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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.

Drone killed Taliban chief, Afghans say

posted: 05/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike in a remote border region of Pakistan, Afghanistan's top intelligence agency confirmed Sunday.

Obama opens Asia trip with 3 days in Vietnam

posted: 05/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

HANOI, Vietnam -- President Barack Obama is in Hanoi as he begins his weeklong trip to Asia, where he plans to make the case for stronger commercial and security ties with Asian-Pacific allies anxious over the rise of an increasingly muscular China.

Turkey elects premier who favors power shift

updated: 05/23/2016 3:15 a.m. Discuss

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's governing Justice and Development Party on Sunday unanimously elected a longtime ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to become prime minister, paving the way for a constitutional overhaul that would extend the president's powers.

2 in Austria president race garner 50%

updated: 05/23/2016 3:12 a.m. Discuss

BERLIN -- The election for president of Austria turned into a cliffhanger Sunday, with a former Green Party leader battling a populist who is seeking to become the first far-right politician to be elected head of state in Europe since 1945.

Earn sanctions' end, Kerry tells Burma

updated: 05/23/2016 3:10 a.m. Discuss

NAYPYITAW, Burma -- Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Burma's new civilian-led government to complete the Southeast Asian nation's transition to democracy by implementing further overhauls to enshrine free markets, development and human rights.

Iraqis planning to retake Fallujah

updated: 05/23/2016 3:03 a.m. Discuss

BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi military said Sunday that it is preparing to storm Islamic State-held Fallujah, the city that was the scene of the bloodiest fighting for U.S. Marines during the Iraq War.

Egyptian robot sub to join search for jet

updated: 05/23/2016 3:02 a.m. Discuss

CAIRO -- Egypt's president said Sunday that a robot submarine belonging to his country's Oil Ministry was headed to the site of the crash of EgyptAir Flight-804 in the eastern Mediterranean to join the search for the cockpit voice and flight data recorders, commonly known as black boxes.

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