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  • A look at former Israeli Premier Ehud Olmert's career

    Mon, 25 May 2015 12:55:40 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison in a case involving allegations he accepted cash-stuffed envelopes from an American supporter.

  • Ex-Israeli Premier Olmert sentenced to 8 months in prison

    Mon, 25 May 2015 12:53:28 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter, capping the dramatic downfall of a man who only years earlier led the country and hoped to bring about a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians.

  • South African rhino survives horrific attack by poachers

    Mon, 25 May 2015 12:53:27 GMT

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Poachers in South Africa darted a rhino with a tranquilizer and then hacked off its horns while it was sedated, leaving the animal with a horrific wound covering much of its face. A couple of days later, staff on a wildlife reserve found the grievously injured rhino — alive.

  • Gunman, 7 other soldiers killed in Tunis barracks shooting

    Mon, 25 May 2015 12:49:30 GMT

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian soldier opened fire on fellow troops at a military barracks in the capital Monday, killing seven people before he was himself killed, a spokesman for Tunisia's Defense Ministry said.

  • 7 soldiers killed in Tunis barracks shooting, 10 injured

    Mon, 25 May 2015 12:30:23 GMT

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A spokesman for Tunisia's Defense Ministry says that seven troops were killed when a fellow soldier opened fire at a military barracks.

  • Tunisia defense minister says 7 soldiers killed in Tunis barracks shooting, 10 others injured

    Mon, 25 May 2015 12:22:12 GMT

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia defense minister says 7 soldiers killed in Tunis barracks shooting, 10 others injured.

  • Indonesian police kill 2 suspected terrorists in shootout

    Mon, 25 May 2015 11:18:33 GMT

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's anti-terrorism squad killed two suspects and arrested seven others in raids on a jihadist organization with possible links to the Islamic State group, police said Monday.

  • Nigerian senator-elect to fight US extradition, drug charges

    Mon, 25 May 2015 10:34:18 GMT

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A man newly elected to Nigeria's Senate was on Monday refusing to attend a court hearing on his extradition to the United States on 20-year-old drug charges related to the TV hit "Orange is the New Black."

  • Report: 4 dead after soldier shoots fellow troops in Tunis

    Mon, 25 May 2015 10:32:54 GMT

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian soldier opened fire on fellow troops at a military barracks in an unusual attack in the capital Monday, and the state news agency said the gunman and three others were killed.

  • New Oakland police policy draws protests

    Mon, 25 May 2015 10:13:43 GMT

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Police made arrests as demonstrators marched in downtown Oakland to against the city's new get-tough policy for monitoring street protests — the second such gathering in as many days.

  • Soldier killed after shooting on fellow troops in Tunis

    Mon, 25 May 2015 09:35:20 GMT

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian soldier opened fire on fellow troops at military barracks in the capital Monday, wounding eight people before he was killed himself, the Defense Ministry said.

  • Police: Pressure cooker in suspicious DC vehicle destroyed

    Mon, 25 May 2015 09:25:36 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bomb squad safely destroyed a pressure cooker found in an unattended vehicle parked on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol and the vehicle's owner was found and arrested, a U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman said.

  • Sydney siege inquest: Gunman secretive, defiant narcissist

    Mon, 25 May 2015 07:43:44 GMT

    SYDNEY (AP) — The man who took 18 people hostage at a Sydney cafe last year was educated and erratic, secretive about his own life and public about his many grievances, and a self-obsessed fabulist whose life was spiraling downward in the lead-up to his deadly attack, lawyers told an inquest Monday.

  • Dozens arrested, cited after Northern California protest

    Mon, 25 May 2015 06:11:21 GMT

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Demonstrators marched through downtown Oakland on Sunday in a second night of protests against the city's new get-tough policy for monitoring street protests.

  • Malaysia finds graves of suspected trafficking victims

    Mon, 25 May 2015 05:44:19 GMT

    WANG KELIAN, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities said Monday they have discovered 139 suspected graves in a series of abandoned camps used by human traffickers on the border with Thailand where Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar were believed to have been held.

  • Australia appoints 2 new counterterrorism coordinators

    Mon, 25 May 2015 05:35:57 GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Monday moved to increase cooperation between its security agencies against the threat of Islamic State group militants by appointing two new counterterrorism coordinators.

  • Police: Pressure cooker from suspicious DC vehicle destroyed

    Mon, 25 May 2015 04:49:31 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bomb squad safely destroyed a pressure cooker found in a "suspicious" vehicle left unattended Sunday afternoon on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol building and the vehicle's owner was located and arrested, a U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman said.

  • Relatives doubt that 42 men died in shootout on Mexico ranch

    Mon, 25 May 2015 04:04:16 GMT

    MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — One body was missing an eye and had bruises on its face. Another had its teeth knocked inward. One had a gunshot in the top of the head.

  • The Latest in Cleveland: Holiday arraignments for protesters

    Mon, 25 May 2015 03:50:47 GMT

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  • Kids on their own among migrants who arrived in Indonesia

    Mon, 25 May 2015 03:45:56 GMT

    KUALA CANGKOI, Indonesia (AP) — It was just the two of them, brother and sister, out on the open ocean with hundreds of other desperate migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims fleeing their homes in Myanmar. For nearly three months, the siblings comforted each other when rolling waves thrashed their boat, when their empty bellies ached and when they were beaten for trying to stand up to stretch their legs.

  • %xhl(Police: Bomb squad destroys pressure cooker from 'suspicious' vehicle near Capitol, 1 arrest

    Mon, 25 May 2015 03:21:52 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Police: Bomb squad destroys pressure cooker from 'suspicious' vehicle near Capitol, 1 arrest.