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Airstrike kill at least 15 in eastern Syria

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 11:25am

At least 15 people were killed in an airstrike in eastern Syria on Wednesday, activists said, in the second attack in three days reported to kill civilians in the Islamic State-held Euphrates River valley.

Mattis says Syria's government taking US threat seriously

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 11:16am

Syria's government is taking seriously the U.S. warning against launching another chemical weapons attack, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday.

Italy seeks more EU help with wave of migrant arrivals

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 11:08am

Italy made a formal request for more support from the European Union on Wednesday as it copes with an increase in migrant rescues, including a reported proposal to limit the types of ships that can offload migrants in Italian ports.

Police raise likely death toll in London high-rise blaze

Gregory Katz and Caroline Spiezio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 10:47am

The number of people killed or presumed dead in the London high-rise fire has inched up to 80, but the final death toll may not be known for months, British police said at a grim briefing Wednesday.

Police detain 6 IS suspects in Spain, Britain and Germany

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 10:47am

Police on Wednesday arrested six suspected members of the Islamic State group, four in Spain and one each in Britain and Germany, Spain's Interior Ministry said.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 12:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 10:47am

Count Maine's Republican Gov. Paul LePage among those opposing the Senate health care bill. LePage was asked if he, like Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins, backs the legislation and he said no, complaining that the bill doesn't go far enough to fix current law.

The Latest: Venezuela complains US, EU ignoring attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 10:47am

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Right-wing basks, leftists regroup after local vote in Italy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 10:26am

Italy's ruling center-left Democratic Party is picking up the pieces after a weekend drubbing in local elections while former Premier Silvio Berlusconi is basking in his latest political rebound and an alliance with an anti-immigrant right-wing party.

Targeted Shiites take their protest to Pakistani capital

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 10:16am

Battered by bombings that have killed scores of people, Pakistan's Shiite Muslims on Wednesday took their protests to the Pakistani capital. Meanwhile in the majority Shiite Kurram tribal region, thousands of residents have been staging daily sit-ins.

The Latest: UN rights chief concerned about Raqqa civilians

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 10:06am

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The Latest: 6-month-old baby among London fire dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:38am

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Philippine leader tells troops not to fear civilian deaths

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:27am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte assured troops on Wednesday that he would protect them from any legal action if they accidently kill civilians while battling militants who have besieged a southern city.

Hamas to create buffer zone with Egypt to improve ties

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:27am

Hamas has begun work on a buffer zone along Gaza's border with Egypt, the Islamic militant group said Wednesday, as part of an effort to assure Cairo that it's serious about preventing the cross-border flow of weapons and militants.

Security tops agenda as Cyprus peace talks resume

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:12am

Rival sides in Cyprus' decades-old dispute have exchanged some "creative ideas" on bridging differences over future security arrangements that could help reunify the east Mediterranean island, United Nations officials said Wednesday.

New leftist govt named in Romania, many ministers keep posts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:10am

The chairman of Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party has named a new leftist government, yet many ministers are keeping their jobs despite being criticized for alleged underperformance.

Obama and family move from Bali to Java on Indonesia holiday

Slamet Riyadi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:56am

Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his family wrapped up a five-day vacation on Indonesia's resort island of Bali and headed to the historic city of Yogyakarta on Wednesday during a nostalgic trip to the country where Obama lived for several years as a child.

Millions in Nepal vote in second phase of local elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:45am

Millions of people in Nepal voted Wednesday in the second phase of elections to choose municipal and village councils despite threats from ethnic groups that oppose the polls.

France to allow assisted reproduction for lesbian couples

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:45am

The French government says it will follow the advice of an ethics panel in favor of allowing single women and lesbian couples to have children through assisted reproduction.

Kenya 1st in Africa to use generic of current AIDS drug

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:27am

Kenya is the first country in Africa to introduce a generic version of the current drug of choice for people living with HIV, officials said Wednesday.