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Taliban leader: Afghan war will end only when NATO leaves

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 12:22am

The leader of the Afghan Taliban said on Friday that a planned U.S. troop surge will not end the protracted war in the country and vowed to fight on until a full withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan.

Car bomb in southwest Pakistan kills at least 11, wounds 20

Abdul Sattar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 12:14am

A powerful car bombing near the office of the provincial police chief in southwestern Pakistan on Friday killed 11 people and wounded 20, officials said.

S. Korean leader observes missile test amid North's threats

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 12:11am

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has observed a test-firing of a new midrange missile the country is developing to cope with growing threats from North Korea.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 11:42pm

Medical organizations and other interest groups are weighing in on the Senate Republican health care bill, and they have problems with the proposal. The American Academy of Pediatrics says the bill would hurt children by scaling back Medicaid. The Association of American Medical Colleges says it would leave millions of people without health coverage. AARP agrees with that assessment and is calling on every senator to vote no.

Philippines: Malaysian financier believed killed in siege

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 11:15pm

A Malaysian militant who helped lead and finance the siege of a southern Philippine city is believed to have been killed as the local jihadis aligned with the Islamic State group become increasingly constricted after a month of fighting, the military chief said Friday.

Rear admiral to investigate fatal Navy collision off Japan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 11:10pm

A rear admiral has been named to head the U.S. Navy's investigation into a collision off Japan that took the lives of seven sailors aboard the USS Fitzgerald.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 9:41pm

Medical organizations and other interest groups are weighing in on the Senate Republican health care bill, and they have problems with the proposal. The American Academy of Pediatrics says the bill would hurt children by scaling back Medicaid. The Association of American Medical Colleges says it would leave millions of people without health coverage. AARP agrees with that assessment and is calling on every senator to vote no.

Friend of ousted S. Korean president gets 3 years in prison

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 9:40pm

A South Korean court on Friday sentenced a longtime friend of ousted President Park Geun-hye to three years in prison for using her presidential ties to unlawfully get her daughter into a prestigious Seoul university.

Mexican president dismisses spying, wants fast investigation

Christopher Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 8:41pm

President Enrique Pena Nieto said Thursday he wants a rapid investigation into reports of high-tech spying against journalists and human rights defenders in Mexico, while he dismissed allegations that his government was responsible.

Philippine military says Malaysian militant who helped finance monthlong siege on city believed killed in fighting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 8:41pm

Philippine military says Malaysian militant who helped finance monthlong siege on city believed killed in fighting.

Friend of South Korea's ousted president has been sentenced to prison in first case over misusing their ties.

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 8:40pm

Friend of South Korea's ousted president has been sentenced to prison in first case over misusing their ties.

US envoy: Guatemala lawmakers who hired lobby firm 'idiots'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 7:32pm

A Guatemalan congressman demanded an apology from the U.S. ambassador after the diplomat called him and three colleagues "idiots" in an audio recording that was made public Thursday.

US, Cuba still cooperating on stopping drug smugglers

Andrea Rodriguez and Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 6:55pm

The U.S. and Cuba are still cooperating to intercept drug smugglers even through the Trump administration has halted high-level meetings on stopping the flow of narcotics through the Caribbean, a top Cuban anti-drug official said Thursday.

US envoy urges global action on worsening Venezuela crisis

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:08pm

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Thursday urged the international community to take action to deal with the worsening crisis in Venezuela as the South American nation's embattled president railed against attempts by the U.S. and others to allegedly foment violence in the country.

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake recorded off Guatemalan coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:57pm

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit off Guatemala's Pacific coast Thursday, shaking much of the country and neighboring El Salvador. Officials said four people were injured and only minor damage was reported.

Chile police declassify World War II-era files on Nazi plots

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:08pm

The Chilean equivalent of the FBI declassified World War II-era files on Thursday that show Nazi agents in the South American country's main port of Valparaiso plotted to destroy the Panama Canal.

World Court opinion sought on UK-Mauritius islands dispute

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:07pm

In a setback for the United Kingdom, the General Assembly voted Tuesday to seek an opinion from the top U.N. court on Mauritius' claim that Britain illegally maintains sovereignty over the Chagos Islands, including Diego Garcia, where the United States has a major military base in the Indian Ocean.

Guatemala high court denies bid to probe president in fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:54pm

Guatemala's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request to have President Jimmy Morales' immunity of office lifted to permit an investigation of him in connection with a fire that killed 41 girls at a home for troubled youth.

Merkel: Britain's prime minister promises that EU citizens living five years in U.K. will be able to retain full rights

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:27pm

Merkel: Britain's prime minister promises that EU citizens living five years in U.K. will be able to retain full rights.