- Burundi: Catholic bishops withdraw support for elections Updated: May-28-15 2:12 pm
BUJUMBURA, Burundi - Catholic Church leaders said on Thursday they no longer support the Burundi government's decision to hold elections next month amid political unrest over President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term. The European Union also said it was suspending its election observer mission here.
- Top finance officials debate what's needed for global growth Updated: May-28-15 12:04 pm
DRESDEN, Germany - Top finance officials from the Group of Seven wealthy democracies are debating ways to broaden and strengthen economic recoveries that aren't as robust as everyone would like.
- Iran foreign minister says nuclear deal possible by June 30 Updated: May-28-15 10:38 am
ATHENS, Greece - Iran's foreign minister on Thursday held out hope that a "sustainable, mutually respectful" deal can be struck with world powers in talks over his country's nuclear program before the deadline of June 30.
- Cyprus leaders look to open 2 more crossings across divide Updated: May-28-15 9:35 am
NICOSIA, Cyprus - The leaders of Cyprus' rival Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities on Thursday agreed to open two more crossing points across the island's north-south divide as reunification negotiations ramped up.
- UK leader travels to 4 EU states to press case for reform Updated: May-28-15 8:10 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Prime Minister David Cameron met his Dutch counterpart on Thursday as he began a whirlwind visit to four European capitals, pressing his case that Britain needs to renegotiate its relationship with the 27 other members of the bloc.
- THE LATEST: CAF backs Blatter, says FIFA vote should go on Updated: May-28-15 7:58 am
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- France wants Europe to do more to fight Islamic State Updated: May-28-15 4:26 am
PARIS - France's foreign minister wants European countries to do more to fight the Islamic State group, and is seeking support from Russia in international talks about defeating the group.
- US, Chinese authors protest major book fair, censorship Updated: May-27-15 11:58 pm
NEW YORK - Chinese and American authors gathered Wednesday to protest a major U.S. book fair's focus on China that they say ignores the country's glaring problems of censorship and intimidation.
- US, Iranian envoys to focus on nuclear deal in weekend talks Updated: May-27-15 11:09 pm
WASHINGTON - The top U.S. and Iranian diplomats plan to meet this weekend in Switzerland as efforts intensify to reach a comprehensive nuclear accord.
- US negotiator in nuke talks with Iran to leave job in summer Updated: May-27-15 10:58 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's lead nuclear negotiator is leaving her post this summer, by which point the U.S. hopes to have reached an accord with Iran.
- Colombian rebel peace negotiator among dead in military raid Updated: May-27-15 10:44 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia - Leftist rebels in Colombia claimed on Wednesday that one of their most-veteran fighters, a former envoy to peace talks with the government, was killed during a military raid last week.
- Rand Paul blames GOP hawks for rise of Islamic State group Updated: May-27-15 10:35 pm
WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul is blaming his own party for the rise of the Islamic State group.
- Ex-FIFA vice president Warner arrested, granted bail Updated: May-27-15 9:24 pm
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad - Police said former FIFA vice president Jack Warner would spend Wednesday night in jail after surrendering to face an arrest warrant issued at the request of U.S. authorities, who filed corruption charges against him and 13 others tied to international soccer.
- Many UN council members want Burundi elections postponed Updated: May-27-15 8:12 pm
- US senator in Cuba says normal relations 'weeks away' Updated: May-27-15 8:10 pm
HAVANA - The historic process of restoring long-severed diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and Cuba that began Dec. 17 will likely come to a successful end in a matter of weeks, a U.S. senator said during a visit to the island Wednesday.
- Budget writers uphold changes to public risk pool oversight Updated: May-27-15 6:32 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - The New Hampshire Secretary of State's office plans to continue fighting a proposal in the Senate's budget that takes away its authority to monitor the state's public risk pools.
- Detective: Canada diplomat's son made threats after shootout Updated: May-27-15 6:13 pm
MIAMI - A Miami detective testified Wednesday he was spit upon and threatened with violence by the teenage son of a prominent Canadian diplomat after an alleged drug-related shootout that killed the boy's older brother.
- Sanders wants Clinton to take stand on trade deal Updated: May-27-15 5:03 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Sen. Bernie Sanders is questioning why Democratic presidential rival Hillary Rodman Clinton won't take a stand on the emerging trade deal with Pacific nations, which he calls "enormously important issue" she's been dodging.
- Serbian prime minister makes landmark visit to Albania Updated: May-27-15 2:37 pm
TIRANA, Albania - The leaders of Serbia and Albania sought to mend their thorny relations Wednesday during the first visit to Albania by a Serb prime minister.
- Biden defends US cooperation on Russia amid Ukraine tensions Updated: May-27-15 2:12 pm
WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday defended the Obama administration's decision to cooperate with Russia on areas of "clear mutual interest," even as the West tries to punish Moscow for its actions in Ukraine.
- Int'l court case against Ivory Coast ex-1st lady admissible Updated: May-27-15 12:51 pm
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - International Criminal Court appeals judges upheld a ruling Wednesday that the court can prosecute Ivory Coast's former first lady on charges including murder and rape linked to violence that left 3,000 people dead after the country's disputed 2010 presidential election.
- Finland picks populist EU-skeptic as new foreign minister Updated: May-27-15 12:28 pm
HELSINKI - Finland's next prime minister Juha Sipila said Wednesday that he has chosen the head of the populist, anti-bailout Finns Party to be foreign minister in a new three-member ruling coalition, the first time the maverick EU-skeptic party is in the government.
- Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair resigns Updated: May-27-15 12:23 pm
JERUSALEM - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday stepped down as the international community's Mideast envoy, officials said, leaving a post that began with great promise but which struggled to deliver dramatic changes in its quest to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
- Ethiopia: Partial results show ruling coalition in huge win Updated: May-27-15 11:53 am
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Ethiopia's ruling coalition won a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections, according to partial results released Wednesday. Western countries said the vote was peaceful but criticized what they described as restrictions on civil liberties.
- France calls for tougher global mobilization against IS Updated: May-27-15 11:22 am
PARIS - French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius called on the international community to strengthen its mobilization against the Islamic State group ahead of an international meeting on Iraq organized next week.