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French presidential race down to Macron, Le Pen

posted: 04/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

PARIS -- Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right populist Marine Le Pen advanced Sunday to a runoff in France's presidential election, shutting out the nation's two main political parties and setting up a showdown over France's participation in the European Union.

Israeli marks Holocaust, tells of lessons learned

posted: 04/24/2017 3:26 a.m. Discuss

JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned enemies against testing his country, in remarks opening Israel's annual memorial day for the 6 million Jews systematically killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during World War II.

Iceland at risk of losing its cultural heritage -- the country's language

posted: 04/24/2017 3:22 a.m. Discuss

REYKJAVIK, Iceland -- The Icelandic language, a unique dialect of Old Norse seen by many as a source of identity and pride, is being undermined by the widespread use of English, both for mass tourism and in the voice-controlled artificial intelligence devices coming into vogue.

More Venezuelans seeking aid in U.S.

updated: 04/24/2017 3:20 a.m. Discuss

MIAMI -- Volunteers at south Florida social service organizations say they have seen an increasing number of Venezuelans seeking help. It's a reflection of the deteriorating situation in Venezuela, where the opposition has held protests against President Nicolas Maduro for his handling of the economy and for a Supreme Court decision that briefly stripped the opposition-led congress of most of its power.

North Korea detains U.S. citizen

posted: 04/24/2017 3:17 a.m. Discuss

SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen, officials said Sunday, bringing the number of Americans now being held there to three.

Syrian forces push farther into rebel turf

updated: 04/24/2017 3:15 a.m. Discuss

BEIRUT -- Syrian government forces have captured a central town and adjacent villages, boosting security in nearby areas loyal to President Bashar Assad, and marched deeper into a rebel-held neighborhood of Damascus, Syrian state media and an opposition monitoring group said Sunday.

Other crises overshadow Palestinian plight

updated: 04/24/2017 3:14 a.m. Discuss

JERASH CAMP, Jordan -- The plight of Palestinians uprooted by Israeli-Arab wars 50 years ago is one of the world's longest-running refugee crises, but the head of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency said they are no longer the world's focus.

The world in brief

updated: 04/24/2017 3:10 a.m. Discuss

3 militants killed in strike, Yemen says

Saudi king names son ambassador to U.S.

updated: 04/24/2017 4:54 a.m. Discuss

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia's King Salman issued a decree late Saturday naming one of his sons, an air force pilot who has taken part in coalition strikes against the Islamic State militant group, as the kingdom's new ambassador to the U.S.

Eight Somali soldiers killed in bombing

posted: 04/24/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A Somali police official said a roadside bomb in a remote town in Somalia’s semiautonomous state of Puntland killed eight soldiers and injured three others.

Pence mends fences during Australia visit

updated: 04/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Australia's prime minister Saturday swept aside any lingering tensions between the two nations and joined forces in urging China to take a bigger role in pressuring North Korea to scuttle its nuclear weapons and missile program.

Campaigning silenced, French abroad cast votes

updated: 04/23/2017 3:41 a.m. Discuss

Early voting began overseas Saturday in France's unpredictable presidential election, and the 11 candidates silenced their campaigns as required to give voters a period of reflection.

Legislators' bare lives

updated: 04/23/2017 3:39 a.m. Discuss

Tin Ko Ko Oo stepped off the bus on a humid Sunday evening carrying a binder thick with reading material and a duffel bag overstuffed with food and clean laundry.

Secessionist sentiment grows in Shetland

updated: 04/23/2017 3:33 a.m. Discuss

With gray clouds building and rain slanting in over the Atlantic, Stuart Hill pointed to a small lump of land inhabited by an otter, a few seals and a variety of seabirds.

3 Obama officials invited to testify

updated: 04/23/2017 3:29 a.m. Discuss

A previously canceled House Intelligence Committee hearing to receive testimony from three top officials in former President Barack Obama's administration about Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election is back on for next month.

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