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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.