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Report: Turkish security forces kill 2 IS militants

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:30am

A Turkish news report says security forces have killed two suspected Islamic State militants at the border with Syria.

Pakistan extends stay of Afghan refugees until year end

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:20am

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has permitted registered Afghan refugees to remain in the country until the end of the year, the government said as an earlier deadline was set to expire.

Nepal agrees to speed up aid grants to quake victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:00am

Nepal's government has agreed to provide aid grants in two instead of three installments to people who lost their homes in last year's devastating earthquake.

Tough-talking Rodrigo Duterte has been sworn in as president of the Philippines

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:10pm

Tough-talking Rodrigo Duterte has been sworn in as president of the Philippines.

Philippines' new vice president sworn into office

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 9:21pm

The Philippines' new vice president Leni Robredo was sworn into office Thursday with a promise to bring prosperity to Filipinos on the fringes of society.

Vietnam sentences Australian to death for heroin trafficking

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:31pm

A court in southern Vietnam has sentenced an Australian citizen to death for heroin trafficking.

Congo president: Nothing can stop November elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:10pm

Congo's president says nothing can stop long-awaited elections from taking place even as fears mount of a possible delay.

3 killed, 6 hurt in attack on Malian military near Timbuktu

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 4:50pm

The Malian military says a convoy came under attack not far from the town of Timbuktu in the country's volatile north.

UN extends peacekeeping mission in Darfur

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 4:30pm

The U.N. Security Council has voted to extend its peacekeeping mission in Darfur for a year.

Suriname president acts to again avoid trial in 1982 deaths

Pieter Van Maele, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 3:52pm

President Desi Bouterse sought again Wednesday to prevent authorities from putting him back on trial for the abduction and summary execution of 15 political opponents when he was the military dictator of this South American nation.

Rights groups: Saudis should not be on Human Rights Council

Dave Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 3:50pm

Saudi Arabia should be suspended from the U.N.'s top human rights organization because of indiscriminate airstrikes by the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen that have killed hundreds of civilians, including women and children, human rights groups said Wednesday.

Families march for improved prison conditions in El Salvador

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 3:21pm

Some 300 people have marched to El Salvador's presidential residence demanding improved prison conditions for gang members, including better medical care and family visits.

Right groups: Police responsible for 3 men missing in Kenya

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 3:01pm

Kenyan police are responsible for the disappearance of three men, including a human rights activist with the U.S.-based International Justice Mission, 10 local and international human rights groups say.

Former assistant state prosecutor assassinated in Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 3:01pm

Mexican authorities say the former assistant prosecutor of Baja California Sur state has been assassinated just a few months after he was fired for alleged ties to the Sinaloa Cartel.

Investigators: EgyptAir wreckage shows heat damage, smoke

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:20pm

Egyptian investigators said Wednesday that wreckage from the EgyptAir flight that crashed in May shows "signs of damage because of high temperature" and that a flight data recorder indicates there was smoke on board.

IS repels advance by US-backed Syria rebels near Iraq border

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:12pm

Islamic State militants on Wednesday pushed back U.S.-trained Syrian rebels from the outskirts of a town on the Iraqi border, in a setback to a budding offensive that aims to sever the militants' transit link between the two countries, a rebel spokesman said.

Egypt's president offers apology over leaked exams

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:11pm

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has apologized to high school students over the leaking of national exams.

Lawyer: CIA gave Romania millions to host secret prisons

Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:01pm

The CIA paid Romania "millions of dollars" to host secret prisons, a rights lawyer said Wednesday as the European Court of Human Rights heard accusations that Romania allowed the agency to torture terrorism suspects in a secret renditions program under President George W. Bush.

UN Syria envoy: No new date set for peace talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 1:11pm

The U.N.'s special envoy for Syria says there's just not enough agreement yet to resume peace talks ahead of an Aug. 1 deadline to start a political transition.