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UN increases troop levels in Mali by 2,500

Dave Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:01am

The United Nations Security Council voted Wednesday to increase the U.N.'s peacekeeping force in Mali by more than 2,500 troops, a move aimed at countering increasing attacks by Islamic extremists on civilians and peacekeepers and more aggressively enabling a peace agreement between the government and rebels.

Lawyer: CIA gave Romania millions to host secret prisons

Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:42am

The CIA paid Romania "millions of dollars" to host secret prisons, a rights lawyer said Wednesday as the European Court of Human Rights heard accusations that Romania allowed the agency to torture terrorism suspects in a secret renditions program under President George W. Bush.

US first lady arrives in Spain to promote girls' learning

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:41am

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama has arrived in Spain on the final leg of a three-nation tour to promote her global girls' education initiative.

Right groups: Police responsible for 3 men missing in Kenya

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:31am

Kenyan police are responsible for the disappearance of three men, including a human rights activist with the U.S.-based International Justice Mission, 10 local and international human rights groups say.

Kenya military: 4 extremists killed averting an attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:21am

A Kenyan military official says soldiers killed four Islamic extremists from Somalia's al-Shabab rebels suspected to have been planning an attack on the coastal county of Lamu.

Russian defense minister promises response to NATO's buildup

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:11am

Russia's defense minister says the military will respond in kind to NATO's buildup near Russian borders.

Serbia says people smuggling operation brings 39 arrests

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:11am

Serbian police say they have arrested five suspected people smugglers and found 170 migrants as part of an international effort to curb the illegal transfer of migrants toward Western Europe.

German prosecutors drop case against Nazi war crimes suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:11am

German prosecutors say they are dropping their investigation of a former SS officer suspected of war crimes in Italy.

Arbitration panel to rule July 12 in South China Sea dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 9:30am

The Permanent Court of Arbitration said Wednesday it will deliver an eagerly awaited ruling on July 12 in a case filed by the Philippines contesting Beijing's sweeping claims to most of the South China Sea.

US gives Iraq $2.7B credit to buy military equipment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 9:30am

The United States has extended a $2.7-billion credit facility to Iraq for the purchase of military equipment amid the ongoing fight against the Islamic State group.

Kosovo hands 13-year prison sentence to man plotting attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:50am

A Kosovo court has sentenced a man to 13 years in prison for preparing terrorist attacks.

Gunmen kill 8 security forces in Pakistan's Quetta

Abdul Sattar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:41am

Gunmen have ambushed army and police patrols in the Pakistani city of Quetta, killing eight security forces, officials said Wednesday.

Supporters: Detained Bahrain activist leaves hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 7:01am

Supporters of a well-known rights activist in the island kingdom of Bahrain say he has been returned to police custody a day after being hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat.

Israeli security Cabinet OKs reconciliation deal with Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 6:00am

Israel's security Cabinet has approved the reconciliation agreement reached this week with Turkey despite opposition from some ministers.

Official: 23 Turkish citizens, 13 foreign nationals among dead in Istanbul airport attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 4:20am

Official: 23 Turkish citizens, 13 foreign nationals among dead in Istanbul airport attack.

Istanbul governor: Death toll in attack at city's Ataturk airport now at 41

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 4:20am

Istanbul governor: Death toll in attack at city's Ataturk airport now at 41.

Italy recovers 2015 sunk migrant boat, hopes to ID victims

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 3:20am

The Italian navy said Wednesday it has recovered the migrant ship that sank off Sicily last year with an estimated 700-800 people aboard in one of the worst known tragedies of the Mediterranean migrant crisis.

Spain: Rajoy hopes to lead government: coalition or minority

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 3:11am

Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says he hopes his conservative Popular Party can form a strong, four-year coalition government — or else be allowed run a minority one and avoid fresh elections.

Turkish official says 1 Iranian, 1 Ukrainian are among victims of Istanbul airport attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:40am

Turkish official says 1 Iranian, 1 Ukrainian are among victims of Istanbul airport attack.