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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.

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

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.

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.

2 Dutch journalists freed unharmed by Colombian rebels

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

Two Dutch journalists have been freed unharmed after being held captive for almost a week by leftist rebels in Colombia, the Dutch foreign minister said Saturday. One of the journalists said they were treated well but conditions in the jungle are difficult in any case.

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.

Yemen's government to probe alleged torture of detainees

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 7:20am

Yemen's internationally-recognized government has created a committee to investigate allegations of human rights violations, a development that followed reports U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates accused of torturing detainees in Yemen.

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

Adam Schreck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 6:54am

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.

Hundreds evacuated from London towers as fire fallout widens

Sylvia Hui and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 6:43am

The scope of Britain's fire-safety crisis broadened Saturday as London officials scrambled to evacuate four public housing towers due to concerns about external cladding, fire doors and insulation around gas pipes.

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.

Turkish authorities ban Sunday's LGBTI Pride in Istanbul

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 4:00am

Turkish authorities have announced they will not allow a march for gay, lesbian and trans rights to take place Sunday.

Namibia buries leader who campaigned against apartheid

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 3:40am

Namibians have gathered for a state funeral for Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, an independence leader who was jailed during South Africa's era of white minority rule.

Death toll from Pakistan attacks climbs to 73

Riaz Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 3:23am

The death toll from twin blasts in the northwestern town of Parachinar climbed to 55 overnight, bringing the overall death toll from three separate attacks in Pakistan on Friday to 73, with several others in critical condition, officials said.