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Syrian US-backed forces seize last route into Raqqa

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 11:09am

U.S.-backed fighters have seized the last road into Raqqa and are moving eastward along the river south of the city, almost completing the siege on the militants' de-facto capital, U.S. officials and a Syria war monitor said Thursday.

5 found guilty in Russian opposition leader's murder

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 11:06am

A Moscow jury convicted five men on Thursday in the assassination of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on a bridge near the Kremlin two years ago, ending a nine-month trial that his supporters said had failed to bring the true masterminds of slaying to justice.

UK lawmakers pass weakened government's agenda after ministers' last-minute abortion-funding concession.

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 10:50am

UK lawmakers pass weakened government's agenda after ministers' last-minute abortion-funding concession. .

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 10:47am

Top Republicans have agreed to add $45 billion for battling opioids abuse to their struggling health care bill. But the measure's fate remains uncertain as GOP leaders confront an expanding chorus of GOP detractors. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping the added money will help win over moderate GOP senators like Rob Portman of Ohio and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia. Their states are among those battered by rising death tolls from illegal drug use.

Trump set to meet NATO leaders again next summer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 10:47am

NATO's chief says U.S. President Donald Trump and the leaders of other nations in the world's biggest military alliance will meet in Brussels next summer.

Migrant pressures grow; Italy presses EU nations to do more

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 10:36am

Italy's leader pressed his European Union allies Thursday to take in more migrants, saying the relentless arrival of tens of thousands on Italy's shores is putting his country under enormous strain. He spoke after 10,000 migrants were pulled to safety from the Mediterranean Sea in the last few days alone and were heading to Italy.

Macedonian prosecutor files new charges in wiretap scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 10:36am

A Macedonian prosecutor said Thursday that her office has filed new charges in connection with a 2-year-old wiretap scandal that triggered a major political crisis.

UN condemns fighting in buffer zone between Syria and Israel

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 10:26am

The U.N. Security Council on Thursday strongly condemned fighting in the buffer zone between Syria and Israel and urged the Syrian government and opposition groups to withdraw from the area which is patrolled by U.N. peacekeepers.

Rights groups accuse French bank of role in Rwanda genocide

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 10:26am

Three rights groups have filed a lawsuit accusing France's biggest bank of complicity in Rwanda's 1994 genocide, for allegedly helping Rwandan authorities purchase weapons despite a U.N. arms embargo.

N. Ireland talks to continue after deadline passes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 10:03am

Last-minute talks between Northern Ireland's main political parties on Thursday failed to produce a compromise on restoring their power-sharing administration but Britain is giving the rivals more time to talk before deciding whether to restore direct rule.

Cambodian court releases 5 human rights workers on bail

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 9:44am

A judge in Cambodia on Thursday ordered the release on bail of five human rights workers who had been detained without trial for more than 13 months in a case connected to alleged wrongdoing by an opposition political leader. In a separate case, an appeals court upheld a seven-year prison sentence given to an opposition senator for comments on his Facebook page criticizing a 1979 border agreement with neighboring Vietnam.

Germany denies permission for Erdogan rally on G-20 visit

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 9:44am

Germany will deny permission for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to address Turks at a rally when he visits for the upcoming Group of 20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany's foreign minister said Thursday.

Arbitration panel grants Slovenia access to high seas

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 9:33am

An international arbitration panel on Thursday granted Slovenia unhindered access to the high seas for the first time since the breakup of the former Yugoslavia as part of a ruling aimed at settling a long-running territorial dispute between Slovenia and Balkan neighbor Croatia.

Body possibly of German hiker found on Indonesian volcano

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 9:24am

A group of hikers is likely to have found the body of a German who went missing last week while climbing a dormant volcano in Indonesia, a rescue official said Thursday.

Retired judge to lead inquiry into deadly London tower fire

Danica Kirka and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 9:18am

British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a retired judge on Thursday to chair a public inquiry into the devastating west London fire that killed at least 80 people, as more high-rise buildings across the country failed fire-safety tests.

Romania: man suspected of links to Paris attackers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 9:16am

Prosecutors detained a Romanian man Thursday on suspicion he was linked to a group involved in the November 2015 Paris attacks.

Europeans line up behind Paris accord, free trade before G20

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 9:08am

European leaders said Thursday they are ready to defend the Paris climate accord and free trade when they face President Donald Trump at the Group of 20 summit. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe was "more determined than ever" to see the climate deal succeed.

Swedish, Dutch FMs worried about cholera in Yemen

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 9:08am

The foreign ministers of Sweden and the Netherlands have expressed their "shock" at the latest reports of suspected cholera cases in Yemen that has exceeded 200,000 people with an estimated 5,000 new cases daily.

Cardinal takes leave from Vatican after sex assault charges

Nicole Winfield and Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 9:03am

Cardinal George Pell, a top adviser to Pope Francis, took a leave of absence as the Vatican's financial chief Thursday to fight criminal charges in his native Australia that alleged he committed sexual assault years ago.