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Austria: Dispute over who owns house where Hitler was born

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 6:06am

A lawyer for the owner of the house where Adolf Hitler was born is disputing the government's right to take possession of the property in Austria's highest court, saying authorities are using the measure "like a club" because his client refused purchase offers from authorities that were too low.

France probes reported death from whipped cream explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 6:06am

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are investigating the death of a fashion blogger reportedly hit by an exploding whipped cream canister that was withdrawn from the market in 2013, officials and the company that makes the product said Thursday.

Philippines, neighbors to jointly fight militants amid siege

Teresa Cerojano and Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 6:06am

The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia agreed Thursday to closely cooperate to halt the flow of militants, weapons, funds and extremist propaganda across their borders, as they expressed alarm over recent attacks in the region including a monthlong siege of a southern Philippine city.

Congo rights group: Army kills 12 rebels after Beni attacks

Saleh Mwanamilongo and Al-Hadji Kudra Maliro, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 6:06am

Congo's army fought off attacks in and around the eastern city of Beni on Thursday, killing at least 12 assailants and capturing seven, a local human rights group said.

Suicide car bomb in southern Afghanistan kills at least 29

Mirwais Khan and Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:56am

A huge suicide car bombing outside a bank in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Thursday targeted Afghan troops and government employees waiting to collect their salaries ahead of a major Muslim holiday, killing at least 29 people, officials said.

5 percent of world population recently abused drugs: UN

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:45am

About 5 percent of the world's population abused drugs at least once in recent years and nearly 30 million people could be dependent on narcotics to the point of needing treatment, according to a U.N. report released Thursday.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:45am

Former prisoners say torture and abuse are rife in a network of secret prisons in Yemen run by the United Arab Emirates and allied Yemeni forces to hold hundreds of people detained in the hunt for al-Qaida. American interrogators have questioned some of the detainees, and regularly receive access to their testimony, a potential violation of international laws against complicity in torture.

London fire: Cladding in other buildings 'combustible'

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:34am

Some 600 buildings in England could have been fitted with flammable external panels like the ones believed to have contributed to a fire that killed at least 79 people in a west London apartment building, Prime Minister Theresa May's Downing Street office said.

Investigators obtain data recorder in US warship collision

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:23am

Japanese authorities said Thursday they have obtained a data recording device from a container ship to help determine why it collided with a U.S. destroyer, killing seven American sailors.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:20am

U.N. human rights experts have urged Egypt 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."

Portugal brings 2nd wildfire under control after 64 died

Barry Hatton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:15am

Official reports into Portugal's deadliest natural disaster in decades have described freak conditions that drove the wildfire that killed 64 people, while Portuguese authorities said Thursday they have contained a second fire that raged for five days close by.

People with disabilities at risk in Central African Republic

Zack Baddorf, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:42am

Simplice Lenguy told his wife to leave him behind as people fled when fighting broke out in Central African Republic's capital.

UK prime minister's office estimates 600 high-rise buildings in England have cladding similar to Grenfell Tower

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:40am

UK prime minister's office estimates 600 high-rise buildings in England have cladding similar to Grenfell Tower.

German parliament remembers former Chancellor Helmut Kohl

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:21am

Germany's parliament honored former Chancellor Helmut Kohl in a memorial on Thursday, remembering him as the architect of German reunification but also as someone who wasn't without flaws.

US reassures Turkey over arms provided to Syrian Kurds

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:21am

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.

France to present new security bill amid extremist threats

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:21am

French President Emmanuel Macron's new government is presenting a security bill Thursday to beef up police powers amid sustained extremist threats to Europe.

Indonesia arrests 41 suspected militants since May attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:14am

Indonesian police announced Thursday they have arrested 41 suspected militants following last month's twin suicide bombings in the capital that killed three policemen.

South African court rules in secret ballot case against Zuma

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:57am

South Africa's highest court says it is up to the speaker of parliament to decide whether a vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma can be done by secret ballot.

Trump to speak to Poles at site that honors nation's heroism

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

U.S. President Donald Trump has chosen to deliver a speech during his upcoming visit to Poland at the site of a memorial to the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Germans, a Polish official says.