N. Korea: Heart attack, not nerve agent, killed Kim Jong Nam

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A North Korean envoy rejected a Malaysian autopsy finding that VX nerve agent killed Kim Jong Nam, saying Thursday the man probably died of a heart attack because he suffered from heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Malaysia dismissed the claim.

  • Written by EILEEN NG , Associated Press

Syrian forces battle IS, re-enter historic town of Palmyra

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces battling the Islamic State group re-entered Palmyra on Thursday in their quest to again take the historic town they had lost to the militants in December, state media reported.

  • Written by PHILIP ISSA , Associated Press

EU Parliament lifts Le Pen immunity over gruesome tweets

PARIS (AP) — The European Parliament voted Thursday to lift French far-right leader Marine Le Pen's immunity from prosecution for tweeting gruesome images of violence, a crime that carries up to three years in prison under French law.

  • Written by SAMUEL PETREQUIN , Associated Press

Sweden introduces military draft for both men and women

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden's left-leaning government introduced a military draft for both men and women Thursday because of what its defense minister called a deteriorating security environment in Europe and around Sweden.

  • Written by JAN M. OLSEN , Associated Press