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Saudi entertainment chief sacked after conservative backlash

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 2:49am

Saudi King Salman has sacked the head of the country's entertainment authority after religiously conservative citizens took to social media to denounce a Russian circus show that showed female performers in tightly-fitted attire.

UN refugee agency: Record 68.5 million displaced in 2017

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 2:41am

The U.N. refugee agency reported Tuesday that nearly 69 million people who have fled war, violence and persecution were forcibly displaced last year, a record for the fifth straight year.

Former UK foreign minister Hague calls for legalizing pot

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 2:40am

Former British Foreign Minister William Hague is calling for the government to take steps toward legalizing marijuana.

Yemeni officials say fighting rages around Hodeida airport

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 2:38am

Yemeni military officials say fighting has escalated outside the airport of the vital Yemeni city of Hodeida, pitting thousands of pro-government fighters backed by a Saudi-led coalition against Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels.

South Korea says US drills suspended to aid talks with North

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 2:24am

South Korea on Tuesday presented a united front with the United States on a decision to call off a major military drill, one week after President Donald Trump's surprise announcement that he would suspend such exercises with the longtime Asian ally.

3 men die of 6 wounded in southern Sweden drive-by shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 1:48am

Three of the six men who were injured in a drive-by shooting in the center of Sweden's third-largest city, have died, Swedish authorities said Tuesday.

China ambassador urges Australia against 'bias and bigotry'

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 1:34am

China's ambassador to Australia said Tuesday that the strained diplomatic relationship between the two countries needed to move away from "bias and bigotry" and build trust.

Libyan coast guard rescues 186 migrants, recovers 5 bodies

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 1:34am

Libya's coast guard says it has recovered the bodies of five migrants and rescued 186 others, including women and children, in separate operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

IraqForeign Ministry condemns strikes it says killed Iraqis

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 1:21am

Iraq has condemned the targeting of pro-Syria paramilitary troops in eastern Syria after an airstrike killed mostly Iraqi Shiite forces.

Philippine Supreme Court upholds expulsion of chief justice

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 1:12am

The Philippine Supreme Court upheld the expulsion of its chief justice, the authoritarian president's highest-ranking critic, in a final ruling Tuesday that critics warned is unconstitutional and threatens judicial independence and the country's fragile democracy.

German, French leaders meet to mold plans for EU's future

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 12:44am

The leaders of Germany and France are meeting to coordinate the two major European powers' positions on the future of the European Union, ahead of next week's EU summit.

AP Explains: War games between South Korea and United States

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 12:40am

The United States has formally suspended a major military exercise with South Korea that was scheduled for August. President Donald Trump had pledged to stop the "war games" after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The Pentagon said Monday that planning has been halted on the August drill but no decisions have been made on any other military exercises with South Korea.

Blurring the border, Turkey deepens roots in northern Syria

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 12:24am

A newly paved road links the Turkish town of Cobanbey to its Syrian sister, al-Bab, across the border. In al-Bab, Turkish and Syrian flags line the streets, and signs on government buildings are in Arabic and Turkish. One of the first billboards honors Turkish soldiers killed in the battle to liberate this town from Islamic State militants.

Man who killed teen is Thailand's 1st execution since 2009

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 12:08am

Thailand carried out its first execution in nine years, putting to death a man who killed a teenager for his mobile phone, in a move that has drawn condemnation from rights groups.

Afghan official says Taliban assault kills 4

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 11:48pm

An Afghan official says at least four security forces were killed when Taliban fighters targeted army and local police checkpoints in northern Kunduz province.

Kim Jong Un visiting China, expected to discuss his nukes

Christopher Bodeen and Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 10:32pm

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is making a two-day visit to Beijing starting Tuesday and is expected to discuss with Chinese leaders his next steps after his nuclear summit with President Donald Trump last week.

Former Tropical Storm Carlotta dissipates off Mexico coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 8:56pm

Former Tropical Storm Carlotta weakened into a remnant low off Mexico's southwestern Pacific coast Monday night, though forecasters said its rains still posed a threat of flash flooding and mudslides on shore.

Chinese state media say North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is visiting China from Tuesday to Wednesday

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 8:18pm

Chinese state media say North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is visiting China from Tuesday to Wednesday.

US, Amnesty International call for justice in Honduras

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 7:58pm

The United States' top diplomat and a global human rights group called on the Honduran government Monday to hold members of its security forces responsible for alleged abuses after November's elections.