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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.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 3:41am

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.

UN chief seeks $8 billion for South Sudan refugee crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 3:40am

The United Nations secretary-general is making a plea for protection of refugees around the world, saying some richer countries haven't been as tolerant as some in Africa.

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.

Police warn funding cuts have stretched resources

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 3:10am

One of Britain's most senior police officers has warned that funding cuts have stretched resources and would prompt "real challenges" should the country experience a repeat of the 2011 riots that rocked London.

Philippines: Malaysian financier believed killed in siege

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 3:03am

A Malaysian militant who helped lead and finance the siege of a southern Philippine city is believed to have been killed as the local jihadis aligned with the Islamic State group become increasingly constricted after a month of fighting, the military chief said Friday.

Spain detains man linked to Danish group that financed IS

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 3:00am

Spain's Interior Ministry says police have arrested a man allegedly involved in a network of Danish companies that financed and recruited militants for the Islamic State group.

Taliban leader: Afghan war will end only when NATO leaves

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:56am

The leader of the Afghan Taliban said on Friday that a planned U.S. troop surge will not end the protracted war in the country and vowed to fight on until a full withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan.

North Korea denies torturing American detainee Otto Warmbier

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:53am

North Korea on Friday denied it cruelly treated or tortured an American student who was detained for more than year and died days after being released in a coma.

Austria: Fewer migrants returning home, despite cash offer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:50am

Austria's Interior Ministry says that 427 migrants have taken advantage of a 1,000-euro ($1,160) premium if they go back to their homeland since the initiative was put into place, but the overall number of voluntary returnees has fallen.

Russia fires missiles from Mediterranean at IS in Syria

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:42am

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.

Small civilian helicopter crashes in Greece, 2 dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:40am

Greek authorities say a small civilian helicopter has crashed north of Athens, killing two of the three people on board.

Ketumile Masire, former Botswana president, dies at age 91

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:05am

Authorities in Botswana say former president Ketumile Masire has died at the age of 91 after an illness.

North Korea denies it cruelly treated or tortured an American student who died days after North released him

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:26am

North Korea denies it cruelly treated or tortured an American student who died days after North released him.