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Norway to Brazil: Stop deforestation or we stop the money

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:53am

The Norwegian prime minister has warned Brazil's president to stop deforestation or Norway will reduce its financial contribution this year.

Austria: Fewer migrants returning home, despite cash offer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:50am

Austria's Interior Ministry says that 427 migrants have taken advantage of a 1,000-euro ($1,160) premium if they go back to their homeland since the initiative was put into place, but the overall number of voluntary returnees has fallen.

Taliban leader: Afghan war will end only when NATO leaves

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:48am

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.

Russia fires missiles from Mediterranean at IS in Syria

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:42am

Russia has fired cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea on positions of the Islamic State group in Syria, the Defense Ministry said on Friday, Moscow's latest show of strength in the conflict wracking the Mideast country.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:42am

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has unwrapped his plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law. His next challenge is persuading enough Republicans to back the measure and avert a defeat that would be shattering for President Donald Trump and the GOP. McConnell drafted the measure after weeks of closed-door meetings that saw party leaders seek compromise between conservative senators and centrists.

Small civilian helicopter crashes in Greece, 2 dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:40am

Greek authorities say a small civilian helicopter has crashed north of Athens, killing two of the three people on board.

Ketumile Masire, former Botswana president, dies at age 91

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:05am

Authorities in Botswana say former president Ketumile Masire has died at the age of 91 after an illness.

Iran holds annual anti-Israel rallies, displays missiles

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:30am

Iran is holding anti-Israel rallies across the country, with protesters condemning Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories and chanting "Death to Israel."

Philippines: Malaysian financier believed killed in siege

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:26am

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.

North Korea denies it cruelly treated or tortured an American student who died days after North released him

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:26am

North Korea denies it cruelly treated or tortured an American student who died days after North released him.

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

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:02am

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

AP Analysis: Could Trump push a partial Mideast deal?

Dan Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 12:50am

Donald Trump may be uniquely suited to push for Middle East peace: the Israelis as well as key Arab players, each for their own reasons, are all looking like admirers who seek to please. But out-of-the-box thinking will be needed nonetheless.

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

Abdul Sattar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 12:42am

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.

New Zealand newspaper names all drunk drivers on front page

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 11:35pm

A newspaper in a busy New Zealand resort town has decided to take a stand against drunken driving by filling its front page with the names, ages and alcohol readings for about 100 people convicted of the offense this year.

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.

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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.