Chemical weapons inspectors in Douma, Syria, gather samples from site, OPCW says

Chemical weapons inspectors reportedly visited the Syrian city of Douma to gather samples on Saturday following a suspected chemical attack in the area earlier this month.

Afghan official says Taliban kill 6 at police checkpoint

An Afghan official says that at least six local police were killed when a group of Taliban fighters attacked and overran their checkpoint in northern Sari Pul province.

5 killed, multiple missing after boat accident in China

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV says five people have died and others are missing after two dragon boats capsized in southern China, causing 60 people to fall into the water.

Malaysian police say Palestinian gunned down in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian police say a Palestinian man was fatally shot by two assailants on a motorbike as he was heading to a mosque for dawn prayers.

North Korea reportedly assured Pompeo that release of 3 detainees could be joined with upcoming summit

In his meeting earlier this month with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, CIA Director Mike Pompeo was assured that a planned summit between Kim and President Trump could be joined with the release of three detained U.S. citizens, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday night.

North Korea announces end to missile testing as Trump cites ‘big progress’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced Friday that his country will be suspending missile testing and closing a nuclear test site, several reports said.

Raul Castro acts like he’s retiring though future unclear

Raul Castro was relaxed as he gave a 90-minute speech handing over the presidency to his hand-picked successor, Miguel Diaz-Canel.

3 killed in protests over Nicaraguan social security reform

Police in Nicaragua say a police officer, protester and pro-government activist have been killed in clashes over a planned social security reform.

40,000 gather in Armenia to demand leader’s resignation

About 40,000 demonstrators have gathered in Armenia’s capital as a week of protests against the country’s new prime minister showed no sign of dissipating.

Greece: Man electrocuted at rail depot thought to be migrant

Police in Greece say a man was killed after he came into contact with an overhead power line at a freight train depot.

8 convicted in long-running trial over Mafia-govt collusion

A court in Palermo has convicted eight defendants, including a close associate of Silvio Berlusconi, on charges showing collusion between the Sicilian Mafia and the government during the early 1990s.

Remains of Czech cardinal return home from Vatican

The remains of a Czech cardinal who faced persecution from the Nazis and Communists have been returned to his homeland from the Vatican almost 50 years after his death.

Talks to form new Czech coalition government to renew

The leftist Social Democrats say they have agreed to return to talks to form a new Czech government with populist billionaire Andrej Babis and his political group.

Ex-rebel leader in Colombia relocates amid talk of arrest

The former chief peace negotiator for Colombia’s FARC rebel movement has decided to relocate to a rural camp for ex-guerrillas amid speculation he could soon be arrested as part of a U.S. drug investigation.

Board votes to double tuition at Puerto Rico university

A majority of federal control board members have voted to more than double tuition at Puerto Rico’s largest public university.

Furniture designers explore what it is to be sustainable

Designers are confronting what it means to be sustainable at the Milan Furniture Show.

Turkish lawmakers approve early elections called by Erdogan

Turkey’s parliament has approved holding the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections a year-and-half early, a change President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said is needed because of uncertainties over Syria.

The week in pictures

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Al-Qaida claims deadly attack on French, UN forces in Mali

Al-Qaida extremists have claimed responsibility for an attack in northern Mali that killed a U.N. peacekeeper and wounded seven French soldiers.

Mexican Congress votes to remove politicians’ legal immunity

The lower house of Mexico’s Congress has voted to remove the immunity from prosecution protection extended to every public office in the country.

AP Analysis: Gaza flare-up driven by deep misery in strip

The flareup of deadly violence in Gaza is of a new kind, even in the inventive annals of Mideast conflicts: Israeli soldiers shooting at Palestinian demonstrators burning tires and hurling firebombs across what looks like an international border, inflicting casualties while claiming concerns of a mass breach of the barrier.

German production of Hitler satire to have some patrons wear swastikas for free admission

A German theater premiering a satirical play about Adolf Hitler’s youth on Friday will proceed with its plans to give theatergoers free admittance if they wear a swastika armband, while those who pay for admittance will be asked to wear a Jewish Star of David.

Prince Charles approved to lead Commonwealth, reports say

Heir to the British throne Prince Charles was approved Friday as the next head of the Commonwealth of the U.K. and its former colonies, according to U.K. media reports.

Swiss prosecutor appeals for cooperation on FIFA case file

Switzerland’s attorney general has a message for his foreign counterparts as his office pores over reams of seized documents and dozens of criminal cases linked to FIFA: “Come to us.” Michael Lauber says the investigations require both quick action and patience, and noted “good developments” like how growing cooperation has…

Burundi’s new foreign minister once led violent youth group

Burundi’s president has appointed the former leader of a violent youth group linked to the ruling party as his foreign minister.

Croatia’s president honors victims of WWII camp

Croatian president has visited the site of a World War II concentration camp and honored its victims.

Saudi ministry: Gunmen attack, kill 4 policemen in the south

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry says four policemen were killed after gunmen attacked a security checkpoint in the southwestern province of Asir, which borders Yemen.

Islamic State group to give up last pocket in Syrian capital

Syrian state media says Islamic State group militants have agreed to give up their last pocket in Damascus.

UK lawmakers form group to combat ‘malign’ Russian influence

British lawmakers have set up a special group to focus on Russian meddling, saying more must be done to understand the extent of Moscow’s “malign influence.”

Myanmar policeman testifies arrested reporters were set up

The prosecution of two Myanmar journalists accused of violating a state secrets law by acquiring official documents given to them by police has suffered a setback after a police officer testified that he and his colleagues were ordered to entrap the reporters.