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Congo president: Nothing can stop November elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:10pm

Congo's president says nothing can stop long-awaited elections from taking place even as fears mount of a possible delay.

3 killed, 6 hurt in attack on Malian military near Timbuktu

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 4:50pm

The Malian military says a convoy came under attack not far from the town of Timbuktu in the country's volatile north.

UN extends peacekeeping mission in Darfur

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 4:30pm

The U.N. Security Council has voted to extend its peacekeeping mission in Darfur for a year.

Rights groups: Saudis should not be on Human Rights Council

Dave Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 3:50pm

Saudi Arabia should be suspended from the U.N.'s top human rights organization because of indiscriminate airstrikes by the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen that have killed hundreds of civilians, including women and children, human rights groups said Wednesday.

Families march for improved prison conditions in El Salvador

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 3:21pm

Some 300 people have marched to El Salvador's presidential residence demanding improved prison conditions for gang members, including better medical care and family visits.

Right groups: Police responsible for 3 men missing in Kenya

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 3:01pm

Kenyan police are responsible for the disappearance of three men, including a human rights activist with the U.S.-based International Justice Mission, 10 local and international human rights groups say.

Former assistant state prosecutor assassinated in Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 3:01pm

Mexican authorities say the former assistant prosecutor of Baja California Sur state has been assassinated just a few months after he was fired for alleged ties to the Sinaloa Cartel.

Investigators: EgyptAir wreckage shows heat damage, smoke

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:20pm

Egyptian investigators said Wednesday that wreckage from the EgyptAir flight that crashed in May shows "signs of damage because of high temperature" and that a flight data recorder indicates there was smoke on board.

IS repels advance by US-backed Syria rebels near Iraq border

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:12pm

Islamic State militants on Wednesday pushed back U.S.-trained Syrian rebels from the outskirts of a town on the Iraqi border, in a setback to a budding offensive that aims to sever the militants' transit link between the two countries, a rebel spokesman said.

Egypt's president offers apology over leaked exams

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:11pm

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has apologized to high school students over the leaking of national exams.

Lawyer: CIA gave Romania millions to host secret prisons

Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:01pm

The CIA paid Romania "millions of dollars" to host secret prisons, a rights lawyer said Wednesday as the European Court of Human Rights heard accusations that Romania allowed the agency to torture terrorism suspects in a secret renditions program under President George W. Bush.

UN Syria envoy: No new date set for peace talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 1:11pm

The U.N.'s special envoy for Syria says there's just not enough agreement yet to resume peace talks ahead of an Aug. 1 deadline to start a political transition.

CORRECTS: Prime minister: 1 suicide bomber blew himself up outside Istanbul airport, 2 others inside.

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:50pm

CORRECTS: Prime minister: 1 suicide bomber blew himself up outside Istanbul airport, 2 others inside. (Corrects APNewsAlert that suggested that the bomb outside went off first)

Italy recovers 2015 sunk migrant boat, hopes to ID victims

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:50pm

The Italian navy has raised from the seafloor the migrant ship that sank off Sicily last year with an estimated 700-800 people aboard in one of the worst known tragedies of the Mediterranean migrant crisis.

17 Angola activists ordered from jail into house arrest

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:31pm

Angola's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the conditional release of 17 political activists, known as the Luanda Book Club, who had been convicted of plotting to overthrow the government of the oil-rich southern African country.

UN increases troop levels in Mali by 2,500

Dave Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:01am

The United Nations Security Council voted Wednesday to increase the U.N.'s peacekeeping force in Mali by more than 2,500 troops, a move aimed at countering increasing attacks by Islamic extremists on civilians and peacekeepers and more aggressively enabling a peace agreement between the government and rebels.

US first lady arrives in Spain to promote girls' learning

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:41am

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama has arrived in Spain on the final leg of a three-nation tour to promote her global girls' education initiative.

Kenya military: 4 extremists killed averting an attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:21am

A Kenyan military official says soldiers killed four Islamic extremists from Somalia's al-Shabab rebels suspected to have been planning an attack on the coastal county of Lamu.

Russian defense minister promises response to NATO's buildup

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:11am

Russia's defense minister says the military will respond in kind to NATO's buildup near Russian borders.