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US indicts ex-Venezuelan lawmaker linked with Maduro

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 3:25pm

U.S. authorities filed charges Wednesday against a former Venezuelan lawmaker linked with President Nicolás Maduro accusing him of narco-terrorism and weapons crimes.

Top lawmaker denies that Russia sent warplanes to Libya

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 12:42pm

A senior Russian lawmaker on Wednesday strongly rejected the U.S. military's claim that Russia has deployed fighter jets to Libya to support east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli.

5 killed in fire at Bangladesh coronavirus treatment tent

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 12:08pm

Fire swept through a through a unit of a hospital in an upscale area of the Bangladeshi capital to treat people infected with the coronavirus, killing five people, an official said Wednesday.

Canadian judge rules U.S. extradition case against senior Chinese Huawei executive can advance

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 12:03pm

Canadian judge rules U.S. extradition case against senior Chinese Huawei executive can advance.

A stunning tirade highlights Israeli divide over Netanyahu

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 11:35am

He named names of police investigators and prosecutors. He accused them of using “Soviet style” extortion to turn witnesses against him. He even claimed that elderly Holocaust survivors were on his side, sympathizing with his plight.

Luxembourg starts to test its entire population for virus

Mark Carlson, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 11:12am

Luxembourg started a coronavirus testing program Wednesday to check each and every one of its roughly 600,000 people, as well as cross-border workers, over the next nine weeks.

Lebanese PM visits UN peacekeepers amid dispute over mandate

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 9:45am

Lebanon's prime minister visited United Nations peacekeepers in the country's south near the border with Israel on Wednesday, describing the presence of the force in the volatile area as a necessity.

Bulgarian police seize more than 360 kilograms of cocaine

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 9:45am

Bulgarian police have discovered and seized more than 360 kilograms (nearly 800 pounds) of cocaine from an apartment in the capital.

So-called honor killing of teen girl brings outcry in Iran

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 9:26am

The so-called honor killing of a 14-year-old Iranian girl by her father, who reportedly used a farming sickle to behead her as she slept, has prompted a nationwide outcry.

Anti-Semitic crime rises in Germany, most from far right

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 7:39am

Anti-Semitic crimes in Germany last year reached their highest level since the country started keeping statistics, amid an overall strong increase in right-extremist criminality that is a cause for “great concern,” Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Wednesday.

India, China in tense standoff at Himalayan frontier

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 5:51am

Indian and Chinese soldiers are in a bitter standoff in the remote and picturesque Ladakh region, with the two countries amassing soldiers and machinery near the tense frontier, Indian officials said.

Rights group urges inquiry into Philippine drug war killings

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 12:50am

Human Rights Watch is calling on the U.N.’s top human rights body to launch an independent investigation into the Philippine government’s drug war that has left thousands dead, pointing in particular to its harmful effects on children.

AP EXPLAINS: Why is China pushing Hong Kong security law

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 12:00am

China is taking matters into its own hands after last year's tumultuous anti-government protests in Hong Kong that often descended into tear gas-filled clashes.

World watches as South Korea cautiously returns to life

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 10:58pm

The baseball league is on. Students have begun returning to school. And people are increasingly dining out and enjoying nighttime strolls in public parks.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 7:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 10:40pm

The U.S. has surpassed a jarring milestone in the coronavirus pandemic: 100,000 deaths. That number Wednesday is the best estimate and most assuredly an undercount. But it represents the stark reality that more Americans have died from the virus than from the Vietnam and Korea wars combined. According to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, the virus has infected more than 5.6 million people worldwide and killed over 350,000. The U.S. has the most infections and deaths by far. Early on, President Donald Trump downplayed the severity of the coronavirus and predicted the country wouldn’t reach this death toll.

Protesters mass in Hong Kong as anthem law is debated

Zen Soo, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 8:56pm

Thousands of protesters shouted pro-democracy slogans and insults at police in Hong Kong on Wednesday as lawmakers debated a bill criminalizing abuse of the Chinese national anthem in the semi-autonomous city.

30 deported to Haiti, but ex-strongman remains in US

Evens Sanon, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 2:15pm

Thirty people were deported to Haiti on Tuesday, but a former paramilitary leader accused of murder and torture was not among them as a result of recent discussions with U.S. officials, according to a Haitian government spokesman.

Afghan government releases hundreds of Taliban prisoners

Kathy Gannon and Tameem Akhgar, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 10:14am

The Afghan government released hundreds of Taliban prisoners Tuesday, its single largest prisoner release since the U.S. and the Taliban signed a peace deal earlier this year that spells out an exchange of detainees between the warring sides.

Pandemic probe: Brazil police raid Rio governor's residence

Marcelo By Sousa and Diane Jeantet, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 8:06am

Brazilian police targeted a staunch opponent of President Jair Bolsonaro's push to lift measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in one of the world's disease hot spots, searching the residence of the Rio de Janeiro state governor on Tuesday.