape and extrajudicial killings in the battle.

Researchers say they’ve uncovered a disinformation campaign with apparent Russian link

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:08
‘Tainted leaks’ turn authentic stolen documents into convincing forgeries.

2 smugglers who escaped US prison captured in Mexico

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:34
U.S. prosecutors say that authorities in Mexico City have captured two convicted cigarette smugglers who escaped a U.S. penitentiary in Virginia this month.

Hezbollah chief says dialogue with Iran is only way forward

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:03
The chief of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group is telling Saudi Arabia that dialogue with Iran is the only way forward, lashing out at the kingdom’s lavish royal welcome of U.S. president Donald Trump.

Libyan anti-terror official says alleged Manchester bomber phoned mother hours before concert attack, said “forgive me”

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:45
Libyan anti-terror official says alleged Manchester bomber phoned mother hours before concert attack, said “forgive me”

AP Analysis: Rouhani’s hardest challenge may be Iran’s hopes

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:45
For Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, winning re-election may have been the easy part.

A developer has dreamed up a brand-new

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:38
A developer has dreamed up a brand-new hilltop city with high-end homes, luxury retailers and a Roman amphitheater

The Latest: Greek govt official describes blast as attack

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:38
The Latest on the blast that wounded a Greek ex-premier (all times local):

Greek government spokesman describes explosion injuring former prime minister as an ‘attack’

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:38
Greek government spokesman describes explosion injuring former prime minister as an ‘attack’

Don't have kids? Neither do some of the world's most powerful leaders.

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:25
President Trump has more offspring than his six counterparts combined.

Forces loyal to LNA seize control of Libyan air base

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:06
A spokesman for the Libyan National Army says forces loyal to the LNA have seized control of an air base in the country’s south that had been under control of western militiamen.

Thousands of Finns honor former president

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:53
Tens of thousands of Finns have lined the roads in central Helsinki to honor former President Mauno Koivisto as his coffin was borne from the Helsinki Cathedral to the city’s main cemetery.

Berlin Wall, 9/11 symbols offer message to Trump at NATO

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:39
A U.S. president who wants to build walls is celebrating the collapse of one of the world’s most iconic barriers: the Berlin Wall.

Greek ex-premier Lucas Papademos wounded in Athens bombing

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:35
Greek police say former Prime Minister Lucas Papademos has been wounded in an explosion in a car in central Athens.

The Latest: Oil price falls further on OPEC production news

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:35
The Latest on OPEC’s talks on extending its production cut agreement (all times local):

NATO inaugurates sprawling, expensive new Brussels HQ

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:35
President Donald Trump and his NATO counterparts on Thursday inaugurated the alliance’s new headquarters in Belgium, a sprawling 1.1-billion-euro ($1.2-billion) complex expected to be fully up and running early next year.

OPEC and other oil countries extend oil production cut of daily 1.8 million barrels until March

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:35
OPEC and other oil countries extend oil production cut of daily 1.8 million barrels until March.

Philippine military says 31 Islamic State group-linked militants have been killed in besieged southern city

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:29
Philippine military says 31 Islamic State group-linked militants have been killed in besieged southern city.

Greek police say former Prime Minister Lucas Papademos targeted in bomb attack in central Athens, injuries reported

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:29
Greek police say former Prime Minister Lucas Papademos targeted in bomb attack in central Athens, injuries reported.

Officials: Manchester bomber passed through Germany, Turkey

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:29
The suspected bomber in the concert attack in Britain passed through Germany and Turkey before the attack, authorities said Thursday.

Bahrain fines reporter $2,650 for working without press card

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:17
A Bahrain court has given a journalist working for France 24 and Radio Monte Carlo Doualiya a $2,650 fine for reporting without government accreditation.

British social media celebrity among dead from concert blast

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:17
It was not just family and friends mourning Martyn Hett this week. Even Mariah Carey was shocked by his death in the Ariana Grande concert bombing.

Trump and Obama are having very different trips to Europe

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:41
An awkwardly timed trip highlights the difference between two U.S. presidents.

British Transport Police adding armed patrols on some UK trains for first time

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:41
British Transport Police adding armed patrols on some UK trains for first time.

UN chief: Health care attacked in over 20 conflict countries

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:11
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says attacks on hospitals, doctors, ambulances, the wounded and sick took place in at least 20 conflict-affected countries last year.

At NATO headquarters, Trump lectures member countries on need to pay fair share for defense

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:11
At NATO headquarters, Trump lectures member countries on need to pay fair share for defense.

Italian court OKs class action lawsuit against Volkswagen

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:11
An Italian court has opened the way for a class action lawsuit against automaker Volkswagen over its emissions scandal.

Trump: Administration will “get to the bottom” of leaks problem; orders review and possible prosecution

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:52
Trump: Administration will “get to the bottom” of leaks problem; orders review and possible prosecution.

Egypt officials say Sinai militants kill 4 security forces

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:52
Egyptian security officials say separate attacks in restive northern Sinai peninsula where Islamic militants are active have left four security personnel dead.

The Latest: Brazil president withdraws troops after clashes

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:33
The Latest on Brazil’s political crisis (all times local):

Trump handshake showdown: France’s Macron just won’t let go

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:33
U.S. President Donald Trump met his match in a handshake showdown with France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron.

Israel to reduce Gaza electricity citing Palestinian spat

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:26
Israel says it will reduce the electricity supply to Gaza after officials in the Palestinian government in the West Bank said payments would be scaled back.

'Forget what you remember and remember what you forgot': A different view of Vietnam

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:59
Photographer Kevin German's decade-long document of Vietnam

The Latest: Romanian police detain 7 migrants near Hungary

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:45
The Latest on Europe’s migrant crisis (all times local):

Iraqi forces release videos countering claims of abuse

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:45
An Iraqi commander says allegations that an elite interior ministry unit fighting the Islamic State group in Mosul abused civilian detainees are “incorrect.”

Victims of the bombing: Parents, children, policewoman

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:45
The bombing at a Manchester concert on Monday night claimed the lives of 22 people, many of them teenagers and their parents. Here what’s known about them so far:

Hungary sees no reason to change law affecting Soros school

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:29
Hungary’s government says it sees no reason to alter its recently amended education law which could force a university founded by billionaire George Soros to leave the country.

Official: At least 13 soldiers killed in southern Kandahar

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:29
An Afghan official says at least 13 soldiers have been killed and eight others wounded in fighting with Taliban insurgents.

Russia’s UN ambassador to take job in summer

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:10
A top diplomat says a new Russian ambassador to the United Nations will take his post soon.

France says Erdogan to look into case of French photographer

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:10
A senior French official says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will look into the case of a French photographer who was taken into custody in Turkey and started a hunger strike to protest his detention.

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