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After Obama decision, first US airstrikes hit Afghan Taliban

Amir Shah and Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 2:51pm

The U.S. military has launched its first airstrikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan since President Barack Obama's decision earlier this month to expand America's involvement against the insurgents, U.S. officials said Friday.

North Korea: We won't abandon nukes with US gun to our head

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 1:50pm

The top North Korean official for U.S. relations told The Associated Press on Friday that his country is now a nuclear threat to be reckoned with, and Washington can expect more nuclear tests and missile launches like the ones earlier this week as long as it attempts to force his government's collapse through a policy of pressure and punishment.

Cheers, jeers and fears as Britain votes to exit EU

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 1:40pm

On its face Britain looked the same on Friday: The White Cliffs of Dover gleamed, the clamor of construction rumbled across London and bathers in the Hampstead Heath park took a dip in a murky pond while the rare sun lasted.

IS captures 900 Kurdish civilians in north Syria in 3 weeks

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 12:50pm

Islamic State militants abducted about 900 Kurdish civilians in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo over the past three weeks, forcing the captives to build fortifications for the extremists in retaliation for a Kurdish-led assault on a nearby IS stronghold, activists said Friday.

Hezbollah vows to send more fighters to Syria's Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 12:40pm

Hezbollah's leader said on Friday that the Lebanese militant group will be sending more fighters to Syria's Aleppo province, where pro-government forces are battling Syrian rebels on several fronts.

Afghan official: Islamic State kills 8, including civilians

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 11:41am

An Afghan official says Islamic State militants in the country's east have killed eight people, including two women and two children.

'Move to Gibraltar' among British Google searches after vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 11:20am

The United Kingdom's historic vote to exit the European Union is dominating the conversation online as well as global headlines.

UN experts urge Iran to release jailed musicians, filmmaker

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 10:00am

U.N. human rights experts are urging Iran to promptly release three men imprisoned on charges that include "insulting Islamic sanctities" and spreading anti-state propaganda by producing and distributing underground music.

A-bomb survivor hugged by Obama trusts promise will be kept

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 9:50am

A Japanese survivor of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima who was hugged by President Barack Obama during a recent visit to the city said Friday he still trusts the president's promise to work toward a nuclear-free world.

Correction: Cameroon-Criminalizing Adultery story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 9:40am

In a story June 23 about Cameroon's adultery law, The Associated Press reported erroneously that until now, adultery in Cameroon has been a criminal act for women only. In fact has been a criminal act for men as well but under different terms.

US embassy in Mexico warns about travel to Oaxaca state

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 8:50am

The United States embassy in Mexico has warned its citizens about travel to Oaxaca, a southern state convulsed by protests in recent weeks.

Freed hostage: Militants rejoiced as Canadians were beheaded

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 8:21am

Abu Sayyaf extremists rejoiced as they watched two Canadians being beheaded in the jungles of the southern Philippines, said a still-shocked Filipino hostage who was freed Friday.

Uganda plans to withdraw troops from Somalia by end of 2017

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 8:11am

Uganda's military chief said Friday the country plans to withdraw its more than 6,000 troops from the African Union force in Somalia by December 2017. The Ugandans are the largest troop contingent in the AU force trying to protect the Somali government from the extremist group al-Shabab.

Cambodian leader fined for not wearing motorcycle helmet

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 8:11am

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, known as a tough and canny politician during his more than three decades in power, is pitching himself as a repentant driving scofflaw.

German rescue crews find 2 bodies in the Alps

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 8:00am

German authorities say rescue crews working to recover the body of a mountain climber in the Bavarian Alps stumbled upon a second, partially skeletal, corpse in the treacherous terrain.

Israeli forces kill Palestinian female attacker in West Bank

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 7:40am

Israel's army says troops have shot and killed a Palestinian woman after she purposely rammed her vehicle into an Israeli car, injuring two people in the West Bank.

German authorities: Cinema gunman carried dummy weapons

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 7:20am

German authorities say a masked man who was shot dead after taking hostages in movie theater was armed only with a harmless replica rifle, a pistol and dummy grenades.

Ethiopia to discard 69 million condoms deemed defective

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 6:51am

Ethiopian health officials say they will discard 69 million defective condoms because they failed the elasticity test.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 6:40am

Syrian opposition activists say IS group has abducted 900 Kurdish civilians in northern Syria over the past 3 weeks.