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Drone base in Niger widens a murky US war

A half-finished military base in Niger represents the newest front line in the United States’ global shadow war.

17 killed as 2 dragon boats capsize in southern China

Seventeen people were killed after two dragon boats capsized in southern China, authorities said.

Irish leader launches bid to ease abortion restrictions

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Ireland’s May 25 referendum on abortion is a vote about compassion.

Suspicious factory underscores challenge of verifying North Korea’s nuclear promises

A construction site near the Chinese border might suggest that the regime has no intention to end its nuclear program.

Inspectors collect samples in Douma, site of alleged Syrian chemical attack

The team visited one of two alleged blast sites in the city to collect samples that will be analyzed in the Netherlands

Israeli official blames Hamas over Gaza deaths

The European Union and a top United Nations official again demanded an investigation on the shootings of unarmed Palestinians.

Misinformation on Facebook fuels acts of violence across the globe

Riots and lynchings around the world have been linked to misinformation and hate speech on Facebook.

Jailing of ex-president Lula seen as potential turning point for Brazil

Brazilians used to seeing the rich and powerful get away with graft may feel as though the country has reached a turning point.

US calls on IMF to do more to address unfair trade practices

Treasury Steven Mnuchin also says the World Bank should steer cheap loans away from China and toward poorer countries.

4 Palestinians killed as Gaza border clashes resume

Israeli troops fired tear gas and live rounds at crowds gathered near the barriers between Israel and Gaza.

WWII bomb defused in Berlin after large evacuation

Police removed thousands of people from a center of the capital and shut down the main train station as a precaution.

Basque militant group ETA says it’s sorry

ETA, which waged an armed campaign for independence for more than four decades, vowed not to return to violence.

North Korea says it will suspend nuclear and missile testing

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said the suspension of nuclear and ICBM tests went into effect Saturday.

Sanctions hurting North Korea, but evasion continues

Elaborate efforts to smuggle goods in and out of North Korea are among the signs that the country is finding ways to cope.

Islamic State to give up last district in Syrian capital

The government is seeking to retake the entire Syrian capital and its surrounding areas for the first time since 2011.

Sexual misconduct found in organization that awards Nobel Prize in Literature

An investigation into allegations at the Swedish organization found “unacceptable behavior in the form of unwanted intimacy” has taken place.

Nepal honors 1st conquest of Everest without bottled oxygen

Nepal’s government on Thursday honored two climbers who were the first to scale Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen 40 years ago.

Syrian rebels give up Damascus area town to government

The Syrian government took control of a town northeast of Damascus on Thursday after rebels evacuated to north Syria — the latest in a string of handovers by rebels to the government.

Poland marks 75th anniversary of uprising in Warsaw Ghetto

Sirens wailed, church bells tolled, and yellow paper daffodils of remembrance dotted the crowd as Polish and Jewish leaders extolled the heroism and determination of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising fighters.

Queen tips Prince Charles to follow her as Commonwealth head

Queen Elizabeth II opened a summit of the 53-nation Commonwealth on Thursday, and backed her son Prince Charles to be the next leader of the association of Britain and its former colonies.

Saudi Arabia to show ‘Black Panther’ to mark cinema opening

Saudi Arabia is to hold a private screening on Wednesday of the Hollywood blockbuster “Black Panther” to herald the launch of movie theaters in the kingdom that are expected to open to the public as early as next month.

Queen Elizabeth II loses her last corgi, Willow, marking the end of a scrappy canine dynasty

Queen Elizabeth II loses her last corgi, Willow, marking the end of a scrappy canine dynasty

Iran bans government bodies from using foreign message apps

Iran’s presidency has banned all government bodies from using foreign-based messaging apps to communicate with citizens, state media reported Wednesday, after economic protests organized through such apps shook the country earlier this year.

Germany’s Merkel condemns attack on 2 Jewish men in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday sharply condemned a street assault in Berlin on two young men wearing Jewish skullcaps that has stoked the debate about anti-Semitism in the country.

Erdogan calls for early elections in Turkey

Turkish President Erdogan calls for early elections in Turkey, citing need to ‘overcome uncertainties’

Prague zookeepers use puppet to raise endangered magpie

Zookeepers in Prague have turned into puppeteers in an effort to save the critically endangered Javan green magpie.

Teenager who was raped accuses parents of accepting bribe to shut her up

Teenager who was raped accuses parents of accepting bribe to shut her up

Pakistan convicts ex-judge, wife of torturing child servant

A Pakistani high court convicted a former judge and his wife of torturing a 10-year-old child working as a servant at their home and sentenced them to a year in prison on Tuesday.

Myanmar’s president grants amnesty to over 8,500 prisoners

Myanmar President Win Myint has granted amnesty to more than 8,500 prisoners, reportedly including at least three dozen political prisoners.

‘Good relationship’ was formed at N. Korean meeting, Trump says

Mike Pompeo made a secret trip over Easter weekend to see Kim Jong Un, President Trump confirmed on Twitter Wednesday morning.

UK leader apologizes to Caribbean residents for unfounded deportation threats

Prime Minister Theresa May made a personal apology for the UK’s treatment of long-term residents from the Caribbean who have been asked to prove their right to stay in the country.

Struggling to prevent terrorist attacks, France wants to ‘reform’ Islam

President Emmanuel Macron has said that in the coming months he will announce ‘‘a blueprint for the whole organization’’ of Islam.

Chemical weapons experts blocked from site of Syria attack

Western officials accused Syria and Russia of preventing weapons inspectors from reaching the site in Douma.

Canada pulls families of diplomatic staff from Cuba

Canada’s foreign ministry said Monday that it is ordering families of diplomatic staff in Cuba to return home amid questions about mysterious health symptoms detected in 10 people who were stationed on the island.

Bangladesh rejects Myanmar’s claim of repatriating Rohingya

Myanmar said over the weekend that five members of a family had returned to western Rakhine state.

Archeologists find silver treasure on German Baltic island

A single silver coin was first found in January by two amateur archeologists near the village of Schaprode.

Canadian alleged serial killer facing 8th murder charge

The 66-year-old landscaper has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a Sri Lankan man.

Israel sanctions owners of buses used by Gaza protesters

Israel says it is sanctioning the owners of Gaza buses used to transport Hamas activists to border demonstrations.

China networking site backtracks on gay censorship after outcry

Weibo.com had said that cartoons and short videos with pornographic, violent, or gay subject matter would be investigated.

Jailed Chinese pastor’s US family seeks mercy

The Rev. John Sanqiang Cao was sentenced to seven years in prison for ‘‘organizing others to illegally cross the border

Researchers to mark site where Pearl Harbor planner died

Wednesday is the 75th anniversary of the death of Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto.

US pastor denies terror links, spying in Turkish court

Andrew Craig Brunson faces up to 35 years in prison on charges of ‘‘committing crimes on behalf of terror groups.’’

As Abe meets Trump, scandals at home growing dangerous

Abe is due to meet President Xi Jinping in China later this year and possibly even North Korea’s Kim Jong Un as well.

US says it will impose new sanctions on Russia for backing Syrians

“We sent a strong message and our hope is that they listen to it,” said Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN.

Myanmar repatriates first Rohingya family despite UN warnings

They decided to go home despite warnings from the United Nations that conditions in the country are not right.

France leads new effort to end civil war in Syria

The French proposal came after the Security Council rejected a Russian resolution seeking to condemn the US-led airstrikes.

Arab leaders meet to unify ranks, with eye on Iran

Saudi Arabia used its perch as host of an annual gathering of Arab leaders to push for a common strategy.

US pastor faces terror trial in Turkey

The allegations of terrorist ties and spying has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara.

Djukanovic sweeps Montenegro presidential vote

With more than 90 percent of the votes counted, the former prime minister won about 53 percent.

Kim Jong Un welcomes Chinese envoy

The visit was another sign that the estranged communist allies are continuing efforts to mend ties.