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April 20, 2015 - 10:51pm
38 min 58 sec ago

SYDNEY (AP) —

(0211 GMT, 10:11 p.m. EDT)

Australia's prime minister has urged European leaders to adopt tougher border control measures in the wake of the feared drowning of as many as 900 asylum seekers whose boat capsized off the coast of Libya.

Tony Abbott's government implemented a strict policy of turning back asylum seekers' boats in a bid to discourage them from trying to reach Australia. On Tuesday, he suggested that...

April 20, 2015 - 10:43pm
1 hour 18 min ago

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent religious offerings to a Tokyo shrine that honors convicted World War II leaders among its war dead.

But Abe's offerings on Tuesday signal that he will not pray at the controversial Yasukuni shrine ahead of trips to Asia and the United States.

Previous shrine visits and offerings have drawn sharp rebukes from China and South Korea.

The Yasukuni Shrine honors war criminals,...

April 20, 2015 - 10:11pm
1 hour 18 min ago

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's prime minister has urged European leaders to adopt tougher border control measures in the wake of the feared drowning of as many as 900 asylum seekers whose boat capsized off the coast of Libya.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's government implemented a strict policy of turning back asylum seekers' boats in a bid to discourage them from trying to reach Australia. On Tuesday, he suggested that Europe follow Australia's lead to ensure the tragedy in...

April 20, 2015 - 9:46pm
1 hour 18 min ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's prime minister has offered to resign amid a bribery scandal about two months after he took up the country's No. 2 post.

Lee Wan Koo has been at the center of a corruption scandal that flared after a businessman killed himself earlier this month with a memo listing the names of high-profile figures he claimed to have bribed.

Businessman Sung Wan-jong told a local daily before his death he gave 30 million won ($...

April 20, 2015 - 9:22pm
1 hour 18 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The mother of a Ukrainian helicopter pilot imprisoned in Russia is on a global campaign seeking support from world leaders to pressure President Vladimir Putin to free her daughter.

Maria Shavchenko said in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday that her daughter, Nadezhda, is a political prisoner and Russian prosecutors have provided "no evidence" that she participated in a mortar attack that killed two Russian state TV journalists at a...

April 20, 2015 - 9:13pm
1 hour 18 min ago

CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — Prosecutors have arrested the Tunisian captain and a Syrian crew member of a boat that capsized off the coast of Libya with hundreds of people aboard in what may be the deadliest migrant tragedy ever.

An official says the two men were charged with favoring illegal immigration and that the captain was also charged with reckless multiple homicide in relation to the sinking.

The two men were arrested aboard the rescue boat that...

April 20, 2015 - 4:57pm
1 hour 18 min ago

TORONTO (AP) — Canada says it will issue a passport to Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who remains in Egypt on bail while awaiting trial on terror charges.

Kevin Menard, a spokesman for Canada's immigration minister, said Monday they are "now in a position to issue Mr. Fahmy a passport despite ongoing legal issues and travel restrictions."

Fahmy, who was born in Egypt and is a naturalized Canadian citizen, was freed from jail in February...

April 20, 2015 - 4:40pm
1 hour 18 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is calling for $30 million in emergency aid to help Palestinian refugees in the embattled Yarmouk camp in the Syrian capital.

The council called for unhindered humanitarian access and protection of civilians inside the U.N. camp, now mainly controlled by Islamic State militants following heavy fighting this month.

Pierre Krahenbuhl, head of the U.N. agency that supports Palestinians, known as UNRWA,...

April 20, 2015 - 4:19pm
1 hour 38 min ago

VIENNA (AP) — The Austrian publishers of U.S. writer Frederic Morton say he has died at age 90.

The Deuticke publishing house said Monday that Morton died overnight in his Vienna hotel room.

Morton wrote 12 books including "The Rothschilds" and "A Nervous Splendor," both of them National Book Award finalists.

"The Rothschilds" was made into Tony Award-winning musical, while "A Nervous Splendor," chronicling 1888 to 1889 in Vienna...

April 20, 2015 - 4:15pm
1 hour 38 min ago

PARIS (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad says the French and Syrian intelligence services have had "some contacts" over the fight against the Islamic State group but denied that there is any cooperation between them.

Assad made the remarks in a taped interview with French television station France 2 broadcast Monday.

In the interview, Assad said Syrian officials "met with some of your security officials, but there's no cooperation" and no exchange...

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