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The Latest: Syria rejects US chemical attack allegations

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:06
The Latest on the White House saying it has “potential” evidence that Syria’s government is preparing another chemical weapons attack (all times local):

China hits back at US on human trafficking downgrade

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:46
China has pre-emptively hit back at the United States for “speaking irresponsibly” ahead of an expected Trump administration move to declare China is among the world’s worst human trafficking offenders.

Dutch government partially liable in 300 Srebrenica deaths

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:36
A Dutch appeals court has ruled that the government was partially liable in the deaths of some 300 Muslim men murdered by Bosnian Serb forces in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

Dutch appeals court rules that government partially liable in 1995 deaths of about 300 Muslim men killed in Srebrenica

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:26
Dutch appeals court rules that government partially liable in 1995 deaths of about 300 Muslim men killed in Srebrenica.

Germany: Merkel’s challenger calls for vote on gay marriage

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:16
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s election challenger is calling for a vote on legalizing gay marriage after the German leader ditched her conservatives’ long-standing refusal to budge on the issue.

Senior Russian lawmaker accuses US of provocation over Syria

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:16
A senior Russian lawmaker has dismissed the United States’ warning about a potential chemical weapons attack in Syria as “provocation.”

Mattis: US arms for Syrian Kurds will continue after Raqqa

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:16
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says America will continue to provide weapons to Syrian Kurdish fighters after the battle to oust Islamic State militants from Raqqa, Syria.

US Navy holds memorial service for 7 sailors killed in crash

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:16
The U.S. Navy has paid tribute to the seven sailors killed when their warship collided with a merchant ship off Japan.

France’s new lawmakers open first parliament session

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:06
France’s newly elected lawmakers, most of them from President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party, are attending their first parliament session.

Spain says fire that threatened Donana park “under control”

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:46
Spain’s interior minister says firefighters have brought under control a wildfire that threatened Donana National Park, a celebrated conservation wetland and home to the endangered Iberian lynx.

Ukrainian serviceman killed in car bomb

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:26
A Ukrainian serviceman has been killed in a car bomb in the country’s capital Kiev.

Modi meets Trump with his usual greeting — bear hugs

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:26
President Donald Trump should have been ready as he met with India’s prime minister, an unabashed hugger.

Albania Socialists win polls, can govern without partner

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 09:56
Nearly complete election results show that Albania’s left-wing Socialist Party has secured a second mandate in a general election seen as a key benchmark to the country’s bid to launch membership negotiations with the European Union.

German leaders, lawmakers pay tribute to Kohl at Berlin Mass

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 09:26
German leaders and lawmakers are paying tribute to former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who spearheaded the country’s reunification during 16 years at the helm, in a requiem Mass at Berlin’s Roman Catholic cathedral.

Ultra-Orthodox lawmaker: Reform Jews don’t believe in Temple

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 09:16
A senior ultra-Orthodox lawmaker says protestations of liberal Jews over alternative access to Jerusalem’s Western Wall are merely provocation since they don’t even believe in the sanctity of the site.

Could this man be Israel's next prime minister?

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 09:12
After a two-year hiatus, Gideon Saar has announced his return to politics and looks set to challenge Netanyahu for the leadership.

North Korea at the top of agenda as South Korea’s new president comes to D.C.

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 09:10
Much will depend on the rapport between Trump and Moon during their first meeting.

Saudi demolition of historic Shiite homes stokes violence

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 08:56
Saudi Arabia is demolishing centuries-old homes in a Shiite town, leveling a historic district that officials say has become a hideout for local militants. The destruction has sparked shootouts in the streets between Saudi security forces and Shiite gunmen and stoked sectarian tensions that resonate around the region.

Jordan’s ‘pay as you like’ bookstore saved by crowd-funding

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 08:56
For years, Hamzeh AlMaaytah nurtured a community of book lovers in Jordan, keeping his bookstore in Amman’s old center open around the clock, encouraging customers to linger over rare treasures and often allowing them to set the price for a purchase.

Papua New Guinea votes with corruption and economic woes key

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 07:54
Papua New Guinea voters are going to the polls in elections dominated by corruption allegations hanging over their prime minister and the South Pacific island nation’s deepening economic woes.

Second landslide hits stricken site in southwest China

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 07:14
A second landslide has struck the village in southwest China where rescue workers have been looking for nearly 100 people buried over the weekend by a massive wave of rocks and debris.

Trump's travel ban still doesn't make any sense

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 07:12
The Supreme Court's decision on Monday doesn't strip away the moral validity of the arguments posed by the ban's critics.

What’s next for Brazil’s Temer following corruption charge?

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 06:34
Embattled in Congress and unpopular on the streets, President Michel Temer has now been charged with corruption by Brazil’s top prosecutor in the wake of a plea bargain signed by executives of meatpacking company JBS. It is the first time that a sitting Brazilian president has been charged, but Temer has pledged to stay in office. In less than two months, he could be suspended from office, raising even more doubts about Brazil’s future until October 2018 general elections.

14-year-old excites country with record Japanese chess debut

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 06:22
A 14-year-old boy is taking his country by storm with a record-breaking debut in Japanese chess.

Finding comfort, and North Korea, in a tiny restaurant

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 06:04
The little restaurant isn’t much to look at. It’s across the street from an empty lot in a city where bland high-rise apartment buildings sprawl in every direction. Boxes of dried fish are stacked by the front window. A dirty mop stands in the corner. The walls are painted a vomitous green.

Asian stocks mostly higher after Wall Street closed mixed

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 06:04
Asian stocks were mostly higher in range-bound trade on Tuesday after Wall Street closed mixed.

Pay of new Australian postal service boss more than halved

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 05:26
The new boss of Australia’s postal service will be paid less than half the 5.6 million Australian dollar ($4.3 million) salary package that made her predecessor Australia’s highest-paid public servant.

Brother of boxer Julio Cesar Chavez slain in home in Mexico

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 04:14
The brother of legendary boxer Julio Cesar Chavez was killed in his home in western Mexico, state authorities said Monday.

China’s jailed Nobel Peace laureate given medical parole

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 04:04
Imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo has been transferred to a hospital after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer, authorities and his friends say.

Mongolia’s presidential election tightens, runoff likely

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 03:56
Mongolia’s presidential election appeared headed for a runoff with the latest vote count early Tuesday showing a business tycoon leading the ruling party’s candidate and a nationalist wanting the country to benefit more from its mineral wealth.

Brazil’s president formally accused of corruption

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 03:24
Case against Michel Temer now goes to lower Chamber of Deputies in Congress.

Brazil’s crisis deepens as president accused of corruption

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 03:14
Brazil’s attorney general formally accused President Michel Temer of corruption on Monday, making him the first sitting president in Latin America’s largest nation to face criminal charges.

Hurricane Dora moving away from Mexico’s southwest coast

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 02:34
Hurricane Dora strengthened off Mexico’s Pacific coast on Monday, but posed little threat as it spun out into the ocean away from land.

London’s fire symptomatic of larger safety issues globally

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 02:22
The deaths of 79 people in a London apartment tower have triggered emergency inspections, evacuations and soul searching among British officials who failed to prevent the tragedy.

Poll shows U.S. tumbling in world’s regard under Trump

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 02:14
According to a new Pew survey of 37 countries, just 49 percent view the United States favorably. 

Charred body identified as missing Mexican journalist

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 02:14
A charred body found in western Mexico has been identified as the owner and director of a local television station abducted in May, the seventh journalist killed so far this year in the country.

The Latest: Brazil’s attorney general formally accuses Temer

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 01:54
The Latest on Brazil’s political crisis and President Michel Temer (all times local):

Brazil’s attorney general accuses President Michel Temer of corruption; Congress to consider possible trial

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 01:34
Brazil’s attorney general accuses President Michel Temer of corruption; Congress to consider possible trial.

UN: Colombian rebels have handed over almost all weapons

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 00:54
The United Nations say that leftist rebels in Colombia have turned over almost all of their fighters’ individual weapons as part of a historic peace deal reached with the government last year.

UN says Colombia’s FARC rebels have handed over almost all individual weapons

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 00:34
UN says Colombia’s FARC rebels have handed over almost all individual weapons.

Merkel: Gay marriage could get ‘question of conscience’ vote

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 23:04
German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time seems to have softened her previous opposition toward legalizing same-sex marriages.

Top Russian and US diplomats discuss cease-fire for Syria

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 22:54
The top diplomats of Russia and the United States have focused on the Syrian crisis in a phone call.

Theresa May details post-Brexit plans for EU citizens in UK

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 22:54
Theresa May forges deal with Democratic Unionist Party to form a majority in Parliament.

Israel: Projectile from Gaza lands in southern Israel

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 22:12
The Israeli military says a projectile fired from the Gaza Strip has landed in southern Israel.

Germany’s Merkel doesn’t tweet, but checks Trump on Twitter

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 22:02
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she doesn’t really do Twitter, but sometimes visits the site to check out what U.S. President Donald Trump has to say.

Mexican journalist’s charred body identified

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 21:50
A charred body found in western Mexico has been identified as the owner and director of a local television station abducted in May.

UAE military buildup draws scrutiny after Yemen allegations

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 21:22
With soccer sponsorships, record-setting skyscrapers and wintertime golfing, the United Arab Emirates has projected an image of comfort and opportunity in a volatile region. But the quiet expansion of its military footprint is drawing a different kind of attention to the Gulf federation as it wades into some of the region’s messiest conflicts.

Israeli minister: Trump pressure on settlements disappoints

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 21:22
A senior Israeli Cabinet minister is expressing some disappointment with the White House, saying the election of Donald Trump has not brought about the boom in West Bank settlement construction many had expected.

The Latest: UK government pledges more fire survivor funds

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 20:12
The Latest on Britain’s response to the Grenfell Tower fire (all times local):

Canada nurse gets life for killing 8 people in her care

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 20:12
A judge has sentenced a former nurse to life behind bars for killing eight elderly people in her care.

Russian navy test-fires submarine-launched missile

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 19:30
The Russian military says it has successfully test-fired a submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missile.

Theresa May details post-Brexit plans for EU citizens in UK

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 19:30
British Prime Minister Theresa May tried Monday to reassure European Union citizens living in Britain that their lives and those of their family will not be disrupted when Britain leaves the EU in 2019.

Russia says extremists planned deadly bombing using encrypted chat app

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 19:24
The Telegram app has become a focus of Russian efforts to curb the use of encrypted chat programs, which are also used by opposition activists.

Argentine officials: at least 15 die when bus flips, 21 hurt

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 19:10
Argentine officials say a bus carrying students, parents and teachers from a dance school has flipped on a provincial highway, killing at least 15 people.

British government says 75 out of 75 buildings failed fire safety tests

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:54
The total failure rate comes as the government reckons with the fallout of a blaze at London’s Grenfell Tower that left 79 people dead.

Brazil leader defiant in face of possible charges

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:40
President Michel Temer is expressing defiance in the face of possible corruption charges, the lowest approval rating for a Brazilian leader in a generation and calls for his resignation.

Zimbabwe pastor and government critic arrested after speech

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:30
Zimbabwe police have arrested a popular pastor after he addressed protesting university students.

The Latest: Cladding maker stops some sales after fire

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:30
The Latest on Britain’s response to the Grenfell Tower fire (all times local):

Cladding maker Arconic discontinues sales of one type of cladding in high rise buildings after Grenfell fire

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:10
Cladding maker Arconic discontinues sales of one type of cladding in high rise buildings after Grenfell fire .

London’s fire symptomatic of larger safety issues globally

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:10
The deaths of 79 people in a London apartment tower have triggered emergency inspections, evacuations and soul searching among British officials who failed to prevent the tragedy.

Myanmar army holds reporters who covered rebel drug burning

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:50
Myanmar’s military has detained seven people, including three journalists, who observed the destruction of illegal drugs by an ethnic rebel group fighting the government.

US-backed forces seize new district from IS in Raqqa

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:50
Syrian Kurdish forces say they have seized a new district from the Islamic State group in its self-declared capital, Raqqa.

At least 9 dead in Boko Haram attacks in northeast Nigeria

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:40
Authorities in northeastern Nigeria say at least nine people have been killed by suicide bombers in a series of attacks in the area.

Despite new rules, Italy pours taxpayer euros into bad banks

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:40
After expensive bailouts played a major role in their debt crisis, European authorities agreed on tough new rules to ensure that taxpayers didn’t have to pour money into shaky banks.

Germany says Turkish bodyguards involved in D.C. skirmish 'won't set foot on German soil'

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:34
German authorities are expecting mass protests at next month's G-20 summit in Hamburg.

Swedish government announces release of hostage in Mali

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:30
A Swedish man kidnapped by Islamic militants in northern Mali nearly six years ago has been released from captivity, the Swedish government confirmed Monday. There was no immediate word on the fate of a second hostage, from South Africa, who was also seized in Timbuktu.

UK to test hospitals and schools for flammable cladding

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:10
Hospitals and school buildings across Britain will have their exterior cladding tested for flammability as part of an urgent nationwide push to increase fire safety.

Despite new rules, Italy pours taxpayer euros into bad banks

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:10
After expensive bailouts played a major role in their debt crisis, European authorities agreed on tough new rules to ensure that taxpayers didn’t have to pour money into shaky banks.

Nestle stock surges amid reports US hedge fund takes stake

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:10
Nestle says it’s keeping “an open dialogue with all of our shareholders” after news reports that a U.S. hedge fund has taken a large stake sent shares of the Swiss food and beverages giant soaring.

Polish official understands emotions behind far-right attack

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:10
The spokeswoman for Poland’s ruling conservative party says she can “understand” the emotions that drove far-right extremists to attack an anti-government protester, though she said the violence should not have happened.

Judge in Spain orders Salvador Dali's body exhumed for paternity test

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 16:54
A 60-year-old tarot card reader says she's his daughter.

44 people detained during Istanbul’s banned LGBT pride event

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 16:30
Turkey’s official news agency says 44 people were detained during a march for LGBT rights that the governor of Istanbul had banned.

German hiker missing on dormant Indonesian volcano

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 16:30
Rescuers in Indonesia are searching for a German hiker who went missing while climbing a dormant volcano.

5 rare Barbary lion cubs go on show at zoo in Germany

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 16:20
Five rare Barbary lion cubs have been shown to the public for the first time at a zoo in southwestern Germany, delighting visitors as they clumsily plodded through their enclosure.

British Prime Minister Theresa May says goal is to remove anxiety, provide certainty to EU citizens in UK

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 16:00
British Prime Minister Theresa May says goal is to remove anxiety, provide certainty to EU citizens in UK.

British Prime Minister Theresa May says rights granted to EU citizens in UK must be reciprocal

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 16:00
British Prime Minister Theresa May says rights granted to EU citizens in UK must be reciprocal.

First witnesses face Poland’s special restitution probe

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 16:00
A Polish commission investigating the irregular restitution of seized property to private owners is trying to determine the role of Warsaw mayor in the process as it questions its first witnesses.

“Explicit” show at South African prison ignites scandal

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 16:00
AT least 13 South African officials face possible suspension after photos showing scantily clad female entertainers with inmates at a Johannesburg prison circulated on social media.

Cyprus’ president rejects UN document prior to peace summit

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 15:50
The Greek Cypriot president of Cyprus has rejected a United Nations document that was supposed to act as a guide during a crucial summit later this week that will likely determine whether a deal reunifying the ethnically divided island is possible.

Thai democracy activist indicted on year-old charges

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 15:40
A Thai court has heard year-old charges against a pro-democracy activist arrested over the weekend, as authorities sought to discourage commemorations of the anniversary of the country’s 1932 transition from an absolute to constitutional monarchy.

AP Explains: Role of DUP, new partner in UK government

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 15:30
A small party from Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party, has signed an arrangement that will prop up the Conservative government led by Prime Minister Theresa May. Without the smaller party’s 10 votes, the Conservatives would fall short of a needed majority. Put together, the two parties will have enough seats in the House of Commons to command a majority in Parliament on key votes.

Russians rank Stalin as the ‘most outstanding’ person

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 15:20
An opinion poll shows that a majority of Russians think Soviet leader Josef Stalin was the “most outstanding person” in history.

Horrifying video shows tourist boat sinking in minutes with scores on board

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 15:00
A tourist boat at a popular reservoir near Medellin, Colombia, capsized Sunday afternoon with 160 on board. The number of dead was uncertain.

French president pushes for further peace talks over Ukraine

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 14:40
French president Emmanuel Macron says further peace talks over the Ukrainian crisis will be held in the coming days, following a meeting in Paris with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko.

Justin Trudeau took part in Toronto Pride while wearing socks that say 'Eid Mubarak'

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 14:34
The Canadian prime minister sends another sartorial message.

Germany: sausage makers use loophole to skip antitrust fines

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 14:30
Germany’s antitrust authority says it had to revoke 238 million euros ($266 million) in fines imposed on sausage manufacturers for price collusion because the companies used a now-closed loophole in competition law.

First woman leads UK Changing of the Guard ceremony

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 14:30
A Canadian soldier has made history as the first woman to lead the Changing of the Guard ceremony at London’s Buckingham Palace.

EU weighs retaliatory measures as US eyes steel tariffs

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 14:20
The European Union’s top trade official says the bloc is preparing retaliatory measures in case the United States goes ahead with plans to impose steel tariffs on imports.

For Russians, Stalin is the 'most outstanding' figure in world history. Putin is next.

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 14:04
Russian President Vladimir Putin has raised Stalin's profile as the victory of World War II rather than the strongman of the Gulag.

Trump’s Indonesian business partner slapped with travel ban

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:50
Authorities in Indonesia have issued a travel ban against the Indonesian business partner of President Donald Trump after he was accused of threatening a deputy attorney general, officials said Monday.

Vatican worries about ‘forcibly removed’ bishop in China

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:50
The Vatican is expressing “grave concern” for a Chinese bishop who it says was “forcibly removed” from his office several weeks ago.

London protests over man’s death leave 4 police hospitalized

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:40
Four police officers have been hospitalized and two others less seriously injured following a series of protests in London over the death of a 25-year-old man.

Germany: don’t expect Turkish bodyguards at G-20

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:40
The German government says it doesn’t expect to see Turkish security agents accused of attacking protesters in Washington during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to the upcoming Group of 20 summit in Hamburg.

Obama and family go river rafting during Indonesia vacation

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:30
Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his family were seen on a river rafting trip Monday as they vacationed in Indonesia, where he lived for several years as a child.

Trump’s Indonesian business partner slapped with travel ban

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:00
Authorities in Indonesia say they’ve issued a travel ban against the Indonesian business partner of President Donald Trump after he was accused of threatening a deputy attorney general.

Northern Ireland party leader Arlene Foster says details of the deal with UK Conservatives will be published

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:00
Northern Ireland party leader Arlene Foster says details of the deal with UK Conservatives will be published.

Northern Ireland Party leaders say agreement with Conservatives will offer stable British government

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:00
Northern Ireland Party leaders say agreement with Conservatives will offer stable British government.

UK prime minister says Northern Ireland party shares ‘desire to ensure strong government’

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:50
UK prime minister says Northern Ireland party shares ‘desire to ensure strong government’

The Latest: UK Conservatives, N Ireland party strike deal

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:50
The Latest on British politics (all times local):

UK Conservatives, Northern Ireland Party sign deal to back Prime Minister Theresa May’s government

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:30
UK Conservatives, Northern Ireland Party sign deal to back Prime Minister Theresa May’s government.

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