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2 big explosions heard inside Dhaka restaurant; police official says 5 bodies found

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 9:40pm

2 big explosions heard inside Dhaka restaurant; police official says 5 bodies found.

China bus falls off expressway after tire bursts, killing 26

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 8:41pm

An overnight sleeper bus in northern China fell off an expressway into a ditch after a tire burst, killing 26 people, officials said.

Gunshots, explosions heard as security force move to end Bangladesh hostage standoff

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 8:20pm

Gunshots, explosions heard as security force move to end Bangladesh hostage standoff.

Tourist falls to death posing for photo at Machu Picchu

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 7:32pm

Authorities in Peru say a German tourist plunged to his death in a deep Andean ravine while posing for a photo in an area above the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu that is closed to visitors.

Australians head to the polls in tight election contest

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 7:30pm

After years of political turmoil, Australians headed to the polls on Saturday with leaders of the nation's major parties each promising to bring stability to a government that has long been mired in chaos.

South Sudan risks return to full-scale war, observer says

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 6:11pm

An international conflict research group said South Sudan is at risk of falling back into full-scale war, just two months after the government and rebels formed a coalition government aimed at ending more than two years of conflict.

UN chief: Fight extremism with education, social media

Dave Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 5:30pm

The nature of terrorism, including the increased radicalization of individuals through social media, has changed over the last decade and violent extremism can only be eradicated by including preventive measures, the United Nations chief said in a report to the 193-member General Assembly.

Mexico official to protesting teachers: End blockades now

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:11pm

A top Mexican official on Friday demanded an immediate end to roadblocks by protesting teachers in restive southern states that have caused chaos and resulted in eight deaths.

A drone strike kills 3 al-Qaida suspects in Yemen

Ahmed Al Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:41pm

Security officials and tribesmen say that at least three suspected al-Qaida militants have been killed in a drone strike in southern Yemen.

Palestinian kills Israeli, wounds family in West Bank attack

Mohammed Daraghmeh and Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:41pm

A Palestinian gunman ambushed a family traveling in a car in the West Bank on Friday, killing an Israeli man and wounding his wife and two teenage children in an assault that prompted the military to send hundreds of troops to the area — the largest operation in the territory in two years.

Mideast mediators questions Israel's commitment to 2 states

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:21pm

International mediators trying to promote Mideast peace warned in a highly anticipated report Friday that Israel's settlement expansion is eroding the viability of a Palestinian state and raises "legitimate questions" about its commitment to a two-state solution.

Liberia marks security handover from UN force after 13 years

Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:01pm

Liberia's president told her country Friday that "peace is in our hands" after a U.N. peacekeeping mission handed over security responsibilities following a 13-year effort to stabilize a nation wracked by back-to-back civil wars.

Police say two officers killed by attackers holding hostages in restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:01pm

Police say two officers killed by attackers holding hostages in restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh .

IS fled last stand in Fallujah but fears of comeback linger

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 1:41pm

Clumps of hair from hastily shaven beards littered floors and filled wastebaskets in houses in the Iraqi city of Fallujah's western neighborhood, a dense block of low-rise homes that were the Islamic State militants' last stand before they largely fled, melting into the sprawling Anbar desert in the face of advancing Iraqi ground forces.

Authorities work to rescue hostages

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 1:11pm

Authorities in the capital of Bangladesh say they are working to save the lives of people being held by gunmen in a restaurant popular with foreigners.

Ex-US Virgin Islands lawmaker won't fight Italy extradition

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 1:01pm

A former lawmaker from the U.S. Virgin Islands will not fight extradition after he was arrested in Italy on an international warrant accusing him of using $90,000 in public funds for personal use, his lawyer said Friday.

Bodies found as Kenya charges 3 policemen over missing men

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 12:51pm

The bodies of a human rights lawyer and another missing man were found in a Kenyan river Friday, and the country's police chief said three police officers have been arrested and will be charged with murder.

UN reports new sex abuse allegations against peacekeepers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 12:21pm

The United Nations says two new sexual abuse allegations against international peacekeepers in Central African Republic have surfaced.

Putin: Moscow would shift troops if Finland joined NATO

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 12:12pm

Moscow would reposition its troops if Finland were to join NATO, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.