Australia leader plays down terror threat at Gallipoli event
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Thursday played down any potential link between the arrest of a suspected Islamic State group member in Turkey and a World War I battle commemoration attended by hundreds of Australians and New Zealanders at the Gallipoli peninsula.
Japan's new emperor Naruhito: A cosmopolitan team player
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's soon-to-be-anointed new emperor is a musician and historian, both mild-mannered and quietly tenacious, a team player and a loyal husband and friend who will bring an unusually global perspective to an ancient institution when he ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1.
Russia's Putin arrives for summit with North Korea's Kim
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Vladivostok for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Nissan ex-chair Ghosn's release on bail approved by court
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court approved on Thursday the release of detained Nissan ex-chair Carlos Ghosn on 500 million yen, or $4.5 million, bail.
Russian-North Korean relations since the Korean War
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin gives an intriguing twist to the global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea, which appeared to hit a wall after a summit between Kim and President Donald Trump collapsed in February.
Syrian woman in wheelchair tells UN disabled are invisible
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A 20-year-old Syrian woman with cerebral palsy told the United Nations on Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities already "were forgotten in times of peace" and are struggling to survive in her country's long war as they "remain invisible."
Sri Lankan woman loses most of her family in Easter bombings
NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Before the undertakers could move in, Anusha Kumari wrested herself away from her sisters and flung herself on the three coffins, wailing.
Kim, Putin have high hopes for their 1st one-on-one meeting
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — North Korea's Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin have high hopes for their first one-on-one meeting Thursday in far-eastern Russia, which comes amid deadlocked global diplomacy over the North Korean leader's nuclear program.
In Mexico, migrants turn to 'The Beast' after highway raids
IXTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — The train known as "The Beast" is once again rumbling through the night loaded with people headed toward the U.S.
Trump threatens more troops to border after Mexico incident
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump renewed his threat Wednesday to send more troops to the U.S.-Mexico border following an incident in which Mexican soldiers confronted U.S.
Prosecutor: St Patrick's suspect booked hotel near Vatican
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say a college philosophy teacher accused of taking gas cans and lighters into Manhattan's St. Patrick's Cathedral last week had also booked a hotel near the Vatican but the attorney for the man says it was all part of a psychotic episode.
UN: No screen time for babies; only 1 hour for kids under 5
LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization has issued its first-ever guidance for how much screen time children under 5 should get: not very much, and none at all for those under 1.
Sri Lanka shakes up top security posts after deadly bombings
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president shook up the country's top security establishment after officials failed to act on intelligence reports warning of possible attacks before the Easter bombings that killed over 350 people, his office said Wednesday.
Russia offers Ukrainians in conflict zones quick citizenship
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Wednesday to expedite citizenship applications from Ukrainians who live in parts of Ukraine held by Russia-backed separatists, a move that could hold back a peace process to end years of bloodshed.
Lyra McKee: Funeral told death must bring change to NIreland
LONDON (AP) — The killing of journalist Lyra McKee must be a turning point for Northern Ireland, a priest said Wednesday at a funeral service attended by British and Irish leaders alongside mourners in superhero T-shirts and colorful Harry Potter scarves.
Rights group denounces 'unfree and unfair' Egyptian vote
CAIRO (AP) — The referendum approved by Egyptian voters that allows President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to extend his rule to 2030 was held in an "unfair and unfree" environment and has "no pretense to legitimacy," an international rights group said.
Ambassador: US had no prior knowledge of Sri Lanka threat
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The U.S. had no prior knowledge of the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that killed over 350 people, the American ambassador said Wednesday, despite local claims that foreign officials had been warned an attack was looming.
France wants to speed up Notre Dame reconstruction work
PARIS (AP) — France's government has presented a bill aimed at speeding up the reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral and providing transparency on how huge amounts of donation money for the restoration will be spent.
With limos and private train, Kim Jong Un travels in style
TOKYO (AP) — It's a short hop from Pyongyang to Vladivostok by plane. There's even a semi-regular flight. But for his first summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has once again opted to go by train.
IS legacy of guilt weighs heavily on Iraqi widows, children
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — When Ahmed Khalil ran out of work as a van driver in the Iraqi city of Mosul three years ago, he signed up with the Islamic State group's police force, believing the salary would help keep his struggling family afloat.
UN: Pro-government forces kill more Afghans than insurgents
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan and international forces were responsible for more civilian deaths in the first three months of 2019 than the Taliban and other militants, a new U.N.
New Zealand and France to call for an end to online terror
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Wednesday that she and French President Emmanuel Macron will host a meeting in Paris next month seeking to eliminate acts of violent extremism and terrorism from being shown online.
Hong Kong sentences leaders of 2014 democracy protests
HONG KONG (AP) — A court in Hong Kong handed down prison sentences of up to 16 months Wednesday to eight leaders of massive 2014 pro-democracy protests on public nuisance offenses.
South Sudan measles outbreak raises questions about vaccines
KUAJOK, South Sudan (AP) — Despondent, Akon Mathiong points to two small mounds of dirt where she buried her grandsons, 4 and 5 years old, last month.
Kim looks to Russia as sanctions bite North Korea's economy
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two months after he failed to win a badly needed easing of sanctions from President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is traveling to Russia in a possible attempt to win its help as the U.S.-led trade sanctions hurt his country's already-struggling economy.