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Khmer Rouge leaders deliver closing defense at trial

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 4:43am

As his trial for genocide ended, the former head of state of Cambodia's 1970s Khmer Rouge regime on Friday rejected the charges against him, saying the allegation was concocted by the country's traditional enemy, neighboring Vietnam.

Ketumile Masire, former Botswana president, dies at age 91

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 4:43am

Botswana on Friday announced three days of mourning after the death of 91-year-old Ketumile Masire, a former president who led the country for nearly two decades.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 4:43am

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has unwrapped his plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law. His next challenge is persuading enough Republicans to back the measure and avert a defeat that would be shattering for President Donald Trump and the GOP. McConnell drafted the measure after weeks of closed-door meetings that saw party leaders seek compromise between conservative senators and centrists.

S. Korean leader observes missile test amid North's threats

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 4:34am

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday observed the test-firing of a new midrange missile being developed to counter North Korean threats, saying Seoul must be able to militarily "dominate" the North for future engagement to work.

The Latest: Police consider manslaughter charges over fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 4:30am

The Latest on the Grenfell Tower fire (all times local):

UN rights body votes to send experts to deadly Congo region

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 4:30am

The U.N.'s main human rights body has voted to send international experts to look into abuses and killings in central Congo, where thousands of deaths and mutilations have been reported in recent months.

Serbia ruling party gathers support for proposed gay PM

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 4:20am

Serbia's first gay and female prime minister is set to take office in staunchly conservative Serbia next week after ruling populists gathered majority support for her in Parliament.

London Police: every 'complete' body has been removed from site of Grenfell Tower blaze thought to have killed 79

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 4:20am

London Police: every 'complete' body has been removed from site of Grenfell Tower blaze thought to have killed 79.

Philippines: IS funded siege through Malaysian militant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 4:12am

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.

North Korea denies torturing American detainee Otto Warmbier

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 4:12am

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.

London police say manslaughter is among the offenses being considered in Grenfell Tower investigation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 4:10am

London police say manslaughter is among the offenses being considered in Grenfell Tower investigation.

Norway to Brazil: Curb deforestation or we stop the money

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 4:04am

Norway's prime minister on Friday warned Brazil's president to curb deforestation or Norway will reduce its financial contribution this year.

London police say Grenfell Tower fire that killed at least 79 started in fridge freezer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 3:50am

London police say Grenfell Tower fire that killed at least 79 started in fridge freezer.

London Police say insulation and tiles on Grenfell Tower failed fire safety tests

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 3:50am

London Police say insulation and tiles on Grenfell Tower failed fire safety tests.

Albania heads to polls, vows end to confrontational politics

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 3:41am

Albania holds parliamentary elections Sunday after the country's two largest political parties set aside decades of bitter rivalry and reached a landmark agreement aimed at furthering efforts to eventually join the European Union.

Iran holds annual anti-Israel rallies, displays missiles

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 3:31am

Iran staged anti-Israel rallies across the country on Friday, with protesters condemning Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories and chanting "Death to Israel" as the powerful Revolutionary Guard displayed its ballistic missiles, including the type used this week in Syria.

East Timor arrests 2 foreigners who fled from Bali prison

Raimundos Oki, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 3:23am

Authorities in East Timor arrested two foreign inmates who escaped from a prison in neighboring Indonesia's resort island of Bali and plan to return them, police said.

North Korea calls itself the 'biggest victim' in death of American student it detained

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 3:20am

North Korea calls itself the 'biggest victim' in death of American student it detained.

Ghana assures public of security of ex-Guantanamo detainees

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 3:20am

Ghana's government is seeking to reassure the public that two former Guantanamo prisoners living in the West African nation remain under security agencies' supervision, a day after a court ruled their arrival was unconstitutional without parliament's approval.