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Scottish leader puts second independence referendum on hold

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 8:21am

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said she had changed her mind about seeking a second independence referendum, telling lawmakers Tuesday that she was postponing plans to introduce legislation for a vote on whether Scotland should break away from the United Kingdom.

Openly gay Serbia premier-designate to head pro-Russia gov't

Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 8:21am

Serbia's future prime minister on Tuesday proposed a staunchly pro-Russia official as the defense minister, dampening hopes in the West that her nomination signaled a shift away from Moscow's influence.

The Latest: Iran foreign minister condemns US Syria warning

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 8:21am

The Latest on the White House saying it has "potential" evidence that Syria's government is preparing another chemical weapons attack (all times local):

Polish police chief fired after far-right attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 8:04am

Poland's government has fired a local police chief following a weekend clash in which far-right nationalists attacked an anti-government protest.

Colombia takes big step to peace as rebels lay down guns

Christine Armario, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 7:54am

Guerrillas from Colombia's largest rebel army no longer carry their guns along the road miles from the nearest city, a byway with mud so deep that even earth-moving equipment are paralyzed when it rains.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 9:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 7:45am

The U.S. military says it will assess allegations that a coalition airstrike may have killed over 40 prisoners held in an Islamic State-run jail in eastern Syria. Central Command confirmed to the AP on Tuesday that it struck IS facilities in the town of al-Mayadeen in the province of Deir El-Zour the day before. Syrian activists reported an IS jail was struck in the area on Monday, and said at least 42 prisoners were killed, along with several IS fighters.

Car bomb kills senior Ukrainian intelligence officer in Kiev

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 7:35am

Authorities say a bomb planted under or inside a car has killed a senior Ukrainian military intelligence officer in the country's capital.

AP Explains: Who is Salahuddin, rebel named terrorist by US?

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 7:32am

Hours before the United States designated Kashmir rebel leader Syed Salahuddin a global terrorist, he appeared in a video calling for strikes in the Himalayan territory in remembrance of another rebel leader whose killing by Indian forces last July triggered months of deadly protests.

Jury out to deliberate in Nemtsov murder case

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 7:32am

A jury on Tuesday began deliberating in the case of five men accused of involvement in the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

Modi meets Trump with his usual greeting _ bear hugs

Katy Daigle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 7:24am

President Donald Trump should have been ready as he met with India's prime minister, an unabashed hugger.

Thai court reverses verdict against alleged 'Popcorn Gunman'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 7:24am

Thailand's Appeals Court has overturned the guilty verdict of man convicted of wounding four people, one fatally, by opening fire with an assault rifle concealed in a sack during a political confrontation in 2014.

US Navy holds memorial service for 7 sailors killed in crash

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 6:44am

The U.S. Navy paid tribute on Tuesday to seven sailors who were killed when their destroyer collided with a merchant ship off Japan.

China hits back at US on human trafficking downgrade

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 6:32am

China has pre-emptively hit back at the United States for speaking "irresponsibly" ahead of an expected Trump administration move to name China among the world's worst human trafficking offenders.

UN envoy: Up to Cyprus leaders to make most of peace summit

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 6:32am

The rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus have to step up, take responsibility and make the most of a peace summit that's the "best chance" for a breakthrough deal reunifying the east Mediterranean island, a United Nations envoy said Tuesday.

IS counterattacks in retaken parts of Mosul stall Iraq push

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 6:32am

Counterattacks by Islamic State militants on the western edge of Mosul have stalled Iraqi forces' push in the Old City, the last IS stronghold in the battle, an Iraqi officer said Tuesday.

Germany praises nuclear deal with Iran

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 6:30am

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel says a nuclear deal with Iran has helped lower the risk of a major conflict in the Mideast and that Germany will do whatever is possible to hold all parties to it.

Romania: police find 91 migrants from Syria, Iraq in truck

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 6:30am

Romanian border police have found 91 migrants from Iraq and Syria hidden in a truck transporting auto parts. They told police they were trying to reach the visa-free Schengen travel zone.

Spain wildfire that threatened national park 'under control'

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 6:22am

Spanish firefighters worked Tuesday to fully extinguish a wildfire that threatened Donana National Park, a renowned conservation wetland and home to the endangered Iberian lynx, officials said.

Britain's May demands major investigation after deadly fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 6:22am

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Tuesday there must be a "major national investigation" into the use of potentially flammable cladding fitted to high-rise towers across the country, as police formally identified a 5-year-old boy as one of youngest victims of London's Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.