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Syrian troops capture important area near the city of Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 5:50am

A Syrian opposition monitoring group and a TV station are reporting that government forces have captured farms near the northern city of Aleppo, tightening the noose around the only gateway leading to rebel-held parts of the city.

Former Red Army base to house Poland's Soviet-era monuments

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 5:50am

Polish historians say they want to move more than 200 communist-era monuments to Soviet troops into a former Red Army base to testify to a historic "untruth."

UN chief criticizes Gaza blockade after Israel-Turkey deal

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 5:31am

The U.N. chief on Tuesday criticized Israel's blockade of Gaza, a day after Israel and Turkey reached a broad reconciliation pact that looked to ease, but not eliminate, the isolation of the coastal strip.

Wreckage of lost Thai air force helicopter found with 3 dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 5:00am

Searchers in Thailand have found the wreckage of an air force helicopter missing since Saturday and the bodies of the three crewmen who were on board.

Indonesian court to proceed with trial in cyanide murder

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 4:51am

An Indonesian court decided Tuesday to proceed with the trial of a former resident of Australia accused of murdering a friend by lacing her coffee with cyanide.

Iran's president urges transparency in Saudi embassy trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 4:30am

The Iranian president on Tuesday called for "transparency" in the upcoming trial of 48 suspects who stormed Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran in January, an attack that prompted the kingdom to cut ties with Tehran and left relations between the regional powers badly frayed.

Lebanese army detains 103 Syrians in wake of border bombings

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 4:10am

Lebanese troops detained 103 Syrians for illegal entry into the country, in a security sweep on Tuesday, a day after a series of deadly bombings struck a village near the border with Syria, the military said.

Yemeni officials say Saudi-led airstrike has killed 25

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 4:10am

An airstrike early on Tuesday by a Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels in Yemen's southern province of Taiz killed 25 people — 15 fighters and 10 civilians, security officials said.

British-Lebanese TV host deported from Egypt to Beirut

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 4:00am

A prominent dual British-Lebanese journalist who hosted a talk show critical of the government of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi arrived in Beirut on Tuesday after authorities in Cairo briefly detained her and then deported her, her lawyer said.

Car bomb attack targeting Turkish police vehicle wounds 8

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 3:10am

Turkey's state-run news agency says eight people have been injured in a car bomb attack targeting a police vehicle in southeast Turkey.

Bahrain police arrests people for 'misusing social media'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 3:00am

Police in Bahrain say they have made a series of arrests over people "misusing social media" amid an intensifying crackdown on dissent in the tiny island kingdom.

EU lawmakers to press UK for quick exit ahead of summit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 2:20am

European Union lawmakers are meeting in emergency session to discuss the U.K.'s unprecedented vote to leave the EU, set to call for Britain to trigger the exit process immediately.

US first lady, daughters, promote girls' learning in Morocco

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 2:01am

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama was visiting Morocco to promote education for girls in the North African kingdom, where only 36 percent of girls continue school beyond the primary level.

France opens manslaughter inquiry into EgyptAir crash

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 11:00pm

French authorities opened a manslaughter inquiry Monday into the May crash of an EgyptAir plane that killed 66 people, saying there is no evidence so far to link it to terrorism.

Michelle Obama, daughters in Africa to push girls' education

Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 8:11pm

First lady Michelle Obama visited a leadership camp for girls in Liberia to launch her latest Africa visit Monday, urging the teens in one of the world's poorest countries to keep fighting to stay in school.

UN report: Tackle inequality to prevent children from dying

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 6:41pm

The U.N. children's agency warned Monday that 69 million youngsters under the age of five will die from preventable causes between now and 2030 if all countries don't accelerate action to improve health and education for the most disadvantaged.

Colombian army says 17 dead in crash of military helicopter

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 6:41pm

All 17 people aboard a military helicopter that crashed in a mountainous area over the weekend were found dead when searchers reached the site in western Colombia, the army said Monday.

Quake hits southern Mexico, sways tall buildings in capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:51pm

A strong earthquake struck in southern Mexico on Monday afternoon, but there were no reports of injuries or significant damage.

Explosives kill 2 suicide bombers in northeast Nigeria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:50pm

Residents say two suicide bombers have exploded prematurely in Nigeria's northeastern Maiduguri city, killing themselves and no one else.