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2 leopard cubs make public debut in Germany, names sought

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 5:34am

Two Amur leopard cubs have made their public debut at the zoo in the German city of Leipzig. Now the search is on for their names.

Senior Ukrainian intelligence officer killed in car bombing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 5:30am

Ukrainian authorities say that a senior military intelligence officer has been killed in a car bomb in the country's capital.

Serbia's openly gay premier to head pro-Russian government

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 5:30am

Serbia's future prime minister has proposed a staunchly pro-Russian official as the defense minister, damping hopes in the West that her nomination signals a shift away from Moscow's influence.

With no election winner, Mongolia sets runoff for July 9

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 5:24am

Mongolia will hold its first runoff election for president next month after none of the candidates attained the necessary majority in Monday's voting.

Modi meets Trump with his usual greeting _ bear hugs

Katy Daigle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 5:13am

President Donald Trump should have been ready as he met with India's prime minister, an unabashed hugger.

IS counterattacks in retaken parts of Mosul stall Iraq push

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 5:00am

An Iraqi officer says counterattacks by Islamic State militants on the western edge of Mosul have stalled Iraqi forces' push in the Old City — the last IS stronghold in the city.

The Latest: Kremlin slams US warning of Syria attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 5:00am

The Latest on the White House saying it has "potential" evidence that Syria's government is preparing another chemical weapons attack (all times local):

Kremlin dismisses US warning of chemical attack in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:51am

The Kremlin on Tuesday dismissed the White House's warning that the Syrian government is preparing a new chemical attack and that President Bashar Assad and his military "will pay a heavy price" if it goes ahead.

US Navy holds memorial service for 7 sailors killed in crash

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:41am

The U.S. Navy paid tribute on Tuesday to seven sailors who were killed when their destroyer collided with a merchant ship off Japan.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:41am

The Kremlin is dismissing the White House's warning that the Syrian government is preparing a new chemical attack and that President Bashar Assad and his military "will pay a heavy price" if it goes ahead. Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov says that "such threats to Syria's legitimate leaders are unacceptable.".

France's new lawmakers open first parliament session

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:33am

France's newly elected lawmakers, most of them from President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party, are gathering their first parliament session.

Syrian activists say airstrike on Islamic State-run jail kills at least 42 prisoners in eastern Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:33am

Syrian activists say airstrike on Islamic State-run jail kills at least 42 prisoners in eastern Syria.

5-year-old boy identified as victim in London inferno

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:30am

British police have formally identified a 5-year-old boy as a victim in London's Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. An official says he died of smoke inhalation.

Questions raised about Liu Xiaobo's prison medical treatment

Didi Tang and Mark Schiefelbein, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:24am

As recently as February, Liu Xiaobo's brother dismissed reports that the imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace laureate might be ill. Then came the bombshell on Monday that Liu has been diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer and transferred to a hospital on medical parole.

Germany: Merkel's challenger sees quick vote on gay marriage

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:13am

Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-left rivals said Tuesday they would seek a parliamentary vote this week on legalizing gay marriage after the German leader backed off her conservatives' long-standing refusal to budge on the issue.

China hits back at US on human trafficking downgrade

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 3:22am

China has pre-emptively hit back at the United States for "speaking irresponsibly" ahead of an expected Trump administration move to declare China is among the world's worst human trafficking offenders.

Mattis: US arms for Syrian Kurds will continue after Raqqa

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 3:12am

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that America will continue to provide weapons to Syrian Kurdish fighters after the battle to oust Islamic State militants from Raqqa, Syria, is over.

Dutch appeals court rules that government partially liable in 1995 deaths of about 300 Muslim men killed in Srebrenica

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 3:10am

Dutch appeals court rules that government partially liable in 1995 deaths of about 300 Muslim men killed in Srebrenica.

Albania Socialists win polls, can govern without partner

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 2:52am

Albania's left-wing Socialist Party has secured a second mandate in a general election, winning a majority of seats in parliament, nearly complete results showed Tuesday.