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Chile police declassify World War II-era files on Nazi plots

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 2:35pm

The Chilean equivalent of the FBI has declassified World War II-era files that show Nazi agents in the South American country's main port of Valparaiso plotted to destroy the Panama Canal.

US, Cuba still cooperating on stopping drug smugglers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 2:35pm

A top Cuban anti-drug official says the U.S. and Cuba are still cooperating to intercept drug smugglers even through the Trump administration has halted high-level meetings on stopping the flow of narcotics through the Caribbean.

Burkina Faso to invest $700 million to fight extremism

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 2:25pm

Burkina Faso's government has announced it will invest more than $700 million over four years to eradicate poverty in the Sahel and northern region of the West African country to prevent youth from joining jihadi groups.

Report: Israel gearing up to build in east Jerusalem

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 1:55pm

An Israeli newspaper says the government is preparing to authorize construction of 7,000 new homes in Jewish areas of east Jerusalem — a move that could complicate the efforts of U.S. envoy Jared Kushner to restart peace talks.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. EDT

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

Former President Barack Obama says the Senate's GOP-written health care bill will cause millions of families to lose health care coverage. The former president issued a statement on his Facebook page as Senate Republicans unveiled a plan to dismantle Obama's signature presidential achievement. Obama called Senate Republicans' health care bill a "massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America."

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.

The Latest: Lavrov criticizes US in call with Tillerson

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 11:54am

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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.