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Burma reverses, heading to talks

updated: 05/22/2015 4:07 a.m. Discuss

After a flurry of diplomatic activity, the government of Burma said Thursday that it would send representatives to a regional meeting in Bangkok next week aimed at resolving the continuing humanitarian crisis of people stranded at sea off Southeast Asia and addressing the larger issue of human trafficking.

British leader vows to cut immigration

posted: 05/22/2015 4:06 a.m. Discuss

Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to reduce immigration and prepare new laws to punish illegal workers, step up deportations and tag foreign criminals.

Entitled to patrol islands, China claims

posted: 05/22/2015 4:05 a.m. Discuss

China said Thursday that it is entitled to keep watch over airspace and seas surrounding artificial islands it created in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, after an exchange in which its navy warned off a U.S. surveillance plane.

Visit aims to revive Mideast nuke talks

posted: 05/22/2015 4:03 a.m. Discuss

The United States sent a top official to Israel to revive talks on a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons, a central issue of a nuclear treaty review conference that some fear will end today without progress on global disarmament.

Militants seize Roman-era ruins

updated: 05/22/2015 3:48 a.m. Discuss

Islamic State militants overran the famed archaeological site at Palmyra early Thursday, just hours after seizing the central Syrian town, activists and officials said, raising concerns the extremists might destroy some of the priceless ruins as they have done in neighboring Iraq.

Australia to void jihadists' citizenship

posted: 05/22/2015 3:47 a.m. Discuss

Australia plans to strip citizenship from Australian-born children of immigrants who become Islamic State fighters in its crackdown on homegrown jihadists, a minister said Thursday.

Rights group reports civilians in crossfire in S. Sudan fighting

posted: 05/22/2015 3:47 a.m. Discuss

South Sudan government troops are setting villages on fire and abusing civilians in an ongoing military assault on rebels loyal to the country's former vice president, Amnesty International reported Thursday, the latest allegations of serious rights abuses since the resumption of heavy fighting last month.

Texas bidder said to kill black rhino

posted: 05/22/2015 3:42 a.m. Discuss

A Texas man who bid $350,000 to hunt a black rhinoceros in Africa in what was billed as a conservation fundraiser has killed one of the endangered animals, a Dallas Safari Club official said Thursday.

The World in Brief

updated: 05/22/2015 3:37 a.m. Discuss

Bond approved for Palestinian activist OFER MILITARY BASE, West Bank -- An Israeli military judge ruled Thursday that jailed Palestinian legislator Khalida Jarrar, a well-known West Bank firebrand, should be released on bond, but ordered her held for at least three more days pending a possible appeal.

In the news

updated: 05/22/2015 3:32 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama met in the Oval Office with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi and announced he will designate Tunisia a major U.S. ally as he encourages the North African country in its progress toward a more democratic form of government since the Arab Spring uprising of 2011.

Islamic State in control of Palmyra ruins, activists say

posted: 05/21/2015 11:03 a.m. Discuss

DAMASCUS, Syria — Islamic State militants overran the famed archaeological site at Palmyra early Thursday, just hours after seizing the central Syrian town, activists and officials said, raising concerns the extremists might destroy some of the priceless ruins as they have done in neighboring Iraq.

Bin Laden trove reveals aspiration to cripple U.S.

updated: 05/21/2015 4:01 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Osama bin Laden kept an extensive library of English-language books in the compound where he was killed in 2011, a collection whose titles appear to reflect the al-Qaida leader's constant search for U.S. vulnerabilities and insights into troubled American military campaigns.

North Korea boasts of small nuke; U.S. general scoffs

updated: 05/21/2015 3:49 a.m. Discuss

North Korea said Wednesday that it has built nuclear weapons small enough to be carried by missiles, even as a senior U.S. general questioned the country's recent claim that it successfully had tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile.

U.N. sets Yemen peace talks; Saudis continue airstrikes

posted: 05/21/2015 3:45 a.m. Discuss

The United Nations set the date for peace talks on Yemen for next week in Geneva, and the Saudi-led coalition on Wednesday bombed Shiite rebels in at least five of the country's northern provinces.

Ancient Syrian town falls to extremists

posted: 05/21/2015 3:42 a.m. Discuss

Islamic State extremists captured the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra after government defense lines there collapsed Wednesday, although it remained unclear how close to the archaeological site the extremists advanced, activists said.

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