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IS counterattacks in retaken parts of Mosul stall Iraq push

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 10:34am

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.

German city evacuates apartment block over insulation worry

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 10:34am

A western German city decided Tuesday to evacuate an 11-story apartment block because of concerns over exterior insulation similar to that of London's Grenfell Tower.

France's new lawmakers open first parliament session

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 10:14am

France's newly elected lawmakers, most of them from President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party, took part in their first parliamentary session Tuesday.

Russia: Jury out to deliberate slaying of opposition leader

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 10:14am

A jury on Tuesday began deliberating its verdict in the case of five men accused of being involved in the murder of a Russian opposition leader who was a top opponent of President Vladimir Putin before he was shot outside the Kremlin.

UN chief: Seize the chance for Cyprus peace deal at summit

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 9:45am

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged Cyprus' rival leaders as well as Turkey, Greece and Britain to rise to the occasion at a peace summit and seize the chance for a breakthrough deal reunifying the ethnically divided island.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 9:45am

Ukraine's prime minister says that a cyberattack affecting his country is "unprecedented," but "vital systems haven't been affected." A new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across Europe, hitting Ukraine especially hard. Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman also said on Facebook that "our IT experts are doing their job and protecting critical infrastructure."

German city of Wuppertal to evacuate 11-story building because of exterior insulation similar to London's Grenfell Tower

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 9:35am

German city of Wuppertal to evacuate 11-story building because of exterior insulation similar to London's Grenfell Tower.

Kremlin dismisses US warning of chemical attack in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 9:30am

The Kremlin on Tuesday dismissed the White House's warning that the Syrian government is preparing a new chemical attack and that President Bashar Assad and his military "will pay a heavy price" if it goes ahead, while the Syrian leader visited the Russian military base in Syria and met with Russia's chief military officer.

Scottish leader puts second independence referendum on hold

Sylvia Hui, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 9:18am

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon told lawmakers Tuesday she was postponing plans to seek a second independence referendum, saying she would revisit the issue when the terms of Britain's departure from the European Union become clearer.

The Latest: UN: 8,900 Mediterranean rescues since Saturday

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 9:18am

The Latest on Europe's response to the large numbers of migrants and refugees trying to reach the continent (all times local):

Dutch government partially liable in 300 Srebrenica deaths

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 9:13am

A Dutch appeals court ruled Tuesday that the government was partially liable in the deaths of more than 300 Muslim men killed by Bosnian Serb forces in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

South Africa re-opens apartheid-era case of activist's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 8:53am

A South African court has re-opened an inquiry into the 1971 death of an anti-apartheid activist whose family believes he was tortured and killed by police and did not commit suicide by jumping from a 10th-floor window as authorities said at the time.

Egypt army: 12 vehicles destroyed crossing from Libya

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 8:50am

Egypt's military says its air force destroyed 12 vehicles loaded with weapons, ammunitions and explosives, after receiving intelligence that "criminal elements" were attempting to cross the western border with Libya.

Thai court reverses verdict against alleged 'Popcorn Gunman'

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 8:35am

An appeals court in Thailand on Tuesday overturned the guilty verdict of a man convicted of shooting four people, one fatally, by opening fire with an assault rifle concealed in a sack during a political confrontation in February 2014.

Pakistan holds collective burial for 130 killed in fuel fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 8:35am

Thousands of mourners in Pakistan have attended the collective funeral for 130 victims of a massive fuel tanker fire on a central highway earlier this week.

Merkel ally becomes governor of most populous German state

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

A senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party has been elected governor of Germany's most populous state following an election last month that produced an unexpected center-right majority.

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.

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.