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Macedonian prosecutor files new charges in wiretap scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 10:36am

A Macedonian prosecutor said Thursday that her office has filed new charges in connection with a 2-year-old wiretap scandal that triggered a major political crisis.

UN condemns fighting in buffer zone between Syria and Israel

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 10:26am

The U.N. Security Council on Thursday strongly condemned fighting in the buffer zone between Syria and Israel and urged the Syrian government and opposition groups to withdraw from the area which is patrolled by U.N. peacekeepers.

Rights groups accuse French bank of role in Rwanda genocide

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 10:26am

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.

N. Ireland talks to continue after deadline passes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 10:03am

Last-minute talks between Northern Ireland's main political parties on Thursday failed to produce a compromise on restoring their power-sharing administration but Britain is giving the rivals more time to talk before deciding whether to restore direct rule.

Syrian US-backed forces seize last route into Raqqa

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 9:54am

A Syria war monitor and a U.S. official say U.S.-backed fighters have seized the last road into Raqqa and are moving toward the river south of the city, tightening a siege on the militant de-facto capital.

Cambodian court releases 5 human rights workers on bail

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 9:44am

A judge in Cambodia on Thursday ordered the release on bail of five human rights workers who had been detained without trial for more than 13 months in a case connected to alleged wrongdoing by an opposition political leader. In a separate case, an appeals court 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.

Germany denies permission for Erdogan rally on G-20 visit

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 9:44am

Germany will deny permission for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to address Turks at a rally when he visits for the upcoming Group of 20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany's foreign minister said Thursday.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 9:44am

Top Republicans have agreed to add $45 billion for battling opioids abuse to their struggling health care bill. But the measure's fate remains uncertain as GOP leaders confront an expanding chorus of GOP detractors. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping the added money will help win over moderate GOP senators like Rob Portman of Ohio and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia. Their states are among those battered by rising death tolls from illegal drug use.

Arbitration panel grants Slovenia access to high seas

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 9:33am

An international arbitration panel on Thursday granted Slovenia unhindered access to the high seas for the first time since the breakup of the former Yugoslavia as part of a ruling aimed at settling a long-running territorial dispute between Slovenia and Balkan neighbor Croatia.

Body possibly of German hiker found on Indonesian volcano

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 9:24am

A group of hikers is likely to have found the body of a German who went missing last week while climbing a dormant volcano in Indonesia, a rescue official said Thursday.

Retired judge to lead inquiry into deadly London tower fire

Danica Kirka and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 9:18am

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

Romania: man suspected of links to Paris attackers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 9:16am

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

US, NATO allies wrangle over troop levels in Afghanistan

Lorne Cook and Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 9:16am

More than 16 years into the Afghanistan war, the United States and its NATO allies wrangled anew on Thursday over how many more troops are needed to counter the resurgent Taliban and break a stalemate in the fight.

Europeans line up behind Paris accord, free trade before G20

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 9:08am

European leaders said Thursday they are ready to defend the Paris climate accord and free trade when they face President Donald Trump at the Group of 20 summit. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe was "more determined than ever" to see the climate deal succeed.

Swedish, Dutch FMs worried about cholera in Yemen

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 9:08am

The foreign ministers of Sweden and the Netherlands have expressed their "shock" at the latest reports of suspected cholera cases in Yemen that has exceeded 200,000 people with an estimated 5,000 new cases daily.

Cardinal takes leave from Vatican after sex assault charges

Nicole Winfield and Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 9:03am

Cardinal George Pell, a top adviser to Pope Francis, took a leave of absence as the Vatican's financial chief Thursday to fight criminal charges in his native Australia that alleged he committed sexual assault years ago.

5 found guilty in Russian opposition leader's murder trial

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 8:59am

A jury found five men guilty Thursday in the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, bringing to a close a trial that Nemtsov's allies believe failed to bring the slaying's masterminds to justice.

UK lawmakers face key vote on government's agenda

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 8:13am

British lawmakers were set to vote Thursday 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.

Whale-watching comes under scrutiny at South Africa meeting

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 7:55am

Whale-watching is a growing tourist business in many parts of the world, and delegates to an international whale conference in South Africa say guidelines to protect the animals are increasingly needed.