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The Latest: Activists: Cluster bombs kill 15 in east Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 5:46am

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 5:46am

President Donald Trump is taking issue with a New York Times story that portrays him as disengaged in the push for the Senate Republican health care bill. The Times also reported that an unidentified senator who left a White House meeting with the president thinking Trump did not understand the Senate bill. Early Wednesday, Trump tweeted that "Some of the Fake News Media likes to say that I am not totally engaged in healthcare. Wrong, I know the subject well & want victory for U.S."

European court refuses to intervene over sick British baby

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 5:37am

The parents of a terminally-ill baby boy lost the final stage of their legal battle to take him out of a British hospital to receive treatment in the U.S., after a European court agreed with previous rulings that the baby should be taken off life support.

Hamas to create buffer zone with Egypt to improve ties

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 5:27am

Hamas says bulldozers in Gaza are creating a 100-meter-wide (330-foot) buffer zone along the Egyptian border as part of the Islamic militant group's efforts to combat extremists and improve ties with Cairo.

Activists: Cluster bombs dropped on Islamic State-held village in eastern Syria kill at least 15

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 5:27am

Activists: Cluster bombs dropped on Islamic State-held village in eastern Syria kill at least 15.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 5:27am

Officials say Kenya is the first country in Africa to introduce a generic version of the current drug of choice for people living with HIV.

Police detain 6 IS suspects in Spain, Britain and Germany

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 5:15am

Police on Wednesday arrested six suspected members of the Islamic State group, four in Spain and one each in Britain and Germany, Spain's Interior Ministry said.

Poland's anti-government leader Kijowski charged with fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 4:52am

Poland's prosecutors say they have charged the former leader of a massive anti-government movement with misappropriation of the movement's funds and false statements in its financial documents.

Zimbabwe pastor and anti-government activist freed on bail

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 4:40am

A Zimbabwean pastor and anti-government activist who was arrested for addressing protesting university students has been freed on bail.

German Parliament set to vote Friday on gay marriage

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 4:24am

The German Parliament plans to vote Friday on whether to legalize same-sex marriage — only days after Chancellor Angela Merkel backed off her conservative party's long-standing refusal to budge on the issue.

UN-hosted Cyprus talks resume in Swiss Alpine resort

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:51am

A new round of U.N.-sponsored peace talks between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders has opened in a Swiss Alpine resort, aiming to reunify their Mediterranean island after a decades-long split.

Nuclear waste containers shipped on river in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:40am

A transport of three containers carrying nuclear waste is being shipped on the Neckar river in southwestern Germany with heavy police protection.

US envoy: China should allow Nobel laureate treatment abroad

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:40am

The new U.S. ambassador to Beijing said Wednesday that Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo should be allowed to receive treatment outside China after being diagnosed with cancer while in prison for advocating democratic reforms.

French chef Senderens, visionary and rebel, dies at age 77

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:34am

French chef Alain Senderens, who rejected his Michelin stars and was acclaimed as a visionary, rebel and a force in the development of nouvelle cuisine, has died. He was 77.

'Farm boy' from Iowa tasked with bridging US-China divisions

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:12am

A self-described "farm boy from Iowa" who befriended China's president three decades ago is tasked with smoothing relations between the world's two largest economies amid increased unpredictability in American foreign diplomacy under President Donald Trump.

Obama and family move from Bali to Java on Indonesia trip

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:52am

Former President Barack Obama and his family wrapped up their 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.

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

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:22am

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.

Millions in Nepal vote in second phase of local elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 12:35am

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

Turkey says it returns fire after attack by Syrian Kurds

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 12:26am

Turkey's military says it has returned fire after a cross-border attack by Syrian Kurdish forces.