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Bahrain says police officer killed in gasoline bomb attack

World

Bahrain says a police officer has been killed and two others were seriously wounded in a gasoline bomb attack in the tiny island kingdom.

Weapons, Rights Frame Hollande’s Egypt Visit

Voice of America

French President Francois Hollande arrives in Egypt Sunday for a visit intended to shore up security cooperation and produce lucrative weapons deals despite sharp criticism by rights groups. Hollandes Cairo leg is part of a four-day trip to the Middle East that began Saturday in Lebanon and ends Tuesday in Jordan. There, he will address shared concerns with Arab allies, ranging from terrorism and instability in Iraq, Syria and Libya, to the refugee crisis and the long-simmering…

UK police get more time to question 4 suspects in Birmingham

World

British police have been given more time to question four people in an investigation that is possibly linked to a key suspect in the deadly attacks in Paris and Brussels.

Brazilian President Fights Impeachment

Voice of America

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is fighting for survival as the Chamber of Deputies is expected to vote Sunday on a motion to impeach her. The opposition has alleged that Rousseffs administration broke the law by shifting government funds to shore up public support in the face of a flagging economy before her re-election in 2014. The 68-year-old Rousseff, an economist by training, has said that such accounting was common practice, insisting that she did not commit any crime. On…

Dilma Rousseffs Former Supporters in Brazil Express Disillusionment

NYT > World

As the president faces a possible impeachment, working-class people who brought her party to power say they feel abandoned and want a change.

UN Congo head vows action against accused Tanzanians

World

The head of the United Nations mission in Congo has vowed action against Tanzanian peacekeepers accused of sexual abuses in Congo.

Families of Americans Held by Allies Say U.S. Is Keeping Its Gloves On

NYT > World

Relatives have complained of a lack of high-level attention from American officials stemming, they fear, from reluctance to confront Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

Five Die From Mystery Drug At Rave Festival

World News – Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News

Officers from the Coast Guard secure an area where five people died and several others were hospitalized during an electronic music part in Buenos Aires

TV Station Stands Behind German Comedian Who Mocked Erdogan

Voice of America

A German television station is pledging its full support to comedian Jan Boehmermann in any legal proceeding brought against him for mocking Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The head of Germany’s ZDF television made the pledge Saturday, a day after Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that her government would grant a Turkish request for prosecution of the comedian. She added that it is up to the courts to decide his guilt or innocence. ZDF chief Thomas Bellut told the…

Pentagon chief: US eyes ways to step up Islamic State fight

AP Top News at 12:33 p.m. EDT

AL-DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he will talk with his commanders in the coming days to identify additional ways the U.S. can intensify the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, including more airstrikes, cyberattacks and American troops on the ground….

Pope: Decision to bring 12 Syrian refugees to Italy not political act but humanitarian gesture

World

Pope: Decision to bring 12 Syrian refugees to Italy not political act but humanitarian gesture.

Tenerife collapse death toll rises

BBC News – World

At least six people are now known to have died in Thursday’s building collapse in a tourist area of the popular Spanish island of Tenerife.

Pentagon chief: US eyes ways to step up Islamic State fight

World

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says hell talk with his commanders in the coming days to identify more ways the U.S. can intensify the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Iranian, Turkish Presidents Discuss Syria, Bilateral Trade

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rohani held an official meeting in Ankara on April 16 with the Syrian conflict and bilateral trade high on the agenda.

German Comedian Accused Of Insulting Turkish President Takes Time Off

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

German comedian Jan Boehmermann, who is accused of insulting Turkey’s president, says he is taking a four-week time out as he faces a criminal probe.

German, French foreign ministers in Libya in show of support

World

The German and French foreign ministers are on a joint visit to Libya to demonstrate the international communitys support for the countrys new U.N.-brokered unity government.

Refugees in Greece overwhelmed by popes visit to Lesbos

World

For some refugees, when it came time to actually meet Pope Francis, the tears just began to flow.

See the Aftermath of the Japan Earthquakes

World TIME

Two earthquakes in Japan killed at least 32 people, injured about 1,500 more and left hundreds of thousands without water or electricity

The Latest: Syrian comes to Greek border to rescue family

World

The Latest on Europes migration crisis (all times local):

Fire at chemical plant in Saudi Arabia kills 12, injures 11

World

Saudi Arabias state-run news agency says a fire at a chemical plant in the kingdoms east has killed 12 people and injured 11.

Fleeing Syrian Armenians Find Surer Path to Freedom

Voice of America

Ethnic Armenians fleeing Syria are finding safe routes to their ancestral homeland where they are welcomed, resettled and provided citizenship in a few months. Their journey is in sharp contrast to the plight of millions of other Syrian refugees who endure difficulties being resettled in foreign lands after perilous journeys, mainly to Greece and Turkey. Armenia is home to all people of Armenian background, said civic activist Ara Sisserian, who lives in Armenian capital Yerevan and…

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