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UK fire safety crisis expands; Hundreds evacuated in London

Sylvia Hui and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 11:14am

Britain's fire-safety crisis expanded substantially Saturday as authorities revealed that 27 high-rise apartment blocks across the country have cladding that failed fire safety tests. London officials scrambled to evacuate four public housing towers after experts found them "not safe for people to sleep in overnight."

Iran detains Islamic State linked group

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 10:51am

Iran's Intelligence Ministry is saying that its forces have detained members of a group linked to the Islamic State group it says intended to carry out terrorist acts in holy cities across the country.

Indian PM Modi visits Portugal on trip to meet with Trump

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 10:50am

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has started a foreign tour that will include his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Israel strikes Syrian positions after fire toward it

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 10:43am

Israeli aircraft struck various positions in Syria Saturday, destroying two tanks, in response to more than 10 projectiles that landed in its territory, the military said.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 12:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 10:43am

Dean Heller of Nevada has become the fifth Republican senator to declare his opposition to the current GOP health overhaul plan that's intended to scuttle much of President Barack Obama's health law. There are now five Republican senators opposing the legislation, though they remain open to possible changes in the bill. But five is enough to sink the measure and deliver a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump _ unless some of them can be brought aboard.

Jordan to cancel 'marry the victim' clause shielding rapists

Alice Su, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 10:20am

A pregnant 15-year-old who had been raped by a brother-in-law decided to marry her attacker, hoping this would shield her from other male relatives who might kill her in the name of "family honor."

The Latest: Death toll from Pakistan attacks climbs to 85

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 10:16am

The Latest on the attacks in Pakistan, which killed more than 80 people (all times local):

Death toll from Pakistan attacks climbs to 85

Riaz Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 9:53am

The death toll from twin blasts in the northwestern town of Parachinar climbed to 67 Saturday, bringing the overall death toll from three separate attacks in Pakistan to 85, with several others in critical condition, officials said.

Philippine troops declare 8-hour cease-fire in besieged city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 9:35am

The Philippine military on Saturday declared an eight-hour halt to its air and ground offensive against Islamic militants aligned with the Islamic State group in southern Marawi city to allow residents, most of them displaced by the fighting, to celebrate the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Berlin gives celebrity welcome to 2 giant pandas from China

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 9:35am

Two giant pandas — Meng Meng and Jiao Qing — received a celebrity welcome Saturday in Berlin from the German capital's mayor and the Chinese ambassador after they safely weathered a long flight from China.

2 Dutch journalists freed unharmed by Colombian rebels

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 9:25am

Two Dutch journalists have been freed unharmed after being held captive for almost a week by leftist rebels in Colombia.

Yemen to probe alleged interrogation abuses by UAE, US

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 9:15am

Yemen's internationally-recognized government on Saturday ordered the creation of a committee to investigate allegations of human rights violations, following reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates who are accused of torturing detainees in Yemen.

UAE: Arab states don't seek 'regime change' in Qatar

Adam Schreck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 8:42am

A top United Arab Emirates official said Saturday the Arab countries isolating Qatar do not seek to force out the country's leadership over allegations it supports extremist ideology but are willing to cut ties altogether if it does not agree to their demands.

Angola expels 8,000 Congolese fleeing violence, UN says

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 8:33am

Angola has expelled more than 8,000 Congolese who entered the southern African country while fleeing deadly violence at home, the United Nations says in a new report.

The Latest: UK PM pledges help for hundreds of evacuated

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 8:20am

The Latest on response to deadly tower-block fire in London (all times local):

Gay marriage to be on new Malta government's agenda

Stephen Calleja, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 8:03am

Malta's new government is pledging to push quickly for the legalization of gay marriage, the tiny EU nation's head of state said on Saturday.

Spain rescues 224 migrants from 5 boats in Mediterranean

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 7:44am

Spain's maritime rescue service says it has rescued 224 migrants from five different boats trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea.

Dozens of Serbia gays say election of gay PM to be historic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 7:36am

Several dozen Serbian gays, lesbians and transgender people marched on Saturday in Belgrade, hailing the expected election of a first openly gay prime minister as historic for the Balkan country.

Swiss journalist dies of Mosul mine blast injuries

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 7:23am

A Swiss journalist has died of injuries suffered from a mine blast in Iraq earlier this week while covering a military operation to root out Islamic State extremists from Mosul.