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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:46am

The Homeland Security Department is set to announce new security for international flights bound to the United States. Industry and U.S. officials briefed on the announcement said airports and airlines around the world will be required to implement the measures.

Philippine leader tells troops not to fear civilian deaths

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:27am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte assured troops on Wednesday that he would protect them from any legal action if they accidently kill civilians while battling militants who have besieged a southern city.

Hamas to create buffer zone with Egypt to improve ties

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:27am

Hamas has begun work on a buffer zone along Gaza's border with Egypt, the Islamic militant group said Wednesday, as part of an effort to assure Cairo that it's serious about preventing the cross-border flow of weapons and militants.

Security tops agenda as Cyprus peace talks resume

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:12am

Rival sides in Cyprus' decades-old dispute have exchanged some "creative ideas" on bridging differences over future security arrangements that could help reunify the east Mediterranean island, United Nations officials said Wednesday.

New leftist govt named in Romania, many ministers keep posts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:10am

The chairman of Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party has named a new leftist government, yet many ministers are keeping their jobs despite being criticized for alleged underperformance.

Obama and family move from Bali to Java on Indonesia holiday

Slamet Riyadi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:56am

Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his family wrapped up a five-day vacation on Indonesia's resort island of Bali and headed to the historic city of Yogyakarta on Wednesday during a nostalgic trip to the country where Obama lived for several years as a child.

Millions in Nepal vote in second phase of local elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:45am

Millions of people in Nepal voted Wednesday in the second phase of elections to choose municipal and village councils despite threats from ethnic groups that oppose the polls.

Police: Final toll in London fire won't be known for months

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:45am

British police increased the number of people killed or presumed dead in the London high-rise fire disaster to 80, saying Wednesday that a final death toll may not be known until the end of the year.

France to allow assisted reproduction for lesbian couples

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:45am

The French government says it will follow the advice of an ethics panel in favor of allowing single women and lesbian couples to have children through assisted reproduction.

Kenya 1st in Africa to use generic of current AIDS drug

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:27am

Kenya is the first country in Africa to introduce a generic version of the current drug of choice for people living with HIV, officials said Wednesday.

Kosovo war crimes court clears way for indictments

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:26am

A court established to prosecute crimes committed during and immediately after Kosovo's war for independence has approved its rules of procedure and evidence, a crucial step toward prosecutors issuing indictments.

North Korea vows to execute former South Korean president

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:17am

North Korea on Wednesday vowed to execute South Korea's former president and her spy director, accusing them of planning to assassinate its supreme leadership.

The Latest: US envoy meets with Raqqa officials

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:17am

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

Right-wing basks, leftists regroup after Italy's local vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:17am

Italy's ruling center-left Democratic Party is picking up the pieces after a weekend drubbing in local elections while former Premier Silvio Berlusconi is basking in his latest political rebound and alliance with the anti-immigrant right.

AP PHOTOS: Music, art help deal with violence in Rio slum

Leo Correa and Yesica Fisch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:10am

In a small and crudely painted green room called "the bunker," 18-year-old Lucas dos Santos da Cruz and his friends go over rhymes in their heads.

One Hong Kong, two sentiments after 20 years of Chinese rule

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 7:45am

Hong Kong is planning a big party as it marks 20 years under Chinese rule. But many people in the former British colony are not in the mood to celebrate.

Mattis says Syria's government taking US threat seriously

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 7:45am

Syria's government has taken seriously the U.S. warning against launching another chemical weapons attack, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday.

Rising violence takes huge psychological toll in Rio favelas

Yesica Fisch and Leo Correa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 7:31am

Almir Arruda rode his bicycle quickly across the City of God slum in Rio de Janeiro when he heard there was a shootout between drug traffickers and police near his 4-year-old daughter's preschool.

Serbia's next premier: EU membership, modernization priority

Jovana Gec, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 7:03am

Serbia's prime minister designate said Wednesday her future government's goal is membership in the European Union along with modernization of the troubled Balkan country.