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Pakistan resort cable car lift plunges into ravine, kills 10

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 4:53am

A Pakistani rescue official says a cable car lift installed by local villagers to a popular mountain resort has snapped off and plunged into a ravine, killing at least 10 and injuring two otehrs.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 4:42am

The Middle East's biggest airline says its flights to the United States are operating as normal as new travel guidelines come into effect for travelers for six mainly Muslim nations. Dubai-based Emirates said in response to questions on the travel ban Thursday that it "remains guided by the US Customs and Border Protection on this matter." The carrier reminded passengers that they "must possess the appropriate travel documents, including a valid US entry visa, in order to travel."

As South Sudan's civil war rages, cholera takes deadly toll

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 4:30am

Clasping frail arms around his stomach, Machar Weituor doubles over in pain as he slowly positions himself over the hole in his bed. Too feeble to make it to the toilet, the 40-year-old groans faintly as he defecates into a bucket.

Cardinal takes leave from Vatican after sex assault charges

Nicole Winfield and Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 4:04am

Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis' top advisers, took a leave of absence as the Vatican's financial czar on Thursday to fight multiple criminal charges in his native Australia that allege he committed sexual assault years ago.

UK leader names chair of inquiry into London tower fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 4:04am

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed a retired judge to chair a public inquiry into the devastating west London fire that killed at least 80 people.

China pledges continued assistance to Philippines

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 4:04am

China's foreign minister told his Philippine counterpart Thursday that Beijing is ready to provide more aid to the Southeast Asian country, as ties between the former antagonists continue to improve.

Russia wages war of words with Britain over navy pride

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 4:04am

Moscow angrily lashed out Thursday at a dismissive comment about a Russian aircraft carrier made by Britain's defense secretary, arguing that its aging ship is better than the new British carrier.

Rival sides dive deep on security in Cyprus peace talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 3:54am

The rival sides in talks to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus are delving deeper into how new security arrangements will work after a peace deal is agreed.

Pakistani Shiites press on with sit-in against twin bombings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 3:54am

Thousands of Pakistani Shiites are pressing on with their sit-in, now in its sixth consecutive day, in a northwestern tribal region where twin bombings at a market killed 75 people last week.

Amid crisis with Arab states, Qatar minister to visit Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 3:44am

Turkey's state television says Qatar's defense minister will arrive in Turkey for talks amid the Gulf Arab states' feud with their tiny neighbor.

Iraqi commander says his forces have taken Mosul's landmark al-Nuri Mosque compound, blown up last week by IS

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 3:30am

Iraqi commander says his forces have taken Mosul's landmark al-Nuri Mosque compound, blown up last week by IS.

Vietnam asks for prison time for prominent blogger

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 3:22am

Prosecutors asked for a prison sentence Thursday for a prominent Vietnamese blogger accused of distorting government policies and defaming the Communist regime on her Facebook posts, her lawyer said Thursday.

Merkel before G20: Paris accord irreversible, not negotiable

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 2:26am

Europe is "more determined than ever" to make the Paris climate accord a success, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday, and insisted that the deal is not negotiable while predicting difficult talks on the issue at next week's Group of 20 summit.

Israel's ex-PM Ehud Olmert granted early release from prison

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 2:26am

The parole board of Israel's Prison Service on Thursday granted former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert early release from his 27-month corruption sentence, in perhaps the final chapter of a stunning fall from grace that forced him from office amid the last serious round of peace talks with the Palestinians.

NATO agrees to send more troop trainers to Afghanistan

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 1:55am

Two years after winding down its military operation in Afghanistan, NATO has agreed to send more troops to the war-ravaged country to help train and work alongside the Afghan security forces.

German prison to be evacuated after WWII bomb found nearby

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 1:55am

A prison in the southern German city of Regensburg needs to be evacuated after an unexploded World War II-era bomb was found during construction work nearby.

China defends prison care of ailing Nobel Peace laureate Liu

Didi Tang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 1:40am

In the midst of a growing outcry, China appears to be responding to criticism that prison authorities failed to provide sufficient care to ailing Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, saying that he received regular health checks but nothing abnormal was detected until May.

Germany's Merkel: talks on climate at G-20 summit won't be easy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 1:34am

Germany's Merkel: talks on climate at G-20 summit won't be easy.

China's Xi in Hong Kong for anniversary as protests planned

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 1:29am

Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in Hong Kong Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of Beijing taking control of the former British colony, accompanied by a formidable layer of security as authorities showed little patience for pro-democracy protests.