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Kissinger: Chaos in the west could give boost to Russia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 11:18am

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has warned of Russia's simmering alienation from its western neighbors but says he believed that President Vladimir Putin will ultimately work toward cooperative relationships with countries on its borders.

British leader seeks fire inquiry; German building evacuated

Sylvia Hui and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 11:06am

Britain's prime minister said Tuesday there must be a "major national investigation" of potentially flammable cladding on high-rise towers, while a German city evacuated an 11-story building because of safety concerns prompted by the fatal fire in London.

Road bomb in Kenya's Lamu County kills 8, including 4 kids

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 10:46am

A roadside bomb in Kenya's southern coastal area killed four policemen and four children Tuesday, a senior Kenyan police official said.

Colombia takes big step to peace as rebels lay down guns

Christine Armario, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 10:46am

Guerrillas from Colombia's largest rebel army no longer carry their guns along the road miles from the nearest city, a byway with mud so deep that even earth-moving equipment is paralyzed when it rains.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 10:45am

The second-largest drugmaker in the United States is confirming it's been affected by a cyberattack. In a message sent using its verified Twitter account, Merck confirmed Tuesday that its computer network was "compromised" as part of a global attack. Officials said the Kenilworth, New Jersey-based company was investigating the incident but provided no further details.

The Latest: Syria rebels say new chemical attack possible

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 10:40am

The Latest on the White House saying it has "potential" evidence that Syria's government is preparing another chemical weapons attack (all times local):

IS counterattacks in retaken parts of Mosul stall Iraq push

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 10:34am

Counterattacks by Islamic State militants on the western edge of Mosul have stalled Iraqi forces' push in the Old City, the last IS stronghold in the battle, an Iraqi officer said Tuesday.

German city evacuates apartment block over insulation worry

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 10:34am

A western German city decided Tuesday to evacuate an 11-story apartment block because of concerns over exterior insulation similar to that of London's Grenfell Tower.

France's new lawmakers open first parliament session

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 10:14am

France's newly elected lawmakers, most of them from President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party, took part in their first parliamentary session Tuesday.

Russia: Jury out to deliberate slaying of opposition leader

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 10:14am

A jury on Tuesday began deliberating its verdict in the case of five men accused of being involved in the murder of a Russian opposition leader who was a top opponent of President Vladimir Putin before he was shot outside the Kremlin.

UN chief: Seize the chance for Cyprus peace deal at summit

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 9:45am

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged Cyprus' rival leaders as well as Turkey, Greece and Britain to rise to the occasion at a peace summit and seize the chance for a breakthrough deal reunifying the ethnically divided island.

German city of Wuppertal to evacuate 11-story building because of exterior insulation similar to London's Grenfell Tower

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 9:35am

German city of Wuppertal to evacuate 11-story building because of exterior insulation similar to London's Grenfell Tower.

Kremlin dismisses US warning of chemical attack in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 9:30am

The Kremlin on Tuesday dismissed the White House's warning that the Syrian government is preparing a new chemical attack and that President Bashar Assad and his military "will pay a heavy price" if it goes ahead, while the Syrian leader visited the Russian military base in Syria and met with Russia's chief military officer.

Scottish leader puts second independence referendum on hold

Sylvia Hui, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 9:18am

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon told lawmakers Tuesday she was postponing plans to seek a second independence referendum, saying she would revisit the issue when the terms of Britain's departure from the European Union become clearer.

The Latest: UN: 8,900 Mediterranean rescues since Saturday

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 9:18am

The Latest on Europe's response to the large numbers of migrants and refugees trying to reach the continent (all times local):

Dutch government partially liable in 300 Srebrenica deaths

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 9:13am

A Dutch appeals court ruled Tuesday that the government was partially liable in the deaths of more than 300 Muslim men killed by Bosnian Serb forces in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

South Africa re-opens apartheid-era case of activist's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 8:53am

A South African court has re-opened an inquiry into the 1971 death of an anti-apartheid activist whose family believes he was tortured and killed by police and did not commit suicide by jumping from a 10th-floor window as authorities said at the time.

Egypt army: 12 vehicles destroyed crossing from Libya

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 8:50am

Egypt's military says its air force destroyed 12 vehicles loaded with weapons, ammunitions and explosives, after receiving intelligence that "criminal elements" were attempting to cross the western border with Libya.

Thai court reverses verdict against alleged 'Popcorn Gunman'

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 8:35am

An appeals court in Thailand on Tuesday overturned the guilty verdict of a man convicted of shooting four people, one fatally, by opening fire with an assault rifle concealed in a sack during a political confrontation in February 2014.