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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 9:47am

Now that the Senate has written its health care bill, the next challenge for Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is getting his party to vote for it. His goal is to avoid a defeat that could shatter President Donald Trump and the GOP after years of promising to repeal the Obama health care law. McConnell drafted the measure after weeks of closed-door meetings that saw party leaders seek compromise between conservative senators and centrists.

French minister nixes aid center for migrants in Calais

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 9:37am

France's interior minister said ruled out creating a help center for migrants in the increasingly tense port city of Calais, and said that the death of a truck driver blamed on migrants is also a humanitarian issue.

Philippines: IS funded siege through Malaysian militant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 9:37am

The Islamic State group helped fund the monthlong siege of a southern Philippine city through a Malaysian militant who was reportedly killed by troops, the Philippine military chief said Friday.

Ghana assures public of security of ex-Guantanamo detainees

Francis Kokutse, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 9:37am

Ghana's government on Friday sought to reassure the public that two former Guantanamo prisoners living in the West African nation remained under supervision, a day after a court ruled their arrival was unconstitutional without parliament's approval.

Dutch customs discover rhino horn in carvings headed to Laos

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 9:20am

Dutch customs officials say they have intercepted a crate containing 12 concealed pieces of rhinoceros horn that was being sent from South Africa to Laos.

Obama begins nostalgic vacation in Indonesia with his family

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 9:07am

Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his family arrived Friday on the resort island of Bali to begin a vacation in Indonesia, where he lived for several years as a child, officials said.

Polish human rights official under fire for Holocaust remark

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 8:56am

A leading Polish human rights official has come under fire for saying the "Polish nation" took part in the implementation of the Holocaust — a controversial statement in a country that never collaborated with Nazi Germany during World War II.

UK authorities charge Welsh man with murder in mosque attack

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 8:22am

British authorities charged an unemployed man from Wales with murder and attempted murder Friday in connection with the van attack on a crowd of Muslim worshippers near two north London mosques.

Gunmen kill 3 in suspected extremist attack in Kenya's north

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 8:14am

Three people were killed and three others wounded in a suspected Islamic extremist attack in Kenya's Mandera County, which borders Somalia, officials said Friday.

Hungary: Opposition says hurt by law on political billboards

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 8:10am

Lawmakers from Hungary's governing parties have approved legislation on political advertising which opposition parties say will limit their billboard campaigns.

North Korea says it's 'biggest victim' in US student's death

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 8:03am

North Korea on Friday called itself the "biggest victim" in the death of an American student who was detained for more than a year and died days after being released in a coma.

Tour bus hits top of Paris tunnel; 4 injured, 1 seriously

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:56am

Four people were injured, one seriously, when a double-decker tour bus that took a detour due to a major display of sporting events got stuck inside a tunnel under a Paris bridge Friday, police and the bus company said.

US soon to have permanent diplomatic presence in Somalia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:56am

The United States ambassador to Somalia says the U.S. once again will have a permanent diplomatic presence in the country after it opens offices in Mogadishu later this year.

Germany's Merkel: UK Brexit proposals on protecting EU citizens' rights are good start but no breakthrough

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:46am

Germany's Merkel: UK Brexit proposals on protecting EU citizens' rights are good start but no breakthrough.

The Latest: Bombings at market in northwest Pakistan kill 15

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:30am

The Latest on the day's attacks in Pakistan (all times local):

British PM May: Despite EU objections, UK made "fair and serious offer" on citizens' rights in Brexit talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:20am

British PM May: Despite EU objections, UK made "fair and serious offer" on citizens' rights in Brexit talks.

Pakistani government official: Twin bombings at crowded market kill 15 people, wound 70 in country's northwest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:18am

Pakistani government official: Twin bombings at crowded market kill 15 people, wound 70 in country's northwest.

Al-Jazeera manager denounces Gulf demands for its shutdown

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:03am

The acting managing director of Al-Jazeera's English language service on Friday denounced demands by Gulf Arab states involved in a dispute with Qatar for the network's shutdown as an attempt to suppress free expression.

Norway to Brazil: Curb deforestation or we stop the money

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:03am

Norway's prime minister warned Brazil's president on Friday to curb deforestation in the Amazon or Norway will reduce its financial contribution to the project this year.