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2,000 gone from Greek camp

posted: 05/25/2016 3:53 a.m. Discuss

Greek authorities on Tuesday began the evacuation of a refugee camp on the Greek-Macedonian border, persuading about 2,000 people to leave the Idomeni site for other organized facilities in northern Greece.

Ukraine: 7 killed, 9 hurt in fighting

posted: 05/25/2016 3:48 a.m. Discuss

Ukrainian officials say seven soldiers have been killed over the past day in rebellious eastern Ukraine.

Obama presses Vietnam on rights

updated: 05/25/2016 3:47 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama on Tuesday pressed Vietnam to allow greater freedoms for its citizens, arguing that better human rights would improve the communist country's economy, stability and regional power.

Remains said to hint at jet crash's cause

posted: 05/25/2016 3:46 a.m. Discuss

The remains of passengers from the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 showed signs of burns and were so small that they suggested the jet was brought down by an explosion, two people on the Egyptian team examining the remains said Tuesday.

Fallujah cut off, Iraqi colonel says

posted: 05/25/2016 3:44 a.m. Discuss

Clashes between Iraqi government forces and the Islamic State extremist group outside the city of Fallujah briefly subsided Tuesday, the second day of a large-scale military operation to drive militants out of their key stronghold west of Baghdad.

Greece wins EU backing for bailout funds

posted: 05/25/2016 3:43 a.m. Discuss

Greece has won an essential batch of bailout funds from international creditors after agreement among the 19 eurozone finance ministers and can start looking forward to debt relief in the future.

The world in brief

updated: 05/25/2016 3:41 a.m. Discuss

Taliban verify leader dead, pick new one KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Afghan Taliban has appointed a successor to leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour after confirming that Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week.

U.N. chief critical of absent leaders

posted: 05/25/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday criticized the leaders of the world’s wealthiest countries for failing to attend a pivotal humanitarian conference in Turkey which culminated with a long list of commitments and question marks over their implementation.

Obama ends '70s-era ban on arms sales to Vietnam

updated: 05/24/2016 3:45 a.m. Discuss

HANOI, Vietnam -- The United States is rescinding a decades-old ban on sales of lethal military equipment to Vietnam, President Barack Obama announced at a news conference in Hanoi on Monday, ending one of the last legal vestiges of the Vietnam War.

Iraqi lauds Fallujah 'successes'

updated: 05/24/2016 3:31 a.m. Discuss

BAGHDAD -- Iraq's prime minister hailed "big successes" Monday by government troops after starting an offensive to retake Fallujah from Islamic State militants, but U.S. and other Iraqi officials said the operation promises to be one of the toughest challenges yet for the country's security forces.

Blasts kill scores in Assad strongholds

posted: 05/24/2016 3:30 a.m. Discuss

BEIRUT -- A series of coordinated blasts hit bus stations, an electricity plant and a hospital across two Syrian cities Monday, killing at least 80 people in the first major security breach of President Bashar Assad's coastal strongholds in the country's five-year war.

The world in brief

posted: 05/24/2016 3:25 a.m. Discuss

Greece starts clearing out migrant camp

Two nations differ on jet’s last minutes

updated: 05/24/2016 5:04 a.m. Discuss

CAIRO — A French ship joined the international effort to hunt for the black boxes and other wreckage of EgyptAir Flight 804 Monday, searching for clues to what brought the plane down early Thursday, as Greek and Egyptian authorities diverged on what happened to the plane during the crucial final minutes before it crashed into the Mediterranean, killing all 66 people on board.

Prime minister’s economic program cited as Japanese fertility rate rises

posted: 05/24/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

Japan’s fertility rate rose slightly last year, to the highest level since 1994, indicating Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic program may have had some success in slowing the rate of population decline.

Netanyahu: Two-state solution is still a goal

posted: 05/24/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister on Monday reiterated his support for the establishment of a Palestinian state, seeking to persuade critics that he remains committed to peace as he prepares to bring a polarizing hard-liner into his Cabinet.

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