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Biden cites 'serious' progress toward defeating IS in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden pressed Iraq on Thursday not to let its crippling political crisis upend hard-fought gains against the Islamic State group as he returned to the country that's come to symbolize America's relentless struggles in the Middle East.... 4/28/2016 7:54 PM

South Korea: Suspected midrange North Korean missiles fail
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea attempted unsuccessfully to launch two suspected powerful intermediate-range missiles on Thursday, South Korean defense officials said, bringing the number of apparent failures in recent weeks to three.... 4/28/2016 7:50 PM

Rescuers search for missing in deadly Guatemala trash slide
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Hundreds of rescue workers are picking through a Guatemalan garbage dump looking for bodies or possible survivors a day after a massive slope of trash collapsed, killing at least four people.... 4/28/2016 7:50 PM

Casualties mount from bombardment in Syria's largest city
BEIRUT (AP) -- Airstrikes and artillery killed more than 60 people in the past 24 hours in Aleppo, including dozens at a hospital in a rebel-held neighborhood, as Syria's largest city was turned once again into a major battleground in the civil war, officials said Thursday.... 4/28/2016 7:32 PM

Egypt explorers hunt gold in the desert, following ancients
EASTERN DESERT, Egypt (AP) -- Off the off-road tracks deep in Egypt's eastern desert, prospectors are ramping up the hunt for the treasure once revered by the Pharaohs as the "skin of the gods" - gold.... 4/28/2016 7:32 PM

Egypt tries to divert eyes to citizen who died in London
CAIRO (AP) -- Under scrutiny in Europe over its handling of investigations into the torture death of an Italian student in Cairo, Egyptian authorities sought to deflect attention Thursday toward the fate of a British-Egyptian man who died in a London fire.... 4/28/2016 7:23 PM

The Latest: Biden visits Irbil, Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Latest on Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Iraq (all times local):... 4/28/2016 7:18 PM

The Latest: US says attacks on Syria's Aleppo were 'immoral'
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on Syria's civil war (all times local):... 4/28/2016 7:11 PM

Vatican crackdown on tax cheats flagged in oversight report
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican's financial watchdog said Thursday it received 544 reports of suspicious financial transactions last year, a three-fold increase over 2014, thanks in part to beefed-up efforts to flag potential tax cheats who are using the Vatican bank to hide money.... 4/28/2016 6:38 PM

Police: 80 people arrested in Ontario in child porn probe
TORONTO (AP) -- Ontario police say they have arrested 80 people as part of a sweeping investigation into internet child pornography in the province.... 4/28/2016 6:34 PM

Israel treads carefully with claim to Golan
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sparked a new diplomatic brushfire by declaring that the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war, is and should remain sovereign Israeli territory.... 4/28/2016 6:22 PM

Family: 2 Palestinian siblings slain by Israel without cause
QATANA, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian siblings gunned down at a West Bank checkpoint after approaching Israeli troops - with knives, according to Israel - were needlessly killed and could have been subdued without deadly force, their parents, witnesses and an Israeli lawmaker said Thursday.... 4/28/2016 6:18 PM

Italy, Austria make deal to avoid Brenner Pass closure
MILAN (AP) -- Italy and Austria have reached a deal to avoid closing the heavily trafficked Brenner Pass, an important conduit for tourists and goods transiting Europe, Italy's interior minister said Thursday.... 4/28/2016 6:09 PM

UK police charge 3 with terrorism offenses in Birmingham
LONDON (AP) -- British police on Thursday charged two men and a woman from Birmingham with terrorism-related offenses in a probe that began after the deadly extremist attacks on Paris and Brussels.... 4/28/2016 6:04 PM

American state senator meets with Syrian President Assad
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad scored a minor, if bizarre, publicity victory Thursday, receiving a part-time state senator from America at a time when U.S. officials have repeatedly asserted Assad has lost his legitimacy to rule the war-torn country.... 4/28/2016 6:01 PM

Ecuadorean jetliner skids off runway landing in heavy rain
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- A plane with 93 people on board has skidded off a runway while landing during heavy rain at an airport in southern Ecuador.... 4/28/2016 6:00 PM

UN votes to wrap up Ivory Coast peacekeeping mission in 2017
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to wrap up its 12-year peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast next year, a sign of confidence in the West African nation's progress to peace after years of political turmoil and thousands of deaths.... 4/28/2016 5:50 PM

Iraqi authorities shut down Al Jazeera's Baghdad bureau
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The Al Jazeera Media Network says Iraqi authorities have shut down their bureau in Baghdad and banned its journalists from reporting in the country.... 4/28/2016 5:19 PM

Strikes, protests in France against disputed labor reforms
PARIS (AP) -- Protesters clashed with police in several French cities Thursday over proposed reforms to the country's labor rules and strikers forced cancellations and delays at two major airports serving Paris.... 4/28/2016 5:17 PM

Afghan prosecutor shot dead in western Herat province
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says the chief prosecutor for Herat province has been shot and killed by unknown gunmen in western Afghanistan.... 4/28/2016 5:06 PM

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