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Colombian rebels release kidnapped Dutch journalists

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 2:04am

The Netherlands' foreign ministry says that two Dutch journalists who were kidnapped earlier this week by leftist rebels in Colombia have been released unharmed.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 1:42am

Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller says he opposes the GOP bill scuttling much of the Obama health care law, complicating the effort by party leaders to guide the measure through the Senate. Heller faces a difficult re-election fight next year. He says he would vote against the bill in its current form but is not ruling out supporting a revamped, final version of it.

Dutch foreign ministry says that two journalists who were kidnapped by leftist rebels in Colombia have been released

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 1:30am

Dutch foreign ministry says that two journalists who were kidnapped by leftist rebels in Colombia have been released.

Suicide bomber blows himself up as Saudis foil Mecca plot

Abdullah Al-Shihri and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 1:20am

A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque in Mecca as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as the fasting month of Ramadan ends, Saudi security forces said Saturday.

The Latest: Iran condemns plot targeting Mecca

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 1:10am

The Latest on a foiled plot targeting the Grand Mosque in the holy Muslim city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia (all times local):

Over 100 people feared buried by southwest China landslide

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 12:13am

More than 100 people are feared buried by a landslide that unleashed huge rocks and a mass of earth that crashed into their homes in southwestern China early Saturday, a county government said.

Death toll in Pakistan attacks climbs to 56

Riaz Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 12:13am

The death toll from twin blasts in the northwestern town of Parachinar climbed to 45 overnight, bringing the overall death toll from three separate attacks in Pakistan on Friday to 61, with several others in critical condition, officials said.

Suicide bomber blows himself up as Saudis foil Mecca plot

Abdullah Al-Shihri and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:02pm

A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque at Mecca as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as the fasting month of Ramadan ends, Saudi security forces said Saturday.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 9:41pm

Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller says he opposes the GOP bill scuttling much of the Obama health care law, complicating the effort by party leaders to guide the measure through the Senate. Heller faces a difficult re-election fight next year. He says he would vote against the bill in its current form but is not ruling out supporting a revamped, final version of it.

40 people killed in bomb, gun attacks in 3 Pakistani cities

Riaz Khan and Abdul Sattar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 4:53pm

At least 40 people were killed and nearly 100 wounded Friday in four separate bomb and gun attacks in three major Pakistani cities, officials said.

Albania heads to polls, vows end to confrontational politics

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 4:17pm

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.

UN rights body votes to send experts to deadly Congo region

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 4:17pm

The United Nations' 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.

Anguish as trapped workers call for help in Peru fire

Franklin Briceno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 3:53pm

As the flames engulfed the room where Luis Huaman was trapped inside a warehouse in Peru's capital, he made a call to his mother in a desperate plea for help.

Chile's Bachelet asks forgiveness from indigenous Mapuche

Eva Vergara, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 3:40pm

President Michelle Bachelet on Friday asked for forgiveness from Chile's largest indigenous group for what she said were "errors and horrors" committed by the Chilean state over the years.

British Prime Minister Theresa May says in a tweet that her thoughts are with residents being evacuated for fire safety

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:47pm

British Prime Minister Theresa May says in a tweet that her thoughts are with residents being evacuated for fire safety.

London council says it has temporarily evacuated five tower blocks on the Chalcots Estate due to fire concerns

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:10pm

London council says it has temporarily evacuated five tower blocks on the Chalcots Estate due to fire concerns.

London Borough of Camden to evacuate 800 homes in tower blocks because of safety concerns following devastating fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:04pm

London Borough of Camden to evacuate 800 homes in tower blocks because of safety concerns following devastating fire .

British woman seriously injured in Paris tour bus accident

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:44pm

A British woman was seriously injured when a double-decker tour bus that took a detour due to a major display of sporting events got stuck inside a tunnel under a Paris bridge Friday, firefighters, police and the bus company said.

Russia fires missiles from Mediterranean at IS in Syria

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:16pm

Russia has fired cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea on positions of the Islamic State group in Syria, the Defense Ministry said on Friday, Moscow's latest show of strength in the conflict wracking the Mideast country.