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Airstrike kills at least 15 in eastern Syria

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:15pm

At least 15 people were killed in an airstrike in eastern Syria on Wednesday, activists said, in the second attack in three days reported to kill civilians in the Islamic State-held Euphrates River valley.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:00pm

Senior officials from the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security are finalizing criteria that visitors from six mostly Muslim must meet to avoid the Trump administration's revived travel ban. The White House deliberations come as U.S. embassies and consulates await instructions later Wednesday on how to implement this week's Supreme Court order that partially reinstated the ban after it was blocked by lower courts.

Italy threatens to close ports to NGO migrant rescue ships

Nicole Winfield and Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 12:43pm

Italy threatened Wednesday to close its ports to aid groups rescuing migrants off Libya's coast as it struggles to cope with the highest rate of rescues this year, officials said.

Libyan official says gunmen capture, release 2 UN staffers

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

The deputy interior minister of Libya's internationally recognized government says a U.N. convoy was attacked by bandits on the road from Tunis to Tripoli, and that two U.N. staffers were briefly detained.

The Latest: Haley warns of stronger crackdown in Venezuela

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 12:03pm

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Stabbed London Bridge officer tells of fighting attackers

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 11:25am

A British Transport Police officer who fought off three extremists in London's Borough Market with only a baton thought he was going to die after being stabbed multiple times.

Mattis says Syria's government taking US threat seriously

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 11:16am

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

Police raise likely death toll in London high-rise blaze

Gregory Katz and Caroline Spiezio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 10:47am

The number of people killed or presumed dead in the London high-rise fire has inched up to 80, but the final death toll may not be known for months, British police said at a grim briefing Wednesday.

Police detain 6 IS suspects in Spain, Britain and Germany

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 10:47am

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.

Right-wing basks, leftists regroup after local vote in Italy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 10:26am

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 an alliance with an anti-immigrant right-wing party.

Targeted Shiites take their protest to Pakistani capital

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 10:16am

Battered by bombings that have killed scores of people, Pakistan's Shiite Muslims on Wednesday took their protests to the Pakistani capital. Meanwhile in the majority Shiite Kurram tribal region, thousands of residents have been staging daily sit-ins.

The Latest: UN rights chief concerned about Raqqa civilians

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 10:06am

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The Latest: 6-month-old baby among London fire dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:38am

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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.