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Police detain 6 IS suspects in Spain, Britain and Germany

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 10:47am

Police on Wednesday arrested six suspected members of the Islamic State group, four in Spain and one each in Britain and Germany, Spain's Interior Ministry said.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 10:47am

The Homeland Security Department is set to announce new security for international flights bound to the United States. Industry and U.S. officials briefed on the announcement said airports and airlines around the world will be required to implement the measures.

Right-wing basks, leftists regroup after local vote in Italy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 10:26am

Italy's ruling center-left Democratic Party is picking up the pieces after a weekend drubbing in local elections while former Premier Silvio Berlusconi is basking in his latest political rebound and an alliance with an anti-immigrant right-wing party.

Targeted Shiites take their protest to Pakistani capital

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 10:16am

Battered by bombings that have killed scores of people, Pakistan's Shiite Muslims on Wednesday took their protests to the Pakistani capital. Meanwhile in the majority Shiite Kurram tribal region, thousands of residents have been staging daily sit-ins.

The Latest: UN rights chief concerned about Raqqa civilians

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 10:06am

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

Cluster bombs kill at least 15 in eastern Syria

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:56am

At least 15 people were killed in an airstrike in eastern Syria on Wednesday, activists said, in the second attack in three days reported to kill civilians in the Islamic State-held Euphrates River valley.

The Latest: 6-month-old baby among London fire dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:38am

The Latest on the London high-rise fire (all times local):

Philippine leader tells troops not to fear civilian deaths

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:27am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte assured troops on Wednesday that he would protect them from any legal action if they accidently kill civilians while battling militants who have besieged a southern city.

Hamas to create buffer zone with Egypt to improve ties

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:27am

Hamas has begun work on a buffer zone along Gaza's border with Egypt, the Islamic militant group said Wednesday, as part of an effort to assure Cairo that it's serious about preventing the cross-border flow of weapons and militants.

Security tops agenda as Cyprus peace talks resume

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:12am

Rival sides in Cyprus' decades-old dispute have exchanged some "creative ideas" on bridging differences over future security arrangements that could help reunify the east Mediterranean island, United Nations officials said Wednesday.

New leftist govt named in Romania, many ministers keep posts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:10am

The chairman of Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party has named a new leftist government, yet many ministers are keeping their jobs despite being criticized for alleged underperformance.

Obama and family move from Bali to Java on Indonesia holiday

Slamet Riyadi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:56am

Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his family wrapped up a five-day vacation on Indonesia's resort island of Bali and headed to the historic city of Yogyakarta on Wednesday during a nostalgic trip to the country where Obama lived for several years as a child.

Millions in Nepal vote in second phase of local elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:45am

Millions of people in Nepal voted Wednesday in the second phase of elections to choose municipal and village councils despite threats from ethnic groups that oppose the polls.

France to allow assisted reproduction for lesbian couples

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:45am

The French government says it will follow the advice of an ethics panel in favor of allowing single women and lesbian couples to have children through assisted reproduction.

Kenya 1st in Africa to use generic of current AIDS drug

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:27am

Kenya is the first country in Africa to introduce a generic version of the current drug of choice for people living with HIV, officials said Wednesday.

Kosovo war crimes court clears way for indictments

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:26am

A court established to prosecute crimes committed during and immediately after Kosovo's war for independence has approved its rules of procedure and evidence, a crucial step toward prosecutors issuing indictments.

North Korea vows to execute former South Korean president

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:17am

North Korea on Wednesday vowed to execute South Korea's former president and her spy director, accusing them of planning to assassinate its supreme leadership.

AP PHOTOS: Music, art help deal with violence in Rio slum

Leo Correa and Yesica Fisch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:10am

In a small and crudely painted green room called "the bunker," 18-year-old Lucas dos Santos da Cruz and his friends go over rhymes in their heads.

One Hong Kong, two sentiments after 20 years of Chinese rule

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 7:45am

Hong Kong is planning a big party as it marks 20 years under Chinese rule. But many people in the former British colony are not in the mood to celebrate.