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April 22, 2015 - 2:57am
1 week 3 days ago

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebels, who have taken over large parts of the country and have faced a Saudi-led air assault, now are saying they welcome United Nations-led talks to find a political solution to the conflict.

In a statement Wednesday, the rebels, known as Houthis, say they call for a resumption of dialogue and any efforts under the auspices of the U.N. that lead to a peaceful compromise.

The statement came as thousands of angry...

April 22, 2015 - 2:22am
1 week 4 days ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — Traffic in Europe's capital, Brussels, is set to grind to a halt as public sector workers hold a one-day strike over Belgian government austerity measures.

National SNCB train, bus and underground rail services will be hit by the strike, to run until midnight Wednesday.

Eurostar trains to Brussels will also be halted for the day, although those between London and Paris will run as normal. Thalys fast trains to Amsterdam, Cologne and...

April 22, 2015 - 2:17am
1 week 3 days ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian King Philippe led Wednesday's centennial remembrance in Flanders Fields marking the first use of chemical weapons in warfare.

The monarch went close to the fields where Germany first used chlorine gas in its April 22, 1915, attack, to pay tribute to all victims of such arms over the past century by laying a wreath at two monuments.

Allied and German forces used so many chemical shells during the 1914-1918 war that ploughing...

April 22, 2015 - 1:31am
1 week 4 days ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban say they are starting their spring offensive this week, an annual campaign in their war against the Afghan government.

Wednesday's statement, emailed to media, says the offensive — dubbed "Azm" or perseverance in Dari and Arabic — will begin on Friday.

The Taliban say their Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is "determined to prolong the ongoing jihad," or holy war.

In past years, spring and the...

April 22, 2015 - 12:33am
1 week 4 days ago

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities are investigating after a small drone landed on the roof of the Prime Minister's Office.

No injuries or damage have been reported from Wednesday's incident, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was away on a visit to Indonesia to attend the Asia-African conference.

Police said Wednesday it was not immediately known who was responsible. They are investigating the possibility it had crashed during a flight....

April 22, 2015 - 12:30am
1 week 4 days ago

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's government has unveiled election reform proposals that would allow residents to vote for the southern Chinese city's top leader for the first time.

But the proposals include Beijing-backed restrictions facing stiff resistance from the city's pro-democracy lawmakers.

They could spark renewed protests by student leaders and other activists who led mass street occupations that lasted nearly three months last year....

April 22, 2015 - 12:10am
1 week 4 days ago

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A bus plunged off a mountain highway near the Nepalese capital Wednesday, killing at least 12 Indian pilgrims and injuring 37 more, police said.

The bus veered off the Prithvi highway at a point about 16 kilometers (10 miles) west of Kathmandu, police officer Tejendra said.

He said the bus fell about 300 meters (1,000 feet) from the highway before it landed in a river at the bottom of the hill.

The injured...

April 21, 2015 - 11:15pm
1 week 4 days ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says it's positively considering supporting a proposed walk across the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas by prominent women including Gloria Steinem in what is planned as a call for the reunification of the two countries.

A spokesman from Seoul's government said it plans to approve the May 24 walk if it confirms North Korea's official support for the event. Organizers of the effort called WomenCrossDMZ.org have earlier said...

April 21, 2015 - 10:35pm
1 week 4 days ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's government has formally approved plans to salvage a ferry that sank last year in a disaster that killed more than 300 people.

Raising the ferry Sewol is one of demands made by bereaved families, who hope that might help reveal details about the cause of the sinking and find bodies of the nine people still missing.

The bodies of 295 people have already been recovered.

The Ministry of Public...

April 21, 2015 - 10:17pm
1 week 4 days ago

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key has apologized to a cafe worker who said he'd repeatedly pulled her ponytail when he visited the cafe over a period of months.

The worker wrote an anonymous post Wednesday on The Daily Blog website, saying Key began pulling her hair last year during his successful re-election campaign and continued the behavior through March. At first, she wrote, she didn't say anything and thought Key was probably...

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