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Syria, Russia accuse US of plotting 'provocation'

Albert Aji and Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 5:19am

Syria's government and its ally Russia accused Washington on Thursday of concocting a "provocation" in Syria, which would then be blamed on President Bashar Assad's government as alleged use of chemical weapons to justify an attack.

Online hate speech may soon incur a hefty bill in Germany

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 5:16am

German lawmakers are poised to pass a bill designed to enforce the country's existing limits on free speech — including the long-standing ban on Holocaust denial — in social networks. Critics including tech giants and human rights campaigners say the legislation could have drastic consequences for free speech online.

UK leader names chair of inquiry into London tower fire

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 5:16am

British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a retired judge Thursday to chair a public inquiry into the devastating west London fire that killed at least 80 people, as more high rises across the country failed fire-safety tests.

Rights groups accuse French bank of role in Rwanda genocide

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 5:16am

Three rights groups have filed a lawsuit accusing France's biggest bank of complicity in Rwanda's 1994 genocide, for allegedly helping Rwandan authorities purchase weapons despite a U.N. arms embargo.

German foreign minister: Germany will tell Turkey rally by Erdogan is 'not possible'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 5:02am

German foreign minister: Germany will tell Turkey rally by Erdogan is 'not possible'

Romania: man suspected of links to Paris attackers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 5:00am

Prosecutors have detained a Romanian man on suspicion he was linked to a group involved in the November 2015 Paris attacks.

Pakistan resort cable car lift plunges into ravine, kills 10

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 4:53am

A Pakistani rescue official says a cable car lift installed by local villagers to a popular mountain resort has snapped off and plunged into a ravine, killing at least 10 and injuring two otehrs.

China's Xi in Hong Kong for anniversary as protests planned

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 4:53am

Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in Hong Kong Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of Beijing taking control of the former British colony, accompanied by a formidable layer of security as authorities showed little patience for pro-democracy protests.

China pledges continued assistance to Philippines

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 4:53am

China's foreign minister told his Philippine counterpart Thursday that Beijing is ready to provide more aid to the Southeast Asian country, as ties between the former antagonists continue to improve.

Russia wages war of words with Britain over navy pride

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 4:53am

Moscow angrily lashed out Thursday at a dismissive comment about a Russian aircraft carrier made by Britain's defense secretary, arguing that its aging ship is better than the new British carrier.

Cambodian court upholds prison term for opposition senator

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 4:53am

A Cambodian appeals court on Thursday upheld a seven-year prison sentence given to an opposition senator for comments on his Facebook page criticizing a 1979 border agreement with neighboring Vietnam.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 4:42am

The Middle East's biggest airline says its flights to the United States are operating as normal as new travel guidelines come into effect for travelers for six mainly Muslim nations. Dubai-based Emirates said in response to questions on the travel ban Thursday that it "remains guided by the US Customs and Border Protection on this matter." The carrier reminded passengers that they "must possess the appropriate travel documents, including a valid US entry visa, in order to travel."

UK lawmakers set for key vote on minority government's plans

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 4:42am

British lawmakers are set to vote on whether to approve the Conservative government's plans for a Brexit-dominated parliamentary session, in a test of Prime Minister Theresa May's shaky minority administration.

As South Sudan's civil war rages, cholera takes deadly toll

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 4:30am

Clasping frail arms around his stomach, Machar Weituor doubles over in pain as he slowly positions himself over the hole in his bed. Too feeble to make it to the toilet, the 40-year-old groans faintly as he defecates into a bucket.

Cardinal takes leave from Vatican after sex assault charges

Nicole Winfield and Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 4:04am

Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis' top advisers, took a leave of absence as the Vatican's financial czar on Thursday to fight multiple criminal charges in his native Australia that allege he committed sexual assault years ago.

Rival sides dive deep on security in Cyprus peace talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 3:54am

The rival sides in talks to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus are delving deeper into how new security arrangements will work after a peace deal is agreed.

Pakistani Shiites press on with sit-in against twin bombings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 3:54am

Thousands of Pakistani Shiites are pressing on with their sit-in, now in its sixth consecutive day, in a northwestern tribal region where twin bombings at a market killed 75 people last week.

Amid crisis with Arab states, Qatar minister to visit Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 3:44am

Turkey's state television says Qatar's defense minister will arrive in Turkey for talks amid the Gulf Arab states' feud with their tiny neighbor.

Iraqi commander says his forces have taken Mosul's landmark al-Nuri Mosque compound, blown up last week by IS

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 3:30am

Iraqi commander says his forces have taken Mosul's landmark al-Nuri Mosque compound, blown up last week by IS.