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The horrors of the World War II Nazi death camps moved front and center in France’s presidential campaign on Friday, nine days before the election, reawakening the anti-Semitic stigma that has clung to the party of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and that she has spent more than six years trying to erase.
The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday evening backing the secretary-general’s new effort to resolve the 40-year conflict over the Western Sahara, which has pitted Morocco against the Polisario Front independence movement.
Venezuelan formally notified the Organization of American States on Friday of its intention to leave the regional body amid sometimes violent protests at home and international calls for its government to hold delayed elections and release prisoners.
The Philippine military chief says marines have killed an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander considered to be one of the most notorious kidnappers in the country’s south.
A Supreme Court justice in Brazil has ruled that a businessman who was once one of the world’s richest people should be allowed out of prison while waiting to be tried for corruption.
The Latest on North Korea test-firing a missile Saturday (all times local):
A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch Saturday, South Korea and the United States said, the second such test-fire flop in recent weeks but a clear message of defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts drills in nearby waters.
In an April 24 story about Goldman Environmental Prize-winner Rodrigo Tot, The Associated Press reported that in the 1980s during Guatemala’s civil war he was conscripted into civilian patrols a U.N.-sponsored report has classified as paramilitary groups, some of them unarmed, that were created to assist the army. Tot says his duties consisted solely of manning highway checkpoints that monitored travelers.
Philippine military chief says an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander and notorious kidnapper has been killed in clash.
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Philippine officials say a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 has struck off a southern province and prompted a local tsunami warning, but there are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution backing the secretary-general’s new effort to resolve the 40-year conflict over the Western Sahara which has pitted Morocco against the Polisario Front independence movement.
The missile exploded shortly after launch, but Kim’s ambitions are clear
North Korea fired another missile early Saturday local time, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, in another incendiary move from Kim Jong Un’s regime. Details about the type of missile and how far it flew were not immediately clear, but the launch underscores both Kim’s determination to make technical progress on his weapons programs […]
The Latest on North Korea test-firing a missile Saturday (all times local):
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff says North Korea has test-fired a missile from the western part of its country. There were no other immediate details Saturday morning, including what type of missile was used.
A look at how key countries have adjusted to Trump during his first 100 days in office.
South Korean military: North Korea test-fires unidentified missile; no other details released.
Simmering tensions raise concerns that the country could become another flash point between Russia and the West.
Iraqi police and hospital officials say a car bomb at a police station in central Baghdad killed four people and wounded eight late Friday night.
North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador said Friday that U.S. efforts to get rid of his country’s nuclear weapons through military threats and sanctions are “a wild dream.”
German officials on Friday defended a decision by the country’s top diplomat to meet with an Israeli human rights group, after Israel’s prime minister said the move had crossed a “red line.”
More than a dozen moderate earthquakes have rattled the Chilean coast within just over two hours, the most powerful of them registered at magnitude 5.9.
Thousands of supporters of Pakistan’s popular opposition leader Imran Khan have rallied in the capital Islamabad to call for the resignation of the country’s prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, over his alleged corruption.
Russia has sent a request to the international police agency Interpol for the arrest and extradition of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, claiming he killed Russian soldiers in Chechnya in the 1990s.
Hundreds of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro are marching to a military prison outside Caracas to demand the release of Leopoldo Lopez and other jailed activists they consider political prisoners.
French far-right leader Le Pen says she ‘abhors’ Holocaust doubters amid scandal over party official.
Ultra-nationalist Buddhist monks and their supporters have forced the closing of two Muslim schools in Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, in a reminder that religious strife remains a threat to the country’s stability.
Russia may be trying to reframe the debate in its favor.
"If Islamophobia continues to spread … the day will come when we will have to ask all women to wear headscarves.”
A young Spaniard who was smitten with a woman he saw on a tram posted fliers on lamp posts hoping to make contact. Someone claiming to be the woman responded by pleading with him to leave her alone.
Leaders of 10 Asian countries are meeting this weekend to discuss topics including North Korea, territorial disputes in the South China Sea and improved economic integration of the region.
The Latest on the election of Albania’s president (all times local):
A lawmaker from the main opposition party in Turkey has submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights to annul the results of April’s referendum on expanding presidential powers.
Tehran’s mayor and presidential candidate Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf has accused President Hassan Rouhani’s administration of dishonesty, mismanagement and supporting the rich at the expense of the poor in the first debate between the six presidential candidates.
Turkey’s president says a “fresh page” in Turkish-American relations can be opened with President Donald Trump’s administration, as high-level dialogue has intensified since January.
The parents of the detained student say they want the U.S. government to push harder for his release.
Labeling Israel’s treatment of Palestinians as “apartheid” is like flinging a burning match into spilled gasoline — so combustible are the passions on both sides.
Ethiopia says two men accused of trying to establish a cell of the al-Shabab extremist group inside the country have been sentenced to six years in prison.
Rescuers say they’re searching for survivors in the wreckage of a half-built structure that collapsed in the northern Colombian city of Cartagena and killed at least 10 people.
The Latest on Turkey’s membership talks with the European Union (all times local):
A tombstone of a well-known rabbi at a former Jewish cemetery in the Czech town of Prostejov has been damaged.
Trump has shown a willingness to embrace positions advocated by the retired Marine general.
A second fence on the border with Serbia meant to stop any surge in the flow of migrants toward Western Europe has been completed, the Hungarian government said Friday.
United Nations officials say at least 11 people have died from a mysterious illness in Liberia, and tests have been negative for the Ebola virus.
City was to underwrite the project, but mayor says there is too high a risk that taxpayers will be asked to kick in more.
The Moscow leader of the liberal opposition Yabloko party says one of its activists has been hospitalized after an unknown attacker splashed a chemical in her face.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli has fired nearly 10,000 civil servants accused of having falsified academic qualifications to get their jobs.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates this weekend with a message that they should do more to help refugees.
Albanian Parliament speaker Ilir Meta is expected to be elected as the country’s new president in a parliamentary vote.
The president suddenly said South Korea would have to pay for a missile defense system.
Pope Francis arrives at Cairo’s Al-Azhar, highest seat of world’s Sunni Muslim learning, to meet Egypt’s grand imam.
A jury in central England has found a prominent breast surgeon guilty of carrying out unnecessary operations.
The United Nations says the U.N. human rights chief will visit Ethiopia next month at the invitation of the government, which has rejected U.N. and other outside offers to investigate months of deadly protests.
The leaders of Indonesia and the Philippines pledged Friday to boost bilateral ties and launch maritime patrols of their sea border to prevent kidnappings.
Swiss bank UBS has reported a near doubling in its first quarter net profit to 1.3 billion francs ($1.3 billion), as its wealth management and investment banking operations grew.
German prosecutors say authorities have arrested a 54-year-old Swiss citizen on suspicion of espionage.
The darkest moment in France’s modern history ended seven decades ago with the Nazis’ defeat, yet still casts a lingering shadow of shame — one now clouding the race to elect a new president.
Indonesia’s main Muslim women’s group has issued an edict against child marriage, urging the government of the world’s most populous Muslim nation to increase the legal minimum age for females to marry from 16 to 18 years, the group said Friday.
Germany’s aviation association says the country’s airlines have decide to scrap rules requiring two people in the cockpit at the same time, implemented after a Germanwings pilot is believed to have crashed his own plane in France two years ago.
Pope Francis meets Egypt’s president at the start of the Catholic pontiff’s historic two-day visit to Egypt.
European Union leaders meeting Saturday to approve the guidelines that will drive divorce negotiations with Britain will also assess wording which would allow a united Ireland —including Northern Ireland — to become part of the bloc at a potential future date.
A Taiwanese man who was rescued after 47 days on a mountain in Nepal has celebrated his 21st birthday at a hospital in the capital.
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Pope Francis meets Friday with the leader of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, part of a two-day trip to the Arab world’s most populous country that comes as Islamic State group militants have been increasingly targeting its Christian minority.
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ratified much-contested legal amendments that effectively give him power over the country’s courts, as he will be the one appointing heads of judicial bodies.
Local authorities in Poland floods or potential flooding have been reported in southern and central Poland following days of heavy rain and snow.
Beijing’s most wanted may be holed up in a Staten Island cul-de-sac or a suburb of California’s Inland Empire. Others could be hiding in a waterfront condo in the Carribbean or the east end of London.
Pope Francis’ plane touches down in Cairo for historic two-day visit to show a united Christian-Muslim front.
Heavy security was in place for the papal visit three weeks after Palm Sunday church attacks that killed dozens of people.
Ununual unanimity echoes campaign by U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley to address alleged bias
Buses, trains and metros have been halted across much of Brazil as a general strike kicks off.
Germany’s Interior Ministry says it will “leave no stone unturned” in trying to determine how a Bundeswehr soldier who spoke no Arabic managed to register as a Syrian asylum seeker.
Turkey’s prime minister says the governing party will be inviting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to rejoin its ranks on May 2.
The chief of the international chemical weapons watchdog says his team of experts is ready and willing to travel to the site of a deadly nerve gas attack in Syria if their safety can be assured.
Poland’s ruling party says it is halting a plan to expand the capital city following protests, saying it needs more consultation with the people.
Portugal’s economy continues to rebound from its recent crisis, with the unemployment rate in February falling to an eight-year low of 9.9 percent.
Israeli media are reporting that police have questioned an American businessman as part of a corruption probe involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Norwegian authorities say a man who was among five Russian tourists who went through the ice in Svalbard fjord on a snowmobile trek remains in an unstable critical condition.
The London Marathon started five days ago, and Tom Harrison is nearly done.
The Latest on the investigation into a Red Bull energy-drink heir accused in a fatal 2012 hit-and-run in Thailand (all times local):
Thai police say they’ve obtained arrest warrant for Red Bull heir accused of deadly 2012 hit-and-run accident.
A British Royal Marine commando who fatally shot an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan has been released from prison after his murder conviction was downgraded to manslaughter.
Souleymane Guengueng was barely able to walk or see when the prison doors swung open and he and hundreds of others were released in Chad in 1990 after dictator Hissene Habre fled. He then began collecting accounts of torture. A quarter-century later, those accounts helped convict and uphold a life sentence for Habre in a landmark trial that sets a precedent for victims elsewhere to pursue justice.
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A Danish prosecutor has charged six men with violating Danish terrorism laws by joining the Islamic State group from 2013 to 2016.
A Turkish official says an American man has been arrested after crossing the border from Syria and handing himself over to the authorities.
The father of a blogger who was killed this week in the Maldives says his son received death threats for months from local gangs who appeared to hold radical religious views.
Russian prosecutors are demanding that a blogger spend 3½ years in prison for playing “Pokemon Go” in a church.
The Latest on the French presidential election (all times local):
Vietnamese state media say a court in Hanoi has condemned eight people to death for heroin trafficking.
Nigeria’s government is again trying to reassure citizens over the health of President Muhammadu Buhari even while acknowledging that he spends most of his time working from home.
Iran’s official IRNA news agency is reporting that the country’s foreign ministry has summoned the Pakistani envoy to protest an attack on Iranian guards near the border with Pakistan that left nine dead.
Seeking help on North Korea, Trump is now more careful to avoid ruffling Chinese feelings over Taiwan.
China’s foreign ministry on Friday refused to confirm or deny U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s assertion that Beijing has threatened to impose unilateral sanctions on North Korea if it conducts further nuclear tests.
The German Parliament has approved a government proposal that would ban the wearing of full-face veils for public servants while they are at work.
A Chinese court says it has convicted a prominent Christian human rights lawyer of subverting state power and sentenced him to three years’ imprisonment, suspended for four years.
Germany’s Parliament has approved a measure for closer cooperation with Egypt on security issues to fight terrorism, which rights organizations say could make Germany complicit in Egyptian human rights abuses.
Spain’s statistics agency says the economy grew 0.8 percent in the first quarter, keeping it as one of the fastest growing in the European Union.
Nigeria’s military says at least 15 gunmen believed to be Boko Haram Islamic extremists have been shot dead during a battle with soldiers.