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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 12:43pm

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is focusing on finding the votes he'll need to push the Republican plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law through the Senate. And White House spokesman Sean Spicer says the Kentucky Republican will succeed, because "no one knows the Senate better that Senator McConnell." Spicer is predicting passage of the legislation by August.

President: Colombia on verge of completing rebel disarmament

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 12:35pm

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says the nation is on the verge of completing an historic feat: All guerrillas in the country's largest rebel group will soon have turned in their weapons.

Al-Jazeera manager denounces Gulf demands for its shutdown

Adam Schreck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:58am

A top Al-Jazeera official on Friday denounced demands to shut down the network by countries involved in a dispute with its host nation Qatar as an attempt to suppress free expression.

The Latest: North Korea denies torturing American detainee

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:30am

The Latest on North Korea's denial that it tortured an American student who was detained for more than a year and died days after being released in a coma (all times local):

Cholera suspected as several ill at Kenya medical conference

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:20am

"Several" participants at a medical conference at a hotel in Nairobi have come down with a foodborne disease suspected to be cholera, the Kenya Medical Association said Friday.

5 people electrocuted in pool at water park in Turkey

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:20am

Five people were electrocuted Friday at a water park in northwest Turkey, including two teenagers and a 12-year-old, Turkish media reports said.

North Korea says it's 'biggest victim' in US student's death

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:06am

North Korea on Friday called itself the "biggest victim" in the death of an American student who was detained for more than a year and died days after being released in a coma.

Hungary: Lawmakers pass billboard law, opposition cries foul

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 10:56am

Lawmakers from Hungary's governing parties on Friday approved legislation on political advertising which opposition parties say will limit their billboard campaigns while increasing the government's publicity advantage.

40 people killed in bomb, gun attacks in 3 Pakistani cities

Riaz Khan and Abdul Sattar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 10:19am

At least 40 people were killed and nearly 100 wounded Friday in four separate bomb and gun attacks in three major Pakistani cities, officials said.

French minister nixes aid center for migrants in Calais

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 9:37am

France's interior minister said ruled out creating a help center for migrants in the increasingly tense port city of Calais, and said that the death of a truck driver blamed on migrants is also a humanitarian issue.

Philippines: IS funded siege through Malaysian militant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 9:37am

The Islamic State group helped fund the monthlong siege of a southern Philippine city through a Malaysian militant who was reportedly killed by troops, the Philippine military chief said Friday.

Ghana assures public of security of ex-Guantanamo detainees

Francis Kokutse, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 9:37am

Ghana's government on Friday sought to reassure the public that two former Guantanamo prisoners living in the West African nation remained under supervision, a day after a court ruled their arrival was unconstitutional without parliament's approval.

Dutch customs discover rhino horn in carvings headed to Laos

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 9:20am

Dutch customs officials say they have intercepted a crate containing 12 concealed pieces of rhinoceros horn that was being sent from South Africa to Laos.

Obama begins nostalgic vacation in Indonesia with his family

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 9:07am

Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his family arrived Friday on the resort island of Bali to begin a vacation in Indonesia, where he lived for several years as a child, officials said.

Polish human rights official under fire for Holocaust remark

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 8:56am

A leading Polish human rights official has come under fire for saying the "Polish nation" took part in the implementation of the Holocaust — a controversial statement in a country that never collaborated with Nazi Germany during World War II.

UK authorities charge Welsh man with murder in mosque attack

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 8:22am

British authorities charged an unemployed man from Wales with murder and attempted murder Friday in connection with the van attack on a crowd of Muslim worshippers near two north London mosques.

Gunmen kill 3 in suspected extremist attack in Kenya's north

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 8:14am

Three people were killed and three others wounded in a suspected Islamic extremist attack in Kenya's Mandera County, which borders Somalia, officials said Friday.

Tour bus hits top of Paris tunnel; 4 injured, 1 seriously

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:56am

Four people were injured, one seriously, when a double-decker tour bus that took a detour due to a major display of sporting events got stuck inside a tunnel under a Paris bridge Friday, police and the bus company said.

US soon to have permanent diplomatic presence in Somalia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:56am

The United States ambassador to Somalia says the U.S. once again will have a permanent diplomatic presence in the country after it opens offices in Mogadishu later this year.