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EU seeks to screen migrants in Africa, stop boat crossings

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 4:34am

The European Union's top migration official says the EU wants to screen migrants in centers in northern Africa to see whether they are eligible for asylum and prevent people trying to enter Europe by boat.

Japan to scrap evacuation drills for NKorean missile threat

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 4:28am

Japan plans to suspend the civilian evacuation drills it started last year while North Korea was repeatedly test-firing missiles near and over Japanese islands, officials said Thursday, citing diplomatic overtures from Pyongyang.

NATO head: No guarantee trans-Atlantic alliance will survive

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 4:22am

The secretary-general of NATO says bonds between Europe and North America have weakened, and he appealed for an international effort to shore up the trans-Atlantic military alliance.

Kremlin: Trump's national security adviser set to visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 4:02am

The Kremlin says that U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser is to visit Russia.

Belgian zoo evacuated after lion escapes its cage

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 3:51am

A zoo in Belgium has been evacuated after a lion escaped from its cage.

Tens of thousands join Indian leader for world yoga day

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 3:50am

Some 50,000 people have gathered with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Himalayan foothills to salute the power of yoga.

Voting machines raise worries in Congo ahead of elections

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 3:44am

Congo's government is moving forward with plans to use electronic voting machines in this year's highly anticipated presidential election despite warnings from watchdog groups that transparency and credibility could suffer.

German court quashes far-right politician's arson conviction

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 3:30am

A German federal court has overturned a far-right politician's conviction for burning down a building intended as refugee housing, and ordered a retrial.

European human rights court rejects Breivik appeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 3:16am

The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday rejected an appeal by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik. who claimed his incarceration in Norway violates his rights.

Thousands watch the sun rise over Stonehenge

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 3:16am

Thousands have watched the sun glint over the horizon at Stonehenge, celebrating the summer solstice at the Neolithic stone circle.

Libya's coast guard rescues 80 African migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 3:05am

Libya's coast guard says it has rescued some 80 African migrants, including four women and two children, and recovered one body in the Mediterranean Sea east of the capital, Tripoli.

Report: Ukrainian filmmaker on hunger strike is well

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 2:58am

A state news agency is quoting a Russian human rights official as saying that jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is in satisfactory condition despite a monthlong hunger strike.

Sydney police find car driven by Thai who was found dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 2:53am

Australian police have found a car that had been driven by a Thai national whose battered body was discovered bound and gagged on the side of a Sydney road, an official said Thursday.

Iraqi court endorses manual recount for May election

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 2:44am

Iraq's Supreme Court has endorsed a manual recount of all ballots from last month's national elections but rejected the invalidation of ballots from abroad and from voters displaced by the conflict with the Islamic State.

Iran lists demands for improving relations with US

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 2:41am

Iran has announced a list of 15 demands for improving relations with the United States, including a U.S. return to the 2015 nuclear accord, in response to a similar list of demands made by Washington last month.

Hundreds pray at Indonesia lake as search for bodies resumes

Binsar Bakkara and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 2:38am

Family members waiting in desperation at a small port on Indonesia's Lake Toba for news of missing relatives performed mass prayers Thursday as the search for more than 190 people unaccounted for after a ferry sinking continued for a fourth day.

Turkey's Erdogan seeks new term with greater powers

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 2:29am

Since he took office in 2003, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has given a name to each stage in his consolidation of power in Turkey. First he called himself the apprentice; then the journeyman; and latterly the master. Now, he says a new five-year term would elevate him to the role of "grandmaster" and help him make Turkey one of the world's top powers by the time the republic marks its centenary in 2023.

Merkel visits refugee host Jordan amid migration row at home

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:43am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday visited Jordan, a major refugee host country, amid an escalating domestic conflict over migration that has shaken her coalition government.

Trudeau: Canada to legalize marijuana on Oct. 17

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:10am

Marijuana will be legal nationwide in Canada starting Oct. 17 in a move that should take market share away from organized crime and protect the country's youth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.