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In about-face, Iraq's maverick al-Sadr moves closer to Iran

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 1:21am

Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric who emerged as the main winner in Iraq's parliamentary elections last month, campaigned on a platform to end sectarian politics and replace it with a government that puts Iraqis first.

Erdogan seeks to cement power in Turkey's high-stakes votes

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 1:19am

Turkey held high-stakes presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday that could consolidate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's hold on power or curtail his vast political ambitions.

Kushner rips Abbas, says Mideast peace plan due 'soon'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 12:49am

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and Mideast envoy says the administration will soon present its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, with or without input from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Polls open in Turkey's high-stakes presidential and parliamentary elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 11:04pm

Polls open in Turkey's high-stakes presidential and parliamentary elections.

Malaysian political icon Anwar Ibrahim hospitalized

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 8:27pm

Prominent Malaysian politican Anwar Ibrahim was taken to a hospital after complaining of back and shoulder pain.

US moves 100 coffins to N. Korean border for war remains

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 7:31pm

The U.S. military said it moved 100 wooden coffins to the inter-Korean border to prepare for North Korea's returning of the remains of American soldiers who have been missing since the 1950-53 Korean War.

Violence claims more lives in Nicaragua as unrest continues

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 7:30pm

A fresh wave of violence claimed at least seven lives in Nicaragua as international criticism mounted against the government of President Daniel Ortega over its response to protests.

Mattis to visit China as Taiwan, S. China Sea tensions rise

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 7:27pm

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has accused China of "intimidation and coercion" in the South China Sea, is visiting Beijing this week as the countries increasingly spar over U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and Beijing's expanding military presence overseas.

Macedonia: Thousands protest over new name deal with Greece

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 2:41pm

Thousands of people have protested outside Macedonia's parliament building in Skopje against a deal with Greece aimed at ending a decades-long dispute over Macedonia's name.

Egypt officer who thought to break Israeli Bar Lev line dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 1:45pm

Egypt's state-owned media says the army officer credited with the idea to destroy the Bar Lev line on the Suez Canal's eastern bank during the 1973 Arab Israeli war has died.

4 killed in suspected Boko Haram extremist attack in Nigeria

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 1:27pm

Police say four people have been killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram extremists in northern Nigeria.

Romanian president to seek new term, backs corruption fight

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 12:59pm

Romania's president said Saturday he would seek a new term in office, pledging to fight corruption after the leader of the ruling Social Democratic Party was convicted for abuse of power in office.

1 dead after attack at huge rally for Ethiopia's new PM

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 12:25pm

A thwarted attempt to hurl a grenade at Ethiopia's reformist new prime minister led to a deadly explosion Saturday at a massive rally in support of sweeping changes in Africa's second most populous country. Nine police officials were arrested, state media reported.

Debate over migrants divides EU; Mini-summit seeks solutions

Lorne Cook and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 11:53am

With another migrant rescue ship stranded in the Mediterranean and both Italy and Malta again refusing to let it dock, European Union leaders will try to find common ground for tackling a growing political crisis that is threatening to undermine the entire EU.

The Latest: Police say 6 arrested after Ethiopia blast

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 11:44am

The Latest on rally for Ethiopia's reformist new prime minister (all times local):

Millennials may be less happy, healthy than their parents by middle age

Lauren Said-moorhouse, CNN  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 11:40am

Millennials in the UK are on track to be the first generation to be less healthy than their parents by the time they reach middle age, a new report suggests.

Macron proposes migrant centers in Europe to assess cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 11:35am

French President Emmanuel Macron announced a proposal Saturday that would create closed migrant centers on European soil so authorities can quickly decide whether arriving migrants are eligible to apply for asylum and send back those who don't qualify.

Zimbabwe leader calls assassination attempt 'cowardly act'

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 11:33am

Zimbabwe's president was unscathed Saturday by an explosion at a campaign rally that state media called an attempt to assassinate him, later visiting his two injured vice presidents and declaring the "cowardly act" will not disrupt next month's historic elections.

The Latest: Zimbabwe leader says blast went off inches away

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 10:49am

The Latest on explosion at Zimbabwe president's campaign rally (all times local):