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Philippine troops declare 8-hour cease-fire in besieged city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 9:35am

The Philippine military on Saturday declared an eight-hour halt to its air and ground offensive against Islamic militants aligned with the Islamic State group in southern Marawi city to allow residents, most of them displaced by the fighting, to celebrate the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Berlin gives celebrity welcome to 2 giant pandas from China

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 9:35am

Two giant pandas — Meng Meng and Jiao Qing — received a celebrity welcome Saturday in Berlin from the German capital's mayor and the Chinese ambassador after they safely weathered a long flight from China.

2 Dutch journalists freed unharmed by Colombian rebels

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 9:25am

Two Dutch journalists have been freed unharmed after being held captive for almost a week by leftist rebels in Colombia.

Yemen to probe alleged interrogation abuses by UAE, US

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 9:15am

Yemen's internationally-recognized government on Saturday ordered the creation of a committee to investigate allegations of human rights violations, following reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates who are accused of torturing detainees in Yemen.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 8:42am

A total of five Republican senators are now opposing the Senate GOP health care bill. It would take only three defections to the Democratic side to sink the measure. Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada is the latest Republican to say he won't support the GOP bill without changes. Several other Republican senators have declined to commit to the latest GOP plan for overhauling President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

UAE: Arab states don't seek 'regime change' in Qatar

Adam Schreck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 8:42am

A top United Arab Emirates official said Saturday the Arab countries isolating Qatar do not seek to force out the country's leadership over allegations it supports extremist ideology but are willing to cut ties altogether if it does not agree to their demands.

Angola expels 8,000 Congolese fleeing violence, UN says

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 8:33am

Angola has expelled more than 8,000 Congolese who entered the southern African country while fleeing deadly violence at home, the United Nations says in a new report.

The Latest: UK PM pledges help for hundreds of evacuated

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 8:20am

The Latest on response to deadly tower-block fire in London (all times local):

Gay marriage to be on new Malta government's agenda

Stephen Calleja, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 8:03am

Malta's new government is pledging to push quickly for the legalization of gay marriage, the tiny EU nation's head of state said on Saturday.

Spain rescues 224 migrants from 5 boats in Mediterranean

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 7:44am

Spain's maritime rescue service says it has rescued 224 migrants from five different boats trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea.

Dozens of Serbia gays say election of gay PM to be historic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 7:36am

Several dozen Serbian gays, lesbians and transgender people marched on Saturday in Belgrade, hailing the expected election of a first openly gay prime minister as historic for the Balkan country.

Swiss journalist dies of Mosul mine blast injuries

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 7:23am

A Swiss journalist has died of injuries suffered from a mine blast in Iraq earlier this week while covering a military operation to root out Islamic State extremists from Mosul.

Israel tells civilians to steer clear of Syria border

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 7:23am

The Israeli military has taken the precautionary step of asking civilians to avoid gathering near the border with Syria, following wayward projectiles from fighting there that landed in its territory.

East Timor returns 2 foreign inmates who escaped Bali prison

Raimundos Oki, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 5:41am

Authorities in East Timor on Saturday returned two foreign inmates who escaped from a prison in neighboring Indonesia's resort island of Bali.

German court removes 3 judges in Auschwitz trial over bias

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 5:10am

A German court has removed three judges found to be biased in the often-delayed trial of a former SS medic who served at the Auschwitz death camp.

Journalist dies of wounds from blast in Iraq's Mosul

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 4:51am

A Swiss journalist died Saturday from wounds sustained in a Mosul mine blast earlier this week while reporting on the fight against the Islamic State group.

South Sudanese refugees grapple with honoring their dead

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 4:47am

The cemetery for South Sudanese refugees lies between two streams that flood when the rains come, leaving debris scattered across the otherwise unmarked graves.

The Latest: Lebanon's Hezbollah condemns Mecca bombing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 4:12am

The Latest on a foiled plot targeting the Grand Mosque in the holy Muslim city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia (all times local):

Over 120 people buried by massive southwest China landslide

Gillian Wong, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 4:02am

More than 120 people were buried by a landslide that caused huge rocks and a mass of earth to come crashing into their homes in a mountain village in southwestern China early Saturday, officials said.