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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 1:41pm

President Donald Trump says he "did not make" and doesn't have any recordings of his private conversations with James Comey, his fired FBI director. Trump tweets that he has "no idea" whether other "tapes" or recordings exist. Trump has disputed Comey's assertion that Trump asked Comey for a pledge of loyalty during a dinner meeting. When news of Comey's account broke, Trump tweeted that Comey "better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

German parliament votes to annul gay men's convictions

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 1:32pm

German lawmakers on Thursday approved a plan to annul the convictions of thousands of gay men under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was enforced enthusiastically in post-World War II West Germany.

Israel: Hezbollah uses NGO to conceal border posts

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 1:32pm

Israel has filed a complaint with the U.N. Security Council accusing the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah of setting up observation outposts along the border on land purportedly used by an environmental advocacy group.

US envoy urges global action on worsening Venezuela crisis

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 12:57pm

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Thursday urged the international community to take action to deal with the worsening crisis in Venezuela where she said "people are starving while their government tramples their democracy.

Indian convicted of spying seeks pardon from Pakistan

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 12:27pm

Pakistan's military said Thursday that an Indian naval officer who was sentenced to death by a military court on charges of espionage and sabotage had submitted a petition for mercy to the country's army chief, seeking a pardon.

World Court opinion sought on UK-Mauritius islands dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 12:18pm

The U.N. General Assembly has approved a resolution asking the International Court of Justice for an advisory opinion on a dispute between Mauritius and the United Kingdom over the Chagos Islands. Those include Diego Garcia, where the United States has a major military base.

European Union chief Donald Tusk says the EU will extend sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 12:05pm

European Union chief Donald Tusk says the EU will extend sanctions against Russia over Ukraine .

German lawmakers OK plan to put messages under surveillance

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 12:05pm

Germany's parliament has approved a plan to allow for the surveillance of suspects' communications on messaging services such as WhatsApp.

Venice's first female gondolier announces he's transgender

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 11:50am

A gondolier who made headlines a decade ago for being the first woman to enter the male-dominated cadre of Venice's canal rowers has announced he is transgender.

Congo rights group: Army kills 13 rebels after Beni attacks

Saleh Mwanamilongo and Al-Hadji Kudra Maliro, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 11:40am

Congo's army fought off attacks in and around the eastern city of Beni on Thursday, killing at least 13 assailants and capturing 15, a local human rights group said.

London fire: Tests show other high-rises have suspect panels

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 11:23am

Tests so far have found that at least seven high-rise apartment buildings in England have combustible external panels like the ones believed to have contributed to a fire that killed 79 people in London, Prime Minister Theresa May's office said Thursday.

South Sudan must end war, UN chief says on refugee visit

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 11:19am

South Sudan's leaders must end a civil war that has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions, the United Nations secretary-general said Thursday while visiting what has become the world's fastest-growing refugee crisis.

Scandal-hit South Africa leader says doing job 'very well'

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 11:05am

South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday sparred with opposition lawmakers in a parliamentary debate over presidential scandals and an economy in recession, laughing dismissively at criticism and declaring of his job performance: "I'm fit and I'm doing it very well."

Prosecutor: Paris attacker asked family to see him as martyr

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 10:49am

The Frenchman killed when he drove a car packed with arms and explosives into a Paris police convoy in a failed attack had pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State group and asked his family to remember him as a martyr, France's anti-terrorism prosecutor said Thursday.

7 dead in suicide blast at police station in Somalia capital

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 10:49am

At least seven people are dead and a dozen wounded after a suicide car bomb blast at a police station in Somalia's capital, police and an ambulance service said Thursday.

Turkey, Saudi Arabia to try to reduce tensions over Qatar

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 10:38am

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has agreed with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and the new crown prince to "increase efforts" to end tensions in the region related to the dispute with Qatar, Turkish officials said Thursday.

US reassures Turkey over arms provided to Syrian Kurds

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 10:38am

Turkish officials said Thursday that U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has written to his Turkish counterpart, reassuring him that arms provided to Syrian Kurdish fighters would be taken back once Islamic State militants are ousted from their main stronghold in Syria, the city of Raqqa.

High winds, rain disrupts travel in Germany; 1 man killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 10:27am

High winds and driving rain hit northern Germany on Thursday, killing one person, shutting down major train lines and grounding some planes.

Ghana: Decision on Guantanamo detainees 'unconstitutional'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 10:10am

Ghana's Supreme Court has declared "unconstitutional" the decision by former President John Mahama to allow two former Guantanamo Bay detainees entry into the West African country.