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Turkey, Saudi Arabia to try to reduce tensions over Qatar

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 10:38am

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has agreed with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and the new crown prince to "increase efforts" to end tensions in the region related to the dispute with Qatar, Turkish officials said Thursday.

US reassures Turkey over arms provided to Syrian Kurds

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 10:38am

Turkish officials said Thursday that U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has written to his Turkish counterpart, reassuring him that arms provided to Syrian Kurdish fighters would be taken back once Islamic State militants are ousted from their main stronghold in Syria, the city of Raqqa.

London fire: Cladding in other buildings 'combustible'

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 10:38am

Tests so far have found that at least seven high-rise apartment buildings in England have combustible external panels like the ones believed to have contributed to a fire that killed 79 people in London, Prime Minister Theresa May's office said Thursday.

High winds, rain disrupts travel in Germany; 1 man killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 10:27am

High winds and driving rain hit northern Germany on Thursday, killing one person, shutting down major train lines and grounding some planes.

Ghana: Decision on Guantanamo detainees 'unconstitutional'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 10:10am

Ghana's Supreme Court has declared "unconstitutional" the decision by former President John Mahama to allow two former Guantanamo Bay detainees entry into the West African country.

UN urges Egypt to halt execution of 6 men in 'flawed' trials

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 10:08am

U.N. human rights experts urged Egypt on Thursday to halt the execution of six men, sentenced to death over killing a policeman, saying that their trials were "flawed" and "did not meet international standards of fairness."

Indian convicted of spying seeks pardon from Pakistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 9:58am

Pakistan's military says an Indian naval officer who was sentenced to death by a military court on charges of espionage and sabotage has submitted a petition for mercy to the country's army chief, seeking a pardon.

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake recorded off Guatemalan coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 9:48am

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit off Guatemala's Pacific coast on Thursday, shaking much of the country and neighboring El Salvador. Local officials said there were initial reports of only minor damage.

German lawmakers vote to deny far-right party state funding

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 9:48am

Germany's parliament voted Thursday to cut off public funding for parties with anti-constitutional aims, a move aimed at a far-right party that authorities tried unsuccessfully to ban.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 9:48am

Senate Republicans have released their long-awaited bill dismantling much of Barack Obama's health care law. The measure would cut Medicaid and erase tax boosts the former president imposed on high-earners and medical companies to finance his expansion of coverage to millions of Americans. The bill would also provide tax credits to help people buy insurance.

Prime Minister Theresa May's office says combustible cladding has now been found on seven high rise blocks in England

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 9:48am

Prime Minister Theresa May's office says combustible cladding has now been found on seven high rise blocks in England.

Leaders of European Union leaders agree to greater defense cooperation amid terrorism, other threats

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 9:48am

Leaders of European Union leaders agree to greater defense cooperation amid terrorism, other threats.

European Union leaders agree to fight harder against online extremism, Europeans joining jihadists

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 9:48am

European Union leaders agree to fight harder against online extremism, Europeans joining jihadists.

AP PHOTOS: Peruvian woman provides home for 70 stray dogs

Franklin Briceno and Martin Mejia, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 9:39am

Sara Moran never thought her home in a poor part of Peru's capital would become a makeshift shelter for 70 strays when she first rescued a dog after it was run over by a car in 2007.

France probes death reportedly from exploding cream canister

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 9:36am

French authorities are investigating the death of a fitness blogger reportedly hit by an exploding whipped cream canister that was withdrawn from the market in 2013, officials and the company that makes the product said Thursday.

Scandal-hit South Africa leader says doing job 'very well'

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 9:06am

South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday sparred with opposition lawmakers in a parliamentary debate over presidential scandals and an economy in recession, laughing dismissively at criticism and declaring of his job performance: "I'm fit and I'm doing it very well."

Indian troops kills 3 rebels, protester in disputed Kashmir

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 8:48am

Government forces killed three suspected Kashmiri rebels in fighting in the disputed region Thursday and fatally shot a rock-throwing protester during an ensuing rally demanding an end to Indian rule, officials said.

Prosecutor: Paris attacker asked family to see him as martyr

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 8:48am

The man killed when he drove his car packed with arms and explosives into a police convoy had pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State group and asked his family to remember him not as a suicide bomber but as a martyr, France's anti-terrorism prosecutor said Thursday.

Egypt urges closer cooperation among Nile basin nations

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 8:48am

Egypt's president on Thursday laid out concerns over his country's share of the Nile waters, urging leaders of the river's basin countries to work together toward a more efficient use of their resources.