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Xi urges Chinese Communist Party to embrace Marxist roots

Gerry Shih, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:00am

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the 88-million-strong Communist Party to embrace its Marxist roots on Friday as he delivered an emphatic call for ideological discipline and a vigorous defense of party rule.

Media rights group tells Maldives not to pressure media

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:51am

An international rights group has urged the Maldives to stop pressuring critical media, expressing concern over the closure of an independent news website.

Bomb blast kills woman, injures children in Bahrain

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:50am

Police in Bahrain say a woman has been killed in an explosion south of the capital, Manama.

Austria: Court to rule on rerun of presidential elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:50am

Austria's highest court is due to rule on whether presidential elections narrowly lost by a right-wing candidate must be repeated after his party claimed gross irregularities in the absentee vote count.

Russian firefighting plane disappears in Siberia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:40am

Russia's Emergencies Ministry says one of its firefighting planes with a crew of 10 is missing in Siberia.

Taiwan misfires anti-ship missile, kills 1 fisherman

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:40am

Taiwan's military said it mistakenly fired a supersonic anti-ship missile Friday that hit a fishing boat, killing one and injuring three people, on the day rival China was celebrating the Communist Party's anniversary.

Turkish official: Mastermind of Feb "terror attack" killed

Dominique Soguel and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:40am

As Turkey pressed ahead with an investigation into the triple suicide bombing at Istanbul's busiest airport bombing and track down suspects, its security forces killed the mastermind of an earlier suicide bombing, an official said Friday.

Israel: Palestinian killed after attempting to stab officer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:00am

Israeli police say a Palestinian woman armed with a knife attempted to stab an officer in the West Bank who then opened fire and killed her.

Putin to visit Finland amid regional tensions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:00am

Russian President Vladimir Putin is slated to arrive in neighboring Finland for a one-day visit amid heightened tensions in the Baltic Sea region.

Spain: Pakistanis arrested for advocating terrorism

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 1:50am

Spain's Interior Ministry says police have arrested three Pakistani men suspected of promoting terrorism and spreading Islamic extremist propaganda via social media networks.

Now isolated, Britain joins France at WWI centenary event

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 1:30am

One week after Britain's vote to leave the European Union, Prime Minister David Cameron and royal family members will stand side-by-side with France's president to celebrate their historic alliance at the centenary of the deadliest battle of World War I.

Germany: verdict due in Cologne mayor stabbing trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 1:10am

A German court is due to deliver its verdict in the trial of a man charged with attempted murder over a knife attack on Cologne's mayor the day before she was elected last year.

Myanmar decries demotion on US human trafficking blacklist

Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 1:10am

Myanmar called sad and regrettable a move by the United States to place the country on a list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders, while rights groups welcomed it as long overdue.

Hindu temple worker hacked to death in Bangladesh

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:10pm

Police say a Hindu temple worker has been hacked to death in southwest Bangladesh in the latest attack blamed on radical Islamists.

Palestinian kills Israeli girl, 13, sleeping in her bedroom

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:20pm

A Palestinian youth sneaked into a fortified Jewish settlement in the West Bank on Thursday, broke into a home and stabbed to death a 13-year-old Israeli-American girl as she slept in bed before frantic security guards arrived and killed him.

Migration group approves move to join United Nations system

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:21pm

Leaders of the International Organization for Migration say they've unanimously agreed to become part of the U.N. system.

Queen marks deadly Somme centenary at Westminster Abbey

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:02pm

Queen Elizabeth II attended a service at Westminster Abbey on Thursday, the eve of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the deadliest chapters of World War I.

10 suspects linked to Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:41pm

Authorities say they now have arrested 10 people in connection with attacks in Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast, most of them charged with providing help and shelter to the jihadists.

Official: Airport attackers from Russia, Central Asia

Dominique Soguel and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:32pm

As the death toll from the Istanbul airport attack rose Thursday to 44, a senior Turkish official said the three suicide bombers who carried it out were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, and Turkish police raided Istanbul neighborhoods for suspects linked to the Islamic State group.