The Latest: Turkey asks Israeli consul general to leave

by Associated Press by Associated Press May 16 at 4:45 AM JERUSALEM — The Latest on developments related to Israel-Palestinian conflict (all times local): 11:40 a.m. Turkey’s Foreign Ministry says the country has asked Israel’s consul general in Istanbul to temporarily leave amid an expanding diplomatic spat. The ministry said Wednesday that Yosef Levi-Sfari was …

LA Times suspends Beijing bureau chief amid misconduct probe

by Associated Press by Associated Press May 16 at 3:27 AM BEIJING — The Los Angeles Times has suspended the head of its Beijing bureau after he was accused of sexual misconduct for a second time. The LA Times said in a report Wednesday that it is investigating allegations made by a former Wall Street …

Small plane crashes in Nepal’s mountains, killing 2 pilots

by Associated Press by Associated Press May 16 at 2:16 AM KATHMANDU, Nepal — A small plane flying in bad weather in Nepal’s mountainous northwest crashed Wednesday, killing both pilots on board, officials said. The plane took off from a mountain airstrip carrying cargo and lost contact with the tower a few minutes later, according …

China says military exercises intended to threaten Taiwan

by Associated Press by Associated Press May 16 at 12:15 AM BEIJING — China says military exercises around Taiwan are intended as a direct threat to the self-governing island’s government over moves Beijing sees as cementing its independence from the mainland. Spokesman for the Cabinet’s Taiwan Affairs Office An Fengshan said Wednesday the drills demonstrate …

The Latest: South Korea says military drills will go on

A U.S. F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jet lands as South Korea and the United States conduct the Max Thunder joint military exercise at an air base in Gwangju, South Korea, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. North Korea on Wednesday canceled a high-level meeting with South Korea and threatened to scrap a historic summit next month between …

Mother of Italian tortured in Egypt starts protest fast

by Associated Press by Associated Press May 14 at 9:05 AM ROME — The mother of a young Italian researcher who was tortured and slain in Egypt in 2016 has begun a fast to protest the arrest of an Egyptian activist. Paola Regeni, whose son, Giulio, had been conducting PhD research in Cairo on labor …

Islamic State claims attack in Afghanistan that killed 10

by Associated Press by Associated Press May 14 at 2:43 AM KABUL, Afghanistan — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a government building in eastern Afghanistan that killed 10 people and wounded more than 40. In a statement circulated online Monday, the extremist group says four attackers took part in …

Police: Members of a family bombed 3 Indonesian churches

By Associated Press By Associated Press May 13 at 5:39 PM SURABAYA, Indonesia — Coordinated suicide bombings carried out by members of the same ­family struck three churches in Indonesia’s second-largest city Sunday, police said, as the world’s most populous Muslim nation ­recoiled in horror at one of its deadliest attacks since the 2002 Bali …

The Latest: Bolton says Jerusalem embassy will aid peace

Members of pro-Islamic NGO IHH and other groups holding Turkish and Palestinian flags stage a rally following Friday prayers in Istanbul, Friday, May 11, 2018 to protest the US decision to relocate its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem. The embassy is moving from Tel Aviv in line with President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s …

Egypt editor suggests more presidential terms for el-Sissi

by Associated Press by Associated Press May 13 at 10:04 AM CAIRO — A top newspaper editor known to be close to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is hinting that the Egyptian leader should be allowed to rule beyond the maximum two, four-year terms set by the constitution. Yasser Rizq, chairman of the state-owned al-Akhbar daily, did …