Thursday, May 24


Israeli Supreme Court rejects challenge to open-fire rules


Israel’s Supreme Court has rejected a legal challenge to the military’s rules on when soldiers can fire their weapons amid weeks of violent protests that have killed dozens of Palestinians on the border with Gaza.


Nigerian soldiers 'rescued' women, then starved and raped them, Amnesty International says


A new report from Amnesty International says the Nigerian military is guilty of war crimes in its fight against Boko Haram.

Argentina abortion bill to be voted in lower house in June


Lawmakers in Argentina’s lower house say they will vote next month on legislation that would legalize elective abortion.


Six things to know about Ireland’s abortion vote

For women in Ireland, abortion is punishable by 14 years in prison. Friday's referendum could change that.


Syrian TV says a military base in central Syria has come under attack from ‘enemy’ fire


Syrian TV says a military base in central Syria has come under attack from ‘enemy’ fire .

Venezuela’s President Maduro takes oath as president-elect


Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela’s president-elect on Thursday, months before he’s due to formally take the oath of office next year for a second term.

Egyptian prosecutors order activist held for 15 days


Egyptian prosecutors say they have ordered a prominent activist and blogger known for criticizing the government detained for 15 days pending an investigation, the latest episode in Egypt’s media crackdown.

License to chill: MI6 tries to shed macho James Bond image


We meet again, Mr. Bond — or maybe not.

As Hawaii’s Kilauea erupts, volcanologists swarm: ‘I expect great science from this event’

Washington Post

Scientists see real-time studies of the active volcano, which is threatening Hawaii’s Big Island, as an “amazing opportunity.”


IAEA: Iran complying with nuclear deal, but could improve


Iran appears to be complying with a 2015 deal with major powers that was meant to stop it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions, the United Nations nuclear watchdog said Thursday.

Facebook won’t pay compensation for Cambridge Analytica case


Facebook said Thursday it will not compensate users in the scandal over the misuse of their personal data by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

Black customers accused a KFC in Berlin of racism. Now, they're charged with recording the incident.


After being escorted out of the store by police officers due to "vandalism" accusations, the people in the group maintained that all they had done was "laugh" loudly.


The awkward timing of Trump’s North Korea letter

Washington Post

Only hours before President Trump's announcement, North Korea had taken foreign reporters — including two Americans — to an event at which it had demolished its only known nuclear testing site.

US airstrike in Somalia against al-Shabab kills 10 fighters


The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike outside Somalia’s capital that killed 10 extremists.

Burundi’s opposition asks court to reject referendum results


Burundi’s main opposition coalition asked the constitutional court on Thursday to invalidate the results of last week’s referendum on constitutional changes to allow the president to stay in power until 2034.

Cyclone Mekunu poses severe and possibly unprecedented storm threat to Oman


It could make landfall with the strength of a Category 3 hurricane. No recorded storm that strong has ever hit the country.

Syria: US-backed group captures French IS member


A U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish group has detained a high-profile French Islamic State fighter in northern Syria who has been linked to terror attacks in Paris and Nice in 2015 and 2016, the group announced Thursday.

Ex-Panama president Martinelli to drop extradition fight


A spokesman for former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli says the ex-leader is dropping his legal efforts to fight extradition from the United States to Panama.

WWII bomb successfully defused in German city of Dresden


German police say a World War II bomb that partially exploded while it was being defused in the eastern city of Dresden has been successfully deactivated.

A rape victim was just awarded $1 billion. Jurors told her: 'You're worth something.'

Washington Post

In 2012, Hope Cheston was sexually assaulted by an armed security guard at an apartment complex near Atlanta while she was visiting a friend, according to court records. She was 14.


Kosovo court imprisons 2 over illegal organ harvesting


A Kosovo court on Thursday imprisoned two ethnic Albanians for involvement in organ harvesting.

Plaster falls from La Scala arches, no one injured


Plaster has fallen from the outside arches of the La Scala opera house’s entrance, but no one was injured.

UN chief concerned by cancellation of US-NKorea summit


The U.N. chief said Thursday he is “deeply concerned” by the cancellation of the planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Elon Musk floats website where journalists and editors would get ‘credibility score’

What began as frustrated swipes at the press during earnings calls last year blossomed into full-blown fury when the billionaire inventor lashed out against the “holier-than-thou” media on Twitter.

Algeria denies rights abuses in migrant expulsions


Algeria’s government denies any human rights abuses against African migrants who have been expelled from the country in large numbers, refuting U.N. allegations.

UN adopts measure linking conflict to hunger and starvation


The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday that for the first time recognizes the link between conflict and hunger and strongly condemns the use of starvation as a method of warfare.

The Latest: Syrian TV reporting military base under attack


The Latest on Syria developments (all times local):

U.N. Secretary-General: “Deeply concerned” by the cancellation of the summit between Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim


U.N. Secretary-General: “Deeply concerned” by the cancellation of the summit between Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim.


The Latest: Images show residents sheltering from cyclone


The Latest on Cyclone Mekuni (all times local):

Albania’s opposition boycotts resolution supporting EU talks


Albania’s opposition on Thursday boycotted a resolution expressing support for the launch of negotiations on joining the European Union.