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UN: Basic human rights being 'chiseled away' in Venezuela

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 3:21pm

Government security forces in Venezuela carry out unjustified killings without any apparent consequences as the rule of law in the country quickly vanishes, a United Nations report charged Friday, drawing a rejection from Caracas.

UN puts together a 'Youth World Cup' in New York

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 2:02pm

While the World Cup plays out in Russia, dozens of New York City children are set to play in a U.N.-sponsored youth version of the global soccer tournament.

Activists: Syrian government steps up offensive in southwest

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 1:22pm

Syrian government forces kept up their pressure on the country's strategic southwest on Friday, using artillery, airstrikes and dropping barrel bombs that targeted rebel-held parts of the region, activists said.

The Latest: US condemns truce violations in southern Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 1:17pm

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Romanian party leader convicted of graft vows to change laws

Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 12:38pm

The leader of Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party vowed Friday to implement new laws that critics say will dilute the fight against corruption — a move that came a day after he got a 3½-year jail sentence for abuse of office.

UN chief to meet with US secretary of state

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 12:24pm

The U.N. says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss "issues of mutual concern" that will likely include the Middle East peace process and North Korea.

Slovenian lawmakers elect conservative parliament speaker

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 12:22pm

Slovenian lawmakers on Friday overwhelmingly elected a conservative as the country's new parliamentary speaker as talks continued on forming a coalition government after this month's inconclusive election.

The Latest: Chart shows Turkish candidates' unequal coverage

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 12:10pm

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Gaza officials: 20 Palestinians wounded at Israeli border

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 11:44am

Gaza's Health Ministry says 20 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli fire along the border fence.

Corbyn: Labour government would quickly recognize Palestine

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 11:06am

British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said Friday that a government under his leadership would recognize a Palestinian state "very early on" and push hard for a political solution to the Syrian civil war.

Another US worker confirmed hurt by mystery Cuba incidents

Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 11:00am

Medical tests have confirmed that one additional U.S. Embassy worker has been affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba, the State Department said, bringing the total number to 25.

Council of Europe experts: Hungary must repeal anti-NGO law

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 10:28am

A group of experts advising the Council of Europe called on Hungary on Friday to repeal its so-called "Stop Soros" law, which threatens to incarcerate people helping refugees.

Rights group warns blocking aid in Yemen endangers millions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 10:16am

Yemen's warring parties are obstructing the flow of crucial aid from the Red Sea port of Hodeida endangering millions in what is already the world's worst humanitarian crisis, an international rights group said. It urged the U.N. Security Council to impose "targeted sanctions" on those responsible for hampering humanitarian assistance and violating international law.

Italy vows to expel far more migrants, but it won't be easy

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 9:42am

Barely a week in office, Italy's populist interior minister lost no time in bringing home his message: His government will make good on a campaign pledge to swiftly deport 100,000 migrants from the Mediterranean nation.

South Sudan peace deal attempt fails as Kiir rejects Machar

Sam Mednick and Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 9:38am

The latest attempt at ending South Sudan's five-year civil war failed Friday as President Salva Kiir rejected working again with rival Riek Machar after their first face-to-face meeting in almost two years.

Falling tree branch kills Polish official in heavy storm

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 9:34am

Polish officials say the deputy mayor of a town in central Poland was killed by a tree branch toppled by a heavy summer storm. The storm left 10 other people injured and damaged 300 buildings.

UK service celebrates 'Windrush generation' from Caribbean

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 9:29am

British Prime Minister Theresa May joined more than 2,000 people at London's Westminster Abbey on Friday to celebrate the contribution of immigrants from the Caribbean, 70 years to the day after hundreds of West Indians arrived to help rebuild war-scarred Britain.

Cyprus, Israel, Greece pledge deeper military ties

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 9:29am

Cyprus, Israel and Greece must forge deeper military ties to improve security and more effectively counter common threats in a turbulent region, the countries' defense ministers said Friday.

After US, Israel also backs away from UN human rights body

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 8:55am

Diplomats said Friday that Israel has temporarily reduced its participation with the U.N.'s main human rights body, days after the United States pulled out largely over its allegation that the Human Rights Council is biased against Israel.