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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.

Suriname president again avoids being tried for 1982 deaths

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

The president of Suriname has again moved to prevent authorities in the South American nation from putting him on trial for the killings of 15 political opponents in 1982.

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.

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.

CORRECTS: Prime minister: 1 suicide bomber blew himself up outside Istanbul airport, 2 others inside.

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:50pm

CORRECTS: Prime minister: 1 suicide bomber blew himself up outside Istanbul airport, 2 others inside. (Corrects APNewsAlert that suggested that the bomb outside went off first)

Italy recovers 2015 sunk migrant boat, hopes to ID victims

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:50pm

The Italian navy has raised from the seafloor the migrant ship that sank off Sicily last year with an estimated 700-800 people aboard in one of the worst known tragedies of the Mediterranean migrant crisis.

17 Angola activists ordered from jail into house arrest

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:31pm

Angola's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the conditional release of 17 political activists, known as the Luanda Book Club, who had been convicted of plotting to overthrow the government of the oil-rich southern African country.

UN increases troop levels in Mali by 2,500

Dave Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:01am

The United Nations Security Council voted Wednesday to increase the U.N.'s peacekeeping force in Mali by more than 2,500 troops, a move aimed at countering increasing attacks by Islamic extremists on civilians and peacekeepers and more aggressively enabling a peace agreement between the government and rebels.

US first lady arrives in Spain to promote girls' learning

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:41am

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama has arrived in Spain on the final leg of a three-nation tour to promote her global girls' education initiative.

Kenya military: 4 extremists killed averting an attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:21am

A Kenyan military official says soldiers killed four Islamic extremists from Somalia's al-Shabab rebels suspected to have been planning an attack on the coastal county of Lamu.

Russian defense minister promises response to NATO's buildup

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:11am

Russia's defense minister says the military will respond in kind to NATO's buildup near Russian borders.

Serbia says people smuggling operation brings 39 arrests

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:11am

Serbian police say they have arrested five suspected people smugglers and found 170 migrants as part of an international effort to curb the illegal transfer of migrants toward Western Europe.

German prosecutors drop case against Nazi war crimes suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:11am

German prosecutors say they are dropping their investigation of a former SS officer suspected of war crimes in Italy.

Arbitration panel to rule July 12 in South China Sea dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 9:30am

The Permanent Court of Arbitration said Wednesday it will deliver an eagerly awaited ruling on July 12 in a case filed by the Philippines contesting Beijing's sweeping claims to most of the South China Sea.

US gives Iraq $2.7B credit to buy military equipment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 9:30am

The United States has extended a $2.7-billion credit facility to Iraq for the purchase of military equipment amid the ongoing fight against the Islamic State group.